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PIXAR ‘Cars’-themed Resort Hotel reopens to Guests at Disney Park

The Hotel Santa Fe at Disneyland Paris has just reopened–another sign that the pandemic is at least becoming a bit more manageable.

Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe, one of six Disney Resort Hotels at Disneyland Paris, reopened to Guests on October 23.

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(Translation: Today is the reopening of the Santa FÉ hotel! with Giona Prevete and the future new ambassadors! New CARS switchboards have been installed at the reception.)

You can take a virtual tour of the Hotel Santa Fe here:

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland Paris was forced to halt operations and close its doors to Guests last spring, along with every other Disney Park across the globe. It reopened in July, around the same time Walt Disney World reopened, but it was forced to close again in October 2020. Planned openings for earlier this year met with delays and postponements, but Disneyland Paris was finally able to welcome Guests back in July this year, even though not all Resort Hotels were open.

The official reopening last week of Disneyland Paris comes as France, the world’s most-visited country before the pandemic, attempts to revive its tourism sector. Above, the entrance to the theme park.

Credit: The New York Times

In a recent interview with the New York Times about the reopening of Disneyland Paris, French tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne talked about the massive impact Disney’s European theme park has on the French economy.

“The park is an economic powerhouse,” he said. “There is really a whole dynamism in the eastern part of the Pris region that has arrived because of Disney; it attracts an enormous number of foreign visitors.”

He says that the park has generated 70 billion euros, or about $83 billion, for the French economy since it first opened in the beginning of the 1990s. It sees nearly 10 million visitors each year, which is more than the number of visitors seen at the French Louvre, the Eiffel Tower or the Palace of Versailles.

Disneyland Paris’s Hotel Santa Fe gives Guests of the European Disney Park a feeling of the American West, with theming set in New Mexico, complete with Route 66, Lightning McQueen, and all the gang from the Disney/PIXAR Cars film franchise.

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For more information about Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe, or other accommodations at the European Disney Park, visit the Disneyland Paris website here.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!