This is only geared toward Disneyland guests.
This is the 3rd Anaheim property we have stayed at in 5 weeks, and this is easily the best choice by far...as long as you don't pay too much. The price for us was great (Hotwire) and the $10 parking is okay.
We stayed in a 2 queen room. Everything was clean, quiet, and comfortable. The staff was excellent. We arrived at 8am to 'pre-check-in' (just to secure a specific room, get a parking pass and leave for the day). They upgraded our room and checked us in early. I didn't expect that and it was a great surprise. This property is geared toward families, and the staff knows why they would want to stay here. They meet the expectations perfectly. The pool was super warm and nice. Everything was just perfect for us.
The gripes are few, but here they are. The elevator was super slow. There is no free breakfast. There is no free parking. The benefits for Disney families outweigh these by far.
Tips for getting into the park: I took a lot of time over 3 days trying all options, and I want to share, because the other reviews were very inaccurate regarding walk distance/time, etc.
1) Walk to the Mickey & Friends parking tram: it is .6 miles from the lobby to the tram and takes 8 to 12 minutes, depending on your walking ability. You may have to wait up to 15 minutes for your turn on a tram if it's peak arrival or departure time. The tram takes about 4 minutes. Total travel time with a .6 mile walk: 16 to 32 minutes to the entrance.
2) Walk to the Downtown Disney Monorail station: it is .75 miles from the lobby to the Monorail and takes 11 to 16 minutes, depending on your walking ability. You may have to wait up to 25 minutes for your turn on the Monorail if it's peak arrival or departure time. The monorail stops running 30 minutes before Disneyland closes. The Monorail takes about 5 minutes and drops you in Tomorrowland, not the park entrance. Total travel time with a .75 mile walk: 22 to 46 minutes to Tomorrowland.
3) Walk to Entrance via Magic Way and tram route (sidewalk next to it): it is .9 miles from the lobby to the entrance and takes 12 to 18 minutes, depending on your walking ability. If you walk through Downtown Disney, it is longer, but not by much: Total travel time with a .9 mile walk: 12 to 18 minutes.
4) Parking at Disneyland: A waste of time and $$. Not worth the review.
5) ART shuttle bus: Door to entrance is about 5 -7 minutes, and runs every 20 minutes. Cost is $5/day (age 10+) and $2 day (age 3-9), with multi-day passes that save just a little bit. If you just can't walk another step, go to the kiosk in the bus area (against the hedges to the NE) and pay up for a ride to the hotel.
6) Jenks option: we didn't mean to do this, but it worked rather well, so I'm sharing it: Drive the family to the McDonalds on Harbor Dr just outside the east entrance where all the buses go in. Get breakfast, send them into the park while the Superman of the family drives back to the hotel and chooses another option to get him/herself to the entrance. Choose this for ultimate savings for breakfast and avoiding shuttle costs. Choose this if your family will wait in the gate line for you before opening and you are quick enough to join them in line.
We will return here, after trying other properties. We are looking for the perfect Disneyland property with short walking distance or free shuttle, free parking, free breakfast, 2 queens, and super comfy beds, all at a low price. If we don't find any that meet the criteria better than the Holiday Inn, we will be very excited to return to this wonderful Hotel.
Slow elevator, so choose lower rooms and take the stairs if you are in a hurry.
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