Disneyland plans Pixar’s transformation of the Paradise Pier Hotel – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Disneyland will sprinkle a healthy dose of Pixar pixie dust on the aging Paradise Pier hotel as part of a multi-million dollar renovation that will include a new rear entrance to Disney California Adventure for hotel guests.
The Pixar makeover of the Paradise Pier Hotel was announced during a State of the Disneyland Resort presentation hosted by Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock on Wednesday, April 27 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure.
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Potrock’s presentation comes a year after Disney’s Anaheim theme parks reopened after 412 days of pandemic-related closures.
“This is a really big milestone and another anchor in our continued momentum, really not just for Disneyland but for Anaheim and Orange County and other related business partners,” Potrock said during a press conference earlier Wednesday.
The Pixar Hotel will have a new entry portal into Disney California Adventure for hotel guests. The new rear entrance to the DCA is expected to extend from Paradise Gardens in the DCA to the vehicle entrance to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel via a backstage passage.
The Paradise Pier Hotel will not close during Pixar’s makeover with parts of the hotel renovated in turn.
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The existing hotel name on Disneyland Drive is a holdover from DCA’s Paradise Pier boardwalk area which was renamed Pixar Pier beginning in 2018 with areas dedicated to “The Incredibles”, “Toy Story” and “Inside Out”. The former Pan Pacific Hotel, built in 1984, was purchased by Disneyland a year before DCA opened in 2001.
The Paradise Pier renovation will completely reimagine the cheapest hotel in the theme park with Pixar stories. Upcoming Pixar films may be incorporated into the renovated 15-story hotel in the future if they prove popular after their theatrical release to keep the hotel fresh and relevant.
Concept art released by Disneyland shows Pixar’s iconic Luxo Jr. lamp sitting above the blue and yellow Luxo ball with red stars in the refreshed hotel lobby. A kinetic art mobile in the lobby atrium features characters from ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Monsters Inc.’, ‘Wall-E’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Coco “. Luxo balls also line the exterior of the redesigned hotel.
Disney has other hotels based on Pixar movies around the world, including the Toy Story Hotel at Shanghai Disneyland and Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel at Walt Disney World which features “Cars” and “Finding Nemo” elements. Despite online speculation, the new Pixar Hotel at Disneyland won’t be themed around a single movie or movie franchise.
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The new Pixar-themed hotel doesn’t have an official name yet, but for now most Disneylanders will probably call it the Pixar Hotel. No date has been announced for the start or end of the work.
Disneyland has already begun renovations to the Paradise Pier Hotel pool, which will receive a new Pixar theme.
The renovation represents a major investment in the tens of millions of dollars that will completely reimagine the rooms, pool, lobby and exterior of the hotel, according to Potrock.
In other Disney Hotel news, the new Disney Vacation Club tower being built next to the Disneyland Hotel will be named The Villas at the Disneyland Hotel.
The story of the DVC complex will pay homage to classic films from the Walt Disney Animation Studio. Rooms at the timeshare property will be used by hotel guests when not occupied by DVC members.