“It was July 1923. I packed all of my worldly goods – a pair of trousers, a checkered coat, a lot of drawing materials and the last of the fairy tale reels we had made – in a kind of frayed cardboard suitcase. And with that wonderful audacity of youth, I went to Hollywood, arriving there with just forty dollars. It was a big day the day I got on that Santa Fe California Limited. I was just free and happy!” – Walt Disney
Walt Disney found his dreams and happiness in California and that magical California feeling was made front and center when Disneyland opened the Paradise Pier Hotel in 1984. Disney’s Paradise Pier hotel captures the old-time feel of California’s iconic beach boardwalks while maintaining a modern feel. The seaside theme is embraced throughout all areas of the hotel and helps Guests feel truly relaxed as they enjoy their Disneyland Resort vacation.
Disney’s moderately priced hotel is located right across from Disney’s California Adventure Park and truly has something for everyone. It is typically the lease expensive of the three hotels on property, with the Disneyland Hotel offering higher prices and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa being the most expensive.
Here is your ultimate guide to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel!
Rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
There are a variety of rooms available at Paradise Pier Hotel. Whether there are just two in your party, or 13, there is are rooms to fit families of all sizes. Let’s take a look at the rooms available at the Paradise Pier Hotel.
There are two types of Standard Rooms available at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. The cheaper of the two options comes with a standard view — meaning Guests will receive a view of either Disneyland Drive or the parking lot.
For Guests who would like a Standard Room with a better view, an upgrade to a Premium View can be done. The Premium View means that Guests in these rooms will receive a room with a view of Disney California Adventure Park.
Each Standard Room — whether Standard View or Premium View — comes with a host of in-room amenities, including a desk, a hair dryer, coffee maker, satellite television, a mini-fridge, and more!
1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom, and Signature Suites
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel offers a variety of suites that can sleep anywhere from 5 Guests in the one-bedroom suites to 13 Guests in the Signature Suites. One and two-bedroom suites can come with either a view of Disneyland Drive, a parking area, or a theme park view.
The suites come with all of the amenities that are also available with the standard hotel rooms.
The club-level hotel rooms of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel can be booked with either a standard view or a premium view — the same as is available with the standard hotel rooms. However, booking a club-level room comes with some very big perks.
Guests who stay in club-level rooms get many great perks, including:
- Nightly turndown service
- Continental Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
- Complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers nightly from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Snacks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Desserts from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Personal Concierge assistance
- DVDs available for checkout
- Exclusive Access to the Beachcomber Club
Dining at Paradise Pier Hotel
One of the things that Disney is known for is its seemingly endless variety of places to eat. There is something for everyone when they visit a Disney theme park or resort. Dining at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Disney’s PCH Grill
Disney’s PCH Grill, located inside Paradise Pier Hotel, is known for its fun character buffet dining experiences — including Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast and Donald Duck’s Seaside Brunch.
Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast
Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast is a buffet-style character breakfast that is offered daily to hotel and non-hotel Guests. Here is what Guests can expect from this character buffet dining experience:
Exclusive to breakfast—catch a wave with Donald and some of his BFFs as they serve up a delectable buffet in your favorite beach setting.
Say cowabunga to your hunger! Start your day right with a variety of enticing breakfast items, including our build-your-own-parfait stations, eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, chilaquiles, chicken and waffles, smoked salmon and accompaniments. Little dudes and dudettes will love the Mickey waffles, Minnie pancakes, Banana Foster French toast and a selection of hot and cold cereals, sausage, bacon and seasonal fresh fruit.
Donald Duck’s Seaside Brunch
Unlike the daily breakfast buffet, Donald Duck’s Seaside Brunch is only available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, Guests can still expect the magic that comes from a Disney character dining experience.
Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, hungry Guests are invited to join Donald Duck and a few of his closest Disney friends for an unforgettable culinary adventure! Sink your teeth into our new, all-you-care-to-enjoy weekend brunch buffet, which includes popular breakfast items, like Mickey-shaped waffles, plus a mouthwatering menu of lunch specials.
There’s something to tempt palates of all ages—from soups, salads and an incredible selection of sides to pasta, pizza, rotating seasonal options and more. Whatever you choose, save room for mini pastries, beignets with dipping sauce, homemade bread pudding and other decadent delights. The pièce de résistance? Donald and company stop by each table to make your family’s meal more magical!
PCH Grill’s Calitalian Dinner Buffet
Dinner at PCH Grill is also a buffet meal, but Guests should note that it is not a character meal. While characters will not be seen, Guests will be able to indulge themselves in delicious Italian favorites.
Guests can feast on hearty Italiano dishes filled with flavors from the Tuscan countryside—from zuppa e insalata (soup and salad) to some of the world’s most indulgent desserts. Begin your meal with classic antipasto, Caprese, Panzanella or Primavera salad and follow up with a bowl of soup. For the main course, sample an array of delish dishes that include slow-baked lasagna, grilled salmon, pasta or one of our artisanal pizzas, to name a few.
Feeling stuffed yet? Be sure to save some room for desserts that would make nonna proud—cannoli, panna cotta, tiramisu, Genoa sponge cake, pastries and more. Plus, little bambinos will love the special buffet menu created especially for them. Mangiare!
While reservations are not required to dine at PCH Grill for breakfast, brunch, or dinner, they are strongly recommended. Advance dining reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance or in person. Reservations made in person are only available on a limited basis.
The Surfside Lounge is a delicious restaurant at Paradise Pier Hotel that offers traditional American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are not required to eat here, and the Surfside Lounge has an extensive drink menu for late-night dining.
Disney describes what Guests can expect when they dine at the Surfside Lounge:
Grab a bite, kick back and relax any time at this whimsical beach-style eatery. The lounge offers a prime spot for breakfast, where you and the little grommets can feast on omelets, eggs benedict, French toast, pancakes, croissant sandwiches, smoked salmon and more.
Need a midday meal or easy-breezy dinner? Make a splash with fresh salads, appetizers, artisanal pizzas, poke bowls, burgers and sandwiches—and save some room for one of our swoon-worthy desserts.
The Sand Bar
This amazing dining location can be found on the rooftop of Paradise Pier, giving Guests an absolutely stunning view of Disneyland Resort. Guests who dine here can experience the relaxation of lounging at a rooftop swimming pool or the magic of Disneyland’s nighttime fireworks.
The Sand Bar menu is an exciting group of American favorites and dishes perfect for a day at the beach. Guests can indulge in chicken drums, seafood ceviche, and Paradise Pier’s own spaghetti burger.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel’s rooftop restaurant now features updated, modern furnishings and a new California-inspired menu that includes seafood ceviche, Angus beef burgers, plant-based PB&J sandwiches and frozen treats for the kiddos, to name a few.
Specialty cocktails provide a great way to unwind while taking in exquisite vistas of Disneyland Resort and beyond. With something to please palates of all ages, it’s a delightful day-to-night dining option!
Recreation at Paradise Pier
The Paradise Pier Hotel’s swimming pool is a relaxing escape from the theme park that is located on the third-floor rooftop of the hotel. Guests visiting the hotel swimming pool will also be able to visit The Sand Bar when soaking up all that sun gives them some hunger pangs.
Cool off at Paradise Pool or ride a wave of thrills on the California Streamin’ slide, both inspired by classic beachside roller coasters. From high atop the third floor, lounge the day away in a cozy chair and take in the beautiful Southern California sunshine!
Little ones looking to get their feet wet can take the plunge at the Children’s Pool, while adults in search of a more relaxing respite can spend time in the Paradise Spa whirlpool.
It is important to note that swimming pool hours, slide operating times, and lifeguard hours can vary based on the weather conditions and are subject to change at any time.
Paradise Pier’s fitness center is located on the second floor of the hotel and gives Guests a chance to use treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, free weights, and more while on their Disneyland vacation.
In addition to the number of options available in the Paradise Pier fitness center, Disneyland Resort offers hotel Guests a number of fun ways to get in their fitness routine while visiting.
Rise and Stretch in the Park
Rise and Stretch in the Park is a fun activity for early risers. Guests must register for this event and those who do will be able to participate in a relaxing 45-minute session that takes place inside Disney California Adventure before the theme park opens.
Reservations are required for Guests who would like to take part in the Rise and Stretch in the Park and can be made with Paradise Pier Hotel Guest services.
This adorable movie theater is located on the lobby level of the Paradise Pier hotel. It is a relaxing space where kids can sit in their very own beach chairs and watch classic Disney films on a large television that is built into a sandcastle!
Amenities at the Paradise Pier Hotel
Between the gorgeous hotel rooms and all of the delicious dining available at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, it’s hard to think of what else you could need. However, there are also a ton of great amenities that Guests have access to while staying at Paradise Pier.
Location, Location, Location
The Paradise Pier Hotel has a great location in relation to its proximity to the theme parks, as well as the Downtown Disney area. It is a short walk from the hotel lobby to the entrance to the Downtown Disney District. From the Downtown Disney entrance, Guests can walk through Downtown Disney to the theme park entrances.
Guests can also enter Downtown Disney and (as long as they have valid theme park admission) board the monorail, which will drop them off in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park.
What would a Disneyland Resort hotel be without its own retail location? Disney is all about the merchandise and Paradise Pier Hotel is no exception. Located in the lobby of the resort, Mickey in Paradise is a fun shopping location where Guests can go to buy cute Disney treats like mugs and clothing.
Surf on in to this utopia of Disneyland Resort souvenirs, gifts and sundries. Conveniently located in the lobby of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, this shop is heaven for Guests looking to fit in a little extra shopping between park visits.
Planning a Disneyland vacation can be an overwhelming experience. Sometimes things, such as booking a reservation or a special park tour can slip through the cracks. When that happens, Paradise Pier Guests can head to the Guest Services Desk in the main lobby and a Cast Member can help them with a variety of things, including:
- Dining and Activities Reservations
- Directions to Disneyland locations and the surrounding area
- Southern California activities information — including tours, shopping, other theme parks
- Helping with lost children
- Making your Disney itinerary
- Maps and park info
- Electric scooter and wheelchair information and rentals
- Booking transportation
Key to the Magic
Your room key is more than just a key when you stay at the Paradise Pier Hotel. You can attach a credit card to your room key and use it to make purchases in the Disneyland Resort on things like merchandise and dining. Your Key to the Magic card will also act as your parking permit if you are parking a car at the hotel.
Keeping clothes clean at Disneyland can be a struggle. Between sloppy eaters to sweaty days in the sun, sometimes you just want to wash the dirt, sweat, and stains off your clothes. You could also be a light packer who would rather do laundry while on vacation so you don’t have to bring as many clothing items — whatever suits your travel style the best!
The laundry facility at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is located on the second floor next to the fitness center. Please note that credit and debit cards are the only forms of payment accepted in the laundry room.
Parking is available for Guests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel for a fee of $25 per day. For Guests visiting the Disney hotel with a dining reservation at the PCH Grill, 3 hours of complimentary parking will be provided. Parking at the hotel for Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney is not allowed.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
For Guests driving electric vehicles and parking at Paradise Pier Hotel, don’t worry about charging your battery! The Paradise Pier Hotel offers several charging stations through the ChargePoint company. Guests who wish to use these charging stations should know that Disney does not own or operate these charming stations.
Guests using the ChargePoint electric chargers must have a ChargePoint card and activate it in order to use the charging stations. Guest Services can provide more information on the charging stations upon request.
Disney is all about inclusion and the Disneyland Resort will do whatever it takes to aid its Guests with disabilities. The Paradise Pier Hotel is extremely wheelchair friendly and has accessible travel paths in the parking lot, lobby, restaurants, and shopping locations, as well as wheelchair-accessible and hearing-accessible rooms.
Guests needing to rent wheelchairs, can either visit the Front Desk or Guest Services in the Main Lobby, Wheelchairs are available to rent for $10 a day and reservations can not be made in advance.
Lost & Found
A Disneyland vacation can be both chaotic and exhausting. That can be a bad combination when it comes to keeping track of your belongings. While no one wants to lose anything, the Disneyland Resort is doing its best to help Guests recover their lost belongings.
If you lose your belongings while staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel, the process to try to recover them is simple. You go on to Disneyland’s Lost & Found website and put in all of your information. You will then receive an email confirmation of your report and follow-up emails about the status of the search for your items.
Perks of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel
There are several perks that Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel can take advantage of. Let’s take a look at some of that extra magic!
Extra Magic Hour
Guests at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel — as well as at the Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa — have an amazing perk of what Disney calls “Extra Magic Hour”. This means that hotel Guests will be given an extra hour in either Disneyland Park or California Adventure. During the Extra Magic Hour, select attractions, dining, entertainment, and shopping will be available.
Extra Magic Hour for Disneyland Park happen on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and occurs one hour before park opening.
The Extra Magic Hour for California Adventure is on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. DCA’s Extra Magic Hour also starts one hour before the park opens.
Disney recommends that hotel Guests who wish to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hour get to the park at least 15 minutes before the Extra Magic Hour begins.
Get Up & Go Power Walk
If you are an early-bird who loves to exercise, you may want to consider Disney’s Get Up & Go Power Walk, which is available only to Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels. Guests who sign up for this program will go on a two-mile power walk around California Adventure park, beginning at 6 a.m.
It should be noted that sign-up is required to participate and Guests must be at least 14 years old and anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Athletic shoes are required and strollers and cameras are not permitted.
Guests visiting both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure don’t have to worry about lugging around all of their purchases all day. Guests staying at the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, and Grand Californian can have their purchases sent straight to their hotel! While checking out, simply tell the Cast Member that you would like to have your purchases delivered to your hotel. You will have to fill out a form with all of your information, including your hotel information, name, and phone number.
Merchandise bought and delivered to Paradise Pier will be available after 7 a.m. the day after purchase. To pick up their packages, Guests need to simply go to Guest Services, located in the main lobby, and show the Cast Member their copy of the purchase receipt.
Some Guests may be visiting Disneyland for celebratory reasons. Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or anything else you wish to celebrate, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel can make your stay even more magical with an in-room celebration surprise. For an extra fee, Guests can create their own specialty baskets and gifts through DisneyFloralandGifts.com and the surprise will be delivered to the Guest’s room on the date specified.
Please note that all magical baskets delivered to a Disneyland Resort hotel have a $10 delivery fee.
How to Book a Reservation at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
There are a variety of ways to book your stay at the Paradise Pier Hotel. The easiest way to book your trip is to go directly through the Disneyland website. Here, you can look at all of the rooms available and book the one that will best suit your needs.
Guests can also call the Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-5060. A Cast Member will help them with all of the steps in booking their Disneyland Resort vacation.
If you are unsure of what Disneyland hotel is right for you, you can check out our summary of all three of the amazing hotels on the Disneyland property. There, you can read about the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, as well as Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
For any hotel reservation questions Guests may have, they can visit the Help With Hotel Reservations section of the Disneyland website.
Booking With Academy Travel
Academy Travel has been helping Guests book their Disney vacations for over twenty years and is thought of as the original “Disney Exclusive” travel agency! Academy Travel is “EarMarked Diamond”, which is the highest honor awarded to a travel agency from The Walt Disney Company.
Academy Travel has received the highest designation that Disney Destinations can bestow upon a travel agency, EarMarked Diamond! Founded in 1996, Academy Travel is celebrating over 20 years in business and as the original “Disney Exclusive” travel agency. As an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner”, our team of experienced travel agents can provide the utmost in professional assistance in planning Disney vacations. In fact, one reason our agency attained the “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” status is that all our travel agents are College of Disney Knowledge graduates. The College of Disney Knowledge is an in-depth comprehensive course that allows agents to develop their expertise regarding the Disney Destinations – knowledge that you can take advantage of when planning a Disney vacation.
Guests who book a stay at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will have expert consultation when they book through Academy Travel. Their experts will be able to answer any of your Paradise Pier and Disneyland Resort travel questions.
Hopefully, you have found this ultimate guide to Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel helpful and we hope you enjoy your vacation to The Happiest Place on Earth!
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