We were attending a convention here at the end of the week, so we were offered the EXTREMELY affordable convention rate, which included theme park tickets too, so we went ahead and booked for the week prior to the convention to make a family vacation out of it. We saved hundreds...although, I would still recommend staying here even without the convention rate...this place is wonderful. We are a family of 2 adults and 3 boys who are 10, 7, and 2, and this was the perfect place for us.
Checking in on Sunday morning was a breeze and they even had a room ready for us at 11am when we checked-in which was great! Even if they didn't have it ready, they could hold our luggage and allow us to use the pools until one became ready. We stayed in the Frontier building which is the farthest building, but it was extremely QUIET. The room was beautiful, clean, and more than accommodated our large family including a crib (which they supplied upon request). We had a nice view of an ugly parking lot, lol, but we're not complaining as we weren't there for the view! The kids spent a ton of time at the pool area which was not far (they are centrally located to all the buildings). They enjoyed the waterslides and the spa and we have no complaints...we swam during the early afternoons when most people were gone so it wasn't crowded.
We also enjoyed being close to the bar/restaurant (Tangaroa Terrace) and the food was good!
We celebrated my 7-year olds birthday while there and they sure made it special. Upon check-in he received a special button to commemorate his special day, and they gave the rest of us special buttons to wear as well. We had his bday dinner at Goofys Kitchen which was worth every penny...adults and kids had a blast! We enjoyed the proximity to Downtown Disney and ate at many of those restaurants as well...there is no limit to the dining and entertainment choices. You can stay here and never set foot in a theme park and still have a great time. We also dined at Steakhouse 55 (just the adults) which was nothing to write home about (if you want a nice dinner do the Napa Rose at the Grand Californian instead), and Storytellers Cafe and White Water Snacks at the Grand Californian and both were fantastic. We used the monorail to get to Disneyland (when it wasn't broken, which was often) and the Grand Californian entrance to California Adventure...otherwise the walk through Downtown Disney could really wear you out (it sure wore us out after 5 days of straight theme park touring!).
With so many options, the absolute friendliest of service (even the maids are downright pleasant), and that special Disney magic you can't find anywhere else, I really couldn't imagine staying anywhere but on Disney property. Next time I hope to find a great rate for the Grand Californian and try that one, but I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the wonderful Disneyland Hotel again and again.
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- 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:
- Anaheim Disneyland Hotel
- Disneyland Hotel Ca
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