Star Wars Galaxy's Edge First Order Cargo
  • On Mar 23, 2023
    Brandon from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Al, We'll be staying at Paradise Pier in July. What are some amenities that we might overlook while staying in a Disney Hotel? Do you have any recommendations on unique experiences that are found when staying here? Thank You! Brandon

    Greetings, Brandon! Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question and I'm so thrilled that you and your family are about to enjoy a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! 

    Whenever my family and I travel to the Disneyland Resort, we always try to stay at an official Disneyland Resort Hotel if possible. There's just something special about "staying within the Magic" and feeling like you've never actually left the Parks.

    I think one of the biggest perks of staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel is the proximity to the Parks. Guests of Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel can enjoy their own private entrance into Disney California Adventure that will place them right in the middle of the action at Paradise Gardens Park. Disneyland Park is a short walk away through the Downtown Disney District, or you may take the Monorail into Tomorrowland. 

    As a Guest of a Disneyland Resort Hotel, you'll enjoy Early Entry into the Parks for 30 minutes before they open to the general public. If you plan your time strategically, you'll be able to get a lot done in that half hour and you'll feel like you have the whole Park to yourselves! Please note that not all attractions are available during Early Entry.

    Some other amenities I would bring to your attention would be Next Day Package Delivery, Preferred Reservations for hotel table-service restaurants during your stay and keyless entry to your hotel room with your smartphone via the Disneyland Mobile App. Also, please be aware that Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel is undergoing construction to be transformed into the Pixar Place Hotel. During this time, Guests have access to the pools and the fitness center of the Disneyland Hotel. 

    For the Star Wars fans, I would recommend that you and your family devote some time to spend in Galaxy's Edge. Do NOT miss Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which I think is the best theme park attraction I've ever experienced. I've even heard tell of a secret "Chewbacca Mode" for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run but I'll let you do your own research into that! One of my favorite things is to channel my inner Boba Fett and play Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters with a MagicBand+. I recently geeked out over this and gave some fairly detailed instructions on this game.

    Brandon, I could go on for quite a bit but I hope you found this helpful. Please feel free to write back to me if you'd like more details! There are so many hidden gems at the Disneyland Resort just waiting to be discovered!

    “So hurry back, we would like your company.” - From the Haunted Mansion
    -Al

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Meet the Panelist: Al, California

Ahoy there from the heart of Steinbeck Country in central California! I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since childhood and fell in love with the sense of absolute immersion that the Imagineers have achieved. My favorite attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean because where else can you go from a California day to an evening boat ride in the bayou with "salty old pirates"? I'm a veterinarian and an all-around Disney geek and enthusiast. I'd love to help you plan your next Disneyland trip! Learn More About Al

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