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Disney’s
Paradise Pier Hotel

“Celebrate the carefree California lifestyle
found in this high-quality hotel, overlooking
Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure”
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013


The real beach is about 16 miles south of the Disneyland Resort, but there’s a beach experience within the Yesterland Resort—Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

Paradise Pier at Yester California Adventure represents the heyday of California beachfront boardwalks. This hotel continues that theme. Does the sun on the hotel sign look familiar? It should. It’s the sun face from the Sun Wheel at Paradise Pier.

A rooftop pool area includes California Streamin’, a waterslide inspired by California Screamin’, along with a whirlpool spa and toddler wading pool.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Waves on the cornice

The Pacific Ocean has waves. So does the cornice of the hotel.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Chris Bales, 2022

Welcome mat

Let’s go inside and look around…

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Surfer Goofy guarding the lobby

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Lobby artwork celebrating Paradise Pier at the theme park across the street

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Registration desk with a beach umbrella awning and the Sun Wheel sun face on the counter

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Disney’s PCH Grill, featuring California-inspired dishes with seasonal flavors

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Surfside Lounge, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Decor in the Surfside Lounge

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Sandcastle Cinema, where kids can watch Disney movies from resort lounge chairs

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Mickey in Paradise, a gift shop, of course

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2000

Souvenir t-shirt at the gift shop

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Flounder’s Fun ’n’ Games, with popular arcade games

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Looking up through the skylight into the bulding’s lightwell

The hotel has 481 Rooms, including 25 suites. To accomodate families, standard rooms hold up to five guests, and Paradise Suites are great for groups of up to six. View rooms allow you to gaze across the street at the theme park, or at pools, or at suburban sprawl.


The hotel that became Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel originally opened in 1984 as the Emerald of Anaheim Hotel, a part of the Emerald/Pan Pacific Group owned by the Japanese conglomerate Tokyu Corp. Five years later, the hotel’s name changed to the Pan Pacific Hotel.

In December 1995, The Walt Disney Company purchased the strategically-located hotel and took over operations. It became the Disneyland Pacific Hotel.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2000

Disneyland Pacific Hotel sign

Disneyland Pacific Hotel

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2000

Disneyland Pacific Hotel before conversion to the Paradise Pier theme

In January 1998, the Disneyland parking lot, located across the street from the hotel, became the construction site for Disney’s California Adventure.

Being directly across the street, the hotel would be visible from the new park. It was so close that a wall or berm would not be able to hide it. The solution was to tie the hotel into the theme of the park’s Paradise Pier section.

That meant a new name and a playful update to the hotel’s appearance.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2000

in 2000, installing a cornice with ocean waves…

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2000

…and removing the Disneyland Pacific Hotel sign

On November 1, 2000, the Disneyland Pacific Hotel officially became Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel—a name it would keep until January 29, 2024.

The two other hotels of the Disneyland Resort—the Disneyland Hotel Disney’s Grand Californian—were more spectacular, but Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel had lower room rates, great views into Disney California Adventure from many rooms, and, for part of its existence, its own private entrance into that park.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Guest services

As the Paradise Pier at the park changed, small changes were made to the hotel. For example, an updated painting behind the Guest Services counter showed Silly Symphony Swings instead of the Orange Stinger.

Then again, the sun face of the Sun Wheel remained on the hotel’s sign until the very end.

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel from Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Newer paint scheme

An updated paint scheme—with two shades of blue instead of one shade of blue-green—looked better than the original.

In December 2017, Disney announced that the Paradise Pier section of the park would be split into two lands—Pixar Pier and Paradise Gardens Park—with significant changes to the attractions, shops, and restaurants.

On June 23, 2018, Paradise Pier ceased to exist as a section of the park—but Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel kept its name and theme anyway.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Artist Concept Only © Disney/Pixar

New theme for the old hotel

It took almost four years for a new name and new theme to be announced. On April 28, 2022, the Disney Parks Blog shared the news that Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel would be transformed into the Pixar Place Hotel. There would no longer be a cornice with waves. Pixar iconography would replace the California surf iconography.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Chris Bales, 2022

In 2022, removing the cornice…

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Chris Bales, 2022

… and removing the Paradise Pier Hotel sign

The renovation continued through 2023. Paradise Pier Hotel remained open for business. Guests encountered various inconveniences as public areas were updated. They could find themselves in rooms that were or were not renovated.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort, 2024 © Disney

Pixar Place Hotel, ready for its grand opening

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort

Photo by Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort, 2024 © Disney

Thoroughly “reimagined” inside, reflecting the art and creativity of Pixar

On January 30, 2024, the 40-year-old hotel became Disneyland’s newest hotel.

That leaves one question… Why is it called the Pixar Place Hotel? It’s across the street from Paradise Gardens Park, and near Pixar Pier. But Pixar Place is a land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.


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