Less than a week before its official opening on January 30, new Pixar Place Hotel signs, artwork, and more elements have been installed at the reimagined Disneyland Resort hotel.
Pixar Place Hotel Sign
The first sign we spotted is high up on the side of the building. It’s simple, with “Pixar Place Hotel” in black on a white background. “Pixar” is in the studio’s standard typeface.
A dip and some wiring at the top of the sign implies another piece will be installed. Luxo Jr., the iconic Pixar lamp, has been heavily featured in the resort’s branding, so might be part of the missing piece. Another sign featuring Luxo Jr. was previously installed on the ground next to the hotel’s walkway.
Pixar Place Hotel Parking Structure
Speaking of Luxo Jr., he’s now featured on the side of the hotel’s parking garage. Luxo Jr. is in sketch form pictured bouncing on the star ball above “Pixar Place Hotel.”
Rather than being immersive like the Toy Story Hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort, Pixar Place Hotel is inspired by the art of Pixar. The interior displays early character sketches and pop-art character mobiles.
Pixar Place Hotel Entrance Archway
The blocky entrance archway first installed last year has some extra theming. Crews were working on it when we approached. Last we looked at the archway, it just had blank white, gray, red, yellow, and blue blocks.
Now some of the blocks feature Pixar characters. A red block on the left has Melin Lee from “Turning Red” in red panda form. Below that is a yellow block featuring WALL-E and a white block featuring EVE. To the right is a blue block featuring the soul forms of Joel Gardner and 22 from “Soul.”
On the top right of the archway is a new piece featuring Luxo Jr. on the star ball. The piece has sketchy lines but is filled in with color and shading.
Pixar Place Hotel Lobby
When we entered the hotel lobby, crews were in the process of installing framed pieces of concept art on the white walls. This first piece is early artwork for “Monsters, Inc.” featuring a large blue monster and a little girl — precursors to Sulley and Boo as we know them — eating together at a table in a messy home.
Another piece features WALL-E and EVE on the desecrated planet Earth. They’re next to a giant brown piece of machinery and a ladder.
Some familiar “Up” artwork was staged for installation. It depicts Carl’s house on the cliffside as seen at the end of the film.
Also prepared for installation were these pieces for “The Incredibles” and “Inside Out.” The sepia-toned “Incredibles” piece features the silhouettes of Elastigirl, Violet, and Dash on a rock looking up at Syndrome’s headquarters. The “Inside Out” artwork is a wide look at the memory banks of Riley’s mind.
This artwork is for “Onward,” Pixar’s 2020 fantasy film. It features brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot looking into a tunnel. Ian holds a tall glowing staff.
Several new “Elemental” artwork has also been installed. The latest Pixar film was released last year, after work had already begun on Pixar Place Hotel. The above piece features Wade Ripple holding flowers.
This piece features Ember with her delivery bike and Clod. These two pieces look similar to the final movie so must have been created later on in production.
This larger piece depicts Ember and Wade watching a sunset together.
The last new piece sees the “Elemental” couple walking through an Element City street with water flowing next to them and other fire people around them.
Also in the lobby were these white curtains, presumably hiding work on the giant Luxo Jr. and ball statue concept art teased.
Pixar Place Hotel is a reimagining of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. The hotel originally opened in 1984 as the Emerald of Anaheim, operated by the Tokyu Group. Disney acquired the hotel in 1995 and renamed it Disneyland Pacific Hotel. With the opening of Disney California Adventure in 2001, they renamed it after one of the park’s new lands, Paradise Pier. The land became Pixar Pier in 2018.
Check out the first look inside a Pixar Place Hotel room.