Pixar Place Hotel Is Now Officially Open At The Disneyland Resort!

Pixar Place Hotel
Pixar Place Hotel

Pixar Place Hotel Is Now Officially Open At The Disneyland Resort!

The fun and magical Pixar Place Hotel is now open at Disneyland! This is the first fully Pixar themed hotel in the United States and features 479 rooms with nods to films like Toy Story, Ratatouille and Elemental. Around the hotel, you will also find nods to every Pixar film made to date through various styles of artwork, contemporary decor and other little surprises.

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Pixar Place Hotel

For the big day, Lightning McQueen, Mater and more Pixar pals made a special visit to celebrate the hotel’s opening day dedication alongside Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter.

“At Pixar, our mission is to tell great stories. And nothing is more exciting than when we see those stories come to life in Disney parks. Pixar Place Hotel at the Disneyland Resort is the perfect example – it’s like walking into a world of Pixar. It’s truly immersive, and we’re thrilled to have collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering to make such an experience possible for guests” mentioned Docter.


Who’s your friend who likes to play? It’s Bing Bong from Inside Out! He will be making his worldwide debut meeting guests at the hotel! We can’t wait to stop by and saying hi to him.

Now let me ask you, do you like jazz music? If you do, you will be thrilled to know Joe Gardner from Soul will be making an appearance all the way from The Half Note Jazz Club! You can find him getting lost in the music as he plays piano near the hotel lobby staircase. In this alcove, the ethereal artistry of “Soul” creates a mood with deep purple walls and drawings of jazz musicians and counselors from “The Great Before,” with Joe dropping in on occasion to play piano for passersby.


As soon as you enter the hotel, you will find the iconic Pixar ball and lamp at the front lobby entrance, with an abstract mobile of Pixar characters floating from the skylight above. You may even catch a glimpse of Carl and Ellie’s house from “Up” as it travels up and down the lobby elevator.

Pixar Place Hotel

The lobby features a vibrant, colorful blend of different art galleries that include seven giant portraits of Pixar characters surrounding the front desk featuring Sulley from “Monsters, Inc.” and Merida from “Brave.” These portraits depict characters at pivotal moments in their journeys when they are discovering their world or a piece of who they are for the very first time. Nearby, you’ll also see maquettes of Elastigirl from “The Incredibles,” Flik from “a bug’s life” and more!

If you attention, you may even hear new music specially composed for Pixar Place Hotel! Celebrating favorite themes from many Pixar films, 10 new arrangements of Pixar cues can be heard in the hotel lobby and the album is available now digitally for you to listen to!

Pixar Place Hotel

If you are into animation, you will love the rear entrance of the hotel that featuresv the stages of character design development, as artists bring ideas from pencil and paper illustrations to something built in the computer. In this part of the hotel, you’ll see animator thumbnail sketches and lit wireframes of Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story,” Edna Mode from “The Incredibles” and others in action poses.

Throughout the lobby and elevator cab flooring, there are 16 silhouettes of Pixar friends randomly embedded in the porcelain tiles, which is a nod to the flooring details found at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. See if you can spot them all!


It’s food time! At the Pixar Place Hotel you will find the Great Maple! This flagship restaurant and modern American eatery serves an all-day menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner using the highest quality seasonal ingredients. As you delve into any of the amazing dishes, like the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Maple Bacon Donuts, take in the sophisticated ambiance of gorgeous green leather seating, a beautiful bar area and seamless transition to an open-air patio.

The black and white portraits of Pixar characters seen throughout the space were originally created for the Pixar offices in Emeryville, Calif., and this is the first time they are being publicly displayed! What’s more, the food and beverage offerings throughout the hotel are all operated by Great Maple.

Pixar Place Hotel

Just off the lobby, The Sketch Pad Café serves assorted pastries, sandwiches, grab-n-go items and offers a full espresso bar. It’s a great spot to stop on your way to a fun-filled day in the parks, although you may want to sit and stay a while in this fun space. Along the cafe walls is a timeline of Pixar films conveyed through character design and early concept art from Buzz Lightyear, a star of the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story,” to Mei Lee from “Turning Red.”

Now, if you are looking for a more chill vibe, head to the third-floor rooftop deck, where Pixar touches abound! At the new Pixar Shorts Court, the whole family can play games inspired by the animation studio’s iconic shorts “Bao,” “For The Birds,” “La Luna” and “Burrow.” You can even lounge and enjoy a bite to eat beneath umbrellas from “The Blue Umbrella.”

Opening adjacent to the Pixar Shorts Court in early March, Small Bytes will serve up inventive floats and tasty “bytes,” such as ceviche, soft pretzels and nachos, and will be open to non-hotel guests. While you’re noshing, be sure to see the pixel-art style portraits of 22 Pixar characters, created expressly for Pixar Place Hotel! I spy Lightning McQueen from “Cars” and Remy from “Ratatouille.”

As the sun begins to set on a great day, cozy up by the firepits (cleverly reminiscent of some hotheaded Pixar characters), enjoy drinks and appetizers, and watch the fireworks of Disneyland park light up the sky on select evenings.


Pixar Place Hotel

At the pool area, hotel guests can have an amazing time on a “Finding Nemo” themed splash pad at Nemo’s Cove, take a ride on Crush’s Surfin’ Slide and splash in Pixel Pool. Guests may choose to rent private daybeds, cabanas and pods to lounge the day away in comfort and style.


Pixar Place Hotel

As we make our way to the guest rooms, let’s take a peek at some of the art you’ll find along the way. Each floor of the 15-story hotel displays a mural outside of the elevator banks giving an homage to a different Pixar film, from “Finding Nemo” to “Cars.”


Pixar Place Hotel

Now, to the guest rooms! From the headboards featuring concept art from feature films to the accent pillows with a Pixar Ball motif, there are Pixar touches to be found all around. For a more in-depth look at the guest rooms, take a look at this tour from Walt Disney Imagineering art director Kirstin Makela!


Pixar Place Hotel

Later this year, the hotel will offer its new lounge, the Creators Club, to its concierge level guests. This lounge will showcase the collaboration between Disney Imagineering and Pixar Animation Studios, featuring concept art, maquettes and attraction posters. I love the repurposed light fixtures from the former “a bug’s land” and a snake ride vehicle from Jessie’s Critter Carousel in Disney California Adventure park. Adorable! Here, concierge level guests will be invited to enjoy snacks and beverages throughout the day, and a dedicated concierge may assist with any requests during their visit.

And there’s more! Pixar Place Hotel also has a fitness center where guests can see a mural of Mike and Sulley from “Monsters University” on treadmills and the STOR-E retail shop offers more unique art, Pixar apparel and toys, and Disneyland Resort souvenirs and sundries. 

So as you can see, there’s a lot to enjoy at this new hotel, definitely worth booking your next stay here!

Credit: Disney Parks

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