My family and I last stayed at the Disneyland Hotel in 2006. We enjoyed the nostalgia, the proximity to the parks and Downtown Disney but it was in dire need of a makeover. The renovation cost was well spent. They probably could have spruced up the exterior a little more other than blue energy efficient windows but the focus was on the rooms and the pool area and it paid off. The headboard with the wood carved castle and the light up fireworks are exactly what I would expect from Disney. My kids thought it was really cool and asked to keep it lit throughout the night. Some of the decor at Disney hotels (mainly in Florida) can be on the cheesy side but this was classy with cool vintage photography of Walt Disney and the parks in the earlier years.
It's about a 10-15 min walk from the hotel to the entrances of the parks. Other non-Disney hotels can offer a similar walk but the proximity to Downtown Disney area and the monorail station sets it apart. Another major plus is the early entry. If you go during a crowded time, the extra hour is a huge benefit. We entered the park at or near 7am each morning and got a ton of the popular rides in by lunch time. It allowed us to eat lunch at Downtown Disney, take naps, rest and then free lance in the parks at night for rides with reasonable waits, fireworks or shopping.
The interest in Cars Land is crazy right now. The line for Radiator Springs Racers builds to 2 hours or more by mid morning. The LINE for the fast pass for the ride was an hour the other day. All of the fast passes for Racers for the entire day were gone by 9:30ish. I would recommend to either wait until things die down or stay at a Disney hotel and get there when the gate opens for early entry at 7am. Go early. Rest in the afternoon.
All this said - the prices for the Disney hotels are high, especially during the peak season. To each their own on their preference and budget. My family had a great time and part of it was due to the experience and the proximity of the Disneyland Hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Anaheim Disneyland Hotel
- Disneyland Hotel Ca
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