Private Entrance to DCA — Exclusively for Paradise Pier Hotel Guests

Written by Werner Weiss. Posted in Disney History, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features, Werner Weiss

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Published on May 09, 2013 at 9:01 pm with 22 Comments

If you’re staying at the Yester Paradise Pier Hotel, you can enter and exit Yester California Adventure through a private entrance. This hidden gate is exclusively for Paradise Pier Hotel guests.

Read the full YESTERLAND article HERE: Private Entrance.

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  • toonaspie

    I think they dropped the ball by not imploding this hotel prior to DCA’s construction when they had the chance. To do so now so close to other hotels and the parks would be difficult due to costs and safety risks.

    The best approach in their current situation would be to deconstruct the hotel starting from the top floor and work their way down each floor (this is a recently developed demolition technique first developed in Japan). However the time and money that would take to do this would be too much to Disney suits.

    • Werner Weiss

      Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel — with 502 rooms built to the high standards of Emerald/Pan Pacific Group, relatively new (1984) construction, and major renovations by Disney — serves a valuable role at the Disneyland Resort. Demolishing such a valuable asset would be hard to justify.

      Also, there’s nothing wrong with a hotel being visible from within a Disney theme park. Consider the Grand Californian, the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris, and the hotels of Tokyo Disney Sea.

      The problem with Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is that its 1980s architecture and its fairly cheap cosmetic changes in 2000 absolutely don’t match the early 20th century style of Disney’s re-Imagineered P
      aradise Pier. The hotel would not look good on Main Street, U.S.A. either.

      The Paradise Pier Hotel’s paint scheme is now better than when DCA opened, but it needs much more than paint.

      If the hotel could get a new facade that looks like something from a hundred years ago, I don’t think anyone would suggest it should be demolished.

  • CoreneD

    I stayed at the Paradise Pier in Sept 2011 & we LOVED it. It WAS Disney quality in our opinion. When we arrived in the lobby for check in, a cast member with Mickey head balloons asked my then 8 year old son to help her hand them out to other kids. He adored that & got to choose one for himself too. Then a manager came over & thanked him for his service, giving him a pin of the hotel & an Disney photo album/autograph book as a gift! And then we arrived in our room (recently having received a soft refurb) with the spectacular view of the park. It was our son’s 1st time to DLR & what an impression that made! We found the hotel staff very friendly, helpful & courteous, and the entrance through the Grand Californian turned out to be much closer than when we later stayed at the Disneyland Hotel in the Frontier Tower, which really was far. While the new pools at the D Hotel were great, we never ran into the same kind of excellent service or magical extras there that we experienced at the PP Hotel (maybe we were just unlucky with the timing of our arrivals in the lobby & on the grounds, but no characters roaming around during our visit). Anyway, we’re staying at both hotels very soon on our next trip, and looking forward to both for different reasons, but we all love the Paradise Pier & don’t think it’s an eyesore or un-Disney at all! Just my 2 cents though…

  • JediPrincess

    I remember staying there when I was a little kid back when it was the Disneyland Pacific hotel. I haven’t been back since, but the new waterslide looks cool.

  • TjGilmour

    I remember using that entrance a couple years after DCA first opened. We watched the Electrical Parade that started in Hollywood Pictures Backlot and ended in Paradise Pier. It was so easy to exit and go straight to our room at the Paradise Pier Hotel. It would definitely be awesome if that entrance was still there… leaving and entering the park from the Grand Californian isn’t much more of a walk though.