There’s Much To Celebrate About Disneyland’s On-Site Resorts

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Disneyland Resorts

Disney is kicking off the New Year with a celebration of all things Disneyland and what better place to start then with the 3 fabulous on-site hotel options.   Each of these hotels offer something distinctly different from the retro charm of the Disneyland Hotel, to the sunny beach vibe at Disney’s Paradise Pier or the luxurious California Craftsman-inspired Grand California Hotel and Spa. There’s also a fantastic list of perks making any of these onsite properties a worthy home away from home.  These include:

  • Morning Extra Magic Hours.
  • Close proximity to the parks.
  • Private park entrance at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. 
  • Disney character wake-up calls.
  • Merchandise delivery to your hotel.
  • The ability to charge purchases and meals to your room.

There’s definitely something to be said about having both Disneyland theme parks at your doorstep with a range of terrific benefits designed to make your time at the parks as magical as possible.  To help you decide where you’ll be spending your Disney nights, here’s a brief run-down of each of the resorts on property.

Disneyland Hotel –  This AAA Four Diamond hotel offers a tip of the hat to vintage Disney and Hollywood.  It consists of 973 rooms spread across three themed towers: The Fantasy Tower sporting the artwork of Mary Blair, The Frontier Tower which features a scale model of Big Thunder Mountain in the Lobby and the Adventure Tower where you may spot a  Jungle Cruise Character or two. Speaking of theming. This hotel also plays host to a series of larger-than-life themed suites ranging from the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean, to the Mickey Mouse Penthouse.  Recent refurbishments to the regular rooms also introduced cool features like light-up headboards to make your stay even more magical.  Those looking for that extra special service may also want to consider staying in a concierge-level room featuring upgraded amenities and VIP access to the concierge lounge.

For those looking to enjoy some downtime, the Disneyland Hotel, also features a waterplay area, two water slides with a delightfully nostalgic Monorail theme, Minnie Mouse themed outdoor spa as well as 6 cabanas that can be rented for those looking for that extra little bit of luxury.

When it comes to on-site dining options, guests  will also be “wowed” by some amazing options from Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar mixing incredible Jungle Cruise theming with devilish cocktails, live music and tasty bites. There’s also Tangaroa Terrace featuring island-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Goofy’s Kitchen is also on property and is character dining at its best.  Those looking for Fine Dining need look no further than the Signature Dining restaurant Steakhouse 55 offering a contemporary take on classic steakhouse dishes.

A standard room at the Disneyland Hotel start at around $350 and night.

Disneyland Hotels

Paradise Pier – Reminiscent of the beachfront boardwalks you may remember from your childhood, this sea-side themed hotel is found adjacent to the bustling Paradise Pier section of Disney California Adventure and features 481 guest rooms housed in a 15 -story high-rise structure. The seaside touches are carried throughout the rooms including the recently remodeled suites.

The hotel offers a range of fantastic amenities including a rooftop pool area, whirlpool, fitness center, lobby bar, coffeehouse, poolside roof bar, gift shop and arcade.  Those sticking around at the resort in the evening may also be treated to a beautiful view of World of Color nighttime water pageant from the comfort of their own room.

There’s also a range of fantastic dining options from Disney’s PCH which offers a daily Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends and the Beach Side Bonfire Dinner Buffet where diners are able to enjoy food reminiscent of Summer picnics, BBQ’s and bonfires.  Guests can also enjoy a cocktail at the Surfside Lounge or for those feeling indulgent, take advantage of the in-room dining service.

Paradise Pier is Disneyland’s most affordable property with prices starting at around $250 per night off-peak and escalating to over $450 (depending on the view) during peak periods.

Disneyland Hotels

Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – That brings us to the Flagship Hotel of Disneyland.  Celebrating the spirit of early California with its amazing architecture and Craftsman-inspired features, the Grand Californian is the first Disney resort in the world to be technically located inside a theme park (Disney’s California Adventure) and also owns the distinction of being a AAA Four Diamond Hotel.  Here guests will find 948 guest rooms including standard guest rooms, artisan suites, two vice presidential suites and two presidential suites.   This luxury retreat also boasts a full spa where guests can enjoy a range of relaxing treatments including Balinese-inspired massages, facials and even couples massages.

This deluxe Disney property offers a range of enviable features including 24-hour room service, rooms that overlook both the theme park and Downtown Disney and also its own private entry gate whisking guests into the heart of Disney’s California Adventure Park. The hotel also has 3 pools including the Fountain pool with waterslide.

As you can imagine the Grand Californian also offers top notch dining options from Fine/Signature Dining at Napa Rose (easily the most-esteemed eatery on Disney property)  to the Chip and Dale’s Critter Breakfast which happens at the Storyteller’s Cafe.  Those looking for some grown-up time may also want to take advantage of Pinocchio’s Workshop, a children’s activity center where little ones can play nightly from 5pm onwards while the parents take in a meal or head to Downtown Disney for a bit of nightlife.

But all of these fantastic features do come at a cost.  A stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa will typically set visitors back at least $500 a night.

With such fantastic on-site options available on the doorstep of Disney’s 2 iconic theme parks, visitors to the West Coast Mouse are certainly spoiled for choice. Any of the above resorts can be booked directly through Disneyland at 714-781-4565 by visiting or by contacting your travel agent.

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