Last year we took three rooms at the Grand Californian (not in any way a grand hotel). By the time we had paid for room and board, park passes, magic hour upgrades, photo pass, a ton of character dining I was told we had spent circa $10k in 3 days. My 4 yr old's joy at all things Mickey was worth every penny, but the cost was crazy.
We didn't return to the Californian this year because of the cost. I am not sure that this was a good decision, however if you want to save nearly $500 per night per room, then The Candy Cane Inn is a fairly painless way to do it.
The Candy Cane is a classic American motel located immediately behind the Cars ride and a 15 minute family-speed walk from the park entrance. The motel has an excellent shuttle bus every 30 minutes.
They are very friendly, helpful and fully understand that their survival depends on good reviews, which is how we selected this motel. There is a pool and car parking outside the rooms. Breakfast is served by the pool and a simple basket is available for the premium rooms.
If we return to Disney again I will push my wife to book one of the on-park hotels and to hell with the cost, but I will have fond memories of The Candy Cane ad I urge you to stay there if you can't stomach the unnecessary expense of the Disney 3.
By the way, we spent 3 days at the Contemporary earlier this year in Orlando. Worth every cent. Much better than the Anaheim park experience.
Top tip - drive to the Disney Downtown from the motel and valet park
Only gripe - painfully slow internet
- Also Known As:
- Candy Cane Hotel Anaheim
- Candy Cane Inn Anaheim, California
- Candy Cane Anaheim