Speakers Announced for Pixar Cruises This Fall

A few months ago, we let you know about some very special Pixar cruises that will be taking place aboard the Disney Wonder this fall. This week, Disney Cruise Line released the schedule of speakers on these exciting cruises, which includes various creative team members at Pixar Animation Studios, including the head of Pixar himself, John Lasseter.

The 7-night Pixar cruises aboard the Disney Wonder will depart from Los Angeles and travel up and down the Pacific Coast, stopping in San Francisco, San Diego, and Ensenada, Mexico. In addition to hearing exclusive talks from Pixar creatives, the cruises will include meet-and-greets with Pixar characters, a special exhibition of Pixar maquettes, storyboards, and concept art, and more.

Here are the speakers that Pixar cruise guests can look forward to seeing:

September 16

John LasseterChief Creative Officer, Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios; Principal Creative Advisor, Walt Disney Imagineering

Jay WardCARS Franchise Guardian, Pixar Animation Studios – Ward contributes his enthusiasm for cars and his artistic passions to the creation of anything and everything within the “Cars” Franchise, including the production of “Cars” as character team manager and consultant to the film’s director and co-director, John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.

September 23

Roger GouldCreative Director, Theme Parks, Pixar Animation Studios – Gould collaborates with Walt Disney Imagineering in the creation of theme park attractions and lands inspired by Pixar’s films, most recently the creation and opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

Tia KratterShading Art Director, Pixar Animation Studios – Kratter served as the shading art director on “Brave,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” where she was responsible for specifying the color and texture of every object modeled for a film.

September 30

Harley JessupProduction Designer, Pixar Animation Studios – Jessup leads teams of artists who create and design the sets and characters for films, including “Monster’s Inc.,” and “Ratatouille.” He recently finished working as production designer for “Cars 2.”

Jeremy LaskyDirector of Photography/ Camera, Pixar Animation Studios – Lasky served as director of photography/camera on “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E” and “Toy Story 3.” His most recent project was as director of photography/camera on “Cars 2.”

October 7

Rob GibbsDirector, Pixar Animation Studios – Gibbs has contributed his story talents to a number of Disney•Pixar films, including “Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E,” “Up” and “Cars.” He has also directed and co-directed several of the studio’s “Cars Toons.”

Sharon CalahanDirector of Photography/Lighting, Pixar Animation Studios – Calahan served as director of photography/lighting on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille” and “Cars 2.” She previously served as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.”

In addition, John Lasseter recently recorded a video about the cruises for Disney Cruise Line’s official Facebook page, which lets guests know more about some of the exclusive offerings available onboard:

To book one of these Pixar California Coastal cruises and for more information, visit the official Disney Cruise Line website.


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