Mommy Frog's Note: We know these are trying times. Some of us are facing major challenges, whether they be from illness, the economy or simply the unknown. All of us are living under a new normal. While the parks are currently closed, they will reopen soon. In the meantime, we're looking for ways to help keep the magic hoppening at home. One of the ways we're doing that is by helping you plan our next trip!
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 PLUS you can save up to 25% off select stays on most Sunday-Thursday nights through June 18, 2020, when you book by May 31, 2020.
Before we hop into the specifics of each Disneyland Resort hotel and their benefits below, here's a quick look at the savings!
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!
Try as you may, you really can't get that full "Disney magic" if you're not staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel. Each 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.
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
- Blue Bayou Restaurant
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Catal Restaurant
- Goofy’s Kitchen
- La Brea Bakery Cafe
- Napa Rose
- Naples Ristorante e Bar
- Plaza Inn
- 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. 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.
Disneyland Extra Magic Hour Schedule
- 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 can start making mobile FASTPASS selections for the day as soon as they enter the park. FASTPASS doesn't begin operating, however, until the parks open to the general public.
- Disney FASTPASS and MaxPass is unavailable for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
- 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 is a definite benefit! 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.
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. It is a short walk to the Monorail station and Downtown Disney and about 5 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 furthest of all the Disney properties from Disneyland Park, about a 15-minute walk away (or 5-10 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:
We hope you've found this overview Disneyland Resort hotels and benefits hopful as you plan your visit to Los Angeles. You'll find more resources and tips inside our Los Angeles Planning Guide. Ready to book your Disneyland Resort hotel? Hop to it with Undercover Tourist for a discount!