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The Frog Family's Guide to the Disneyland Hotel

by Mommy Frog on February 8, 2024 Los Angeles

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The Disneyland Hotel is the original of the three on-site Disneyland hotels. It's situated off Magic Way at the west end of Downtown Disney, about a 5 to 10-minute walk to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. Guests who visit Disneyland Park can take the Monorail from Downtown Disney straight into Tomorrowland. A visit to the Disneyland Hotel has all the vintage Disney feels you are looking for, along with recently refurbished rooms and a touch of Disney magic around every corner. Plus, the new DVC Villas are now open! For a limited time, save up to 20 percent on select rooms at Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Offer is good for Sunday through Thursday nights from March 11 to June 6, 2024. Discount is reflected in rate. Save up to 15 percent off standard rooms and up to 20 percent off premium rooms.

Disneyland Hotel

Overview of the Disneyland Hotel

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The Disneyland Hotel is a special place. The three towers are named after the original lands at Disneyland Park: Fantasy (the tower with the lobby and entrance), Adventure (which is on the Downtown Disney side) and Frontier (across the pool area from Fantasyland Tower near the Downtown Disney lot). Across the pool from the Adventure Tower is where the new Disney Vacation Club tower, also known as The Villas at Disneyland Hotel, is now open! It's called the Discovery Tower.

With timeless artwork, Mickey and Minnie statues and character topiaries, Disneyland Hotel has a touch of Disney everywhere you look. Are you trying to decide where to stay at (or near) Disneyland? Here is everything you need to know about Disneyland Hotel rooms, amenities, dining and more.

Disneyland Hotel Rooms

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Answer your wake-up call from Mickey Mouse when you stay on-site! Pixie dust is sprinkled everywhere on the property. The hotel rooms have Sleeping Beauty Castle light-up headboards that play "When You Wish Upon a Star." Beds have room for storage underneath them. Firework designs in the carpeting bring the fun of the theme parks into the rooms. The rooms are state-of-the-art and decorated with hints of Disney. (Can you spot the Mickey head in the lampshade?)

All towers have the pool area on one side, with views facing outward from the hotel on the other side. Standard views face trees or parking areas. Premium views face the pool or Downtown Disney.

The nice thing about most standard Disneyland Hotel rooms is that they sleep up to five people (with a maximum of three adults). The couch turns into a daybed that is between the size of a twin and a full, so even a fifth person can be comfortable. Be sure to book a room with two queens and a daybed if you need space for a fifth person. If you need a larger room for six to 14 people (or a themed Signature Suite), you can book directly through Disneyland Hotel.

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Rooms come with a mini-fridge, high-speed internet Wi-Fi service, a coffee maker and more. We love the little details, such as the double sinks and Mickey's glove-covered hands holding the lights in the bathroom.

Villas at Disneyland Hotel

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A new Disney Vacation Club Villas location opened at the Disneyland Hotel Sept. 28, 2023. The Villas at Disneyland Hotel in the Discovery Tower blend timeless Walt Disney Animation Studios classics with contemporary designs. It includes a restaurant, deck area, Mickey pool and pool restrooms. The new DVC tower — the fourth tower at the Disneyland Hotel — is across the pool from the Adventure Tower and is located between South Walnut Street and Disneyland Hotel’s Frontier Tower and swimming pool.

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The Villas at Disneyland Hotel has 344 whimsically-themed rooms including:

  • Duo studios
  • Deluxe studios
  • One and two-bedroom villas
  • Grand villas

Each villa includes modern amenities with Disney magic sprinkled throughout. Themes include Walt Disney Animation Studios films such as “The Jungle Book,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Fantasia” and more.

The good news is that you do not have to be a DVC member to stay here. The even better news is that you can book at a discounted rate through Undercover Tourist! Book in advance. The Villas are limited in availability, and restrictions apply.

Amenities, Recreation and Shopping at the Disneyland Hotel

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When you check in, you'll receive an Activities guide that will list all of the activities during the week of your visit. It has art classes, fitness classes and a schedule for movie nights. Another sheet should tell you all about the hotel amenities. Here are a few Disneyland Hotel amenities, recreational activities and shopping options you'll want to know about.

Pools 

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One of the perks of staying on-site is being able to take the Monorail almost all the way back to the hotel at midday to cool off in the pool, which by the way has Monorail waterslides! (The waterslides are closed for refurbishment from Jan. 8 through March 31, 2024. When the waterslides are closed, ask at the pool deck about using the waterslide at the new Pixar Place Hotel.)

Our tadpoles love to splash in the pools at Disneyland Hotel. There are two retro-themed pools, two Monorail waterslides, two toddler slides, a zero-entry shallow water-play pool with cascading water and two whirlpool spas. Now all hotel guests can also use the Steamboat Willie splash pad at the new DVC tower. Life jackets are included. You can order food and drinks from a server, including Mickey ice cream bars and Mickey ice cream sandwiches (not on the menu, but ask your server)! You can rent a poolside cabana as well.

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In the summer, look for daily 30-minute pool parties with Disney characters!

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Hotel guests and villa guests can enjoy any of the pools, slides and splash pads at Disneyland Hotel and the Villas. Disneyland Resort guests wear bracelets at the pools so they can come and go with ease.

Fitness Center 

The fitness center is located in the Discovery Tower. You can consult the activity guide for fitness classes (some have a fee and some take place inside the Disney California Adventure theme park before it opens).

Spa

You can use the Tenaya Stone Spa, which is located inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Movie Nights

Check the activities guide for movie night shows and viewing locations.

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Souvenir Shops

The Fantasy Tower has two gift shops: Disney's Fantasia Gift Shop and Small World Gifts & Sundries. Looking for more souvenirs? Downtown Disney has a ton of shops, including a huge World of Disney store and Marceline's Confectionery, where you can get caramel apples, churro toffee and all the yummy goodies you'll want to take home.

ATM

You can find an ATM in the Fantasy Tower, as well as in Downtown Disney (near Wetzel's Pretzels).

Laundry

Traveling with kids? You might want to know where you can do laundry because spit-up happens. The budget-friendly laundry facilities are open 24 hours in the new Discovery Tower. Bring credit or debit cards for payment. Guests may also use the laundry facilities at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel or Pixar Place Hotel.

Digital Room Key and Key to Magic

You can use your phone as a digital key or choose to receive traditional key cards from the front desk. Your Key to the Magic card is your room key, resort charge card and parking permit. You can receive your card when you check in at the front desk. To charge purchases back to your room, simply present your Key to the Magic card — along with a photo ID — when buying merchandise, tickets and meals at select locations throughout the theme parks, hotels and the Downtown Disney District.

Housekeeping

Light housekeeping comes by every other day of your stay at this time to remove trash and used towels. If you need anything before that, just ask Guest Services.

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We recently caught up with Chip 'n' Dale near the hotel lobby and valet parking area! We have also run into Goofy, Minnie and pals outside of Goofy's Kitchen. Disneyland Hotel seems to have the most spontaneous character interactions just when you'd least expect it!

Fun Classes

Learn how to hula dance, play the ukulele or draw a Disney character. Learn how to turn your park map into an origami souvenir. Sign up for fitness classes in a theme park or in a pool! There are many magical offerings for hotel guests.

Parking 

Hotel guests pay $70 per night per vehicle for valet parking and $40 a night for self-parking. Oversized vehicles are $45 per vehicle per night.

For day guests:

  • Self-parking is $40 per vehicle for the first hour plus $10 for each additional hour, with a maximum rate of $80.
  • Valet parking is $70 per vehicle for the first hour plus $10 for each additional hour, with a maximum rate of $140.
  • Oversized vehicle parking is $45 per vehicle for the first hour plus $10 for each additional hour, with a maximum rate of $85.

Hotel restaurant validation rates include the following:

  • 3 hours of complimentary parking — your choice of valet or self-parking — with restaurant validation at Disneyland Hotel. You can only validate for one restaurant per visit, no matter how many places you eat at.

The Fantasy self-parking lot of the Disneyland Hotel has ChargePoint charging ports. To use a port, you’ll need to scan a ChargePoint card or the app on your phone.

Dining at Disneyland Hotel

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Coming soon, Disneyland Resort hotel guests get preferred dining access to hotel table-service restaurants during the dates of their stay. Here's where to eat and drink at the Disneyland Hotel.

Goofy’s Kitchen

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As soon as you arrive to check in, you'll get your photo taken with Goofy. Then you'll be shown to your table, where characters parade past every 20 minutes. You can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast or dinner buffet here. The food is kid-friendly, and adults will find items to please them, too. You can get all of the Mickey waffles and pancakes you can eat!

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You might see Chip, Dale, Pluto and Minnie at Goofy's Kitchen. The characters dance by your table. 

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Hug and pose for photos with characters! Find out about the other Disneyland character dining locations as well.

The Frog Family's Guide to the Disneyland Hotel - tangaroa terraceTangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill 

This quick-service dining location located over the pool area offers the ability to mobile order. You can also order your food at the register and a server will bring it to you. Seating is both indoors and outdoors amongst the palms and tiki torches. At Tangaroa Terrace, you can find many of the same items you'd get from Trader Sam's, such as ramen, a Pu Pu Platter, wings, gyoza and more. All day long, you can find quick grab 'n' go items such as fruit and baked items, kids meals and Dole Whip. In fact, you can get Dole Whip floats, including adult versions with rum!

For breakfast, choose from a wide selection, including an American Breakfast, short rib steak and eggs, Acai Chia Breakfast Bowl, avocado toast, thick & fluffy pancakes, Tangaroa Toast, burritos and more.

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

This bar and restaurant is so much fun that we gave it its own post. Kids (under 21) are welcome until 8 p.m. at the tables. Order special drinks that cause the weather to change in the bar and volcanoes to erupt. Watch out for sinking bar stools and other hidden gems all around the bar.

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The Coffee House

The Coffee House is located just outside of Goofy's Kitchen. It's mainly open in the morning (closing at 6 p.m. during the weekend) for coffee, pastries, ice cream, yogurt, cereal, fruit and more.

The Lobby Lounge at Disneyland Hotel

This somewhat secret lounge is not listed on the Disneyland site, but it's located near Goofy's Kitchen (in the former Steakhouse 55 lounge location). From 5 p.m. to closing (on select nights), you can enjoy beer, wine, cocktails and food. Bites and entrees include chicken wings, truffle fries, salads, pizzas and sandwiches or burgers.

Palm Breeze Bar (at The Villas)

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This outdoor dining location between pool areas features modern décor inspired by the art of Mary Blair. While you sip on delightful mocktails and themed cocktails, enjoy some tasty bites. Choose from salads, sandwiches, personal pizzas or shareable dishes such as Coctel de Mariscos, Ahi Tuna Tataki, Avocado & Lime Hummus Dip, Cheese Fry Poutine or Cocktail Chicken Wings. There's a kids menu with all the tadpole favorites. Plus you can try fun desserts such as beignets, a chocolate chip cookie sandwich with ice cream and a molten chocolate cake. The bar has large televisions, making it a great place to catch a sports game at Disneyland.

Room Service

Room Service is available at this hotel for breakfast and in the evening. You can also use a QR code to order food from select Downtown Disney restaurants and have it delivered to the lobby.

Downtown Disney

Just outside the hotel, you’ll find a bunch of quick-service and table-service dining choices. Hop over to our Downtown Disney restaurant post to find the best choice for you.

We recommend making a reservation if you want to dine at Goofy's Kitchen or Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (or even some Downtown Disney locations). Reservations can open up to 60 days in advance at 6 a.m. Some locations do open up reservation times later, so if you do not see what you want, keep checking back. If you don't get a reservation, you may be able to join the walk-up availability list through the Disneyland app.

What to Consider Before Staying at Disneyland Hotel

If you are deciding between staying at the Disneyland Hotel, another Disneyland hotel or off-site, here are a few things to consider.

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Location

It's a great location next to Downtown Disney and within a short walking distance to both theme parks and the other two hotels. It's also a short walk to the parking structures. It does not have a dedicated theme park entrance like the other two hotels, but you can take the Monorail from Downtown Disney into the theme park. Also, your hotel key should open the Pixar Place Hotel theme park entrance to Disney California Adventure. It puts you in the park right near Pixar Pier. It's also a shortcut to exit through there when heading back to your hotel.

Budget

This hotel is the mid-priced hotel of the three on-site Disneyland hotels. You can save money on a room when you book your Disneyland Hotel stay through Undercover Tourist (psst ... we sell discount theme park tickets too!). Use your savings to get a Dole Whip float with a splash of rum at Tangaroa Terrace or Trader Sam's and a nice meal.

View 

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This can vary per room. The Downtown Disney-facing rooms provide a distant view of the park and of Downtown Disney. You can see fireworks from these rooms. Many rooms face inward, toward the pools. The more affordable rooms face parking lots. Lower-level rooms might see trees.

Early Entry to Theme Parks

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Disneyland Resort hotel guests can enter a theme park 30 minutes before the parks open to access select attractions, dining and shopping! Hop over to our Early Entry post for all the details. As of Jan. 20, 2024, only one park per day hosts Early Entry. So on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you'll want to reserve Disneyland Park if you want to take advantage of Early Entry. On Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you'll want to reserve Disney California Adventure for Early Entry.

How much time are you planning to spend at the hotel? 

If you want to come and go between the hotel and the theme park to take breaks or use the pools to cool off and relax, then this is your place. If you are an open-to-close theme park warrior, you might not be spending a lot of time at the hotel. A short walking distance is nice, but if you want to save money on your lodging, you can find more affordable hotels near Disneyland for less.

What kind of vibe are you looking for?

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You'll step into the hotel and see an old map of Disneyland (before Downtown Disney, the other hotels and Matterhorn Bobsleds even existed). This is a family-friendly hotel that has a vintage Disney feel and all the palm trees to remind you that you are in SoCal (with hints of a tropical getaway without the humidity). It has a multi-level pool area with Monorail water slides and a shallow water play area for toddlers. Adults will love the tropical bar at Trader Sam's. If you are a diehard, vintage Disney fan who is interested in tropical vacation vibes, this is the hotel to take you there.

How big is your party? 

Most standard rooms at Disneyland Hotel (and nearby Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel) have larger rooms and a day bed for a fifth person (or if you have party members who do not want to share a bed). That makes this a good on-site property for larger families. There are family suites that may appeal to larger parties.

How old is your party?

If you have kids from toddlers to teens, this is a good hotel choice. The pool has slides the whole family can enjoy. Even our toddler, Lily, went down the smaller Monorail water slide. She loved splashing in the shallow water play pool. Her tween brother Tad, was hoppy with the taller red Monorail slide. Adult Disney fans will love the throwback feel of the hotel, as well as the adult drinks and experiences at Trader Sam's.

Security

You will need to prepare to go through a security bag check and metal detector every time you enter Downtown Disney to head to the theme parks. The early bird gets the worm, so line up extra early to get into the parks before they open.

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MagicBand+

MagicBands have come to Disneyland! You can use the band to quickly tap in for park admission, redeem Lightning Lanes and get PhotoPass photos. They also light up and vibrate during nighttime entertainment, some Avengers Campus shows and even rides. Get all the details in our MagicBand Disneyland post.

Which Disneyland ticket and reservations do you want? 

You have a lot to think about in terms of theme park tickets and theme park reservations. Do you want to start your day in Disneyland Park so you can ride the Monorail into the park? Or walk to enter either theme park and use the Monorail to return to the hotel for a midday splash in the pool or rest? Check the Monorail hours in the app. This park is equidistant to either theme park.

The Frog Family's Guide to the Disneyland Hotel - park reservationsKeep in mind that all theme park guests must have a valid theme park ticket and them park reservation to visit a park. That goes for hotel guests, too. However, a major perk to staying on-site at a Disneyland Resort hotel is that hotel guests can link a hotel stay and open up a different pool of reservations. The hotel guests generally have a better selection of theme park availability. The earlier you reserve, the better the selection.

Is a park hopper ticket worth it?

We think so, especially for a multi-day ticket. Did you know it costs less per day to add park hopping to a multi-day ticket than to purchase a 1-day ticket with park hopping? You get your money's worth with a park hopper multi-day ticket. It allows you to start in one park and hop after 11 a.m., that way you can either start or end your day (or even both) at Disney California Adventure. We suggest starting off in each park at least once during your visit to take advantage of the shortest lines of the day. But pay attention to the Early Entry schedule so you choose the correct park to begin your day at.

Do you have disabilities?

The Disneyland Hotel offers accessibility services for Guests with disabilities. Features include accessible travel paths in the parking lot, lobby, restaurants, convention spaces and shopping locations — in addition to wheelchair-accessible and hearing-accessible rooms. TTY equipment is available upon request at check-in. There are lifts for the pools. In fact, we saw many different families with wheelchairs enjoying the pool area.

If you'd like to rent a wheelchair or stroller for your visit, you can have it delivered to the hotel. ScooterBug, a private mobility rental company, is Disneyland's official provider. ScooterBug is the only company that can drop off strollers, ECVs and wheelchair rentals — including length-of-stay rentals — for Guests staying at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort without the guest being present.

We love staying at the Disneyland Hotel and we know you will too. If you need Disneyland theme park tickets, you can also get a discount from your favorite froggy friends! Book a rental car at the same time you book a room to unlock even deeper discounts.

Related: All of the Magical Reasons to Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

Related: Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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