Disney Resort Hotels: The Disneyland Hotel

There are three great hotels at the Disneyland Resort. Most recently I told you about Paradise Pier. Paradise Pier is the most affordable of the resort hotels. Next is the Disneyland Hotel, and later, I’ll discuss the Grand Californian.

The Disneyland Hotel is the original hotel on the Disney property. The hotel just went through its second major renovation and has a whole new look. The hotel recently renamed its three towers after the original “lands” in the park: Adventure, Fantasy and Frontier. The pool area was also transformed to represent historical features of the park, and they upgraded the dining options to satisfy all ages. Now you can enjoy stunning rooms, a new pool area, and several restaurants.

With the new renovation came 5 new signature suites, including the Fairy Tale Suite. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to check these out. However, the standard room won’t disappoint. One of the new features of the hotel rooms is the magical headboard. Each headboard has been carved with an image of  Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. What makes this really cool: with a flip of a switch, a musical Disney lightshow turns on and lights up your room. Any child is going to love this. As an adult, I think it’s pretty cool myself.

The Disneyland Hotel offers the same amenities as Paradise Pier and the Grand Californian. However, something that makes this hotel unique is the Character meet and greet in the hotel lobby. No other Disneyland hotel offers this to their guests. This is such a great way to start off your trip before heading into the park. I always tell people they should do a Character Dining experience before going in the parks to see how their kids will react to larger-than-life Disney friends. You can get the same experience at the Disneyland Hotel.

For those little ones who love Minnie Mouse, there’s now a Minnie-shaped hot tub for everyone to enjoy. But the real attraction is the newly transformed swimming pools. The photo below might just fool you. Don’t confuse the water slides for the monorail. When they added the new pool’s centerpiece, they made it look like the montorail system. I can’t believe how much they look like the real thing.

Poolside dining was non-existent before the renovation. Now you can enjoy Tangaroa Terrace restaurant and Trader Sam’s bar, inspired by Adventureland in Disneyland Park.

The Disneyland Hotel has some of the best dining options. The kids can enjoy Character Dining at Goofy’s Kitchen, while adults can dine in style at Steakhouse 55. Goofy’s Kitchen is a great place to start your day. It’s one of the best Character Dining experiences available. You get to see so many characters, have a great meal, and even do the Macarena!

Steakhouse 55 is a hidden treasure. We love to go out to dinner, sans babies, and enjoy a nice night out. Disneyland makes this very easy to do with restaurants like Steakhouse 55. I love knowing that I am just steps away from my kids, but get to enjoy a fine dinner.

The hotel is conveniently located a short stroll to the monorail and Downtown Disney. You are about a 10-15 minute walk to the main entrance, depending on how excited you are to get there! The monorail makes coming and going very easy. You’ll love the ease after a long day at the park.

With the new renovation, the price is a little higher than before. However, you’re getting a magical experience by staying here. If this is the hotel you’d like to stay at, try visiting in the off-season when rates tend to be lower. Also, look at the pros and cons of staying on site. Speaking from experience, we’ve never regretted staying at a Disney hotel.

Don’t forget to check out Paradise Pier and the Grand Californian as alternative Disney resorts. You can also see a complete hotel comparison on the Disneyland Resort website.

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