Disney has announced the date that Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland Resort will complete its transformation into Pixar Place Hotel. The lodging’s Pixar-inspired evolution will conclude early next year.
Pixar Place Hotel To Complete Transformation at Disneyland Resort Early Next Year
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will officially conclude its transformation and become Pixar Place Hotel on January 30, 2024. The overhaul was first announced at D23 Expo in 2022 and formally commenced in October of that year; the hotel has remained open as work on the reimagining has transpired.
Work has steadily progressed over the last 12 months; colorful stripes were added to the exterior of the hotel in January, and its Pixar-inspired lobby opened in May. Concept art from “Coco,” “Soul,” “Inside Out,” and other Pixar films was hung from the walls of a ground-floor seating area in June.
A “Luca” mural was installed in the hotel’s elevator bay in July, while several Pixar references were spotted at its pool when it reopened as Pixel Pool in August. The new pool area features a “Finding Nemo” slide and splash pad and shaped fireplaces depicting characters from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out,” “Elemental,” and “Lava,” a 2014 short film.
Earlier this month, the hotel’s gift shop was renamed “STOR-E,” a reference to the Pixar film “WALL-E.” Disney shared a look at the lodging’s updated gift shop, fitness center, and guest rooms on Monday.
The rooms will contain several references to the animation house that inspired the hotel’s reimagining. According to Disney, some of the art in the rooms is new, created by Pixar artists exclusively for the lodging. The headboards in each room will consist of concept art from several Pixar films, including “Brave,” “Toy Story 3,” and “The Incredibles.”
Though not necessarily a part of the Pixar-inspired reimagining, the Great Maple restaurant will soon open at the hotel. Offerings at the venue include the Cajun Shrimp & Cheddar Biscuit Benedict, Soda-Pop Braised Baby Back Ribs, Charred Cauliflower Hummus, Maple Pecan-Crusted Salmon, Market Fish, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Maple Bacon Doughnuts, and a variety of salads. The flagship restaurant will open in November, with the eatery also operating the Sketch Pad Cafe and Small Bytes rooftop pool bar.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has had several identities since being purchased by Disney in 1995. Disney changed the venue’s name to the Disneyland Pacific Hotel after their acquisition only to rebrand it to the Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel moniker in 2001. Pixar Place Hotel will be the venue’s third identity since Disney’s purchase.
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