Fresh looks and news from Disneyland's new Pixar-themed hotel

May 25, 2023, 2:35 PM · The first Pixar-themed hotel in the United States will be complete by this winter, the Disneyland Resort revealed today.

The Pixar Place Hotel is the new name and identity for the former Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort.

Pixar Place Hotel exterior
All concept images courtesy Disneyland

The Paradise Pier name became extraneous when Disney California Adventure rethemed that land as Pixar Pier back in 2018. [See Did Disney succeed or fail with its Pixar Pier? for my review when that land opened.] Last year, Disneyland President Ken Potrock announced that the Pixar retheme would extend to the hotel across the street.

The hotel has remained open during its transformation, and Disneyland today shared some fresh concept images of what guests will find when the changes are complete, starting with the hotel's lobby and check-in area.

Check in at the Pixar Place Hotel

A new Finding Nemo-inspired splash pad and water slide will open for hotel guests this summer. Crush will top the 186-foot-long water slide.

Water playground

Later this year, the hotel will open a new family play court next to the pool deck, too, with references to several Pixar short films.

Play court

And the hotel's restaurant will become a Great Maple, which now has locations in Pasadena, Newport Beach, and San Diego. (Yeah, even though it's in Pasadena, I haven't eaten there, so I have no opinion to report on it.)

Great Maple at Pixar Place

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Replies (6)

May 25, 2023 at 2:41 PM

Another beautiful looking Disney hotel that will no doubt be astonishingly expensive..haha

May 25, 2023 at 3:07 PM

I have been to the Great Maple in Newport and it's not bad! their breakfast is solid as are their cocktails; but it's all ... a lot. everything they do is dialed up to 11, so keep that in mind before checking it out.

May 25, 2023 at 4:25 PM

From the looks of it, they're lucky Mondrian's works aren't in copyright.

May 26, 2023 at 3:57 PM

The concept art for the hotel looks better than Pixar Pier.

May 26, 2023 at 4:14 PM

it's not like any of the Disneyland hotels are very fancy, but oof, this one is particularly lame, no better than the Best Western on the other side of the park that's half the price. This refurb is just polishing a poop.

It used to be that you could almost justify the ridiculous room prices with the magic morning hour, but now that's been eliminated*, the convenient location is the ONLY reason to stay at a Disney hotel.

(Yes, they now have the half-magic half-hour, but because they now let non-guests enter at the same time, it can take 5-10 minutes just to get in the gate. If it takes you five minutes to hustle to the first ride, you're luck to get even two rides before rope drop. Before, when you had an hour, you could ride 6-10 rides if you hustled. )

May 27, 2023 at 8:41 AM

Eww…this looks awful and cheap. First the Disneyland Hotel DVC tower that breaks the look and theming of the other 3 and now this? Imagineering has dropped the ball.

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