Due to the park's large construction phase, the parade went on hiatus starting on January 4, 2011. It was originally set to return in November, but did not as construction was still ongoing. During the hiatus, it was replaced by "Pixar Pals", an interactive show with characters from Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles. Pixar Play Parade reopened on June 15, 2012 for the grand reopening of Disney California Adventure.
In January 2011, a similar parade called Pixar Pals: Countdown To Fun! debuted at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This parade reused floats from Block Party Bash and used the same theme tune as the Pixar Play Parade. However, it was retired in April of 2013.
On July 15, 2017, at D23 Expo, it was officially announced that the Pixar Play Parade would be moving from Disney California Adventure Park to Disneyland as part of the "Pixar Fest" event. It was later announced that the parade would now open with a float of Luxo Jr. and introduce new floats based on Up and Inside Out. The parade's run was announced to end at the end of Pixar Fest in September, but was later extended into 2019 in order to allow for Mickey's Soundsational Parade to undergo refurbishment.
Opening (2018, Disneyland only): The parade begins as all Pixar films have, with an appearance by the iconic and adorable Luxo, Jr. Rolling ahead of the famous lamp is the Pixar Ball, making a cameo in Pixar Play Parade, as it has in many Pixar films.
Ratatouille (2008-2010, California Adventure Only): Chefs on stilts lead in the large food-themed float. Remy stands on the front of the float, in front of Chef Gusteau's famous cookbook, while rats on the other sections of the float hang from spaghetti, and Remy's brother Emile waves to guests and dances in a ladle. This unit was removed in 2010 due to being too tall for the overhead wires of the Red Car Trolley, and did not return for the Disneyland run, indicating it was scrapped.
Finding Nemo: Puppets of Marlin, Nemo, Dory, and Squirt lead this section of the parade, with oversized pieces of coral and a large puppet of Crush on the float along with water-squirting baby turtles. Female performers with large jellyfish puppets follow the float.
A Bug's Life: The longest float in the parade, it features Flik and Atta on a two-person swing with Dot looking on, along with two larger swings in the back portion of the float. Heimlich leads the float, pushing a water-squirting flower with him, occasionally splitting into multiple portions as he walks. Slim takes up the rear of the float dancing and playing with a smaller female bug and waving to guests.
Up (2018, Disneyland Only): Wilderness Explorer Russell appears astride Kevin the colorful flightless bird, with Carl Fredricksen and Dug following behind amid green foliage and snipe chicks, with Carl’s tethered house floating above.
Toy Story: The final float features five separate portions: the first portion consists of a walking tinkertoy figure that squirts water through its fingers, followed by the Green Army Men led by their commander. The second features Little Green Men armed with squirt guns. The third float features a large clear globe with plastic balls bouncing around inside with Buzz Lightyear atop the float in a rocket, which was also used in Jubilation! at Tokyo Disney Resort. The fourth portion features Mr. Potato Head in the construction truck featured in Toy Story 3. The final section, seemingly pulled by Hamm, features Rex (Sculpted by Nick Petronzio) standing atop a large Pixar Ball, holding a long bar in his mouth that acts as a beam for gymnasts to swing around on, along with Woody and Jessie on a motorized teeter-totter squirting water from spring-action shooters. Slinky Dog's front portion stands on the back of the float, while his back portion walks along the route following the float creating the illusion that he is pushing the float.
Cars (2008-2017, California Adventure Only): There is no float, but at the end of the parade are Lightning McQueen (in his World Grand Prix paint job) and Mater. This unit doesn’t appear in the Disneyland version.