For many families, a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is high on their vacation wish list. It is not, unfortunately, an inexpensive trip. Between the cost of accommodations, theme park admission, dining and travel expenses, families can find their wallets emptying rapidly. To save money on Disneyland's parking fees, which in 2010 were $15 and up per day depending on your vehicle's size, look for a hotel near the theme park that provides free shuttle service.
Doubletree Hotel Anaheim/Orange County
The Doubletree Hotel Anaheim is a good answer for visitors who are in town for an event at the Anaheim Convention Center and also want to visit Disneyland, as the hotel provides complimentary shuttle services to both places. This Doubletree has 454 rooms, including 10 suites, as well as a fitness center and a restaurant on-site. One or two pets (75 lb. or less each) are allowed in designated rooms for a one-time nonrefundable $75 charge that covers the entire stay. The hotel charges $13 a day for self-parking and also has valet parking available. Prices are as of 2010.
Sheraton Anaheim Hotel
The Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, located next to Disneyland, provides complimentary shuttle service to the Disneyland parks during operating hours. This hotel's lobby features the Disney Desk, which sells discounted multi-day hopper tickets allowing you to visit either Disneyland or California Adventure Park multiple times for the duration of the ticket. The castle-themed Sheraton has 489 guestrooms and suites. For a one-time $25 fee, a maximum of two pets under 25 lb. each are allowed. The hotel says it will make exceptions as to the size of the pet on occasion with prior consent. The Sheraton also charges $10 a night for parking. Prices are as of 2010.
Crowne Plaza Fullerton
Although not located in Anaheim, the Crowne Plaza Fullerton is only five and half miles from Disneyland and offers a complimentary shuttle to the theme park, the Anaheim Convention Center, California State University Fullerton and other points within five miles of the hotel. The Crowne Plaza Fullerton has 251 guestrooms that feature refrigerator, pillow-top mattresses and complimentary wireless and wired Internet access. Guests can skip the ticket line at Disneyland by purchasing Disneyland hopper tickets from the hotel's front desk. Parking is free at this location.
Radisson Suites Hotel Buena Park
The Radisson Suites Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service by reservation to both the Disneyland parks and Knotts Berry Farm, another popular California theme park. This all-suites hotel offers a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast in its Flora Restaurant, and on Monday through Thursday evenings hosts a reception for guests. Each of the 200 suites in the Radisson features a sleeper sofa and two televisions. Guests can purchase Disneyland tickets, which is seven miles away, at the Radisson's front desk, and parking is free.