Located on the banks of the man-made Rio Grande river in an American south-western desert environment sits Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe. The hotel welcomed its first Guests on 12 April 1992 with the opening of the Euro Disney Resort as Disneyland Paris used to be called.
Designed in a Pueblo Revival style to evoke the atmosphere of a New Mexico motel by Albuquerque based architect Antoine Predock, the 1,000 bedroom Hotel Santa Fe is divided into 58 adobe-style pueblos accommodation blocks.
To accompany the desert motel theme of cactuses and neon signs, a portrait of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Man with no name’ from Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy of movies featured on the drive-in-movie screen located on the roof of the main hotel building.
During a two year long refurbishment of the hotel which was completed in 2013, characters from the Disney-Pixar Cars movie franchise were added to the hotels interior and exterior décor and Clint Eastwood was removed to be replaced by Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera.
During the re-theming the original pueblo trails of Artifacts, Water, Monuments and Legends were replaced with Luigi, Mater, McQueen and Sally respectively.
Also removed were the rusting 1932 Plymouth, a 1946 Chevy pick-up truck and a 1957 Ford Fairlane located in the desert around the pueblos.
Removed from the hotels maps today but still featured on the Disneyland Paris iPhone and Android App is the abandoned Anasazi Ruins children’s playground. Often overlooked by hotel Guests the playground could be accessed from its external steps or via the rotunda observation deck of the main building which houses the Reception, La Cantina restaurant and the Rio Grande bar.
The playground resembled the ruins of an ancient Anasazi village and was considered by some to be the most beautiful playground of the entire resort.
The Anasazi ruins are the modern day remnants of the first known civilization in Santa Fe. These ruins, though smaller in size, are no less of a discovery for those who are willing to venture into the past.
Now sadly the Anasazi Ruins playground lies abandoned, overgrown and forgotten.
It would be wonderful if the Anasazi Ruins could be restored to their former glory returning a much needed children’s playground to Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.