Unlike the wide variety of lodging choices at Disney World, Disneyland only has three on-property hotels: The original Disneyland Hotel, the higher-end Disney’s Grand Californian and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Of those three, only one comes in at a more budget-friendly level: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Originally built in the 1980s and purchased by Disneyland in the 1990s, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has historically been the least exciting of the three Disneyland options, missing the luxury of the Grand Californian and the history of the Disneyland Hotel. For a number of years, it sported a 1920s California boardwalk theme. However, with us now solidly in the 2020s, Disney is giving the hotel some much-needed attention, and it is in the process of becoming the only fully Pixar-themed hotel in the U.S.
On track to complete its transformation by this winter, Disney continues to provide updates and sneak peeks at the Pixar Place Hotel, so here’s the latest.
Disney has shared that over the next few months, the lobby will continue to evolve into a bright space with nods to Pixar characters in its artwork and theming.
Families will likely be excited that the hotel is also getting a new “Finding Nemo”-inspired water play area that will include not only a new splash pad but also a 186-foot Crush-themed waterslide. This exciting addition is set to debut to hotel guests in late summer 2023.
Do note that until then, guests are able to utilize the pools at the Disneyland Hotel with a shuttle available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
When completed, the pool deck will also provide views of the nighttime fireworks at Disneyland.
The Pixar Place Hotel will also debut a new restaurant in the fall of 2023 named Great Maple. Disneyland has shared that it will feature an all-day service with upscale comfort food such as buttermilk fried chicken and maple bacon doughnuts, Cajun shrimp and cheddar biscuit Benedict and soda pop-braised baby back ribs. We also learned that a new concierge lounge is coming to Pixar Place Hotel.
Also of note for guests deciding where to stay at Disneyland is that in 2022, the hotel introduced a new walkway that gives guests a special side entrance to Disney California Adventure.
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Rates at the Pixar Place Hotel currently start around $450 per night but keep in mind if you stay there in the coming months, there will likely be some ongoing construction as progress is made toward this big retheme and renovation project.
And, of course, the Disneyland hotel development doesn’t stop with this one property as just down the street, the Disneyland Hotel is also making some progress toward the September 2023 debut of the new Disneyland Hotel Villas.