On a hot, July summer day, we walked into the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel and there was Goofy, interacting and taking pictures with all the kids. Nice start to the Disney vacation. I actually noticed him there every afternoon around check-in time and greeting guests as they arrived and interacting with the kids as parents were checking-in at the front desk. Princess Jasmine was there one day too. You won't find this at any other hotel.
The hotel is separated into three towers. The Fantasy Tower is the tower with the lobby, shops and a couple restaurants, including Goofy's Kitchen. You can get a standard room with views of the parking lot, although you do get a good view of the fireworks at night and there is a TV channel that plays the music that is played in the park during the fireworks show. Pretty cool. The other side of the tower faces the pool and costs more. We stayed in this tower and had a view of the parking lot, but got to watch the fireworks from our room which was great. The Adventure Tower is to the left and either has views of Downtown Disney (I'm guessing you can also see fireworks from this side) or views of the pool. And the Frontier Tower is the furthest away and either faces the pool or the street behind it. In my opinion, either request the Fantasy tower or Adventure tower. You can do this when making your reservation or try to request it when checking in.
The rooms in the hotel are all nicely decorated in a Disney theme and are quite large and include a sofa bed and refrigerator. The carpets, pictures on the wall, Mickey glove sink and bathtub knobs and light fixtures in the bathroom all add to the experience. But the best of all are the headboards with fireworks that light up and play music with the touch of a button. After we got to our room, the bellman came up with our luggage and asked if we were celebrating anything. We were celebrating my son's birthday and he told my two kids to pick up both the phones and he pressed some buttons so that they could hear Mickey singing happy birthday. Another nice touch.
The pool is a huge resort type pool with a very large pool closest to the lobby, a smaller, but still big pool in the middle (this one was a lot warmer than the largest one) and all the water slides were separated from these two pools in an area above the middle pool. They have two "monorail" slides, a big one and a medium one and a toddler slide as well. They also have plenty of life jackets if your child needs one. You can also order food and beverages from the attendants who come by your lounge chairs and there were pool parties when we went where a couple of staff played hula hoop games and several other games outside of the pool. The pool is definitely a big plus if you're coming in the summer and looking for a hotel where you can take breaks in the hot afternoons and splash in or relax by the pool.
Besides all the wonderful amenities and services that the hotel offers, there is also the distance to the park to consider when booking a hotel. There are several other hotels across the street that are shorter walking distance and a fourth the cost, so you might want to look into those if that is most important to you. With that being said, it's about a 10 min walk or so to the front gate, but you do get to walk through Downtown Disney (the restaurants right outside the hotel are ESPN Zone, Rainforest Cafe and the delicious, Earl of Sandwich) and you don't if you stay across the street. That could be a positive or negative depending how you look at it. It's also a couple minute walk to the monorail though which will take you right into Tomorrow Land in a couple minutes which is a nice bonus.
Overall, this is a great hotel that also gives you the benefit of Magic Morning each day of your stay if you're an early riser and want to take advantage of very short lines for the first few hours of your day. Keep in mind that it is the second most expensive hotel that you can stay at in the area (1st is the Grand Californian), so if you're willing to pay more for all these advantages, then I would definitely recommend booking it.
- 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:
- Anaheim Disneyland Hotel
- Disneyland Hotel Ca
- Disneyland Hotel Anaheim