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The Pixar Place Hotel is the newest and most imaginative hotel offering at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Opened on January 30, 2024, this completely reimagined hotel takes the place of the former Paradise Pier Hotel and brings the stories and characters of Pixar Animation Studios to life through whimsical theming and decor. With 479 guest rooms and suites, the Pixar Place Hotel caters to all guests seeking a family-friendly hotel stay filled with Disney magic. Its prime location allows for easy access to both theme parks at the Disneyland Resort.

As a Disneyland Resort hotel, guests also enjoy special perks like early entry to the parks and Disney character dining. Our review will cover all aspects of a stay at the Pixar Place Hotel, including its history and design, guest rooms and suites, on-site dining, pricing and packages, amenities for families, recreation and leisure facilities, and more. Whether you’re planning a vacation or simply curious to learn more, read on for an in-depth look at this inventive new hotel.

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History and Design

Originally opened in 1984 as the Emerald Hotel, the hotel was purchased by Disney in 1995 and renamed the Disneyland Pacific Hotel as part of the major Disneyland Resort expansion. In 2001, it was reimagined into Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, inspired by the Paradise Pier section of the newly opened Disney California Adventure theme park. After nearly 25 years as Paradise Pier Hotel, Disney announced in April 2022 that the property would be completely transformed into a hotel celebrating Pixar Animation Studios.

The redesign took nearly two years to complete before the Pixar Place Hotel opened on January 30, 2024. The Pixar Place Hotel is designed to resemble an animator’s studio. The lobby features colorful character art, concept drawings, storyboards, and other behind-the-scenes looks at the Pixar creative process. Guest rooms also incorporate artwork and themes from Pixar films like Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Coco, and more.

Outside, the white and black building façade resembles a blank canvas or animation cell, with bright yellow, red, and blue accents adding pops of color. The lobby entrance is marked by tall glass doors trimmed in the signature Pixar lamp logo. Inside, the lobby centers around a large Luxo Ball sculpture with the iconic Luxo Jr. lamp perched on top.

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Exclusive Pixar Artwork and Nods to Pixar Films Throughout the Hotel

The Pixar Place Hotel is the first fully Pixar-themed hotel, celebrating the stories and characters of Pixar Animation Studios. Exclusive concept art and film artwork is displayed throughout the hotel, created specifically by Pixar artists for the Pixar Place Hotel. Guest rooms also incorporate custom bedding, pillows, and accents inspired by Pixar films like Finding Nemo, Coco, The Incredibles and more.

Rooftop Pool with Themed Water Slide and Splash Pad

The rooftop pool area is themed to Finding Nemo, with the 217-foot Crush’s Surfin’ Safari water slide and Nemo’s Cove splash pad for kids. Decor includes coral reef theming, ocean-inspired cabanas, and bright umbrellas referencing the East Australian Current scene. The leisure pool features lounge chairs and private cabanas for relaxation.

Animator’s Studio Design and Decor

The lobby and public spaces resemble an animator’s studio, showcasing the Pixar creative process. Guests can view character maquettes, storyboards, concept art, color scripts, and other behind-the-scenes looks at Pixar filmmaking. Touches like pencil cups, animation desks, and art supply accents enhance the studio environment.

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Guest Rooms and Suites

The Pixar Place Hotel features 479 guest rooms and suites, ranging from standard rooms to elaborately themed specialty suites. All rooms reflect inspiration from Pixar stories through artwork and subtle design details.

Beds

Standard Rooms

The hotel‘s 400+ standard guest rooms include a choice of accommodations with either two queen beds or one king bed. Standard rooms measure approximately 365 square feet and feature modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and free Wi-Fi. Select rooms on higher floors offer premium views overlooking Disney California Adventure Park. Decor includes wall murals, bedding, pillows and other accents showcasing Pixar films. Some examples include:

  • Finding Nemo rooms with an underwater theme
  • Coco rooms with bright Mexican-inspired patterns
  • The Incredibles rooms featuring super suit fabrics and Mid-Century Modern style furniture

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Themed Suites

For families seeking more space or travelers looking for an over-the-top Pixar experience, the hotel offers 25 elaborately themed one-bedroom suites. Ranging from 565 to 1500 square feet, these suites bring Pixar stories to life through custom artwork, props, furnishings and finishing touches. Suite options include:

  • The 1,500 square foot Luxo Suite featuring A113 details, Zotz candy dispensers, Scare Floor wallpaper and more nods to Pixar lore.
  • Coco Suite inspired by the Land of the Dead with an ofrenda, guitar accents and alebrije sculptures.
  • Finding Nemo Suite, allowing guests to sleep inside a submarine surrounded by coral and bubbles.
  • The mid-century modern Incredibles Suite, highlighting the Parr family with a spy-fi twist.

Dining

The Pixar Place Hotel offers a variety of dining options, from quick service to character dining.

Great Maple

The hotel‘s signature restaurant, Great Maple, serves American comfort food with California flair for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu features signature dishes like buttermilk fried chicken with maple bacon doughnuts, Cajun shrimp biscuits, and soda shop-inspired shakes. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor patio seating.

  • Opened on November 15, 2023, ahead of the hotel’s full reopening
  • Serves modern American comfort food made from scratch for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Signature dishes include buttermilk fried chicken with maple bacon doughnuts, cajun shrimp biscuits, soda pop baby back ribs, and seasonal doughnuts
  • Full bar with wine, beer, cocktails, and speciality drinks like margarita floats
  • Indoor and outdoor patio seating available 

Small Bytes

Adjacent to the pool deck, Small Bytes offers counter service snacks, sandwiches and refreshments. Their menu focuses on lighter fare like salads, flat breads and rice bowls. Guests can dine al fresco beside the pool or take food to go.

  • Rooftop pool bar opening in early March 2024
  • Serves snacks, sandwiches, burgers, nachos, and more
  • Full bar with cocktails and signature beverages like mini-floats
  • Outdoor seating available on the pool deck
  • Features pixel art of Pixar characters on the exterior wall 

Sketch Pad Café (Quick Service)

  • Grab-and-go café in the lobby for breakfast and snacks
  • Open from 6 AM to 11 AM daily
  • Serves Illy coffee, espresso, tea, juices and pastries from Röckenwagner Bakery
  • Limited indoor and outdoor lobby seating
  • Decor includes sketches of Pixar characters and nods to the creative process

In-Room Dining

The hotel also provides 24-hour in-room dining service for enjoying meals within the comfort of your guest room or suite. The Pixar Place Hotel room service menu offers a range of American classics alongside theme park favorites like Mickey waffles and churros.

Pricing and Packages

Nightly rates for standard rooms at the Pixar Place Hotel typically start around $300 per night, depending on dates and occupancy. Themed suites begin around $700, but can cost over $2,000 per night. The hotel offers travel packages that bundle the room stay with theme park tickets, dining plans and extras. Annual passholder and military room discounts are also available. As a Disneyland Resort hotel, staying at the Pixar Place Hotel includes the “Pixar Place Perks” program, with benefits like early theme park entry and complimentary shuttle transportation.

Amenities and Recreation

In addition to its well-appointed guest rooms, the Pixar Place Hotel offers families and leisure travelers a variety of on-site amenities and recreational facilities.

Pools

The rooftop pool deck features a large outdoor swimming pool, two whirlpool spas, lounge chairs and cabanas. Next to the pool is a 217-foot water slide themed to the East Australian Current from Finding Nemo.

Fitness Center

The hotel‘s fitness center provides cardio and strength training equipment like treadmills, free weights and resistance machines. Yoga mats are available for stretching and meditation.

Activities

Complimentary activities are scheduled frequently around the pool deck and lobby. Examples include poolside yoga, family craft activities, movie nights under the stars and Pixar sketch classes.

Shopping

The hotel’s gift shop, STOR-E, sells Pixar merchandise, Disney goods, travel necessities and convenience items. Exclusive Pixar Place Hotel souvenirs are also available.

Transportation

Complimentary shuttle buses provide transportation around the Disneyland Resort, including to and from the theme parks and Downtown Disney District.

Theme Park Perks

As a Disneyland Resort hotel, guests enjoy early theme park entry every morning to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park, based on a rotating schedule.

Family Accommodations

With its whimsical theming and variety of rooms, the Pixar Place Hotel is an excellent choice for families visiting the Disneyland Resort. Conveniences like in-room mini-fridges, microwaves (upon request), and coffee makers allow for easy preparation of snacks and light meals. The pool area includes a shallow splash zone for little ones, along with the thrilling Crush’s Surfin’ Safari water slide that all ages can enjoy together.

Babysitting services are available through a third-party provider at an additional cost. Select guest rooms feature bunk beds alongside the main bed(s) to accommodate larger families. Suites like the three-bedroom Luxo Suite provide even more room for families to spread out. Throughout the hotel, kids can explore and discover new surprises from their favorite Pixar films around each corner. From playing virtual reality games to having breakfast with Pixar characters, it’s a one-of-a-kind family getaway.

Opening day celebrations

Special Events and Celebrations

The Pixar Place Hotel hosts special character dining events and holiday celebrations throughout the year:

  • Pixar Character Breakfasts: Guests can enjoy themed breakfast buffets with visits from Woody, Buzz, and other Pixar pals.
  • Halloween and Christmas parties: The hotel decorates for the fall and winter holidays, with special dessert parties, character meet-and-greets, and holiday entertainment.
  • Pixar Fest After Hours: Tie-in events are held at the hotel during the Disneyland Resort’s Pixar Fest celebration from April 26th through August 4th, 2024. Exclusive after-hours pool parties and private character experiences take place.

Recreation and Entertainment

Additional recreation, entertainment, and amenities include:

  • Outdoor movie screenings by the pool on select nights
  • Family game nights and Pixar trivia challenges in the lobby
  • Character sketch classes and animation workshops for kids and adults
  • Video game consoles and virtual reality experiences themed to Pixar films available to rent for guest rooms

Conclusion

With its prime location, close theme park access and whimsical Pixar theming, the new Pixar Place Hotel offers guests a family-friendly resort stay filled with Disney magic. Behind its animated exterior lies contemporary accommodations, delicious dining and fun recreation for guests of all ages. Through its origins from the 1980s to today, this hotel at the Disneyland Resort continues to reinvent itself to create memorable vacation experiences. The Pixar Place Hotel marks an exciting new chapter, bringing some of Disney‘s most beloved characters and stories into the world of Disneyland Resort hotels.