Yester California Adventure at Yesterland

Private Entrance

Exclusively for
Paradise Pier
Hotel Guests
Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2002


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.

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Private entrance (lower left corner) and Paradise Pier Hotel

The Paradise Pier Hotel is instantly recognizable by the wave cornice which crowns the 502-room hotel. The private entrance has the same wave pattern in the same colors.

But how do you get from the hotel to the private entrance? And where does it put you at California Adventure?

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Walkway between a parking lot and a wall

Walk out the front door to the Paradise Pier Hotel to the sidewalk along Disneyland Drive (formerly West Street). Cross Disneyland Drive at the crosswalk, as though you’re going to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Instead of continuing to the Grand Californian, follow signs to a walkway that passes south of the huge American Arts and Crafts style hotel.

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Private entrance (lower left)

It’s not a particularly “magical” walkway. There’s a tall wall at your right and a parking lot to your left. California Adventure is on the other side of the wall, but you’ll have to walk further before you’re able to enter the park.

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Closer look at private entrance

Eventually, you’ll reach a small gate with a few turnstiles. Be sure to have your room key card, or you’ll be turned away.

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Private entrance (bottom)

When you enter the park, you’ll be between Corn Dog Castle and Souvenir 66 in the Route 66 section of Paradise Pier. Make a note of that. Otherwise you may have trouble finding the exit when it’s time to leave.

By the way, Dinosaur Jack says “hi” if you view the Sunglass Shack from the correct angle.

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Tree (left) marks the exit

It’s time to go back to the Paradise Pier Hotel. You’ll exit where you came in. Souvenir 66 is on your right for your last-minute shopping, just as Greetings from California is on the right when guests exit through the main entrance plaza and the Disneyland Emporium is on the right when guests exit from Disneyland Park.

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Private gate (February 11, 2001)

Paradise Pier Hotel Private Entrance at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Private gate (September 9, 2001)

It’s not a busy gate. Not many people use it. But it’s a much shorter walk than exiting through the main entrance plaza, past the 11-foot CALIFORNIA letters, through the entire length of Downtown Disney, and finally south to the Paradise Pier Hotel. It’s also shorter than exiting through the private entrance for the Grand Californian.

Enjoy this benefit of staying at the Pacific Pier Hotel—but only at the Yesterland Resort.


The hotel that is now Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel originally opened in 1984 as the Emerald of Anaheim Hotel, a part of the Emerald/Pan Pacific Group owned by the Japanese conglomerate Tokyu Corp. Five years later, the hotel’s name changed to the Pan Pacific Hotel.

Disneyland Pacific Hotel

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2000

Disneyland Pacific Hotel before conversion to the Paradise Pier theme

In December 1995, The Walt Disney Company purchased the strategically-located hotel and took over operations. It became the Disneyland Pacific Hotel.

In January 1998, the Disneyland parking lot, located across the street from the hotel, became the construction site for Disney’s California Adventure.

Disneyland Pacific Hotel

Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2000

Disneyland Pacific Hotel sign on the side of the 15-story tower

Being directly across the street, the hotel would be visible from the new park. It was so close that a wall or berm would not be able to hide it. The solution was to tie the hotel into the theme of the park’s Paradise Pier section.

On November 1, 2000, the Disneyland Pacific Hotel became Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. The exterior had a new color scheme and a playful cornice with waves. The cosmetic change did not evoke “the heyday of the great seaside amusement park piers,” but at least it looked less like an airport hotel from the 1980s. And, for the most part, Paradise Pier itself, in its original incarnation, didn’t evoke the early 20th century either.

A Disneyland Resort press release in December 2000 announced that the newly-renamed hotel would have a private entrance gate into the new park:

The hotel’s premier location overlooking Paradise Pier, one of the most dynamic and colorful sections of the new Disney’s California Adventure theme park, makes the hotel’s name and theme a natural fit. Additionally, guests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will enjoy the exclusive benefit of a private entrance into Paradise Pier in the all-new Disney’s California Adventure.

California Adventure’s “third gate” remained in use for only three and a half years. It closed permanently at the end of September 6, 2004. Effective the next day, Paradise Pier Hotel guests going to California Adventure had to use the park’s main entrance or the Grand Californian entrance.

The location of the former private entrance is now a passage restricted to “Cast Members Only.” The parking lot and large grass area in the photos from 2001 were eliminated with the construction of the Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which opened in September 2009.

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel from Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel behind the Paradise Garden Grill

Meanwhile, Paradise Pier Hotel guests have survived without their own private entrance to Disney California Adventure. In a way, the Paradise Pier Hotel is the “moderate” hotel at the Disneyland Resort. Standard room rates for Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa tend to be around 60% higher.

The current paint scheme on the Paradise Pier Hotel looks better than the 2001 version. But now the hotel looks even more out-of-place because most of the Paradise Pier section of the park has improved so much.


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