Pixar Place Hotel at Disneyland Resort Fact Sheet

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The reimagined Pixar Place Hotel opened Jan. 30, 2024, marking the official transformation of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel into the first fully Pixar-themed hotel in the United States. The 15-story hotel overlooking Disney California Adventure Park offers contemporary guest rooms that celebrate the artistry of Pixar Animation Studios, new dining featuring Great Maple restaurant, a rooftop pool area with a “Finding Nemo”-themed splash pad, new fitness center, play court, shopping and more. 

With a wealth of vibrant artwork on display, Pixar Place Hotel evokes the creativity, artistry and humor that each Pixar story holds. From initial sparks of inspiration to final designs, hotel guests can see how the filmmakers bring beloved Pixar movies and short films to life.   

Creative team quotes

Kirstin Makela, Art Director at Walt Disney Imagineering 

  • “Walt Disney Imagineering was so inspired to take a peek behind the curtain and learn more about the creation of our favorite Pixar films. We wanted to bring this iconic collection of artwork directly to our guests in unique ways throughout the property, as well as new artwork created for the hotel.” 

Tasha Sounart, Theme Park Creative Director at Pixar Animation Studios 

  • “The different spaces in the hotel tell the story of how art and technology come together in the process of making Pixar films. Starting in the lobby with the mobile representing minimalist character sketches, to the rear entry hallway murals showing how animation thumbnails evolve into wireframes built in the computer. For the pool area, we had a lot of fun creating pixel-art versions of the characters out of tiles, to further represent the role technology plays in our art process.”  

Roger Gould, Creative Director, Theme Parks at Pixar/Walt Disney Animation Studios 

  • “Our Pixar artists love seeing their stories come to life in Disney parks for guests to enjoy – and for them to enjoy too! Now, with Pixar Place Hotel, our guests are welcome to stay in an environment that surrounds them with the joyful spirit of Pixar. One of the most exciting aspects of the hotel is that we’re sharing the story of how we create our films. There are amazing, never-before-seen pieces of concept art and storyboards as well as wireframes, maquettes and other elements that illustrate how our films go from an original idea all the way to the finished image.” 

Hotel details and information

Lobby: Favorite moments from Pixar films are featured at the front desk, with characters pictured larger than life in curated artwork. A sculpture of the iconic Pixar Lamp balancing atop its ball is the focal point of the lobby, with an imaginative mobile of beloved Pixar characters floating from the skylight above. The mobile depicts characters at the beginning stages of Pixar filmmaking, when the artists create the characters’ most basic shapes and colors. 

Guest Rooms: The bright and whimsical décor gives nods to Pixar throughout the comfortable and contemporary accommodations, with art curated expressly for the hotel and a Pixar Lamp in each room. The headboards consist of concept art from a variety of Pixar features, including “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story 3” and more, arranged in order from warm to cool colors to demonstrate the importance of color to the tone of a scene. 

Pool Area: Hotel guests can enjoy a colorful new pool area, where families can take a ride down Crush’s Surfin’ Slide, splash in the Pixel Pool and play in Nemo’s Cove, a pop-jet splash pad featuring characters like Hank, Squirt, Dory and Marlin. Guests may choose to rent private daybeds, cabanas or pods in the daytime; relax at night around fire pits sculpted to the likeness of some of Pixar’s most hotheaded characters, including Ember from “Elemental” and Anger from “Inside Out”; and see fireworks from this rooftop deck on select nights. 

Pixar Shorts Court: Adjacent to the rooftop pool, hotel guests can play outdoor games that pay homage to Pixar short films, such as Bao Toss, Follow the Leader, Shuffleboard and Burrow Path – respectively themed to “Bao,” “For the Birds” “La Luna” and “Burrow.” The nearby umbrella counter is an area to enjoy food and drinks under the love-struck umbrellas from “The Blue Umbrella.” 

Shopping: Just off the lobby is the new retail shop, STOR-E. The name is a nod to the film “WALL-E,” and the shop’s artwork is inspired by memorable icons from Pixar films, including the scuba mask from “Finding Nemo,” balloons from “Up,” and Hank’s coffee pot from “Finding Dory.” Pixar-themed apparel and toys, along with Disneyland Resort souvenirs and sundries, are available here. 

Dining: Pixar Place Hotel features multiple food and beverage offerings operated by Southern California-based eatery, Great Maple:  

  • Great Maple: The 6,500 square-foot restaurant is located on the ground floor just off the lobby, serving playful takes on upscale comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hotel guests, theme park goers and local diners can enjoy signature dishes in a modern space, including buttermilk fried chicken and maple bacon doughnuts, Cajun shrimp and cheddar biscuit benedict, soda pop-braised baby back ribs, charred cauliflower hummus, maple pecan-crusted salmon, market fish and a variety of inspired salads. 
  • The Sketch Pad Café: Just off the lobby, this grab-and-go coffee shop serves a selection of pastries, coffee and teas. The wall décor shows a timeline of Pixar films conveyed through character design, with early sketches of some favorite characters offering insight into the artist’s journey.  
  • Small Bytes – opening early March 2024: The rooftop pool bar will serve salads, wraps, assorted cheese plates and more with signature beverages. The bar’s exterior wall features 22 pixel-art style portraits of Pixar characters designed specifically for the hotel.  

Themed Signature Suites – coming later in 2024: When final touches are complete later this year, Pixar Place Hotel will have 479 total guest rooms, including two new themed signature suites. 

  • Coco Suite: Inspired by Pixar’s “Coco,” the cozy yet luxurious two-bedroom suite pays tribute to Miguel and the Rivera family’s legacy through vibrant Oaxacan art. 
  • Incredibles Suite: A midcentury modern suite with a spy-fi twist, this two-bedroom home base features Parr family memorabilia from “The Incredibles.”  

Concierge Lounge – coming later in 2024: Available to concierge-level guests beginning later this year, the Creators Club on the second floor will have snacks and beverages available throughout the day. The lounge will showcase the collaboration between Pixar and Walt Disney Imagineering, featuring Pixar attraction posters, concept art and a playlist of tunes from Pixar experiences in Disney parks around the world. 

Special Theme Park Access: Guests of Pixar Place Hotel can enjoy a convenient, dedicated entrance to Disney California Adventure Park just a short walk from the hotel, with a valid park ticket and theme park reservation. 

Fun Facts:  

  • Specially composed for Pixar Place Hotel, the new lobby music includes 10 new arrangements of Pixar cues and celebrates favorite themes from many Pixar films. The Pixar Place Hotel album is available digitally for guests to listen to.  
  • 16 Pixar character silhouettes embedded in the lobby floor and elevator cabs are a nod to the floor details found at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif.  
  • Appearing for the first time at any Disney property, Bing Bong from Pixar’s “Inside Out” makes his world debut at Pixar Place Hotel. At select times, he may be found creating core photo memories with guests. 
  • At select times, Joe Gardner from “Soul” may be seen and heard playing the piano near the hotel’s staircase, delighting guests as he shares anecdotes and loses himself in “The Zone.”  
  • In the Creators Club, concierge-level guests will discover a few fan-favorite elements of past and present Pixar attractions, including a bug light fixture from “a bug’s land” and a snake ride vehicle from Jessie’s Critter Carousel.  
  • Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s “Monsters University” can be spotted on treadmills in a mural in the new fitness center. 
  • The artwork at the rooftop Small Bytes bar exterior features pixel-art style character portraits, which is a nod to the use of computer technology in Pixar’s films. 

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