Our family stayed one night at the newly remodeled Disneyland Hotel in late September.
Compared to our previous stay in 2009, we marveled at the magnificent changes. The lobby’s decor has been updated. The rooms have been completely redone. And the resort now features 3 swimming pools – one that is Monorail themed with two water slides!
We stayed in a guest room in the Frontier Tower with two queen beds, a flat screen TV, and complimentary WiFi (so important for people who want to tweet, facebook, pin, and/or blog their experience!).
The decor is classic Disney – sophisticated without being stuffy. A black and white photograph of Walt Disney hung on the wall in our room and Mickey Mouse accents were subtly integrated into the lamps and handles.
The headboard behind the beds was our favorite part. With the push of a button, the castle lights up and a tranquil lullaby begins to play: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” Excellent for bedtime.
Each room comes equipped with a refrigerator and a pack & play in the closet. Plus, you can call to schedule a wake-up call from Mickey Mouse.
I’d love it if the hotel would offer complimentary vouchers for each guest to receive a giant Mickey Mouse cinnamon roll and cup of coffee (or juice for kids) each morning. That would add great value to the price.
The resort is walkable to Disneyland and California Adventure, but note that it’s more than just a few steps away. You walk a considerable distance through Downtown Disney to the park entrance. If you’re looking for easier access, choose the Grand Californian or a hotel across the street (many of which are actually closer than the Disney branded hotels).
If you have a bigger family and/or are planning an extended stay, renting an Anaheim home or condo may be your best bet. That way, you’ll have access to a full kitchen plus separate bedrooms to more easily put little ones down to bed.
That said, if you’re staying 1-2 nights and want to go “all disney,” the newly renovated Disneyland Hotel is a good pick. Staying on-property also gives you the advantage of an “Extra Magic Hour” – early admission to the park so you can beat the crowds to catch your favorite attractions.
Have you ever stayed in a Disney resort? What was your experience like?
* Thanks to Disneyland for providing us with a 1-night complimentary stay.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Sheaffer is an entrepreneur, writer, runner, and the mother of three little girls. In 2011, she traveled 20,000 miles around the USA with her family in a 300sqft RV. At the end of the trip, her 5-year-old said Disney World was her favorite stop! She now resides in Arizona and blogs at Metropolitan Mama. Follow her on Twitter @stephsday.