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Disneyland Announces Big Changes Coming to Hotels, Restaurants, and More

Disneyland - Downtown Disney - stage art rendering

Today is a full Disney newsday, and among all the big news is that Disneyland will be making some major changes and revamps to a hotel, restaurants, and more.

Let’s unpack it all…


Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will soon begin a transformation incorporating a Pixar theme featuring guest favorite characters and films. No word if this will lead to a name change for the hotel.

In the artist rendering below, guests will be welcomed into whimsical character moments, like the iconic, playful Pixar Lamp balancing atop its ball in the lobby.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel - pixar lobby art

That same Pixar ball will feature in the exterior decoration of the hotel, as seen in the artist rendering below.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel - pixar exterior art

Plus along with the redesign, a walkway is currently under construction which will soon give Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel guests a convenient entrance to Disney California Adventure park.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel - crosswalk art

Later this summer, Disneyland will introduce early park entry for guests of the Disneyland Resort hotels, along with the ability to send select theme park purchases back to their resort hotel.

And finally, it looks like the “Hey Disney!” voice assistant which works alongside Alexa on Amazon Echo devices in Disneyland Resort hotel rooms will be available later this year.


Downtown Disney District already has some renovations happening, and today Disneyland announced several new restaurants will be coming, while a couple are leaving.

The world-renowned restaurant Din Tai Fung will offer guests their soup dumplings hand crafted right on site. The world-renowned Chinese restaurant, originating in Taiwan, specializes in soup dumplings and noodles and is very popular with foodies.

It will reside in a space near where the new lawn pavilion is being built, in the spot the AMC Theaters once stood.

Din Tai Fung food

Paseo and Centrico - art rendering

Also sure to make foodies happy, Michelin-starred Chicago Chef Carlos Gaytan will partner with Patina Restaurant Group to bring his inclusive vision of Mexican cuisine to the new Paseo and Centrico, which will feature a restaurant and central courtyard bar.

Paseo and Centrico will go into the locations currently occupied by Catal & Uva Bar, so say good-bye to those two concepts.

Paseo and Centrico - art rendering

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is getting a menu update that will “incorporate a vibrant California energy and a fresh approach to the menu, while staying true to the heart of New Orleans.”

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen

And while the Earl of Sandwich restaurant was part of the AMC Theater demolition, Disneyland says there will be a special walk-up location opening up, offering guests the classics they know and love for a limited time, beginning later this year.


All this, and don’t forget the reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Park is currently underway, too, with a reopening date in early 2023.

Disneyland - Mickey's Toontown - Reimagining in 2023

A lot of plans in the works for Disneyland – do any of them spark your interest? Let us know in comments.

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