As World War II ended, a California dreamer was realizing he needed far more than the eight acres he’d originally envisioned for a magical kingdom he planned to build. No, Walt Disney realized he wanted at least 100 acres to deck out with castles, waterfalls and futuristic doodads. Today, Disneyland draws millions of tourists from around the globe. Although Disneyland travelers have a common destination, travel needs vary widely. Disney-area hotels have become adept at catering to various types of travelers, ranging from big families to corporate clients.
For visitors seeking round-the-clock Disney access, the classic Disneyland Hotel may be a good bet. From its location within the Downtown Disney District, guests have ready access to restaurants, entertainment, movie theaters and shopping. Kid-friendly amenities include a swimming pool, babysitting services and Disney character appearances. Parents will like the free parking, free wireless Internet access, on-site fitness facility and early morning Disneyland passes to beat the crowds. Ask for a room with views of the theme park’s fireworks displays.
It’s not actually on the coast, but Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel works very hard to impart beachy vibes to visitors. Designed to resemble California beach boardwalks from days of yore, the hotel has a rooftop pool, a water slide and a kids’ movie room decorated to look like a sandy beach. Visitors can return to their rooms throughout the day without much fuss because of Disneyland’s designated re-entry gate for hotel guests. For additional fees, guests can purchase Disney-related gifts that are delivered to the room, such as a princess tiara, pirate booty, flower bouquet or special-occasion cards signed by Disney characters.
Once upon a time, park visitors could purchase Disneyland tickets for $1. Those days are gone, so travelers may want to cut corners on accommodations to save the big cash for the big mouse. The Super 8 Disneyland Drive Motel lies within a 15-minute walk of Disney trams that whisk visitors to the park. Families can request adjoining rooms for extra space, and the motel serves free continental breakfast. Rooms come equipped with fridge, microwave and wireless Internet access. The motel offers an on-site pool and hot tub.
Plenty of adults revere Disneyland, and many area hotels offer business-friendly amenities for people attending trade shows and meetings at the nearby Anaheim Convention Center. The Red Lion Hotel Anaheim caters to business travelers with meeting rooms tricked out with wireless Internet access, audio and visual equipment and telecommunications technology. The hotel offers catering and event planning services and can help arrange limo, shuttle, or taxi pickup from the airport. Other perks include a heated outdoor pool, outdoor fire pit and on-site bar and grill. Guests can walk to the Disneyland Resort.
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