The Disneyland Resort has three hotels that are considered “on property” they are: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Suites, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. None of them are technically inside the parks but they have a monorail that you can catch to get to the parks faster and the Grand Californian actually has their own entrance into Disney California Adventure. Because of the way it is all set-up some good neighbor hotels are actually closer to the parks than these hotels but they don’t give you all the extra perks that Disney does.
We were able to get a room at the Disneyland Hotel, in the Fantasy Tower, about a month before we left with a premium view from Orbitz.com. When we arrived to the hotel we were confronted with either self parking or valet - we chose valet as its only about $5 more and the self parking area is HUGE. As soon as you walk inside the hotel you are confronted with a gift shop, the front desk, a tv area for the kids, and some comfy tea cup chairs to relax in. Check-In was very fast and friendly. They were even able to print off some character meal tickets for us even though we bought them from www.getawaytoday.com.
Once we got up to our room the kids were in heaven. We had a view of the pool that looked awesome at night. The headboard not only lit up but played music. We also requested 2 queens and a pull out and that is what we got. Everybody loved that there were mickeys throughout the entire room and some nice art work.
This hotel has some wonderful amenities as well. Two gift shops/convenience shops, hot tub, two pools, and monorail slides, laundry room, fitness room, two restaurants, and a bar area. Not only does it have all of this but its just steps away from Downtown Disney and about 5 minutes away from the monorail to get into Disneyland.
This hotel has so many things to love. The staff members were very friendly and professional even when a lady was yelling at someone for 20 minutes because she forgot to book dinner reservations for her entire stay and everything was already sold out. It was Thanksgiving week and most restaurants were sold out within 2 weeks of being put up online, especially on Thanksgiving Day, - RESERVE EARLY. The kids loved the light up and musical headboard. They both requested for it to play every night before bed. Fireworks are what light up on the headboard and the music is “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella. The pools were also very nice. Since it was November it was a little chilly some nights but one pool was a little warmer than the other one and of course they have a hot tub. Towels are provided in the pool area and you need a key card to enter the pool - this was nice to keep random people out as many people enter the premises to go to the restaurants at the hotel. My daughter loved the monorail slides and they have their own little area that they go into to not bother swimmers. They also have bushes and stuff around the pool area to provide more privacy. The laundry room was fairly cheap - $1.25 for each load. Goofy’s restaurant was also very pleasant but this will be discussed in a separate post!
What did we not like about this hotel? Well, the prices of everything in the convenience store area was outrageous - but everything in Disney is so I guess thats a given. The monorail slides also close much earlier than the pool area like at 5pm or so. There’s nothing else not to like about this hotel and if we go back to Disneyland we will either stay here or try out the Grand Californian.