My family loves going to Disneyland. I get a lot of questions about the best places to stay at Disneyland with kids. Since we’ve only experienced two hotels there, I asked my blogger friends to share their favorite Disneyland hotels for families with kids.
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Staying On Property at the Disney Resort
There are many reasons why staying on property makes a lot of sense when doing a Disney vacation with kids. The top perks of staying at a Disneyland hotel include:
- Taking advantage of the Extra Magic Hour, where your family can enter the Parks before they open to the public.
- Easy access to the Parks, especially if you need to head to the hotel for nap time.
- Being able to have your purchases sent directly to your hotel, instead of lugging them through the Parks.
- Plus, amazing pools, character dining on-site, wake up calls from Disney characters and more!
So far, my personal favorite hotel on property at Disneyland Resort is Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. It’s the most affordable out of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. They have an awesome lobby where kids can sit in little Adirondack chairs and watch Disney cartoons while parents check in and out.
When visiting Disneyland with toddlers, I look for hotels that will go the extra mile for my family. The customer service at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is fantastic! My toddler ended up getting a raging fever in the middle of the night and a cast member opened up the gift shop at 3am so we could get a thermometer and medicine. I will forever be grateful that we were able to immediately attend to our sick child thanks to their quick service! You can read more about my review here.
Over the years, the hotel has gone through many renovations, but it still holds true to its old school charm while providing patrons with modern accommodations and fantastic amenities. The rooms are comfortable, contain a mini-refrigerator, and have subtle Disney touches. The classic Disney decorations make you fully aware you are on a Disneyland vacation without being overtly cartoonish.
“Our first visit to Disneyland, my oldest was 3. Our next child was 6 months on their first visit. While we have stayed at many hotels, the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is our favorite, especially when traveling with young kids.
Here are some of the reasons why:
It is the closest to parks, perfectly situating it for mid-day nap or pool breaks.
They have their own entrance into the California Adventure Park, and into Downtown Disney, making it easier to navigate in and out of the parks. Another thing I love is that it sits right next to the Redwood Creek play area, which is great for young kids if you want to take them out for play time, only steps from the hotel.
There are many amenities for young kids to enjoy right at the hotel – like outdoor movies, story time by the fire, and scavenger hunts. The pools are wonderful too (themed for kids) and they supply complimentary life jackets to use.
One last perk we love – using your room key to charge in the park, and package delivery back to the hotel. When you’re packing for kids, the fewer things you have to bring the better, so I love this perk!”
Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel
What is a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel? These are hotels near the Disneyland Resort that also have Disney perks. There are currently 49 different Disney Good Neighbor Hotels near Disneyland Resort.
When we stay off property at Disneyland Resort, my family likes to stay at the Anaheim Fairfield Inn. It’s awesome for families because it’s across the street from the entrance to the Parks. Plus, there’s a Panera located in the parking lot. We like to pick up breakfast and coffee and then eat while standing in the line for security.
We stayed in a room with 2 queen beds and a pull out sofa and we easily fit my Mom, my husband, myself, and our 3 year old and 9 month old. Our room had a sliding door to separate the bathroom sink from the rest of the room plus a door separating the sink from the shower/toilet area. So, 2 adults were able to get ready for the day while the kids slept.
And, if you get a room facing the Parks, you can watch the fireworks show from the comfort of your room. Or, if your room doesn’t face that direction, you can walk over to that side of the building and see it from the open air hallway. Then, instead of fighting the crowds with tired kids, you can just head to your room! You can read my full review here.
“The Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort is the perfect hotel for families visiting Disneyland. Only a five minute walk from the main entrance to either Park, the Sheraton Park Hotel is perfectly situated close to Disneyland and California Adventure, but also offers plenty to do for those looking for some quiet time. The large pool is the perfect place to spend a few hours cooling down from the Southern California heat, and there is a beautiful deck for outdoor dining if you just need a break from the crowds.
As a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel, you have access to a Disney concierge with any questions you might have. Of course, the best thing about the Sheraton Park Hotel is that you can often snag a room for $100 a night, which is a huge savings for traveling families!”
Rob of 2TravelDads thinks he’s found the perfect spot for a Disney vacation with kids.
“Despite having worked for the Disneyland hotels our favorite place to actually stay when we’ve taken the kids to the Happiest Place on Earth is the Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort Convention Center across the street on Katella Avenue.
We prefer the Hyatt House for several reasons:
We are quite comfortable having a large room with kitchenette.
Being there isn’t overwhelming in terms of crowds or Disneyness.
There are great pools and public spaces for downtime.
A very good hotel breakfast is included.
We are able to use our World of Hyatt points for room nights.
Between being comfortable and very nice AND then also being able to stay at Disneyland using hotel points you can’t go wrong. We’ve referred a couple of friends to the Hyatt House on Katella and they’ve left feeling the same way. The perfect spot to stay at the Happiest Place on Earth.”
Tori from Victori Media has found a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel that’s budget-friendly.
“I’ve stayed twice at Staybridge Suites Anaheim (not sponsored, I just like them a lot!) with a full kitchen; free breakfast, happy hour (snacks and drinks), and wifi; and $5 round-trip shuttle rides to Disneyland. This last time I went, we managed to get a queen suite for $99 with our AAA discount! If you have kids, I believe their rates start at $115 for a two-room suite. It’s such a great value!”
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