Disclaimer: I wasn’t compensated for this post but was sent on an expense paid trip to San Francisco to visit Pixar and help promote Inside Out. ALL opinions are my own.
Visiting the Pixar campus and going on a private pixar tour with 24 other bloggers and influencers was amazing. There were several parts of Pixar that I didn’t know existed. Let me tell you a little bit about how my tour started! As you drive through the PIXAR arch gates they are closed with a security guard who is guarding the entry verifying every car that wants to come through. You have to have your name on the list and they have to be expecting your visit.
Just driving on to the Pixar campus was magical on it’s own. To me Pixar is like the Harvard of animation studios! This completes my trio of visiting Disney Animation Studios, Disney Toon Studios, and now I can say I have walked through the Pixar campus! This hits another bucket list item for me! Especially as a computer teacher the technology and creation that comes from this campus amazes me every year when they release their new movies!
Pixar had just finished up the final pieces of their upcoming movie Inside Out. It will be in theaters on June 19th. Most of the Pixar team have moved on to their second project, but there are still a few people still assigned to Inside Out. I am assuming it will be like that until opening day.
Amphitheater → During the tour we found out that it isn’t used very often because there is little privacy and the sound really isn’t doesn’t have the best set up. We sure did find a reason to use it, while we all tossed up our JOY emotion in honor of the upcoming movie “Inside Out”.
Art Display → We weren’t allowed to have any cameras in this part of Pixar. There is an entire hallway dedicated to one of their workers projects. This display was for Steve Pilcher an animator who just published a new children’s book called “Out There”. Later during the trip I found his book in the Walt Disney Family Museum (those pictures will be coming very soon)!
Soccer Field → The cutest little family were kicking goals as we were on our tour. It was a beautiful day and I love how it is available to use!
Basketball Court → I totally missed the basketball courts during my tour. That is probably good, because I might have challenged someone on a little 2 on 2! 😉 I am quite the baller.
Yoga → It was a beautiful view when out by the corner of the pool there were a group of people enjoying the San Francisco weather doing Yoga. I have a very stressful job, and what I would not do to have an opportunity to do some yoga at work.
Swimming Pool → I didn’t capture anyone swimming, but I am sure having this luxury at your work is amazing! Can you imagine after a long day of work just going for a quick swim?!
A Pool Table → Why not?!
Exclusive Store → On Pixar campus there is a little gift shop that sells some great merchandise. I am a huge Disney pin collector and picked up some exclusive pins. Out of curiosity, I checked Ebay that week and there was one of the pins that I had seen there going for over $35 on Ebay! If I EVER get a chance to go again, I am stocking up on each pin!
Go and see Inside Out on June 19th
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.