Last week we outlined the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, this week we wanted to go through all of the reasons to stay offsite. Those of you who have visited the Walt Disney World Resort know that there are definite advantages to staying on property. This is true at Disneyland as well -- there are just fewer benefits in Anaheim than there are in Orlando. Today, we're going to explore the reasons to stay offsite when you visit Disneyland.
One of the biggest reasons to stay onsite at Disney World is the proximity to the parks (vs. the relative distance of non-Disney hotels). At Disneyland, this is less of an issue (and in some cases, not an issue at all) as there are dozens of hotels within walking distance of Disneyland, or hopping distance in our case ;) Several of the hotels along Harbor Boulevard are a five-minute walk to the entrance of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. They are even a shorter walk than two of Disneyland's resort hotels, Disney's Paradise Pier and Disneyland Hotel. Plenty of other hotels are within the 5-10 minute walk range, and still there are plenty more that offer shuttle service to the resort.
Being this close to the park is a big convenience when every bit of time savings helps. It also means when your little tadpoles get tired you can easily leave the park in the afternoons for a nap or a swim and come back later in the evening for Fantasmic! or World of Color. Bear in mind that if you drive yourself to the park, expect to spend a boatload of time navigating the parking garage (although every bit as organized as the parking situation at the Walt Disney World Resort) and then still more time waiting for and riding the tram over to the entrance esplanade during the busiest times.
Even bigger considerations than convenience are price and availability. With only three resort hotels at Disneyland, these hotel rooms are harder to come by and cost considerably more than what you would pay for offsite hotels. During the busiest times, rates are higher simply because the availability isn't there.
Unlike at the Walt Disney World Resort, there is no value option at the Disneyland Resort. Instead, Disneyland has developed a network of Good Neighbor Hotels that it has partnered with to bring you a range of accommodation options at varying price points. With Disneyland partnering with them it is likely they are a clean and reputable lodging option. Here is the list of Good Neighbor Hotels. (Note that if you're looking at pricing on this site, Disney includes the hotels as a package with park hoppers for the same number of days as your stay).
Here are the Good Neighbor Hotels across the street from Disneyland:
- Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites
- Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriott
- Best Western Plus - Anaheim Inn
- Best Western Plus Park Place Inn - Mini Suite
- Carousel Inn & Suites
- Tropicana Inn & Suites
No matter whether you decide to stay offsite or at one of the official resort hotels when you visit, you're bound to have a great time at the Happiest Place on Earth!
We hope you've found this overview of the benefits offsite when you visit Disneyland Resort helpful as you consider a visit to Los Angeles. You'll find more resources and tips inside our Los Angeles Planning Guide.