~Ribbeting~ Rates and More Reasons to Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

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?

Disney's Grand Californian Pool - Overview of Disneyland Hotels

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 - Character Dining — Tiana

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.

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Radiator Springs Racers

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.

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Downtown Disney

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

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Grand Californian Lobby

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!

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Disney's Grand Californian Pool

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.

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Mickey's Breakfast Adventures at Storytellers Cafe

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.

Disneyland Hotel

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Disneyland Hotel

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.

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Disneyland Hotel Pool

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.

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland Hotel

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

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Paradise Pier

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).

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Disney's Paradise Pier Pool

Benefit of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel - Disney's Paradise Pier Water SlideThe 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!

Related: Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 6, 2019 at 7:07 p.m. Melinda Novales Lisso Says...

If I buy tickets here will I be able to put in my app

Sep 6, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melinda,

You sure can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 1, 2019 at 12:06 a.m. Erin Says...

Do you need to buy a park hopper ticket if you are staying at the Grand Californian? If you didn't get the hopper, how would you re-enter the hotel after a day on the other side?

Jul 1, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

You do not need a park hopper to stay at the Grand Californian. However, you'll only be able to utilize the entrance from California Adventure if you have valid theme park admission. Otherwise, you can use the main hotel entrance from the Downtown Disney area without any theme park admission. The entrance into California Adventure from the resort itself is meant as an additional perk, but there are alternative ways to get into the hotel. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!


May 10, 2019 at 7:34 p.m. Yvette Lopez Jessop Says...

Are there payment plans for Disneyland vacations? I can't afford otherwise

May 13, 2019 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvette!

No, unfortunately no payment plans are available at this time. If you are booking a Disneyland Resort vacation package (with hotel and tickets included), Disneyland requires a deposit up front, with the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 16, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. Corky Bradley Says...

Disney hotels look very attractive (practical and for the experience), but with 4 adults and a child, it's crazy expensive. Any suggestions on scoring a deal in May? Thanks!

Feb 21, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Corky,

These hotels stay pretty well booked all year. For the best rates and availability, book early!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 14, 2018 at 11:18 p.m. Regina Says...

We're staying on property in November. Looking to order tickets but not sure if fast passes or Magic Bands come with the on-property stay? I thought I read that somewhere?? Any advice is appreciated for our first time visit :)

Oct 15, 2018 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Regina!

Disneyland Resort in California does not utilize MagicBands - you'll simply use your phone. FastPass is included with your park tickets, but we do recommend MaxPass to make the most of your time!

Keep hopping!


Oct 8, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. Traci Says...

We will be staying at the Disneyland hotel from a Monday to Thursday. Unfortunately, we have one park per day tickets and only one day matches with the Early Magic Morning Hours schedule (Monday- CA Adventure). That will be our first day checking into the DL hotel. How can we utilize the MMH option if check in time is later in the day?

Oct 12, 2018 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Traci!

If you are able to utilize early check-in at Disneyland Hotel, you will be able to utilize Early Morning Magic. But you must be checked in and have your room key.

Keep hopping!


Jul 17, 2018 at 8:40 p.m. Nicole Says...

We are trying to decide between the Disneyland hotel and Fairfield for a December trip...any advice? Five people and we will spend most of the time in the park. I am worried about the park reaching capacity...is it better to stay onsite then? What about the weather in December? Will the pools be warm enough to swim if we spend the money to stay on property?

Jul 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

The weather is typically in the 60's (Fahrenheit) in December. The pools at both Fairfield Inn and Disneyland Hotel are heated, but it may still be too chilly to enjoy. Both hotels are a similar distance to the parks, so it's truly up to you how much you'd like to invest in your hotel! If you don't plan on spending much time at the hotel to enjoy the amenities, we recommend going with a more cost-friendly option. The parks did reach capacity one day in late December last year, but as long as you arrive early and stay in one park all day, you should be fine!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 14, 2017 at 6:22 a.m. Joenisha Blalock Says...

Does free breakfast at the hotel come with staying at the resort

Oct 27, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. Meghan Says...

Are park entrances included with the hotel?

Oct 27, 2017 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan,

Park admission is not included in posted hotel room rates. You'd need to purchase tickets separately.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 15, 2017 at 3:31 a.m. Sara Says...


Is there a discount on murchandise if you were staying at the Disneyland hotel?

Aug 15, 2017 at 7:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

There is no merchandise discount for hotel guests.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

May 15, 2017 at 6:11 p.m. Carol Says...

We were there in February and there were security guards stationed several places near the GC, prohibiting entering unless you were staying there. We had a reservation at Napa Rose and had to show picture ID as the guard checked our names against his reservation list. I suspect it was being overused as a cut through and alternate entrance.

Apr 25, 2017 at 10:51 p.m. Lynda Dale Says...

In the past while staying at the Disneyland Hotel I would use the Grand Californian entrance to California Adventure Park. I've heard rumors this is no longer allowed. Can anyone confirm whether or not this is still an option? Thanks

Apr 11, 2017 at 5:39 p.m. Gayle Says...

How do you get to the Disneyland Park from the Disneyland Hotel? Is it a far walk? What is the monorail?

Apr 11, 2017 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gayle,

Getting from the Disneyland Hotel to Disneyland is a short walk through Downtown Disney. The Disneyland Monorail will take you from just outside the Disneyland Hotel to Tomorrowland inside the park.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 8, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. Tanya Says...

If you are staying at one of the three hotels on-site, can guests have access to the pools at the other two hotels on-site? If so, is it the room key that provides access?

Apr 9, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tanya,

You just need your room key.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 16, 2016 at 9:19 p.m. Julie Says...

Do the Disney resort hotel room rates include tickets to the parks everyday?

Dec 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Wouldn't it be great if they did?! Unfortunately, they do not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 30, 2015 at 7:25 p.m. Yomari DeWeese Says...

It is incorrect that you can use all the pools. You can only use the pool at the hotel you are staying at. I am here currently and have asked!

Oct 6, 2015 at 4:13 a.m. Angie Says...

Anyone know why it is slated to be busy through Jan 5? ( a tuesday, it seems like it would be only through the 3rd (sunday)

Oct 14, 2015 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

While crowds will start dying down on that Monday, most local school districts have children back in school on the 5th. Here is our guide to the best time to visit Disneyland.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 21, 2015 at 2:24 a.m. Karen Says...

Great info and website! I've ben in SoCal my whole life and thought I was an expert, but your advice rocks! thank you so much! Karen happy frogging!

Sep 23, 2015 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

You've made our day! Thank you!

Mommy Frog

Jan 11, 2015 at 6:50 p.m. Michiko Says...

Great information! Quick question:

If you are staying onsite, is Magic hour offered on the day you check in?

Jan 30, 2015 at 2:51 a.m. Rae Says...

Yes every night you are registered you yet the magic morning!!

Jan 11, 2015 at 6:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michiko,


Mommy Frog

Oct 24, 2014 at 10:55 a.m. Jack Beresford Says...

Paradise Pier is a more affordable choice and many rooms have a great view of World of Color performed nightly. They even have the sound track play on you in-room TV.

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