The Disneyland Resort is buzzing with excitement as the highly anticipated Pixar Place Hotel is set to open on January 30th, 2024. This marks the completion of the extensive refurbishment and reimagining of the former Paradise Pier Hotel into the first ever fully Pixar-themed hotel in the United States. In this article, we will provide an overview (and video) of the Pixar Place Hotel and details on all the major refurbishments and upgrades. From the whimsical new lobby to the imaginative guest rooms, dining options and amenities, the Pixar Place Hotel promises to be a delight for guests of all ages.
New Pixar-Inspired Lobby
The crown jewel of the refurbished hotel is surely the dazzling new lobby, which celebrates Pixar animation and the artistic process. As soon as guests step inside, their eyes will be drawn upwards to a vibrant mobile depicting beloved Pixar characters floating above a bright skylight. This represents the beginning stages of Pixar filmmaking, with the characters rendered in their most basic shapes and colors. The lobby décor features early character sketches evolving into final production designs. This “concept art to screen” approach highlights Pixar’s creative spirit, often revealing never-before-seen artwork. Keen-eyed guests may even spot some hidden Pixar Easter eggs and inside jokes dotting the lobby!
Reimagined Guest Rooms
All 481 guest rooms and suites have been completely reimagined with playful Pixar details. The rooms take inspiration from Pixar stories both classic and new, with subtle references to films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and more. Some of the whimsical touches include:
Luxo Jr. lamp sculptures on the desks
Headboards decorated with character concept art
Bedding and pillows featuring favorite Pixar characters
Artwork created exclusively for the hotel by Pixar’s talented animators
Guests staying in suites may have the special treat of seeing unique art or characters from more obscure Pixar shorts and features.
The Pixar Place Hotel offers a variety of tantalizing dining options, with dishes to satisfy every palate. The flagship restaurant, Great Maple, opens in November 2023. This modern California eatery serves elevated comfort food made from scratch for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guest favorites are sure to include the maple bacon doughnuts, buttermilk fried chicken, and soda pop baby back ribs. Great Maple also operates two additional quick service outlets in the hotel – the Sketch Pad Café coffee shop in the lobby and the poolside Small Bytes.
Beyond the rooms and restaurants, hotel amenities have also been enhanced with playful Pixar twists. The rooftop pool area now features a Finding Nemo theme with the Pixel Pool, Crush’s Surfin’ Slide, splash pads, cabanas and more. Table service and cocktails will be available from the pool bar. Inside, guests can break a sweat at the expanded fitness center with a Monsters Inc inspired treadmill mural. The new lobby gift shop is aptly named “STOR-E” as a nod to WALL-E. And staying on property means guests can take advantage of early theme park entry and reserve access to select Disneyland attractions.
January 30th, 2024 marks an exciting new chapter for the Disneyland Resort as the imaginative Pixar Place Hotel opens its doors. With whimsical theming everywhere you look, delightful dining options and convenient park perks, this reimagined hotel extends the magic of Disney storytelling beyond the parks and into your vacation stay. Pixar fans of all ages are sure to be delighted during their next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!