Disneyland unveils plans for new Pixar-themed hotel – complete with Finding Nemo water


Disney is planning to open a Pixar themed hotel at their property in Anaheim, California – complete with a designated ‘Finding Nemo’ splash area and other references to iconic films. 

The company announced Thursday that the current Paradise Pier Hotel will soon become Pixar Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. 

The hotel will include a new water play-pad area modeled after ‘Finding Nemo,’ a new American-style eatery, and an outside court for families with Pixar touches. 

According to Disney Parks officials, construction is already underway and the hotel will officially reopen to the public in winter. 

The Pixar-themed hotel news comes just one week after Disney announced the shuttering of Galactic Starcruiser, the pricey Star Wars hotel in Orlando, Florida. 

Disney is planning to open a Pixar themed hotel at their property in Anaheim, California - complete with a designated 'Finding Nemo' splash area and other references to iconic films

Disney is planning to open a Pixar themed hotel at their property in Anaheim, California – complete with a designated ‘Finding Nemo’ splash area and other references to iconic films

The hotel will include a new water play-pad area modeled after 'Finding Nemo,' a new American-style eatery, and an outside court for families with Pixar touches

The hotel will include a new water play-pad area modeled after ‘Finding Nemo,’ a new American-style eatery, and an outside court for families with Pixar touches

The 15-story hotel which overlooks Disneyland has already seen major changes in recent weeks as the exterior has been given a facelift with bright colors.

Paradise Pier Hotel will remain open to the public throughout the transition. 

In addition to being the United States’ only fully Pixar-themed hotel, Disney Parks officials said guests will still have early access to Disneyland. 

Disney offers early access to guests at their own hotels in California and Florida. 

The first new portion of Pixar Pier Hotel to open will be the ‘Finding Nemo’ area. 

‘Later this summer, overnight guests can splish and splash at an all-new water play area inspired by “Finding Nemo” where the fan-favorite fish and his friends frolic alongside families,’ a release from the company’s blog states. 

One feature of note in the water park is a 186-foot-long slide that features Hank from ‘Finding Nemo’ at the top. 

At some point before the hotel fully opens under its new theme, a play court centered around Pixar’s short films will be available for guests. 

‘Interactive games and imaginative free play celebrate favorite friends from “La Luna,” “Bao,” “For the Birds,” and “Burrow,”‘ the release states. 

‘And when it’s time to relax, guests may enjoy food and drinks under the love-struck umbrellas from “The Blue Umbrella,”‘ the release continues. 

The court will also be the ‘ideal spot’ to watch the Disneyland fireworks each night. 

Inside the hotel, mock-ups of the interior show characters and images from Pixar classic films such as 'Inside Out' and 'The Incredibles'

Inside the hotel, mock-ups of the interior show characters and images from Pixar classic films such as ‘Inside Out’ and ‘The Incredibles’

At some point before the hotel fully opens under its new theme, a play court centered around Pixar's short films will be available for guests

At some point before the hotel fully opens under its new theme, a play court centered around Pixar’s short films will be available for guests

This is the current Paradise Pier Hotel located on Disneyland's property in California

This is the current Paradise Pier Hotel located on Disneyland’s property in California 

Inside the hotel, mock-ups of the interior show characters and images from Pixar classic films such as ‘Inside Out’ and ‘The Incredibles.’ 

The new restaurant, Great Maple, will serve breakfast lunch and dinner and is described as ‘upscale comfort.’ 

Additional details about amenities and decor will be offered in the coming months. 

The redesign may be an effort to match the current Pixar Pier inside Disney’s California Adventure park, which originally opened in 2001 as Paradise Pier. 

Pixar Pier reopened to the public in 2018 after a renovation to theme it around Pixar films with rides like ‘Incredicoaster, Toy Story: Midway Mania, and Inside Out: Emotional Whirlwind. 

The re-imagination of the West Coast hotel comes exactly one week after Disney announced the closure of the expensive Star Wars hotel in Florida. 

Galactic Starcruiser has been open for just a year but will close in September. 

While guests routinely gave the hotel high ratings for its immersive atmosphere and presentation, it was criticized for its exorbitant price. 

A two-night ‘voyage’ could cost up to $20,000 for a ‘tricked out’ suite. 

Average rooms for a family of three or four ran about $1,200 per person. 

In March,  DailyMail.com reported that Disney was struggling to fill up bookings and had reduced availability for the fall. 

The re-imagination on the West Coast comes exactly one week after Disney announced the closure of the expensive Star Wars hotel in Florida

The re-imagination on the West Coast comes exactly one week after Disney announced the closure of the expensive Star Wars hotel in Florida

The immersive lodging will carry out its final 'voyages' in September, four years after it was announced at D23 Expo in 2019

The immersive lodging will carry out its final ‘voyages’ in September, four years after it was announced at D23 Expo in 2019

The hotel ship's 'Bridge,' where guests can interact with action taking place on screen

The hotel ship’s ‘Bridge,’ where guests can interact with action taking place on screen

The hotel, which is located near Disney World in Orlando, Florida, created major buzz when it first opened over its price and its amenities. 

Included in the two day experience is a cabin or suite, ongoing immersive entertainment, food and beverages in and out of the space, and admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

The experience also offered guests a chance to jump into the Star Wars universe and partake in the Resistance against Kylo Ren and the First Order. 

Galactic Starcruiser also won a Thea Award for outstanding achievement in a themed entertainment space.



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