Disney Hotel Resorts in Anaheim

by Joanne Thomas

The original "happiest place on earth" and the only Disney park designed by Walt Disney himself, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, has welcomed families since the 1950s. When you stay in one of the resort's three hotels, you have close and direct access to the Disney theme parks and full saturation of the Disney theme, complete with wake-up calls from your favorite characters. These accommodations provide a sense of being part of a whimsical storybook world throughout your stay.

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The Disneyland Resort

In addition to its two theme parks -- Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park -- the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, offers three hotels: the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, the Disneyland Hotel and the Paradise Pier Hotel. Each hotel has a distinctive theme rendered with classic Disney touches like the chance to dine with your favorites characters in the restaurants. All overnight guests at the Disneyland Resort enjoy access to the Disney parks through an exclusive entrance inside the Grand Californian Hotel.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

With its American Craftsman-style architecture inspired by the grand Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa offers an upscale lodging option in the heart of Downtown Disney. Guests will learn more about the architectural inspiration and artifacts of the hotel by taking the Art of the Craft Tour. The AAA Four Diamond-winning property features multiple pools, including one with a redwood tree-themed waterslide; a 4,000-square-foot gym; a games arcade; and a supervised kids' club designed to resemble Pinocchio's Workshop. Its luxury spa offers a meditative Zen Buddhist tea ceremony in the tea pavilion to redress a long day of action and adventure in the parks.

Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel consists of three towers housing a total of 988 guest rooms, as well as two restaurants, the Steakhouse 55 and Goofy's Kitchen, a casual coffee shop, a 5,000-square-foot pool and numerous stores selling Disney merchandise. Guests who upgrade from a standard to a Club Level room will have access to complimentary movies on the in-room DVD player, sodas and fresh fruit, a daily breakfast and an evening cheese and wine reception. The hotel is directly connected to Disneyland Park via a monorail.

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel takes its inspiration from a classic California beachfront boardwalk, a theme depicted by seaside-style decor and a roof-top pool with a water slide that is a replica of the California Screamin' ride in the California Adventure theme park. Special provisions for children include a movie theater showing Disney shows and movies, a video games arcade and a kids' activity center. The hotel's signature restaurant is the PCH Grill, which serves classic American favorites and California-inspired cuisine.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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