Since we traveled with an employee, we were able to get a great rate at the Paradise Pier Hotel on-property. They also seem to have good deals here if you are going in low season.
When we arrived, we were greeted by a man wearing silver Mickey gloves who showed us where to drop our bags. Inside the lobby, there’s a big statue of Goofy and his surfboard and lots of Disney touches. There’s also a decent sized gift shop filled with Disney products and typical hotel gift shop stuff. They also had a dark room with little chairs for kids to watch Disney movies and cartoons. We dropped our bags with Bell Services and they showed us the quickest way to get to Downtown Disney so we could explore until check-in time.
We were able to check in at 3pm. The front desk cast member was very friendly and gave us lots of information and materials about Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. He even gave us all “First Time” buttons and I got a special “Happy Birthday Baby #2” button! Then, we headed up to our rooms on the 10th floor overlooking Disney’s California Adventure.
The room itself was the standard size of a hotel room and had two queen beds and a sofa twin bed. The sofa bed was perfect for a small child! The queen beds were really comfortable and they also felt clean. There were a few small Disney touches. The room felt clean and the view of the park was amazing! We got to see the World of Color show from the comfort of our hotel room and avoid all the crowds and the chilly air.
The walk from the Paradise Pier Hotel to Downtown Disney and the Parks was not very long, once we knew the way. You can also cut through the Grand Californian to get to Downtown Disney, but it seemed to be the same distance.
Because we were staying on-property, we were able to take full advantage of their Magic Mornings. These alternate between Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure and are an amazing perk! We were able to do all of Cars Land before the park was open to the general public. There was also the opportunity to have gift shop purchases sent directly to our hotel. We didn’t use this service because we shopped on our way out of the parks and just put our purchases in the stroller. But, had we shopped on the way into the park or during the day (or didn’t have a stroller with us) we definitely would have appreciated not carrying our items!
The front desk staff is simply amazing! On our last night there, Owen had a temperature of 103 and started vomiting. We weren’t sure what to do so we called the front desk and they were able to open up the Gift Shop in the dead of night so we could get more ibuprofen and a thermometer. They also put us in touch with a nurse who gave us great advice and they gave us a late check-out. It’s service like that that really sets great hotels apart from good hotels!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Paradise Pier for the amazing customer service, the location, and because we were surrounded by Disney magic! We will keep them in mind for future trips!