Disneyland Hotel adds Steamboat Willie inspired Splashpad

The Disney Parks Blog has announced the addition of a new splashpad located at the Disneyland resort, which is themed to the first Mickey Mouse animation, Steamboat Willie.


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'Steamboat Willie' Splash Pad at The Villas at Disneyland Hotel

According to the post by Heather Concannon, the new splashpad, which will open in September, will have lots of fun animation and lights that will allow guests to enjoy into the night. See below for more information!

Mickey Mouse captured the heart of audiences everywhere with his nautical shenanigans in the iconic Walt Disney Animation Studios short, “Steamboat Willie.” Soon you will be invited to join his zany steamboat journey in a brand new splash pad at The Villas at Disneyland Hotel dedicated to the endearing creativity and adventurous spirit of everyone’s favorite deckhand! 


Beginning on September 28, 2023, guests staying at this exciting new Disney Vacation Club property will have the opportunity to bask in the California sun in the brand-new Palette Pool area, an inviting oasis designed for relaxation and play. 

The new refreshing retreat includes the Palette Pool, Palm Breeze Bar, and a whimsical splash pad incorporating elements from “Steamboat Willie.” 

As you can see in the brand-new animation below, a large grayscale model inspired by the boat in “Steamboat Willie” will be helmed by none other than Mickey Mouse as it springs to life with imaginative water play features. From the boat’s cascading waterfall, misty fog effects rising from the boat’s funnels and a variety of pop jets and fountains, little ones are sure to have a splashtastic time!

See the video in the original post here.


Guests will be able to soak up more inspiration by taking a dip in the crystal-clear, palette-shaped swimming pool or by recharging in the rainbow glow of multicolored lounge areas in this mid-century modern hangout. 

Guests can also enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks at Palm Breeze Bar. This delightful outdoor venue will feature modern decor inspired by the imaginative artistry of Disney Legend, Mary Blair. You may recognize Mary Blair’s quirky designs from the timeless attraction, “it’s a small world” or the fanciful murals in the Grand Canyon Concourse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Florida. However, her unique styling and bold use of color influenced the artistry of so many Disney Animation films, including some featured in the rooms at the Villas at the Disneyland Hotel! 


And the Disney magic continues long after the sun sets on the Palette Pool. Families can watch their technicolor dreams come true as the Steamboat Willie splash pad transforms from black and white to vivid colors with the help of some artistic lighting.

Disney Vacation Club members and guests staying at the Disneyland Hotel* will be able to experience these new amenities and other popular offerings including restaurants, lounges, shops, and swimming pools. They will also be able to enjoy its ideal location, just steps away from the excitement of Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.


The Villas at Disneyland Hotel will be the fourth tower at the award-winning Disneyland Hotel, offering more than 340 rooms and welcoming guests to a variety of villa-style themed accommodations featuring just-like-home amenities. Each room will showcase modern décor inspired by Disney Animation classics such as “The Jungle Book,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Fantasia” and more.

We cannot wait for your story to begin at the Villas at Disneyland Hotel when it opens on September 28, 2023!

Disney Vacation Club sales for The Villas at Disneyland Hotel are available for all existing members and open to the public on May 30. Existing Disney Vacation Club members can start making reservations for the brand-new tower using their membership starting today. 


To learn more about Disney Vacation Club visit DisneyVacationClub.com. Members may also call their Disney Vacation Club Guide.

This advertising material is being used for the purpose of soliciting sales of vacation ownership interests.

*The amenities and facilities adjacent to The Villas at Disneyland Hotel are not part of the ownership interests.

Theme Park admission is not part of the ownership interest and is sold separately.


Do you have a trip planned to stay at the Disneyland hotel? What are your thoughts on the new splashpad? Comment below to let us know your thoughts!

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