Take a look inside Disneyland’s Pixar Place Hotel. This hotel is currently undergoing a complete transformation from Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel into Pixar Place Hotel. This review includes my review, video and past experiences as Paradise Pier Hotel which is still open for stays and reservations. However, I will also include updates for those hoping to stay once the reimagining is complete Winter 2023.
The Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel, an in-depth review and deals for your Disneyland Resort vacation. My most recent stay at Paradise Pier Hotel was August 2022.
The Disneyland Pixar Place Hotel is one of three Disney owned hotels at Disneyland Resort. This hotel is currently undergoing a re-theme while in operation and when it opens will be the only fully Pixar-themed hotel in the country!
If you’re staying during construction, your stay at Paradise Pier includes a mix of paradise, beach vibes with the fun of Pixar mixed in. Those who are looking to stay after the retheme will feel like they stepped into a Pixar art gallery with nods to favorite Pixar characters like Woody, Mike Wazowski, Miguel and more.
Here’s everything you need to know about Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel, along with details you won’t want to miss.
Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel Quick Details
There are a total of three Disney owned hotels at Disneyland Resort with Pixar Place Hotel as the most affordable option. Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel has a long history in Anaheim and was purchased by Disney in 1995. In 2022 it began it’s transformation from Paradise Pier Hotel to Pixar Place Hotel.
The hotel remains open for booking and stays during construction with a grand reopening of Pixar Place Hotel expected Winter 2023.
Pixar Place Hotel has 481 rooms in a 15 story high-rise structure. Select rooms overlook California Adventure park, giving select guest rooms a view of the night-time show, World of Color.
Pixar Place Hotel also hosts a rooftop pool, 186 foot high waterslide and children’s wading reopening as a Finding Nemo theme when it debuts.
Disneyland Pixar Place Hotel Lobby
If you’re checking in during construction, you may be rerouted to a temporary check-in area at the Pacific Ballroom. Guests can enter via the hotel’s rear entrance. Check in at Pixar Place Hotel is easy-breezy when compared to other Disneyland Resort hotels, simply because the pull-up area to bring luggage in is only steps away from the front desk. You can also begin the check in process on the Disneyland app.
The convenience factor when you’re pulling up with a car full of kids and luggage is certainly worth considering. I can’t wait to replace this photo of the old lobby which was in dire need of a refresh.
The refreshed lobby will be worked on in phases and soon guests will get to see iconic images from Pixar films at the front desk in specially curated artwork.
And later this winter guests entering the lobby will be greeted by the Pixar Lamp playfully balancing atop its ball! It’s just one of the many Pixar details you’ll be able to find in this new vision for Pixar Place Hotel.
What time is Pixar Place Hotel check in?
You may check in anytime, but rooms are available after 3:00 pm. Be sure to arrive early if you plan to go into the parks on the day of your arrival and utilize Early Entry.
Pixar Place Hotel will issue you room keys to access the pool. During pool construction, guests may use the Disneyland Hotel pools which I love! If you need to hold your luggage at the hotel, Bell Services can take care of that for you as well.
As you arrive to check in at the Pixar Place tower, many new Pixar photo opportunities await! We’ll have to say goodbye to this Goofy surfer but I can’t wait to see the new Pixar Lamp and Ball in person later in 2023.
What is Pixar Place Hotel address?
Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel is located at 1717 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802. Get directions to Pixar Place Hotel here.
What is the Pixar Place Hotel phone number?
To contact Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel directly, call 714-999-0990.
Want a late check out at Pixar Place Hotel?
Normal hotel check out time is 11:00 am, but late check outs are permitted by request and may require an additional fee. Simply call the front desk for more information. If you just need a place to store your luggage after check out, bell services can handle that for you at no additional cost.
Bonus tip: transferring to another Disney hotel property? Bell Services can transfer your luggage free of charge. I’ve done this myself from the Grand Californian to Pixar Place Hotel which was so much nicer than wheeling my luggage across the street.
Disney Pixar Place Hotel Parking
When staying at Disneyland’s Pixar Place Hotel, don’t forget to add in the $35 nightly fee for self-parking, with valet service at $50 per night, per vehicle.
Pixar Place parking deal: I look out for deals whenever I can, so if it’s stating the obvious then here it goes. Use self-parking and save $15 each night over valet.
Make it even more convenient by dropping off your party and luggage at the main entrance first. After you check in, drive to self-parking just around the back of the building and enter through the back entrance.
For Disneyland and California Adventure guests experiencing theme parks only, do not park in Pixar Place Hotel’s parking lot. Read more details on parking at Disneyland Resort here.
Disneyland Pixar Place Hotel Exclusive Access
Guests who are stay at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel get access to Early Entry each day of their stay, with valid theme park admission.
Make the most of your time and lower crowd levels—wake up early, it will be worth it! Keep reading for details on Early Entry, plus power walks through the park before it opens, special movie screenings and fireworks viewing below.
What Early Entry means for you:
- Enjoy early entry into California Adventure Park via a special entrance on the west side of DCA by Goofy’s Sky School. Your Early Entry will be shared with other Disney property hotel guests, but no one staying off-site can access early entry into California Adventure. Valid theme park ticket and reservations required.
- Enjoy early entry into Disneyland Park via the main gates or Monorail. Your Early Entry will be shared with other Disney property hotel guests, but no one staying off-site can access early entry into Disneyland. Valid theme park ticket and reservations required.
- Pixar Place Hotel bonus access! Don’t forget, guests staying at Disney properties can sign up for an early morning power walk through the park before it even opens!
- Fireworks viewing for hotel guests is located on the 3rd floor outdoor rooftop with music a dialog broadcast to go along with the show.
- Fitness Center is open for guests who want to stay on track during their Disneyland Resort vacation.
- Pixar Place Theater where kids can relax in a comfy chair and watch their favorite Disney films broadcast throughout the day (not a child care service, adults supervision required). This area is not currently available during the switch to Pixar Place Hotel.
How do I get into California Adventure from Pixar Place Hotel? Exit Paradise Pier Hotel toward the entrance and follow the signs across the street to the west side, private entrance to California Adventure.
Can I use the Grand Californian entrance to California Adventure? No, this entrance is only available for Grand Californian Hotel guests with valid theme park admission in the morning. Later in the afternoon, Disney cast members may allow anyone with valid theme park admission to use the entrance as well.
Disney Pixar Place Hotel Rooms
While we haven’t seen the new rooms for Pixar Place Hotel, the rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel are comfortable and convenient, with a splash of Disney and Pixar magic.
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Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel room descriptions
- Pixar Place Standard View room has views of Disneyland Drive, rooftop or parking area. I booked a standard view room and had an awesome view overlooking the pool. It was a little louder than expected with people having fun at the pool, but it hardly bothered me. Available in two configurations sleeping up to 5 people. 2 Queens and 1 Day bed or 1 King and and 1 Queen sleeper sofa. I would not sleep 5 adults here, but a family with 2 adults and 2-3 small kids could work.
- Pixar Place Premium View room offers views Disney California Adventure, sleeps up to 5 people with 2 Queens and 1 Day bed. Again, I would not sleep 5 adults here, but a family with 2 adults and 2-3 small kids could work. This room type view is featured in the photo below.
Disneyland Pixar Place Hotel Club Level
Club-level service is a step above, and many people give rave reviews of Club Level service and amenities at Paradise Pier Hotel. Just be careful, you may never want to go back to regular reservations again ;). Club-level rooms offer the following amenities during your stay:
- Exclusive access to the Concierge Lounge on the 2nd floor
- Continental breakfast in the morning
- mid day snacks available
- Wine and cheese, dessert reception each evening
- Personal assistance from the Concierge Staff
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Disneyland Pixar Place Hotel Suites
If you’re ready to have access to Disneyland Resort with a little more wiggle room, Paradise Pixar Place suites might be just the thing you’re looking for.
You can choose from a variety of suites including 1 bedroom (sleeps up to 6), 2 bedroom (sleeps up to 10), 3 bedroom (sleeps up to 12) and signature themed suites (sleeps up to 13).
I have not stayed in any of the suites on site, but have gathered this information to help you make the best choice for your family. View photos here.
- Pixar Place One Bedroom Suite. You will have a similar configuration to regular rooms with 2 queen beds, but the suite adds a separate living room area with a full sectional couch (pull out queen inside), dining area and two TVs.
- Pixar Place Two Bedroom Suite. 1 King, 2 Queens and 2 Queen sleeper sofas. Along with a dining area and two TVs.
- More Pixar Place Suites. Elegance, luxury with a front row view of California Adventure Park or walk out access to the pool. The finishing touches here are stellar. From a double vanity expansive master bath with large soaker tubs to inviting living, dining and kitchen spaces, and plenty of room to unwind.
Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel Pool
Inspired by Pixar’s Finding Nemo and other Pixar favorites, the rooftop pool deck is located on the third floor outdoor terrace opening Summer 2023.
You’ll find the regular pool, a children’s splash area, a water slide and spa. The structure of the slide will remain the same but check out the concept art earlier in the article for the new look
This pool is another reason I suggest extending your visit so you can spend some down time here. You will have access to the pool on check in and check out day as well.
In addition to the pool, a family play court will be added to the deck with activities inspired by Pixar’s famous short films. Interactive games and imaginative free play celebrate favorite friends from these Pixar Shorts will add to the whimsical elements of play time:
- La Luna
- Bao (one of my favorites!)
- For the Birds
- The Blue Umbrella
Disneyland Pixar Place Dining
All onsite dining at Pixar Place is currently CLOSED. Please use Downtown Disney dining instead.
On site dining will return Fall 2023 with the following options:
- Great Maple serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, the ground-floor restaurant will be easily accessible to everyone looking for a bite to eat, including famed Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Maple Bacon Doughnuts, the Cajun Shrimp & Cheddar Biscuit Benedict, and the Soda Pop-Braised Baby Back Ribs
- Great Maple Bar on site serving beer, wine and cocktails.
- Great Maple will also provide food and beverage service at the pool, at aGrab ‘n’ Go Coffee and Cafe in the lobby as well as the Concierge Lounge.
Great Maple’s culinary creativity will abound throughout the hotel, offering food and beverage service at the pool, as well as a new grab ‘n’ go coffee shop and café near the lobby, and eventually at the hotel’s new concierge lounge.
Disney Pixar Place Hotel Reviews
Is Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel right for your next vacation? See what members of Disneyland with Kids Facebook group have to say about it. Note these are pre-renovation.
It worked out great for us especially as a family of 5, we really liked the small sofa bed that turned into a twin/toddler bed. It was a short walk to Galaxy’s Edge early in the morning. -Jen B.
We have stayed at all three Disney hotels and Paradise Pier is our favorite. The staff are always phenomenal and we have had pixie dust experiences with them in the past. I feel like the rooms are more spacious and we really like having the couch AND the table and chair in the room.
We’ve always been lucky to stay in the premium view rooms and have enjoyed seeing World of Color from our window, well at least the back of it, with the music playing on our TV. We like the pool though it is not as cool as the Disneyland hHotel pool, not even close. We have toddlers so the toddler pool and water slide at Paradise Pier are fine for us for now. The drinks at the bar near the pool are YUM.
Recently we have been splurging and getting Club Level which I highly recommend. Access to snacks and drinks before going to park and during pool or room breaks was incredibly convenient. There is a happy hour between 5-7pm with complimentary beer and wine which after a day with our toddlers was a god send. They also have hot appetizers during this time along with the snacks and treats they normally have. Coffee and espresso makers for your breakfast and hard boiled eggs, cereal, and fruit too. We kind of regret doing club level only because now we are snobby and don’t want to stay at a disney hotel without it. Cheaper hotels will have free breakfast but for us staying on a disney property matters
It is a far walk to the parks BUT our normal routine is to walk over to the Downtown Disney monorail station and roll into Tomorrowland to start our day. We typically go to California Adventure at midday and are able to walk out through the Grand to get back to Paradise Pier. -Veronica V.
Yes it can be pricey, but I believe you get what you pay for. My daughters felt like royalty and it kept the Disney Magic going. -Donni D.
Thought it was great but felt a little outdated and like a value hotel. We did the character breakfast which was amazing!! BUT on that food note, we ordered from the lounge for dinner and went down to pick it up, waited over an hour, and it was not good at all. Complimentary water and fruit water near the elevators was nice, filled up my kids cups several times.
The walk to security was nice it felt like it went faster than the one on Harbor, then took the Monorail into Disneyland. When I did Extra Magic Hour into California Adventure, that was such a long walk to get through Downtown Disney on top of getting to the security—I’m not sure I would recommend it for that perk. The hotel was comfortable and clean, and loved the 24/7 Mickey cartoons. We had a view to World of Color but wish I was up close to be able to see all of the projections. Overall I would do it again but prefer the Disneyland Hotel over Paradise Pier. -Hollie R.
My sister and I stayed with our 5 and 6 year old boys last month. We had a premium view and access to the club lounge for 5 nights. I have never had such a wonderful experience before. There was always someone in the lobby with a cold drink waiting when we came back from a long afternoon in the parks. They brought complimentary ginger ale and crackers to our room after my son got sick in the parks, and they even remebered to ask him how how he was feeling in the lobby the next day. The staff is amazing and went above and beyond to make our stay magical during our stay. They did such a great job of continuing the magic for us that we felt like we never even left the parks. Paradise Pier will be my go to for all future Disneyland vacations. -Tiffanie C.
We had a terrible experience there. The sink in our room was clogged so they sent a handyman in and long story short the night ended with them drilling a hole in our bathroom wall while our twins cried from their cribs and people walking past our open door and staring at us. Also the elevator situation is rough! There are only elevators on one side of the hotel. Anyone who needs to use the elevator (ie wheelchairs and strollers) has to wait while the entire hotel leaves at the same time to use their Extra Magic Hour. We missed 30 minutes of ours trying to get out of the hotel. -Rachel A.
We stayed there for one night during Easter week (the week prior to Easter). It was such a wonderful experience for our family of 5. We had so many magical moments that made all of us feel so special. When we waited in line to check in an employee came by with balloons for each of my kids. They even got them each their favorite colors. Another staff member came by with a strawberry lemonade in cups for everyone.
When we got up to check in they saw we were celebrating my son’s birthday. They said in honor of his birthday they gave us free parking. It may seem so small but for us it made a huge difference! As she was getting us checked in she said “now let’s get you a magical view.” Well we get to our room with a park view and got to see World of Color from our hotel. We couldn’t help but feel so special and loved.
The elevators were different but we loved knowing which elevator to line up in front of. I wish more places did that. It helped not having to run to whichever door opened. We checked out the pools after we checked in and loved it. I have 3 small kids (8,6 and 2) we had a great time. I loved that they provided a swim diaper for my 2 year old at no extra charge. They also had life jackets for all 3 of my kids to use. My husband and I took turns in the small 1 ft. deep pool with our 2 year old and 6 year old and going on the water slide with our 8 year old.
They had so much fun they didn’t want to leave the pool area. After dinner we returned to our hotel we watched the fireworks from the fireworks watching deck. We loved seeing the fireworks and hearing the music for it. Our view of the fireworks was better at the hotel then from our Fantasmic seats at the River Belle. At our hotel room we were able to watch World of Color from our room while listening to the soundtrack on our TV.
My kids loved getting a call from Mickey Mouse in the morning to wake them up. We had reservations for the character dining at PCH Grill and had a wonderful time there. We had such a great experience that we were running a bit behind for our Bibbidi Boppidi Boutique reservations and the hotel staff said they would call over there and let them know. It was such a great relief for us. If we could we would stay there longer. We loved every minute of our stay there and look forward to returning. -Barbara T.
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