August 05, 2008,
C.C. asks from Burlingame, CA on August 04, 2008
Are the Disneyland Hotels Worth It?
We are thinking of going to Disneyland this Fall with our kids. We have always stayed in hotels around Disneyland, but never in the theme park itself. Are these hotels (Californiana, Disney Piers, Disneyland) worth the price? What are the pluses and minuses?
R.W. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
We went in June with our three year old son and we had a blast! We stayed at the Paradise Pier Resort nad had a great room about a 10 minute walk away from the park gates. If you stay at the Grand Californian you can literally walk out into Downtown Disney and be less than 5 minute walk to the action of California Adventure.I would say that they are worth the price because you can have a character breakfast right in your hotel lobby. They have good room service and even offer nanny care if you need it. The food is good and the company of characters is even better. The also have photos that they take of the family together with the characters and you can pick them up on your last night and have a CD burned of the ones you want to keep. I would highly reccommend it as great family fun and would like to go again this fall! Go and enjoy it even if you decide to not stay on their property. Ask around at credit unions, costco and AAA for group and deal rate. We got our and it included alot of food vouchers for three days and nights for a family of three for $1450. HAVE FUN!!
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L.K. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
Just got back from Disneyland today - we stayed at the Paradise Pier and it was well worth it I did use my Triple AAA card and got a discount The pluses are easy access to the park I had 2 - 15 and 2-18yr olds with us and I wasn't worried about them walking back to the hotel without my husband or I - walk is short and very SAFE close to the monorail and Downtown shopping area.. They do have a shuttle that will take you places 2 years ago we went and my husband needed a pair of sandals and the shuttle took him to a shopping center - the food at their restaurant is good too the pool area is nice they have 2 pools and a waterslide Hope this helps..
S.Y. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
Staying at one of the Disneyland hotels is definitely worth it. The pluses- you never need your car to go to the parks, most of the 3 hotels are within walking distance to the 2 parks and downtown Disney. All 3 of the hotels have terrific pools and restaurants, my family last stayed at the Grand Californian, beautiful hotel inside and out, you have the feeling of being in a lodge but being pampered like a princess. The only downside to staying at any of the Disney hotels is the cost, it's pretty expensive to stay, eat and shop. But it's an experience not to miss....
Good luck and have fun!
J.B. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
I have stayed in the Disney Land hotel a couple times. It is nice because you can take the tram right into the park from the hotel. You also get in a hour earlier than everyone else. They have got some really fun restaurants at the hotels. It is really fun. I have no complaints about it.
M.V. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
I have been to the Disneyland Hotel a few times and it is really pretty amazing. The Peter Pan Neverland pool is great for the kids. However...the hotel is actually a little bit farther away from the main entrance than some of the other "good neighbor" hotels. I highly recommend the Best Western that is right across the st. from the park. It is literally a 5 minute walk to the main entrance, their prices are really good and it's a really clean hotel. The way I see it you're going to be spending all of your time in the parks and not a lot of time in the hotel. So why pay extra for the little Disney features in the Disneyland Hotel? I think everyone should see it at least once so if you haven't been before try it out. But it's def. not something I would do repeatedly. The highlight is the park, not the hotel.
Have a great trip!
S.L. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
for years, we too stayed in the surrounding hotels. however, a couple of years ago I decided that maybe we would give the Disneyland hotels a chance (even though yes, they ARE quite expensive) gotta say.. LOVED it.. we stayed for two days and what a great feeling it was to leave the park at highnoon and go back to our NEARBY hotel for a nap and to freshen up..we usually stay at the park all day long and having a hotel right there was sooooooooo conveinient... again, you do pay up, but for this once in awhile treat (We very seldom ever go to Disneyland) it was worth it.. Also, for as heavily used the hotels are, ours was VERY clean (another reason it made it worth it) whereas, years before, we stayed at the nearby Ramada... can you say DIVE.. DIRTY...... yuck.......... so paying up for a CLEAN place is so worth it to me..
oh word of advice, plan in advance, they do fill up rather quickly.. in some cases, months.. especially nowadays, with the Euro being so good a deal for the Europeans, they are flocking to the states in droves, this includes Disneyland who will be raising their prices.. not to discourage, but just want to see you get a hotel if that is what you choose to do.. luck and have FUN!!!!
I.L. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
Hello I just took my 4yrs old to Disneyland & we stay at the Best western park place right across the street from Disneyland. It even includes breakfast Ask for AAA Dicount if you have it. If you have a Disney Credit card you can get free stroller rental. At Goffy's kitchen you can use your AAA insurance card & get a discount. Every little bit helps the pocket. I spent 1000. in two nights crazy huh. Good luck & have a Blast.
R.C. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
disney grand california is worth it. from there you just walk to disney theme park & california adventure
A.L. answers from San Francisco on August 05, 2008
We LOVE Disneyland and have gone at least once a year, if not twice, since my son was 7 mos, he will be 6 is October.
Since having kids we have always stayed at teh Grand CA hotel. It is the only one connected to a park, the CA park. We LOVE it. With kids it is just so easy to go back and forth from teh hotel and parks. You don't feel like you have to pack the stroller with everything. If the kids need a change of clothes or a nap or just some done time, the hotel is right there.
There are also great pools at the hotel, another simple and easy afternoon break.
The Whitewater Cafe down the pool is a morning stop for us, we can buy just a yogurt, or bagel, or order a hot breakfast for a decent price. We then take it to our room and eat it before heading to the park.
And can't forget the service, they are there to please and will provide tip top service.
Yes the hotels are expensive but for us it is worth it. We always think to stay out of the park but we really don't want that back to hotel schlepping at night. We want the closeness and ease of the CA park.
We have always bought a package from Disney, seems to be easier than paying in pieces.
Best of luck and happy travels. Disneyland is wonderful no matter where you stay.