The iconic Disneyland Hotel will receive an ambitious transformation at Disneyland Paris, as it will celebrate a royal theme, inspired by Disney princesses. In this post, we’ll share details and concept art, plus an overview of other recent reimaginings at the resorts in France.
This complete refurbishment is the next step in an ambitious renovation plan for all Disneyland Paris hotels spanning years and more than 5,700 rooms. The ambitious transformation plan demonstrates Disneyland Paris’s ongoing commitment to continually invest in the guest experience and improving the resort ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris
Of course, the next big thing is the multi-year $2.5 Billion Disneyland Paris Expansion: Adding Star Wars, Frozen & Marvel Lands. That expansion will mostly take place in Walt Disney Studios Park, reimagining that park and debuting in phases over the next 4 years or so. There are rumors that it and other projects have been scaled back, some of which are likely true given the prolonged closure of Disneyland Paris.
However, it’s promising to see the resort refreshes plowing forward with the Disneyland Hotel announcement. This initiative began several years ago with Sequoia Lodge and continued with a top to bottom overhaul of Newport Bay Club Hotel, which we stayed at and reviewed after that was completed. Additionally, Cars characters were added to Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe during its refurbishment, with a similar approach taken to add Toy Story in the new guest rooms and public spaces at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne.
The most ambitious and best example of this transformation plan is the soon-to-open four-star Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. It will be the first Disney hotel in the world celebrating the Art of Marvel, where guests can discover more than 350 Marvel art pieces from 110 artists around the world, meet with one of their favorite Super Heroes and even dine in an atmosphere inspired by Marvel comics and movies.
Disneyland Paris is now accelerating its refurbishment plan by embarking on a transformation of the Disneyland Hotel, which will strengthen its flagship status at the resort and offer guests an even better five-star experience. This hotel is the flagship hotel at Disneyland Paris thanks to its location overlooking Main Street and Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant at the park entrance, which has made it the iconic hotel of Disneyland Paris.
The elegant Victorian architecture that guests have come to know when approaching Disneyland Park will remain, while more “Disney magic” will be added during the overhaul. The Disneyland Hotel will be infused with a royal theme and become “the true kingdom of many favorite Disney Princesses and Princes, from classics like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, but also recent hits Frozen and Tangled.”
Guest public areas will be reimagined to pay homage to these beloved films and their characters, with all hotel rooms and suites being entirely rethemed. Expect refined, creative décor and magical touches in the new guest rooms at Disneyland Hotel.
“At Disneyland Paris, we create enchanting experiences for all ages,” says Sylvie Massara, Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design and Show Quality. “The completely refurbished Disneyland Hotel will do just that, immersing guests in a timeless royal atmosphere. Guests will be welcomed with unique refinement as soon as they enter the lobby and will stay in rooms and suites with elegant décor celebrating Disney Princesses and Princes.”
To meet and exceed contemporary guest expectations, the layout of the hotel’s public spaces and equipment in the rooms will also be enhanced to provide improved, personalized services while leveraging the latest technologies for even more comfort. Guests will benefit from a larger pool area, an expanded spa, and updated restaurants & lounges. The totality of which is aimed at earning Disneyland Hotel a five-star rating.
“When it reopens, Disneyland Hotel will offer to our guests an enhanced experience even more worthy of the prestigious French five-star hotel rating,” adds Tomás Feier, General Manager of the Disneyland Hotel. “We are proud to welcome a lot of repeat visitors at our iconic hotel, and we want them to be immersed in a 360-degree experience using the power of beloved Disney fairytales, with an array of brave and kind heroines as a central theme.”
In terms of commentary, I am very glad to see this overhaul of Disneyland Hotel finally happening in Paris. It has been rumored for years, with Disneyland Paris offering the occasional tease that it’s next up after Hotel New York in interviews and media events. To my knowledge, this is the first time the project has ever been given any details, though. Definitely the first since the closure upended the scope and scale of other projects. It’s good to have confirmation that this is proceeding despite the tough year.
Disneyland Hotel is an absolutely stunning property, with beautiful Victorian architecture. Like so much of Disneyland Paris, it was designed with meticulous attention to detail that puts it a league above its counterparts. However, (you knew that was coming, right?), also as with all things Disneyland Paris, maintenance and updates have been a nagging issue over the years.
Beyond that, I’m optimistic about the new rooms. While the single piece of concept art is admittedly a bit vague, it looks opulent and regal, right in line with what I’d expect from a Disneyfied Victorian resort. To me at least, it would seem to perfectly meld intellectual property with thematically-appropriate design. It’s reminiscent of the standard rooms at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, which are exquisite.
Honestly, these rooms have nowhere to go but up. The Paris Disneyland Hotel rooms have always been a disappointment as compared to the other Disneyland Hotels in Tokyo and California, and even the Grand Floridian. We’ve never stayed at the hotel, but had the chance to tour its rooms years ago, and my impression at the time was the rooms were dated and spartan. I cannot imagine they’ve done anything but further aged in the ~7 years since.
We’ve been impressed with the other room redesigns at Disneyland Paris, with Newport Bay in particular being a nice upgrade that offers more comfort, modern amenities, and Disney design flourishes. The only quibble we had there, which we’ve noticed with other rooms at Disneyland Paris, is they already had a lot of wear and tear. Hopefully, Imagineering chooses more robust materials for this project, and the rooms end up being something worthy of Disneyland Hotel’s iconic, flagship status–and its astronomical price points!
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What’s your take on the announcement that Disneyland Paris will receive a royal room reimagining? Concerned about princesses and princes being infused into the Victorian resort, or do you agree with our assessment that the rooms were really tired and not befitting of the prices or hotel tier? Any other thoughts about this news? Any questions? Hearing your feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts or questions below in the comments!