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News from the Disneyland Resort: Upcoming Pixar Plans, Big Foodie News and More!

Kelsey Lynch, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Yesterday, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock met with community leaders about upcoming plans for magical new experiences coming to the Disneyland Resort, and we wanted to bring you in on the fun!

Here’s a peek behind the curtain of what’s on the horizon for our guests, starting with some news from the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort!

All-New Theme Coming to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Hotels of the Disneyland Resort News

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will soon begin a transformation, with an all-new theme! The reimagining of the hotel will weave the artistry of Pixar into its comfortable, contemporary setting. Guests will gain a new perspective on some of their favorite Pixar worlds and characters through carefully curated artwork, and décor that reveals the creative journey of the artists who helped bring these stories to life.

All-New Theme Coming to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Guests will be welcomed into whimsical character moments, like the iconic, playful Pixar Lamp balancing atop its ball in the lobby (as pictured in this artist concept rendering). Stay tuned, as we will share much more about this project soon!

Not only do we have new and reimagined experiences coming for hotel guests, but more benefits as well! 

Beginning later this summer, guests staying at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will be able to enjoy several new and returning uniquely Disney benefits to staying with us on property. As you may know, our guests already enjoy access to Disney California Adventure park directly through Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa entrance, and convenient Monorail access for Disneyland Hotel guests.

Today, we’re excited to share that a walkway is currently under construction which will soon give Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel guests a convenient entrance to Disney California Adventure park!

Guests can also look forward to “Hey Disney!” – a new kind of voice assistant which works alongside Alexa on Amazon Echo devices in Disneyland Resort hotel rooms that can make your stay more convenient, engaging, and enjoyable – later this year.

Later this summer, guests of the Disneyland Resort hotels can look forward to the ability to send select theme park purchases back to their resort hotel.

Last but certainly not least, we’re getting ready to offer early entry access, where guests staying at one of our Disneyland Resort hotels can be among the first to enter and begin enjoying select theme park attractions and experiences beginning later this summer.

Downtown Disney District Continues to be Reimagined at Disneyland Resort

Downtown Disney District News

We also are happy to share another new look at the exciting shopping and dining coming to the west side of the Downtown Disney District. While the evolution of Downtown Disney began in 2018, we recently began work on the latest transformation to introduce more innovative shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Drawing inspiration from Southern California mid-century modern architecture, the west-end area will be a beautiful blend of vibrant color palettes, design elements and patterns influenced by the region, and will include an open lawn for relaxation and future events, and an even broader and diverse collection of dining and shopping.

We are investing significantly in Downtown Disney District to continue growing a dynamic, exciting destination with something for everyone. We also are intentionally diversifying our offerings to meet the needs of today’s guests, and have an exciting example of that to share with you today.

Din Tai Fung Coming to the Downtown Disney District

The world-renowned restaurant Din Tai Fung will join the district to offer guests their soup dumplings hand crafted right on site! This family-run restaurant will bring flavorful Chinese cuisine to Downtown Disney, where guests can enjoy dishes served family style in a creative space near our new lawn pavilion.

Michelin-starred Chef Carlos Gaytan will bring his inclusive vision of Mexican cuisine to Paseo and Centrico in the locations currently occupied by Catal & Uva Bar, brought to life by Patina Restaurant Group. The restaurant and central courtyard bar and dining area will offer guests a multi-sensory journey to the heart of Chef Gaytan’s homeland.

Evolution of Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at the Downtown Disney District

 We are also working with Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen to finalize an evolution that incorporates vibrant California energy and a fresh approach to the menu, while staying true to the heart of New Orleans for this guest-favorite location.

Even more exciting news – fan favorite Earl of Sandwich will also pop into the district in a special sandwich walk-up location, offering guests the classics they know and love for a limited time beginning later this year.

Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park to be Reimagined with New Experiences in 2023

Mickey’s Toontown News

As we shared previously, Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park is undergoing a reimagining of its own, and will debut with new experiences and more play for guests, with a focus on families and young children, in early 2023.

Today we are sharing a photo of our teams breaking ground on the land, coming together to celebrate this milestone and the work underway to bring this transformation to life.

We can’t wait to debut all of these offerings – and more – coming to the Disneyland Resort!


  • I say keep Catal and Uva
    Get rid of Tortilla Joes IMO
    love magic mornings coming back!!

  • Please don’t take all the magic from downtown Disney and Paradise Pier! All those little statues are so wonderful for taking pictures with your family-it will be terrible if they are gone. Keep Goofy and the guys at Ralph Brennan’s

  • Please don’t take all the magic from downtown Disney and Paradise pier! All those little statues are so wonderful for taking pictures with your family it will be terrible if they are gone. Keep Goofy and the guys at Ralph Brennan’s

  • What they are doing to Brennans is a nightmare! They are taking out all of the culture of New Orleans. I’m still mad they took away the garlic cheese bread. Introducing “local flavors” means just watering down and taste or spice. How dare you disrespect the Brennans brand with this lackluster makeover.

  • Din Tai Fung! Best soup dumplings! Lived in Singapore for a few years and this was one of my favorite Asian restaurants. Can’t wait!

  • Sad to hear about Catal and Uva bar going. I love a good Mexican restaurant, but not at the expense of a couple of my favourite eateries. I love the old New Orleans decor of the Jazz Kitchen. Don’t like the new look at all. Looks cheap, lacks atmosphere. The surroundings and the atmosphere was what made some of these places so enjoyable to visit. Still missing the House of Blues and the Rainforest Cafe. The older I get, and the more changes that are made to my favourite resort, the sadder I become. Change is inevitable, but it’s not always good. Someone get me a time machine to take me back a decade, please.

  • Would love to see Jock Lindsay’s or some of the more creative options for Downtown Disney. Replacing the Jazz Kitchen with more local friendly food is a great plan!

  • It’s a travesty what you are doing to Brennans. It’s losing all its charm and New Orleans feel. When I walked into it I really felt like I was back in Louisiana. From the renderings it looks like a fancy McDonald’s. I’m very hesitant to find out what you mean by a “vibrant California energy and a fresh approach to the menu.”

  • Ew. No thank you. Way to remove all character and charm from DTD.

    I can save myself a lot of cash and just go to a local strip mall & swing thru a Dunkin Donuts (which is what Jazz Kitchen looks like in this rendering) on my way home. So thanks I guess.

  • This is all exciting news! Especially the Magic Mornings!
    As a Disney Resort Guest, will we be required to make our own reservations to even enter the parks during our visit? It would be wonderful if Disney could not require it anymore (for Disney Resort Guests).
    There are so many new things to keep track of compared to our last visit almost four years ago, that I find it all overwhelming. It’s supposed to be a fun vacation (not seem like so much work).


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