Disneyland Hotel Refurbishment in Paris - when is it re-opening, what will it look like and how much will it cost to stay?
The Disneyland Hotel is currently closed for a major 'royal themed' refurbishment. This is a big deal as the Disneyland Hotel is the flagship of the 'official' hotels at Disneyland Paris.
It opened in 1992 and has more than 500 rooms. The Disneyland Hotel is the closest to the two theme parks and it gets the best reviews (or sometimes second best) reviews of all the official hotels (see our comparison of the Disneyland Paris Hotels).
Here's our attempt to answer the questions you might have about the refurbishment.
When will the Disneyland Hotel re-open to guests?
We are expecting the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris to re-open in 2024. We don't have a definite date, but some reports refer to Spring 2024.
An excellent website called DLPReports said in October 2021 that:
'Official timing for the Disneyland Hotel has not been unveiled, but don’t expect anything until 2023'.
The same website also said in August 2022 that "there is a lot to do over the next 80 weeks". If that date is correct, it would take us to an opening of the Disneyland Hotel in early March 2024.
What will the new Disneyland Hotel look like?
We have dug out quite a bit of information to build up the excitement ahead of the new hotel opening!
We know that the hotel will "take on a royal theme" and that it aims to'enhance its impeccable 5-star service'.
An official press release in December 2021 revealed that check in will be easier and that the leisure facilities will be upgraded:
all hotel areas will be upgraded and redesigned to offer enhanced accommodations with upgraded technologies, from online check-in to in-room connectivity. There will also be expansions to the boutique and fitness areas, featuring an extended pool, spa and gym. Young guests can rest assured that the Princess for a Day experience will return… reimagined for a comeback providing an even more royal experience.
The same release also gave some details of the plans for food and drink at the Disneyland Hotel:
The culinary offering will be improved and even extend into the lobby. An additional lounge will also be created to provide hotel guests even more choice in how they spend their stay, along with tasty food and beverage offerings.
Finally, the 2021 press release revealed that the rooms and suites will be:
...inspired by animated classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, as well as more recent hits such as Tangled and Frozen.
Disneyland Paris has released two impressions of what the new rooms will look like.
The second artwork is for the Frozen themed room at the Disneyland Hotel:
Let's compare those images to the previous official photos inside the Disneyland Hotel, before it closed.
And here's what the restaurants at the Disneyland Hotel used to look like:
A 20 second video of the ongoing work was tweeted from inside the Founders Club in May 2022. It doesn't show you what it will look like when it's finished though. I'm not sure why Twitter blanks out the preview and considers it sensitive - it is just someone showing a mostly-empty room!
And here's a YouTube video from 2011 of what the Founders Club used to look like:
Disneyland Paris have also suggested that the rooms will be more themed than they were previously:
Expect refined, storytelling décor and magical touches that will surprise and delight the whole family, as only Disneyland Paris can do.
Meanwhile, the excellent website WDWNews Today reported a few details from an April 2022 presentation by Disneyland Paris:
Here's the new logo:
And here's an older Disneyland Hotel logo for comparison:
And here's the Rapunzel mirror which gives more clues around the likely themes and styles.
Another excellent website - DLPReport was given access to the Blueprints for the new hotel.
In summary, they confirmed that:
How much will it cost to stay at the refurbished Disneyland Hotel?
We don't have prices yet, but we can make an educated guess based on previous years.
Back in late 2020, we did a price comparison for a four-night holiday at Easter 2021, during the UK school holidays. We then ranked the hotels and resorts from cheapest to most expensive.
(There was some variation in whether you just got breakfast or half board)
So, we can see that in Spring 2021, the Disneyland Hotel was roughly twice the price of a similar stay at Disney's Hotel Cheyenne. This was the price for the cheapest accommodation available. It was a similar pattern for the two other price comparisons we did.
More recently, we did a price comparison for a four-night stay in Easter 2023 and found these prices:
You'll notice that the prices for Newport Bay Club, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel and Disney’s Sequoia Lodge have increased by about 10-15%. However, some prices have actually dropped. Hotel Cheyenne is about £200 cheaper, and Les Villages Nature Paris (the Center Parcs near Disneyland Paris) is £60 cheaper. There are many factors are play here, including exchange rates.
My best guess is that a stay at the refurbished Disneyland Hotel will cost about twice the price of a similar stay at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne. They may add a premium on for the fact that the hotel will be new and in high demand.
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