If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re a Disney fan. And you might be wondering for some time now if it makes sense to splurge a little by staying at one of the Anaheim, CA Disneyland resorts or opting for a more affordable option.
Well we’re here to let you in on a few reasons as to why you should totally splurge. Keeping in mind we’ve actually stayed at an affordable good neighbor hotel too!
Top 5 Reasons to stay at the Disneyland Hotel Resort
The Convenience Factor
This one’s pretty obvious, but there’s nothing quite like the convenience of leaving the parks and strolling straight back to your room to just crash in bed. It’s also really nice to have the option to take a brief nap or freshen up. Even better, you can chill by the pool for a bit and then head back to the parks.
Early Entry at the Disneyland Resort
Did you know both parks open earlier just for hotel guests? Additional time at the parks each day provide more time for fun with your family and friends. Learn more about Early Entry Here. Head to the Disneyland Hotel site for the latest news, including details about Genie+, which replaces the retired FastPass+ services.
Update: Starting January 20, 2024, the early entry benefit will be updated, and Guests with valid park admission and reservations who are checked in and staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels may take advantage of this 30-minute early entry into a designated theme park for every day of their hotel stay. Either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park will be open early each day. Check the theme park calendar for the schedule.
Fireworks Show Viewing
If you have little ones that probably won’t stay up past 9p then what I’m about to tell you is key! When you book your stay at the Disneyland Hotel, request to stay in the Adventure Tower overlooking Downtown Disney (there’s three towers: Fantasy, Adventure and Frontier). The best part of staying in the Adventure tower is that you can come back to your room before 9p, get the kids bathed/showered and sit back in the comfort of your own hotel room to watch the spectacular Disneyland firework show. Hands down the best experience ever. Be sure to request a room facing Downtown Disney. See it all in our IG stories here. And head to Disneyland Hotel to see all the shows scheduled per season.
Monorail Water Slides & Cabanas
Our oldest, Mia, is a summer baby and she absolutely loves being in the water. I can honestly say we think Mia wants to stay at the Disneyland hotel for her birthday more so because of the retro-themed pools and monorail water slides. Which by the way, the water slides are for all kid ages and there’s even an area for the little ones to splash around. As you can see, we’ve been celebrating Mia’s birthday at the Disneyland Hotel for a few years now. And we’re here to let you in on a little secret! The cabanas are worth renting for a special family occasion!
There are currently 6 pool cabanas.
- Private shaded area w/ ceiling fan
- 2 chaise lounge chairs
- Love seat & sofa
- Coffee table
- LCD television
- Telephone for internal resort calls
- mini refrigerator w/ complimentary water bottles, cold washcloths with essential oil
- Games – Tic-Tac-Toe and UNO
- Robes and slippers
- Towel Service
- Complimentary fruit platter with Mickey-shaped watermelon
- Cabana server for food and beverage orders
$575 for a full day (9:30a-6p) , or $425 for a four-hour time block (9:30a-1:30p, 2p-6p) and can be booked 60 days out. Seasonal pricing may vary.
TIP: Request a cabana near the 🚝 monorail water slides to keep an eye on the kiddos. We love these retro inspired water slides! You can also order Dole Whips and delicious food options from Tangaroa Terrace with your cabana server. Be sure to call 714-778-6600 and make your cabana reservation 60 days out.
Have a blast at the Disney Poolside Splash Bash every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Disney poolside squad and pals will be on deck leading games and playing high-energy dance music. Visit the Guest Services Desk located in hotel lobby for a complete schedule of current activities during your stay.
Pineapple Dole Whips
Yes, you read that correctly. If you’re a fan like us, guess what? You can order Pineapple Dole Whips at Tangaroa Terrace or with your cabana/pool server. For adults 21+, you can request a splash of rum be added to your Dole Whips for an additional fee.
And as a bonus, we have to share that we absolutely love Goofy’s Kitchen which reopened August 2021. This restaurant offers a character breakfast and dinner buffet. The breakfast is a favorite of ours as you can enjoy made-to-order omelets, Mickey Mouse waffles, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, pastries, fresh fruit, Goofy’s famous PB & jelly pizza, and more. Pose for a photo in Goofy’s zany kitchen before you enter.
Update: Guests can make advanced dining reservations up to 60 days out online or via the Disneyland app. If you don’t have a dining reservation, you now have the opportunity to add your party to the mobile walk-up list at select table-service restaurants (subject to availability).
New this year! Book a brunch at Goofy’s Kitchen to celebrate Halloween—and dine with Goofy and some of his friends in their creative Halloween costumes!
In addition to special Character moments, enjoy special food items prepared just for the Halloween season—with enhanced menu offerings for brunch and dinner; themed décor and music; Disney PhotoPass digital downloads; and a Halloween-themed button. Dates: September 21 to October 31, 2023. Head to the Disneyland Hotel site for pricing and further info.
So there you have it, our top 5 reasons to stay at the Disneyland Hotel in a nutshell. Have you stayed at the Disneyland Hotel? What are some your favorite reasons you’d stay again? Be sure to check out our Celebrate A Birthday at Disneyland Post and get the full scoop on all the reasons to celebrate your kids birthday at the hotel. Trust us, this is a good one to read!