The Paradise Pier Hotel will be transformed into a Pixar-themed resort

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nemo, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang from ‘Toy Story’ and other Pixar franchises will take over the Paradise Pier Hotel.


What do you want to know

  • As part of a multi-million dollar makeover, Disney plans to turn the Paradise Pier Hotel into a Pixar-themed resort
  • Disneyland President Ken Potrock gave community leaders and business leaders a glimpse of what’s to come at the Disneyland Resort
  • Din Tai Fung dim sum restaurant and chef Carlos Gaytán’s Mexican-inspired cuisine restaurant are coming to Downtown Disney
  • Jazz Kitchen by Ralph Brennan will also see a new menu and exterior and interior remodeling of its dining space

As part of a multimillion-dollar makeover, the Disneyland Resort plans to transform Disney’s beach-themed Paradise Pier hotel into a Pixar-themed resort.

Disneyland President Ken Potrock announced the theme change during a State of Disneyland Resort event for business and community leaders at Disney California Adventure on Wednesday.

Potrock gave updates on Disney’s multi-year reimagining of the resort, which they announced last year, and other new changes coming to Downtown Disney.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Potrock told Spectrum News in a later statement.

As the coronavirus pandemic wanes and crowds return to pre-pandemic levels at Disneyland Resort, guests will soon have more dining options while at the resort.

Din Tai Fung, a popular dim sum restaurant chain and Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytán’s new Mexican-inspired restaurant, will soon open in Downtown Disney.

Gaytán’s restaurant will occupy the locations currently occupied by Catal & Uva Bar. Din Tai Fung will have a new restaurant building in the area where the former Earl of Sandwich Theater and AMC once stood, a Disneyland official told Spectrum News.

Downtown Disney mainstay Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will also see a new menu and exterior and interior remodeling of its dining space.

Meanwhile, Earl of Sandwich will have a pop-up slot. It’s unclear if the popular sandwich joint will have a permanent home once the renovations are complete.

Disneyland officials did not reveal a date for any of these new restaurants to open and renovations to be completed.

“[We’re] invest significantly in Downtown Disney District to continue to develop this vibrant and exciting destination with something for everyone,” said Potrock.

Formerly known as the Pan Pacific Hotel, Disney purchased the 491-room hotel in the mid-1990s from a Japanese company before changing the name to Paradise Pier Hotel in 2000.

Unlike its other four-diamond sister properties — Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel, the beach-themed Paradise Pier is a three-diamond property.

It’s unclear if Disney plans to upgrade the Paradise Pier to a four-diamond property during the renovation process.

Disneyland officials said visitors to the newly redesigned Pixar-themed hotel would see different Pixar characters, possibly “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story” and “Cars” in the artwork and decor.

Luxo, Jr., the bouncy desk lamp that serves as Pixar’s “I” in the movies and the star-studded Luxo Ball, will also be featured in the new resort.

Plus, hotel guests will have direct access to Disney California Adventure. Disney officials said they are currently under construction on a new walkway connecting the former Paradise Pier hotel to Disney California Adventure.

Potrock said it was exciting to see all this growing momentum at the Disneyland Resort. And just like Buzz Lightyear, Disney is going full throttle in construction and renovation.

“We are ahead at full speed,” he said.

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