The east side of the third Disney hotel overlooks the Paradise Pier section of Disney California Adventure theme park, hence the name Paradise Pier hotel. Although the guest rooms and public areas have a beach-and-boardwalk flavor, the hotel is not themed. The guest rooms here are large. Walking to the monorail station and Downtown Disney takes about 5–10 minutes.
Disney acquired the independent Pan Pacific hotel just south of the Disneyland hotel in 1997 and changed its name to the Disneyland Pacific hotel. Just before Disney California Adventure opened in 2001, the hotel was rechristened as the Paradise Pier hotel in recognition of the Paradise Pier district of DCA that the hotel overlooks.
The 481-room property makes a mostly successful attempt to merge the hotel’s original South Seas flavor with a vintage seaside amusement theme inspired by the attractions across the street. Guest rooms are furnished with blond wood furniture and the usual Disneypastel soft goods, including bedspreads with a hidden Mickey pattern. Somewhat more whimsical than rooms at the Disneyland hotel or the Grand Californian, Paradise Pier rooms include accents such as Mickey Mouse table lamps, beach ball pillows, and seashell-patterned carpets. Guest room picture windows on the hotel’s east side offer the best vistas of any of the Disneyland Resort hotels, with a perfect view of the lights and attractions of Paradise Pier inside DCA. From rooms on the other side of the hotel you can see, well, parking lots. Rates range $300–$410, depending on season and view.
For dining, the informal Disney’s PCH Grill serves a breakfast (with characters) and dinner daily. Amenities include a fitness center and an often breezy rooftop pool complete with a waterslide (the view from the top of the slide is killer). Self-parking in Paradise Pier’s on-site garage is fast and convenient. Somewhat isolated on the Disneyland Resort property, the hotel is a 14-minute hike to the theme park entrances, farther away than most non-Disney hotels lining Harbor Boulevard on the east side of the resort, if you walk through Downtown Disney. Crossing Disneyland Drive and going through Grand Californian hotel cuts the walk in half, or even shorter if entering DCA.
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel Dining
- PCH Grill (Table Service)
- Paradise Pier Hotel Private Dining (Table Service)
- Slurpin' USA (Bar or Lounge)
- Surfside Lounge (Bar or Lounge)
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|California Adventure||5 min|
|Quietness of Room||C+|
|Shuttle to Parks||No|