Mommy Frog's Note: Disneyland Resort is reopening with theme parks reopening April 30, 2021! The first hotel to reopen is Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The hotel reopens April 29, 2021, and reservations open April 15, 2021. The Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen at a later date.
Ready to Dive in on Some Great Disneyland Resort Hotel Rates?
It's a great day to take the plunge on your Disneyland hotel getaway! We frogs are so hoppy to partner with Disneyland Resort to offer discounts on its three official hotels. To celebrate, we're offering ribbeting good rates.
Before we hop into the specifics of each Disneyland Resort hotel and their benefits below, here's a quick look at the average savings!
- Disney's Grand Californian Hotel ... rates from $717 ... save $51 a night or more!
- Disneyland Hotel ... rates from $544 ... save $39 a night or more!
- Disney's Paradise Pier ... rates from $404 ... save $20 a night or more!
What You Need to Know About Staying at the Disneyland Resort During Its Initial Reopening Phase
Before we get into the normal benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, we need to address what it will be like right now as the resort begins to open back up. Our Disneyland reopening post spells out all the health and safety information and changes across the resort. But let's chat about the hotels. Initially, only Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be available. Reservations are available as of April 15, and the hotel itself will reopen a day before the parks, April 29.
Here are five things you need to know before your arrival to save time and reduce contact:
- You can check-in online before you arrive at the hotel to save time, and also promote physical distancing. (You can even check-in online up to five days in advance!) You'll receive a link to use the online check-in service via email before your visit. If you don’t have a Disney account, you'll need to create one at Disneyland.com to get started.
- Review the new Health & Safety Acknowledgement prior to their arrival. This is located on Disneyland's hopful “Know Before You Go” site.
- Once you arrive, if you have used the online check-in service and have agreed to receive text messages, you can receive a text message when your room is ready. Hop by the front desk to pick up your key. For easy and contactless payments throughout your stay, you can pay for purchases at Disney-operated locations throughout the Disneyland Resort using your hotel room key with a valid credit card on file. Other forms of cashless payment include debit cards, credit cards, Disney gift cards and tap- to-pay cards. Please check locations for the types of payment accepted.
- Download the Disneyland app, which will play a more important role than ever during your stay (and be sure to enable notification and location services!). You'll want to plan ahead and utilize mobile ordering for food and beverage purchases from select locations, as well as check park hours, view maps and other important resort updates via the app. Plus you'll need to use the app if you want to try to join a Boarding Group (that's a virtual queue) for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
- The morning of checkout, you do not need to visit the Front Desk, unless you receive a message or have a question. You will be automatically checked out for your convenience.
Visting the Disneyland Theme Parks
As a reminder, if you are planning to visit a theme park during your stay, you will need a valid theme park ticket AND a park reservation for the same park, on the same date. Initially, attendance will be limited to California residents. Theme park reservations need to be made separately, and you'll need a Disney account. We have a hopful post on how to get a Disneyland theme park reservation to walk you through the process.
New Rules About Who Can Visit and Face Coverings
At this time, only California residents in party sizes no larger than three households may visit the theme parks, per state guidance. Here’s a hop tip: If you plan to visit the theme parks, you should make your theme park reservation first before booking your hotel room, as a resort hotel room reservation does not guarantee theme park access. You can book room reservations at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and travel packages starting on April 15, 2021, for stays beginning April 29, 2021.
The Disneyland Resort is committed to your health and well-being, so it has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures and the measures mentioned above.
Guests ages 2 and up must wear an appropriate face covering in public areas at the hotel, including those who have received the COVID19 vaccine. You may remove your face covering while swimming or actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary when consuming food or beverages and maintain proper physical distancing.
A Look at the Disneyland Resort Hotel Benefits
There are some hoppin' good reasons to stay at the Disneyland Resort hotels in Anaheim. We especially love that they are all frog — er, family — friendly. If you want the full-on Disney experience, staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel is a must! We love the family activities pamphlet that provides a schedule for all the activities that week, from movie nights, holiday events, an early morning rise and stretch in the theme park, classes, art lessons, crafts, power walks and more! During the hotel's initial reopening phase, this pamphlet may go digital to minimize contact (and save the trees).
In the past, each of the hotels offered on-site character dining, including the newest character dining experience, the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Upon reopening, buffets will be temporarily unavailable.
Services That Are Temporarily Unavailable
Keep in mind as you read on that some hotel services, dining, amenities, activities and offerings may be modified, limited in capacity or temporarily unavailable in order to accommodate physical distancing.
The following are not available during the phased reopening:
- Extra Magic Hour benefit
- Valet parking
- Tenaya Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- Select hotel dining and character dining
- In-room dining service
- Art of Craft Tour
- Children’s lobby entertainment areas
- Instructor-led fitness classes
- Special classes and programs
- Character experiences
- Poolside activities, including pool parties and waterslides
What's Open at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa During the Phased Reopening?
The following offerings and experiences will be available when this hotel reopens (hours of operation will be provided during your stay):
- Hearthstone Lounge
- GCH Craftsman Bar
- GCH Craftsman Grill
- Acorns Gifts & Goods
- Eureka Fitness Center
- Fountain Pool
- Redwood Pool
- Mariposa Pool
- Poolside Cabanas
Pools and whirlpools/spas may operate with reduced hours and reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. Poolside cabanas will be available for an additional fee.
If you are curious about what will be open or closed at Disneyland Resort and theme parks during the phased reopening, you can find it all in one easy post in what's open at Disneyland.
Benefits of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel
Even though some of the following toadally awesome benefits and activities are not currently available, we hope they return soon. We will leave the information there for future planning purposes.
Disneyland Resort hotel guests get preferred access to a limited number of dining and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservations. Guests can make these reservations by calling Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 no more than 60 days and no fewer than two days in advance of check-in. These include:
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort (temporarily unavailable)
- Blue Bayou Restaurant (temporarily closed, but when it returns, it will serve themed adult beverages!)
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Catal Restaurant (temporarily closed)
- Goofy’s Kitchen (temporarily closed)
- La Brea Bakery Cafe
- Napa Rose
- Naples Ristorante e Bar
- Plaza Inn (dining packages are temporarily unavailable; however, Plaza Inn will be open for their delicious food via counter service)
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- Tortilla Jo’s
Disneyland Resort hotel guests can also use their room key for charging privileges in the park and park package delivery, a nice benefit if you don't want to lug around all of your in-park purchases (this benefit may be temporarily unavailable when the parks reopen). One other fun Disneyland hotel perk is a wake-up call from a Disney character. You can arrange the call from the concierge desk when you arrive!
The chief Disneyland hotel perk, though, is the Extra Magic Hour. This benefit allows resort guests one hour early access to either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park depending on the day. While this perk is temporarily unavailable, we'll hopful it will return in the future!
Disneyland Extra Magic Hour Schedule (when available)
- Disneyland Park: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- Disney California Adventure Park (including access to Cars Land): Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
There are a couple of recent Disneyland Extra Magic Hour updates worth noting:
- Disneyland Resort hotel guests using Extra Magic Hour with Disney MaxPass could start making mobile FASTPASS selections for the day as soon as they entered the park. FASTPASS didn't begin operating, however, until the parks opened to the general public.
- Disney FASTPASS and MaxPass was unavailable for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was not open during the Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland Park.
If you want to experience Cars Land with the lowest waits, taking advantage of the early hour was a definite benefit when this perk was offered! When Extra Magic Hour returns, you should still plan on arriving early enough to be ahead of the opening and then head straight for Radiator Springs Racers. With the majority of the early guests also headed that way, you'll still find a wait, but it will be the shortest wait this attraction will see all day. Alternately, you could skip Radiator Springs Racers during the Extra Magic Hour, ride the park's other popular attractions such as Soarin', Toy Story Midway Mania and the Incredicoaster with no waits and then get in line for a Radiator Springs' FASTPASS distribution 10 to 15 minutes ahead of park opening (FASTPASS doesn't begin operating until regular park opening). For more tips, check out our Disney California Adventure Park Plan.
Another great benefit of staying on-site is the convenience. Not having to park each day is such a time-saver! You can just hop over to the parks and Downtown Disney from your hotel (and hop back to your hotel for nap time or pool time)! Plus we've found the security lines coming from the hotels to be the shortest ones of all. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel guests even have their own Disney California Adventure park entrance right in the hotel!
Disneyland Resort Hotels Overview
As mentioned above, Disneyland has three hotels on property: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. All of them are four-star hotels, but there are quite a few differences!
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Disney's Grand Californian is the grande dame of the three properties, with its California Craftsman style that harkens to the stone-and-timber national park lodges of yesteryear. It’s also the newest of the properties, the best themed and has the distinct advantage of being the most convenient of the hotels to the parks with its own dedicated entrance to Disney California Adventure and pedestrian access to the Downtown Disney District. It's our top pick for your Disneyland Resort hotel stay!
Your tadpoles will love the pool complex, lushly landscaped with boulders and conifers. It boasts a quiet lap pool, a Mickey Mouse-shaped kids pool and a large pool with a 100-foot redwood slide. Not surprisingly, the Grand Californian comes with the grandest price, but it’s the ideal location if you can afford it.
The Grand Californian is home to the spectacular fine dining at Napa Rose, which has won numerous awards and accolades from Wine Spectator, Zagat and more. It's where you'll find the three-course Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures. Tadpoles looking for adventures with their favorite mouse can enjoy Mickey's Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet next door at Storytellers Cafe.
The Disneyland Hotel is the original hotel on the property, and it's a favorite among the Disney faithful. It has been recently renovated. The theme is classic Disney, with 1950s-style signage and touches of whimsy throughout. Lily's favorite touch? A headboard with built-in fireworks lighting effects and a little tune. It is a short walk to the Monorail station and Downtown Disney and about five minutes to Disneyland Park.
As part of the hotel’s renovations, the pool area has been expanded with a pair of Monorail waterslides, a kiddie slide and a water play area, which are a big hit with the little ones. The Disneyland Hotel is the mid-priced hotel at the resort.
For a fancy night out, there is fine dining at Steakhouse 55 or more casual options at Tangaroa Terrace and tropical libations at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar. Tadpoles can enjoy all-you-can eat options inside Goofy's Kitchen, which offers breakfast and dinner character dining.
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel overlooks the Paradise Pier area of Disney California Adventure and carries on the beachfront boardwalk theme to the hotel, with Mickey Mouse accents in the guest rooms. This hotel is the farthest of all the Disney properties from Disneyland Park, about a 15-minute walk away (or five to 10 minutes to the monorail).
The pool sits rooftop, and from the deck guests can watch the Disneyland Park fireworks on select nights. The young ones will love the California Streamin’ waterslide, a tribute to classic boardwalk coasters, including the former California Screamin’.
The rooftop Sand Bar serves up relaxing eats for those lounging poolside or catching the fireworks after dark. Disney's PCH Grill serves up tasty eats, and the tadpoles can enjoy Donald Duck's Seaside Breakfast (and brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).
Read our full reviews of each Disneyland Resort hotel here and then book your stay:
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