Disneyland Resort Area Hotels

by Lee Grayson Google
Dozens of hotels surround the Anaheim Disneyland Resort.

Dozens of hotels surround the Anaheim Disneyland Resort.

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Disneyland operates a number of amusement parks around the world, including locations in Paris, France, Orlando, Florida and Tokyo, Japan, but the original Disneyland Resort operates from Anaheim, California and incorporates a network of hotel locations and eateries. The choice of accommodations near the original resort include hotels designed for easy access to the park, lodging catering to special family interests and overnight housing conveniently located near Mickey's home, as well as other venues in Orange County.

Disney-Owned Hotels

Official Disney Resort hotels include three lodges on the park grounds. Corporate hotels feature family-focused entertainment that uses the theme park cartoon characters. The Grand Californian mimics the Arts-and-Crafts Movement of the turn of the 19th century with high wooden ceiling beams, dark hardwoods and stained-glass lighting. The Disneyland Hotel offers a kid-themed color decor and large graphics, while the Paradise Pier Hotel focuses on an ocean theme with tropical colors and palm trees. All of the official resort hotels have water slides, swimming pools, lobby souvenir shops loaded with Disney goods, and on-site dining. An extra attraction is the early park entrance for hotel guests. All hotels are a few minutes walk from the park entrance.

Anaheim Hotels

Anaheim offers hotels officially sponsored by Disneyland, called Good Neighbor Hotels, as well as a number of large and small private hotels. The Howard Johnson by Disneyland Park incorporates a seven-acre family resort that caters exclusively to guests of the hotel. The play area features gardens, water park and a pirate-themed playground. The Howard Johnson is a short walk from the Disneyland entrance. The Disneyland Resort website allows guests to select non-resort hotels that are part of the official neighborhood and also allow an automatic referral to the Good Neighbor hotel options when park hotels do not have available rooms.

Economy Hotels

Economy and inexpensive Disneyland Resort area hotels include commercial chain accommodations at the Travelodge on West Ball Road, just over a mile from the park entrance, and other Travelodge locations on South Harbor and South Beach Boulevards, less than a five-minute drive from the Disneyland Resort. Travelodge hotels have swimming pools and restaurants within walking distance The Ramada Limited on South Beach Boulevard also caters to families with rooms featuring double queen beds and roll-away options. The rooms at the Days Inn and Suites Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach, nine miles from the park, include free breakfast.

Strategically Located Hotels

Visitors to Disneyland also have the option of selecting accommodations strategically located within a short drive of the resort, as well as a short trip from Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park and close to the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach. Disneyland is less than a 30-minute drive on Orange County freeways from the white-sand of Huntington Beach, when traveling in non-rush hour traffic. Hotels located midway between the Disneyland and the ocean include the Days Inn and Suites Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach, Howard Johnson Huntington Beach and Best Western Westminster Inn. All hotels feature lodgings suitable for families. The Best Westminster Inn offers king-bed suites with dining areas, large-screen televisions and full-size sofas for après-amusement-park viewing. Hotels also feature heated pools and restaurants within walking distance from the accommodations.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.

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