Part of the fun of a Disneyland vacation is staying on property at a Disneyland Resort hotel. From check-in to check-out, you are immersed in Disney magic and family fun. Plus, it's so much more relaxing not to deal with parking or traffic in the morning and maybe even get to take the Monorail into Disneyland park! Guests of Disney's Grand Californian have an entrance right into Disney California Adventure park. If you are deciding where to stay, read on as we go over the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel. Keep in mind that some services are temporarily unavailable during the pandemic, but more and more magic is returning every day.
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 $797 ... save $57 a night or more!
- Disney's Paradise Pier ... rates from $385 ... save $28 a night or more!
- Disneyland Hotel (newly refurbished) ... rates from $515 ... save $37 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 three hotels. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and Disneyland Hotel Fantasy Tower have all reopened. Reservations are available now!
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.
Visiting 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. Capacity in the parks is limited. 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. You can also use your hotel confirmation number to view the latest reservation availability for theme parks.
All theme park visitors must make an advance theme park reservation. Many days do sell out in advance so ticket buyers by book as early as 120 days in advance. Magic Key holders can reserve up to 90 days in advance. 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.
That being said, one perk to staying on site at the Disneyland Resort is that hotel guests have a different pool of available theme park reservations. While the reservations are not guaranteed with a hotel reservation, if you check the availability calendar, you'll see that the hotel tab has more dates and parks available than ticket holders without a hotel stay. So you may have a better chance of getting the days and parks you want if you are staying on the Disneyland property. But you will still want to book early.
You can book room reservations at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel now! One other thing Disney's Grand Californian guests should be aware of is that the guest entrance from the hotel straight into Disney California Adventure is open. Yay!
Rules About Reservations and Face Coverings
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 all indoor public areas at the hotels, theme parks and transportation vehicles (such as the Monorail), including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Face covering rules change from time to time. Our guide to all current theme park mask policies always has the latest information on masks and for some parks other things you need to bring at this time.
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 reopening phases, this pamphlet may go digital to minimize contact (and save the trees). Also during this reopening period, most of these activities are unavailable.
Two of the hotels offer on-site character dining, including the newest character dining experience, the Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Buffets and character dining is back!
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
- FASTPASS and MaxPass have been retired but a MaxPass replacement, Disney Genie+, launches fall 2021.
- In-room dining service
- Art of Craft Tour
- Children’s lobby entertainment areas
- Instructor-led fitness classes
- Special classes and programs
- Poolside activities, including pool parties
What's Open at Disneyland Hotels During the Phased Reopening?
The following offerings and experiences are available (hours of operation will be provided during your stay):
- Valet parking
- Newly renovated Tenaya Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- Select hotel dining and character dining
- Hearthstone Lounge
- GCH Craftsman Bar (reservations available beginning May 28)
- GCH Craftsman Grill
- Napa Rose (for character dining and dinner) and Storytellers Cafe (character dining breakfast and brunch, and dinner without characters) will be open to all guests!
- Character dining at Goofy's Kitchen for breakfast and dinner.
- Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (now has reservations)
- Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill (mobile order available)
- Coffee House mobile order available)
- Acorns Gifts & Goods
- Eureka Fitness Center
- Fountain Pool
- Redwood Pool
- Mariposa Pool
- Poolside Cabanas
- Paradise Pool
- Monorail waterslides
- Mickey and Minnie spa whirlpools
- Special Grand Californian Hotel theme park entrance to Disney California Adventure
- Genie+ as of fall 2021
- Poolside cabanas are available for an additional fee.
As part of the phased reopening, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will not have food and beverage offerings initially, but guests can take advantage of dining opportunities in Downtown Disney and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel or Disneyland Hotel. Select restaurants in the Downtown Disney District also provide delivery services. For added convenience, guests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa can scan QR codes right from their in-room TV to access the links to those restaurants’ delivery webpages and order food and beverages that can be delivered right to the hotel lobbies. Mobile Order is the primary way to order food and beverage at most quick-service dining locations.
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.
During normal times, Disneyland Resort hotel guests get preferred access to a limited number of dining and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservations. Guests can make reservations in the Disneyland app, online or 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. There is no priority access at the moment. Restaurants and other reservations include:
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort (temporarily unavailable)
- Blue Bayou Restaurant (serving themed adult beverages!)
- Café Orleans
- Carnation Café
- Carthay Circle Lounge Alfresco Dining
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Catal Restaurant
- GHC Craftsman Bar
- Goofy’s Kitchen
- La Brea Bakery Cafe
- Lamplight Lounge
- Magic Key Terrace (for Magic Key holders only)
- Napa Rose
- Naples Ristorante e Bar
- Plaza Inn (dining packages are temporarily unavailable; however character dining has returned)
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
- River Belle Terrace
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes
- Tortilla Jo’s
- Wine Country Trattoria
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 is temporarily unavailable but you can drop off packages at select shops in the parks or stroller shop and pick them up before park closing — you can also ship items home from inside the park). 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're hopful it will return in the future! You'll still want to arrive early though, because many days, the theme parks open the gates earlier than posted!
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, including the fact that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is 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. 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 (now open!)
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.
During the closure, the upholstery and fabrics throughout the guest rooms, lobbies and meeting rooms were refreshed and updated. Guest rooms now feature a fun new fireworks pattern in the carpet and upgraded platform beds to help maximize storage. The corridor flooring features new patterns inspired by the art of Mary Blair with graphic elements recalling the lands each of the towers are named for. Fantasy Tower is the first Tower to reopen.
Enjoy 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 (when available). 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. (Note that for Paradise Pier's reopening, in-hotel dining will be temporarily unavailable.)
Read our full reviews of each Disneyland Resort hotel here and then book your stay:
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