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“Classic Disney lodging at their finest.”
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Disneyland Hotel
Ranked #20 of 119 Hotels in Anaheim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2014

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.

Room Tip: Frontier tower is not as far away from the action as people may think and it seemed to have larger r...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

I highly recommend staying at a Disney Resort property when visiting Disneyland, and the Disneyland Hotel is fabulous. The room is magical with hidden surprises, the pool is great fun, and being close to the park is priceless. Yes, Disney knows how to make your visit magical!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Stayed at the Disneyland hotel for our summer vacation this year. Our room was in the Frontier Tower on a lower floor facing the pool. The room was spacious, clean and well appointed. There's a mini refrigerator and coffee maker in the room along with a safe in the closet and a couple of nice robes and the WIFI is free. The headboard is a rendition of the castle with fireworks that lights up, very nice touch. A very Disney hotel and great for kids (young and old) for that special disney feel.

The service was great everywhere we went in the complex and we love the proximity to the monorail for access to Disneyland. Guests staying at the hotels can also use the entrance to California Adventure park from the Grand Californian during early 'magic hours'. Saves going through the crush at the front gates.

The pool complex is very busy in the afternoons and it's sometimes hard to get a seat anywhere in the pool area after 1pm. We were able to rent a cabana on one of our days of our visit and it was well worthwhile for us. The cabana cost comes with cold waters and a fruit tray and was well stocked with towels. The cabinet in the cabana has a safe to lock valuables and a power strip to charge phones, etc.

I had thought about a less expensive hotel but in the end there's something about staying at a Disney property that enhances our overall vacation experience. It was well worth it!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

The Disneyland hotel was very clean, very disney, it was so convenient to the Disneyland park, and it was so lovely walking through all the shops on the way. The pool was fantastic, so big and the great waterside, kept my children happy for hours. Must have a disney character breakfast or dinner, it was just wonderful even I got excited with the characters. I am happy to answer my questions you may have. We loved this hotel.

Room Tip: We just got the room we were given
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Our second stop for 3 nights on our LA tour. We have been to Disneyland Paris and Disney World Florida before and a desire to see where it all began and the new Cars Land brought us here and we weren't disappointed. The hotel is 3 blocks set around a beautiful swimming pool, slides and restaurant. We stayed in the Fantasy block which seems to be the main block having the reception based here. Rooms are classic, immaculate and everything you would expect from Disney. The headboards are magical having a Disney castle theme which lights up and plays the first 30 or so seconds of "when you wish...". Entry to the Parks is about 15 - 20 minutes from the hotel through Down Town Disney. As Disney guests there is a short cut into the California Adventure Park through The Grand California Hotel which helps to avoid the crowds and getting to Magic Kingdom can be short cut by using the tram located just opposite the Lego shop near to the Disneyland Hotel. A great stay. So great we went back later in our holiday when stopping elsewhere!

Room Tip: We upgraded to a 5 day theme park hopper ticket as part of our 3 night/4day standard stay and this c...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Its Supercalifragilous! What else can I say. VERY expensive but with it. Stayed in the Adventureland Tower (best of 3 towers for close distance to Downtown Disney, Parks, Monorail) in a PARK VIEW superior room. Its worth the extra bucks. Watched the fireworks at Disneyland from my room twice with the audio on TV channel piped into the room. FANTASTIC! The best view I have ever had of the fireworks show. Of course see them in the Park too. Highly recommend a splurge here. MUCH more worth the cost than DisneyWorld Hotels in Florida as its walkable to Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. Save some walking and enter CA Adventure through Disney’s Californian Hotel Special entrance. Great pool area and don't forget to visit Trader Sam's Tiki Bar and restaurant by the pool. A little Enchanted Tiki Room in the hotel itself. Completely remodeled in and out in 2012.

Room Tip: Adventureland Tower is best of 3 towers. It even has a back entrance door from the tower lobby direc...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Stayed 4 nights June 18th – 22nd. Paid extra for a Premium View Room, it was absolutely worth it, and I highly recommend it. We were on the 7th floor and had a view of Downtown Disney. Although we were not in our room that often, it was still worth to have a great room when we WERE in our room. Our room was quite spacious. We had two queen beds and a full size couch and still had plenty of open space to walk and move about. The area in front of the widow was a large open space. All the furniture and bed spreads seemed new.

The bathroom was very good sized for a hotel room. We had double sinks and the toilet had a separate door. The floor to ceiling window is great; I loved standing right in front of it, and feeling like I was right in Downtown Disney. The only down side is that before the remodel, there was a sliding glass door that could be opened. It would be way better if we could have opened a door and gotten some fresh air. A lot of people complain about the noise from Downtown Disney, but we could barely hear it at all. I personally would have liked to have been able to open a window or sliding door and to be able to hear the noise from Downtown Disney better; it’s part of the experience.

Water pressure in the shower was great. Check in was a breeze, only waited in line for a few minutes, and once I was being helped by a cast member, it was very fast and she was extremely friendly and helpful, and congratulated my friend and I on our college graduation and gave us a pin.

I only have a few complaints. The Wi-Fi was essentially unusable because it was so insanely slow. Also, I was really hoping to check into our room early, the front desk gave us a little hope that we may have been able to, but no, our room was not ready until almost 4:00pm. Further, it would have been nice to have a microwave in the room, and for there to be more shaded lounge chairs by the pool.

Will definitely be returning to this hotel. Yes it was expensive ($560 a night), but I expected to pay an outrageous amount, it’s Disney!

Room Tip: Pay extra for a Premium View Level and ask for a Downtown Disney View
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Disneyland Hotel

Address: 1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802-2297
Region: United States > California > Orange County > Anaheim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Anaheim
#4 Business Hotel in Anaheim
#6 Romantic Hotel in Anaheim
#8 Family Hotel in Anaheim
Price Range: £307 - £643 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Disneyland Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 973
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay and see all that is new! Now with more luxurious rooms, new pools and waterslides, themed dining and more, the transformed Disneyland Hotel is a vacation destination in and of itself. This transformation has earned the hotel the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Hotel rating. ... more   less 
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