New ‘Steamboat Willie’ Splash Pad at Disney Hotel

Steamboat Willie Splashpad at Disneyland Villas
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Few things are more iconic in Walt Disney animation than Mickey Mouse in “Steamboat Willie” (1928).

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New Splash Pad

As such, Disney has incorporated that magical moment in cinema with a new splash pad debuting at The Villas at Disneyland Hotel.

Villas at Disneyland Hotel COncept Art

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Beginning on September 28, 2023, Guests staying at this exciting new property will have the opportunity to bask in the sun while enjoying the brand-new pool area. The new area includes the Palette Pool, Palm Breeze Bar, and a whimsical splash pad incorporating elements from “Steamboat Willie.”

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A large grayscale model inspired by the boat in “Steamboat Willie” will be brought to life with imaginative water play features. The ship will have a cascading waterfall, misty fog effects, and a variety of water jets and fountains.

New Pool

Guests can take a dip in the nearby palette-shaped swimming pool or recharge in the multicolored lounge area. In addition, the new spot will offer Guests a place to grab some snacks and drinks at the new Palm Breeze Bar. This outdoor venue will feature decor inspired by Disney legend Mary Blair, whose designs can be seen in “it’s a small world” or the murals in the Grand Canyon Concourse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando.

Mary Blair with Walt Disney Pueblo Village Mural at Disney's Contemporary Resort

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In the evening, Guests can watch as the “Steamboat Willie” splash pad transforms from black and white to vivid colors via artistic lighting.

New Tower

Villas at the Disneyland Hotel

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The Villas at Disneyland Hotel will be the fourth tower at the award-winning Disneyland Hotel. It will offer Guests over 340 rooms, each containing home-life amenities such as full bathrooms, kitchens, and living spaces. Each room will also showcase modern décor inspired by Disney Animation classics such as The Jungle Book (1967), Sleeping Beauty (1959), Fantasia (194), and more. It will also be within walking distance of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)