If you can stretch your budget, then I would highly recommend staying at the Disneyland Hotel situated right next to the park entrance. It's not cheap, but come on, you are not likely to be doing this kind of trip that often, so do your research, make your choice and if this hotel is it, enjoy it!
We arrived by car just after lunch and even the drive through the roads outside the resort excited the kids especially when they realised that large pink building in the distance is where they would be staying.
Valet parking, luggage taken up to your room part of the service and check-in OK, but I would expect this would have taken a lot longer in high season and this is probably the only queue you won't be able to FastPass....
Keys in-hand, park tickets, FastPass (and the hotel ones - very useful), plus meal vouchers and a quick look at the rooms that could do with a bit of an update, but last time I checked, my kids weren't that fussy about hotel decor, so no issues there.
About meal vouchers: I would suggest getting one of the packages, but make sure where you eat is making full use of their value as in Walts, 2 adult premium ones was enough for all 6 of us. The reservation service will be able to advise and book ahead where possible as everywhere fills-up.
Our first meal was in Inventions that was amazing for the kids becuase every 5 mins a character would walk in. Get a table early (we booked for 6.30pm) and it won't be full and you'll have lots of characters visiting your table (ask for one of the tables by the windows as the views are great). Investions is a buffet and the choice is good for everyone.
Breakfasts are taken in the same restaurants (Inventions and California Grill next door) and characters wait outside. Small queues to see them, but nothing major and a nice touch to start the day.
We used the pool a couple of times during the day as it took no time to walk back to the hotel from most areas of the park and it was empty.
Overall: first impressions is what counts and after 4 days, 3 nights, I can say that this hotel makes the whole experience that much better; not just becuase of the characters and look/feel of the hotel, but for the excellent service you get from everyone.
Will be back...
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