It had been over 30 years since my last stay at a Disney property. As a special treat, my husband and I chose to stay at the Disneyland Hotel for New Years Eve. I chose the DH over the other two Anaheim properties because of the nostalgia. Strangely enough the worst part of the whole stay was finding the hotel parking entrance! Once we did find the self-parking lot there was plenty of room--even on New Year's Eve. The hotel has been beautifully updated and the front desk service was excellent.
One of the goals of our stay at the hotel was to be able to see the fireworks from our room and I didn't quite comprehend what the front desk clerk said when I asked her if our room would be able to see them--she said not to worry, that we had been upgraded--THAT was an understatement.
We found ourselves sent to the 11th floor of the Frontier tower (the tower farthest from the main Fantasy tower). Up we went to our floor, following the room numbers as they continued down the hall to the very end where we were met with a set of double doors. We had been upgraded to a corner suite! I stood in awe as I looked at the one bedroom, two bath apartment with balcony and 'kitchen'.
We decided there and then that we were NOT leaving the room unless we had to! We had both our New Year's Eve dinner and New Year's Day breakfast delivered to the room (the food and service were pricey but excellent) and watched both sets of the night's fireworks from the warm comfort of our 'own' couch and living room. An unexpected bonus was watching the other midnight fireworks shows all over Orange County from the balcony!
Our stay was flawless and we were able to leave our car at the hotel parking lot while we enjoyed the Park for New Year's Day--the $15 saved barely covered one dessert from the night before, but every little bit helped! :-)
My unexpected upgrade experience not withstanding, would I stay at one of the Disney properties again? Yes. Although they are very expensive, there is certainly a time-saving and convenience factor. It's a true treat to be able to stay at a Disney property and one I hope to repeat in less than 30 years!
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- Also Known As:
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