The Disneyland Resort encompasses both the Disneyland Park, which was Walt Disney’s first theme park masterpiece, and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Three resorts with the signature Disney touch are situated nearby with easy access to both the parks and the Downtown Disney District. Combining a Disney vacation in Anaheim with a stay at one of these Disney resorts can help you make the most of your getaway with Disney character dining and exclusive park access.
Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is modeled after Yosemite National Park’s Ahwahnee Hotel and includes dark wood features, soaring ceilings and rustic artwork depicting wildlife and majestic outdoor scenes. The lobby features ample space to relax and even a cluster of rocking chairs around the fireplace. As the most luxurious of Disney’s Anaheim resorts, this hotel sports three pools, a fully equipped gym and the Mandera Spa. Rooms feature either a single king bed, two queen beds or a queen bed accompanied by a set of bunk beds. Rooms with a view of the World of Color show have in-room music to accompany the performance. Amenities include a refrigerator, weekday newspaper and wireless or wired Internet access. Dining options at this resort are varied and include the Storyteller’s Cafe for casual meals such as sandwiches and pizza and the Napa Rose for fine dining. Breakfasts at the Storyteller’s Cafe features a variety of Disney characters on hand for pictures and autographs.
The Disneyland Hotel is filled with classic Disney touches from wall sconces that resemble Sorcerer Mickey’s hat inverted to a sketch of Sleeping Beauty Castle in the lobby. Rooms feature either a single king bed or two queen beds, but guests also can book the Mickey Mouse Penthouse Suite or Pirates of the Caribbean Suite for larger parties. Character dining is available three times a day at Goofy’s Kitchen, and characters pop up in the lobby from time to time as well. For more formal dining, the hotel is home to Steakhouse 55. Free Internet and weekday newspapers are included. Guests with rooms overlooking the Disneyland Parks fireworks show will experience in-room music to accompany the entertainment.
Paradise Pier Hotel
At the Paradise Pier Hotel, you’ll be greeted in the lobby by a statue of Goofy sporting a surfboard, and the nautical and beach decor continues throughout the hotel. The pool and accompanying water slide are on the roof of the resort for an unparalleled view of the surrounding parks. Kids can take in a movie in beach chairs scattered throughout the beach-themed Paradise Theater. A workout room and arcade are provided for additional recreation. Rooms feature either a king bed or two twin beds and some also have a twin day bed to accommodate an additional guest. Amenities include complimentary Internet, refrigerators and weekday newspapers. Rooms overlooking the World of Color show have access to in-room music to accompany the performance. Disney’s PCH Grill hosts a character breakfast buffet and provides casual fare for dinner.
The Disney Touch
A stay at any of Disney’s Anaheim resorts comes with a wide range of benefits and special touches. If you choose to begin your day with a wake-up call, you’ll find a Disney character on the other end of the line bidding you good morning. Guests at all three resorts have access to Disneyland Park in the morning before it opens to other guests. Those staying at one of the three Disneyland Resorts also can use a special park entrance for Disney’s California Adventure Park. The entrance is in the Grand Californian Hotel. Purchases made in the parks can be sent directly to guests’ rooms free of charge, and both purchases and meals can be charged to the room. The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa features Pinocchio’s Workshop, a childcare center where parents can leave the kids for a few hours of adult time alone. While the workshop is located in the Grand Californian, guests of the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel are permitted to take advantage of its services as well.
- Disneyland Resort: Compare Disneyland Resort Hotels
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- The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2010; Bob Sehlinger; 2009