Earlier this week, our friends at the Disney Parks Blog announced that Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland Resort will officially transform into Pixar Place Hotel on January 30, 2024, becoming the first fully Pixar-themed hotel in the United States. As we at D23: The Official Disney Fan Club count down the days until it opens, read on for more details!
Favorite Pixar Stories Abound in the Pixar Place Hotel Lobby
Pixar Place Hotel will evoke the inspiration and humor that goes into every Pixar Animation Studios film, while celebrating the artistic process. Showcasing early sketches to finished design, the art and decor will highlight vibrant Pixar stories, revealing some never-before-seen artwork.
When the lobby is complete, guests will see even more unique art inspired by Pixar films and be greeted by the iconic Pixar Lamp balancing atop its ball, with an imaginative mobile of beloved Pixar characters floating from the bright skylight above. The mobile will depict the beginning stages of Pixar filmmaking, when animators create the characters’ designs with their most basic shapes and colors. The characters guests will see are at the beginning of their journey, just as the guests who step into the lobby begin their own story at the Disneyland Resort!
First Look at a Reimagined Guest Room Featuring Pixar Characters
Disney Parks Blog also shared a first look inside one of the guest rooms. From pillows inspired by the Pixar Ball to lighting reminiscent of the Pixar Lamp, there will be whimsical nods to the iconic animation studio throughout these comfortable and contemporary accommodations. Some of the art was even created by Pixar Animation Studios artists especially for Pixar Place Hotel. The headboards will consist of concept art from a variety of Pixar feature films, including The Incredibles and Toy Story 3, that are arranged in order from warm to cool colors, sharing the importance of color to the tone of a scene.
Great Maple Opening Soon—Plus, More Snacking Details!
Opening in November 2023, Great Maple restaurant will bring its innovative menu of upscale comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This modern American eatery will serve a robust selection of dishes made from scratch daily, including the Cajun Shrimp & Cheddar Biscuit Benedict, Soda Pop-Braised Baby Back Ribs, Charred Cauliflower Hummus, Maple Pecan-Crusted Salmon, Market Fish, a variety of inspired salads, and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Maple Bacon Doughnuts.
A few weeks after the ground-floor flagship eatery opens, more culinary delights also operated by Great Maple will open. A new grab-and-go coffee shop in the lobby, Sketch Pad Café, will serve assorted pastries accompanied by a selection of coffee and tea. Plus, an all-new menu will debut at the rooftop pool bar to be named Small Bytes, serving up salads, wraps, assorted cheese plates, and more, which guests can enjoy with signature beverages.
Piaxr-Themed Offerings Guests Can Enjoy Now
Families can frolic at the hotel’s new Finding Nemo-themed splash pad and pool area! Recently opened for guests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, this rooftop oasis features Pixel Pool, which is lined with relaxing loungers, along with Nemo’s Cove pop-jet splash pad, and Crush’s Surfing’ Slide, a 186-foot-long water slide inspired by the coolest sea turtle in the ocean. The adjacent play court and pool bar will open later this fall.
Near the pool, guests can gather with friends on comfy couches surrounding fire pits inspired by some of Pixar’s more hotheaded characters, including Jack-Jack from Pixar’s The Incredibles and Anger from Pixar’s Inside Out.
Back in the lobby, browse through the new gift shop STOR-E—a playful take on the Pixar film name WALL-E—featuring Pixar-themed apparel and toys, plus more Disneyland Resort souvenirs and sundries.
Plus, a new and expanded fitness center recently opened, offering treadmills, free weights and more complimentary for hotel guests. Keep an eye out for a mural of Mike and Sulley running on a treadmill, inspired by Pixar’s Monsters University.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is open and welcoming guests during this transformation and offers the added benefits of staying on property at the Disneyland Resort, including a dedicated entrance across the street with direct access to Disney California Adventure park.*
*Both Theme Park admission and park reservation for Disney California Adventure park are required for park entry at this special entrance for Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel guests, and a hotel reservation does not guarantee theme park access.