We stayed four nights in the refurbished Disneyland Hotel in December of both 2011 and 2012 (in the Frontier and Adventure Towers, respectively). Obviously, our stay in 2011 was enough to bring us back again in 2012. Upon check-in this year, we were offered a truly magical experience...two tickets to the Candlelight Processional. Not being familiar with it, we turned it down. We were floored when we walked into Disneyland that night to a chorus of hundreds singing Christmas carols complete with a full band (with trumpeters dressed as angels atop Main Street Station) and immediately regretted not taking them up on an offer for the seated section. When we asked if we could get tickets for the next night, we found out that the tickets had sold out in October. We really did miss a once in a lifetime Disneyland offer of a very magical moment. If the hotel offers you something, say yes!
Both the Frontier and Adventure towers have beautiful lobbies with models of the big rides from that land. The Adventure tower is closer to Downtown Disney so you do shave off a small bit of walking by staying there. It also has an exit that is extremely close to the pool entrance...perfect in December when you are running to the jacuzzi in the cold rain. The pool area is very nice and the jacuzzi is hot, spacious, and has plenty of leg and back jets for massaging away those pains after a long day walking around the parks. It's nice to be able to take a break, come back for a soak and a nap, and then return to to the park refreshed. No waiting for the people mover to take you back to the parking lot. No walking 1.5 miles to your hotel. No packing up the car. Just walking a short distance and being able to relax within 10 minutes of walking out of the park (less if you take the Monorail)!
Of course, the best benefit of staying at the Disneyland Hotel is having early entry every day (Magic Morning) at the parks. This was extremely beneficial for CAP which is newly remodeled and, I hate to say, even more fun than Disneyland. In a MM entry there, we were able to ride the TOT 6 times, California Screamin' 5 times, every ride in Cars Land multiple times (except the racers). The one day we used our Magic Morning to stand in line for Radiator Springs Racers, we only waited for 55 minutes. Five minutes after the park opened, the Fast Pass return time was already between 11:30 and 11:45 PM (yes, one half hour before the park CLOSED!!!). If that ride is a must and you don't want to wait three hours, MM is the only way to go.
Room service at the DH was fast and the late night menu is extensive. We were surprised at how inexpensive the food was, even with the delivery fee. We shared a huge veggie and hummus plate with pita and a Caesar salad with rolls for roughly $20.
The rooms have comfortable beds with pillows that rival those at some of the nicest hotels in the world. In-room safes are spacious. We were able to fit a tablet, a large camera and various lenses, jewelry, wallets, etc. at the same time. Of course, the size did turn out to be a downside when our in-room safe failed on the morning we were leaving in 2011. The electronics board broke, the safe had no alternative way to open it, and three maintenance men couldn't get the wall safe open. The hotel manager actually told us that there was nothing that could be done until the next day (a Monday) at which point they could call a locksmith to CUT OUR GOODS OUT OF THE SAFE! He then recommended that we stay another night, go to the park that day, miss our flights (and with no mention of the hotel compensating us for these extra expenses). Just as my husband was about to lose it, a fourth maintenance man came in and got it open. As the safe was opened and we were able to make our flights, we were happy to return to DH again in 2012. Even the safe issue couldn't keep us away from the magic and benefits of the Disneyland Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay and see all that is new! Now with more luxurious rooms, new pools and waterslides, themed dining and more, the transformed Disneyland Hotel is a vacation destination in and of itself. This transformation has earned the hotel the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Hotel rating. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disneyland Hotel Ca
- Anaheim Disneyland Hotel
- Disneyland Hotel Anaheim