Construction on Façade and Exclusive Entrance to Disney California Adventure Underway at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

As Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel begins a large transformation, the hotel-exclusive entrance to Disney California Adventure seems ready to open.

The entrance is located next to the walkway leading to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Like the Paradise Pier entrance, it’s open exclusively to guests staying at the hotel.

Unlike the walkway, the entrance veers to the right instead of going straight through.

Over by the hotel, work is underway on refurbishing the hotel’s façade. A flatbed truck was parked near the porte-cochere. Metal poles are stacked around the site.

Luckily, the work doesn’t obscure the entrance signage.

Currently, scaffolding is up along the walls, reaching past the artwork on the lower windows.

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The focus seems to be the sun pieces above the large windows. They subtly resemble the Sun Wheel as it appeared from 2001 to 2008. It was later transformed into Mickey’s Fun Wheel in 2009, and the Pixar Pal-A-Round in 2018.

During the transformation into a Pixar-themed hotel, the suns will be replaced with the yellow, red, and light blue ball famous from the studio’s shorts. They can be seen in the concept art below:

Underneath the scaffolding, the walkway is covered by a canvas “tunnel.” It remains open to guests during the refurbishment.

No timeframe for the transformation has been announced, though it’s possible the hotel will remain open during much of the work.

Are you excited to stay in the new Pixar-themed hotel once its transformation is complete? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. It looks like that Paradise Pier Hotel gonna get a ”Pixar” treatment when it becomes a Pixar-specific hotel somewhere in the near future.

    Thanks Disney foe ending the over-20 year run of the Paradise Pier name of your hotel and I look forward to see the new “Pixar”-themed hotel for its grand re-opening!!

    The hotel has a longggg history, it originally started as the Emerald of Anaheim when its originally owned by the Tokyu Group from Japan then the Pan Pacific Hotel then when Disney purchased the Pan Pacific during the mid-1990’s, the Pan Pacific officially renamed to the Disneyland Pacific Hotel, then in 2001 after the opening of Disney California Adventure, the hotel changed from Disneyland Pacific to Paradise Pier after the attraction inside DCA which is today, Pixar Pier since 2018.

    Yeah, this hotel will be “Pixar”-ize with Pixar characters and stories to fill the ex-Paradise Pier, thanks to my Disney for renaming this former Paradise Pier Hotel after 21 years, good luck with the transformation!!

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