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Paradise Pier Hotel to get a Pixar makeover, walkway to the park, plus more changes coming to Disneyland

by Susan and Simon Veness

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is getting an all-new theme, new shopping and dining is coming to Downtown Disney District, Mickey’s Toontown has extra kid-friendly fun in store, and more!

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Photos and renderings courtesy of Disney

Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock has announced the plans to reimagine Paradise Pier Hotel with the addition of carefully curated artwork that will “bring a new perspective” to favorite Pixar characters and their worlds.

The décor will to show the journey the artists take when they bring a story to life, and will include whimsical moments with the characters, such as the iconic Pixar Lamp balancing on its ball in the hotel lobby.

paradise pier hotel lobby
Paradise Pier Hotel lobby

Additional details about the transformation will be shared soon.

The hotels at Disneyland Resort will also begin offering new and returning benefits for guests staying on property.

Park-goers already have access to Disney California Adventure park through the entrance to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, as well as monorail access for Disneyland hotel guests.

Now, a walkway that will offer a convenient entrance to Disney California Adventure Park is under construction for the use of guests at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

downtown disney district retail
Downtown Disney District retail

Disneyland Resort hotels will also roll out the new voice assistant, “Hey Disney!” which will work alongside Alexa on Amazon Echo devices. The service, which will become operational later this year, is intended to add more convenience, more engagement, and more enjoyment to hotel guests’ stays.

Disneyland Resort hotel guests will also be able to send select theme park purchases back to their resort hotel, starting later in summer 2022.

Those staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel can look forward to early entry access, allowing entry into the theme parks to enjoy select attractions and experiences before regular park opening. Early entry will begin later this summer.

As the Downtown Disney District’s west side continues its transformation, visitors can experience new shopping, dining, and entertainment. Southern California mid-century modern architecture is the inspiration for the west end area’s color palettes, design elements, and patterns, and the area will feature an open lawn perfect for relaxing, for future events, and for more dining and shopping outlets.

Among them are Din Tai Fung family-run restaurant, which will bring the flavors of Chinese cuisine to Downtown Disney with items such as hand-crafted soup dumplings made on site. Dishes will be served family style in a unique space near the new lawn pavilion.

Patina Restaurant Group will transform the location currently occupied by Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar into Paseo and Centrico, featuring a Mexican offering with Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan. The experience will offer a multi-sensory journey “to the heart of Chef Gaytan’s homeland.”

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is finalizing their own transformation with a vibrant California energy and a newly inspired menu that also maintains its New Orleans spirit.

ralph brennan's jazz kitchen
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

And Earl of Sandwich will begin offering the convenience of a sandwich walk-up location later this year, serving the classic combinations fans have come to love.

Finally, Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park is set to debut new playful experiences for guests to enjoy, starting in early 2023, with a focus on families and young children.

mickey's toontown groundbreaking
Groundbreaking at Mickey’s Toontown

For more information visit Disneyland.com.

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