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Getting ready for a trip to Disneyland? These are all of our favorite hotels close to Disneyland!
Planning a vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth? Then you'll need a great hotel. We've explored TONS of hotels close to Disneyland…..and have our favorites for a variety of reasons. From hotels that are on property to hotels that are walking distance to luxury resort properties close to the beach and driving distance……there are a lot of GREAT options for your Disneyland vacations!
The Grand Californian: Looking for a high end experience? There is NOTHING like the Grand Californian. It's upscale, with beautiful rooms and a fancy spa. The pool area is LOVELY (they also rent cabanas and for the record getting one is on my bucket list), and the most amazing part about the Grand Californian in my opinion? If you're looking for hotels close to Disneyland….this is as close as it gets. The Grand Californian has an entrance DIRECTLY into Disney California Adventure. When we stayed there? It was AMAZING, hotel guests do get that earlier access to the park….so imagine walking RIGHT in….an hour before everyone else. Rides? Photos? A stroll with few other guests around? You can do it all.
Highlights: Luxury Hotel / Direct Access to Park / Great Pool Area / Magic Morning
Disneyland Hotel: If you're looking for the CLASSIC Disney Magic experience…..there is nothing like the Disneyland Hotel. Every corner is filled with pixie dust (and if I'm being honest….it's my favorite of all three on property hotels). Each of the towers is themed to a different land from the Park (you can check out the displays on the bottom floor of each tower to see some cool Disney history). And the rooms? The beds have a light up mural that is SO special! The pool is amazing (there's even a monorail waterslide), and the Disneyland Hotel has Goofy's Kitchen which is the PERFECT character dining dinner option. In terms of park access, you'll walk through Downtown Disney to the front gates.
Highlights: Pool with Monorail Waterslide / Direct Access to Downtown Disney / Disneyland Themed / Magic Morning
Paradise Pier Hotel: When it comes to the most budget friendly on property option for Disneyland? The Paradise Pier Hotel is your best bet! It's an easy walk through Downtown Disney to the gates, has a pool and one of my favorite character breakfasts. It's a great family friendly option and the theming is ADORABLE!
Highlights: Budget On Property Option / Great Pool Area / Magic Morning
If you are looking for easy access to Disneyland without staying on property…..these hotels are a GREAT option. In a contrast to Disneyworld Hotels…….Disneyland has fewer on property options, and it's pretty common to stay walking distance from the parks. We usually walk to and from multiple times a day with ease from these locations. These are perfect if you have napping kids or if you'd like to take a midday break!
Howard Johnson Anaheim: If you follow us on Instagram, then you know that the Howard Johnson Anaheim is our go to when it comes to hotels close to Disneyland. It's family friendly, affordable, CLEAN and a VERY easy walk to the park. One of my favorite parts? The pirate themed waterpark (there is also a regular pool). It's the perfect place to take a break from Disneyland days and to relax during the warmer months.
A few details regarding the rooms…….and preparing for a trip. Each room has a keurig (and there are k cups, milk and sugar for sale in the store on property). We usually bring our own k cups from home, then just purchase what we need)….because let's be honest, we all need that first cup of coffee before getting our Disneyland outfits on and starting a day at the park. There is also a small fridge (perfect for leftovers from your Disneyland Character Breakfasts), and a large closet in each room.
Highlights: Water Park / Family Suites / ten minute walk from Disneyland entrance /
Hilton Anaheim: We stayed at the Hilton Anaheim near the Convention Center for our FIRST Disneyland trip (look how little Lydia was!). It's a GREAT location, about a 20 minute walk to the gates and has a TON of amenities. Most suites have full kitchens, there is a grab and go breakfast option, a pool and spacious rooms. If you're traveling with a larger party and would like to be able to use a kitchen, then this is a GREAT option!
Highlights: full kitchen / grab and go breakfast / pool / close to the Toy Story Lot so you can use the shuttle
Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort: Looking to stay as close as possible to the park? This is my recommendation. The Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort is directly across from the gates. It's a great option for VERY easy walks to the park. They've got a ton of dining options that make a stay really easy. Inside the hotel is a Pizza Hut, a Seattle's Best Coffee (perfect for that early morning coffee run) and a small market. There is also a Panera across the parking lot. They have theme rooms (that's what you see in our photo) and some great suites for more space!
Highlights: on site food options / pool / VERY short walk to the Park /
Radisson BLU Anaheim: This hotel is next up on our stay list, it's new to the area and looks AMAZING. If you're looking for more of a high end experience…..Radisson Blu is a great option. This resort has two pools, a rooftop Skybar, great dining options and rooms with bunk beds for larger families.
Highlights: on site food options / pools / medium walk to the Park (15-20 minutes) /
If you're looking for a Southern California Vacation that involves Disneyland but also does resort time or beach days…..there are some great resorts a SHORT drive from Disneyland that can also be a vacation on their own. These are perfect for easy Disneyland access, along with beach days and exploring the rest of Orange County.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa: We stayed at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach in October and OH MY GOSH it's a stunning property. If you are looking for a luxurious vacation, it's PERFECTION. The grounds are STUNNING, they have a great pool area with a waterslide, fire pits for s'mores, multiple restaurants on property, and the beach? Is directly connected to the property. The property is 22 miles from Disneyland and they also have a shuttle from the resort to the park!
Hyatt Regency Orange County: We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in the fall while my daughter was still doing distance learning. The suite we stayed in was IDEAL for space and larger families. Our suite had a living room area, bunk beds for kids and a large bedroom. The resort has a pool area, shuffleboard, dining options on property, and is less than a five minute drive from Disneyland (1.4 miles to be exact).