Stayed at the Disneyland Hotel on our recent visit to Southern California. Stayed here last time about 8 years ago and was pleasantly surprised all all that has been done to the resort to modernize and refresh this classic Disney property.
We had a fantastic room, on the 11th floor, in the Frontier Tower. Some people prefer the other towers, but we loved the Frontier Tower. The scale model of Big Thunder Mountain in the lobby was really cool to look at. It was pretty close to the Monorail Pool slides, and both Tangeroa Terrace and Trader Sams. The Frontier tower also had a nice smaller water feature and geyser in front of the hotel as a nod to Nature's Wonderland at Disneyland, and also I am guessing in a smaller way to the classic waterfalls that used to be in front of the tower but were removed during the most resort "re-imagining." We also loved that there is a smaller parking lot next to Frontier, which if you're lucky, you can find a spot and park in and you're very close to the elevator bank. Our room was in the center of the tower, on the 11th floor and was huge. We had a larger entry way in our room with a desk setup. Also the day bed was a bonus. We stayed in the Fantasy (ex-Magic) tower previously and the room in the Frontier tower was much larger. Also we hit the jack pot, due to the high floor to have a room with a view of not only the pool, but also parts of Disneyland and Downtown Disney. We also had a view into the Wedding/Rose garden and my wife loved watching no less than 3 weddings occur during our stay.
The hotel is great. While I do miss some of the older resort features this location used to have back many years ago, Disney has done a nice job keeping the resort modern and current. The decor is very Disney from the light up headboards with music to the hidden mickey's in the carpet, duvet and even the shower tiles. My only wish for the remodel was if Disney could have done the blue windows theme and kept the Juliet style balconies. I did miss not being able to open the sliding doors and listen to the sounds of the resort.
Walking to the resort is not too far from Disneyland and California Adventure. Maybe 10-15 minutes. We did take advantage of the monorail which is only a short walk from any of the three towers. We used it coming home a couple of nights and going in at least one. Very convenient, and at least for us, shorter lines getting the bags checked and through the turnstyles. The hotel has a few restaurants, we only tried Tangeroa Terrace and it was good. It's close to a number of other dining spots in Downtown Disney as well as options in Paradise Pier Hotel and Grand California as well.
The only downsides are, this place is really rather expensive. However, if you want the total Disney package, this is the place. Our Premium/Deluxe room in high season was probably about 500.00 a night. Luckily we had used Disney Vacation Club points to stay here, and it was worth it to me. The hotel is incredible though, so if it's in your budget, it is a very nice place to stay and has a lot of magical touches. In fact the landscaping and Tangeroa Terrace/Trader Sam's are kind of reminded me of the Polynesian Resort a little.
Everyone in our party loved the hotel. Our only disappointment was our check in experience. It wasn't terrible, just not magical (in Disney speak.) The cast member was very matter of fact, didn't really great us in the way I am accustomed to at other Disney resorts. We had mentioned it was one person's first visit in our party and nothing, no comment, no warm Disney welcome, no first visit button, nothing. Just very business like. But that was it, everything else was good. Housekeeping was good and efficient, restocking things we needed. Everyone in the restaurants and shops were nice, etc.
We'd definitely stay here again if we have an option and can swing the cost. We stayed at the Sheraton Park Anaheim also on this visit and that was actually a pretty nice alternative to Disneyland Hotel. It has a very resort like feel, and was about 1/4 the cost. We'd go back there too if the budget prevails, but all of us in our party just liked the Disneyland Hotel more, and were glad we went to the Disneyland Hotel 2nd and not first if that makes sense. A little bit of trivia, the man who owned the Disneyland Hotel before Disney purchased it in the late 80s, also used to own the hotel which is now called Sheraton Park Anaheim.
So, all in all, this is a great Disney Hotel, and if it's in your vacation budget to stay here, I don't think you'd be disappointed.
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- Also Known As:
- Anaheim Disneyland Hotel
- Disneyland Hotel Ca
- Disneyland Hotel Anaheim, California