Disney owns three properties in the Disney Resort area. The Disneyland hotel is the original hotel, which was opened along with the park opening. The other two are the Grand Californian and Paradise Pier. Each hotel has its own distinctive theme.
The Disneyland hotel was remodeled recently and capacity reduced to allow for the Downtown Disney and California Adventure expansion. One of the original towers was tore down, but any lost capacity was made up by the new Grand Californian hotel and by acquiring Paradise Pier hotel.
Along with the usual amenities, the Disneyland hotel offers the following experiences:
For hotel guests
The rooms are comfortable with nice Disney touches everywhere. The headboard lights up and plays music – a hit with kids and adults.
If you want to splurge, try one of the themed suites like Pirates of the Caribbean or Mickey’s Playhouse.
Children’s Activity Center
Children ages 5-12 can use their imagination to create and build or they can play video games. You can leave your children with the experienced staff while you enjoy some adult time.
Guest staying at any of the Disney hotels can enter the parks one hour before opening time. They can also join a power walk through California Adventure at 6 am while the park is empty.
Fun and Dining for all
You don't have to stay at the Disney hotels to enjoy some of the activities and dining. Here are a few that are available for all.
One of the tours is called “The Happiest Hotel on Earth”. It is a one-hour narrated walk through the hotel in which the tour guide talks about the hotel history.
Another tour is the “60 Years of Magic” tour that takes about 90 minutes. The walk takes through all 3 Disney Hotel properties.
Note: Offered tours and schedules are subject to change. Always check with guest services for the latest offerings.
The park also offers paid tours to help first time visitors explore the parks and the hotels for best experience. Some of the tours are “Disney California Story Tour” and “Walk in Walt's Disneyland Footsteps”.
Goofy's Kitchen Restaurant
Enjoy a delicious meal with Goofy and friends. Expect a visit from Disney characters to each table and make sure the Camera is handy. Some of the buffet choices are Mickey Mouse shaped waffles, Omelet made to order, Peanut butter & jelly pizza!
This is a great place for casual dining and drinks. Grab a table at the terrace and enjoy the views. You will feel like you were transported to Hawaiian island.
For lunch or dinner, check out their Hawaiian cheeseburgers and Shrimp Tacos.
The food prices are reasonable, but the alcoholic drinks are on the expensive side.
This is an upscale restaurant with premium beef and seafood. They are famous for the bone-in rib eye and the filet mignon.
The steakhouse also serves a great brunch to start your day. Try their New York steak and eggs, eggs Benedict or the build-your-own omelet. For the young ones, don’t forget the Mickey-shaped pancakes.
Southern California Pass:
If you are staying in the area for a week or more, you can purchase Southern California Pass. It includes 3-Day Disneyland Tickets, tickets for one day each at Universal Studios, SeaWorld and your choice of a ticket to the San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park: Find City Pass.
Multi-day park hopper
You get a better value for your dollar when buy multi-day park hopper passes. They come in 2, 3, 4, 5-day packages: Get Disney passes.