• On Feb 29, 2020
    Lindsy from BC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have bought park passes and flights, but I still can’t decide on a hotel. It’s my husband’s 40th birthday and this will be his first time going to Disneyland, as well as our 3 young kids’ first time. Grandparents are coming too. Where should we stay?

    Hiya Lindsy, and thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    First off, congratulations on booking your theme-park tickets and flights… you’re well on your way to planning your September getaway to the Happiest Place on Earth! Now, for hotel planning. You can choose between staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels, or one of the Good Neighbor Hotels, which are Disney-approved hotels located near the Disneyland Resort. I’ve had the opportunity to stay at all three Disneyland Resort Hotels, and have enjoyed each one for different reasons. Since this is a big trip for your family on so many levels, from birthdays to first-time visits, I’d recommend going all out at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which offers an exclusive entrance into Disney California Adventure Park. The great thing about this Hotel is the proximity to both parks. Not only are you steps away from Disney California Adventure Park, but Disneyland Park is also nearby. Especially since you’re traveling with grandparents and young children, this could be a helpful option. My children love taking a park break midday to enjoy the beautiful pools here, too! This Hotel is definitely the most elegant option, with a lobby and grand fireplace you can’t help but fall in love with.

    My next recommendation is the Disneyland Hotel, which is probably my children’s favorite, thanks to the thrilling monorail waterslides… I think my Mouseketeers could ride them all day! The rooms are also a bit larger than those at the Grand Californian, which is great for a large family, too. In these rooms, we’ve been able to have two queen beds, a pull-out twin bed, and a roll-away bed with ample room for walking in-between. I love the classic Disney nostalgia at this Hotel, in addition to the tropical vibe at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill. The Disneyland Hotel is located at the end of Downtown Disney District, which is a short walk to both theme parks, and super close to the Downtown Disney District Monorail Station.

    Last but not least, I recently had a chance to stay at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and I was amazed by the spectacular view of Disney California Adventure Park from my room! The walk to the parks was a tad farther, but definitely doable. The rooftop pools and waterslides are also a hit at this beachy Hotel!

    If you're hoping to find a suite-style experience for your large group, I recommend checking out some of the reasonably-priced Good Neighbor Hotels, including the Staybridge Suites Anaheim Resort Area or Best Western Plus Raffles Inn & Suites, since both offer two-bedroom suites for up to eight people. 

    I hope this information helps in your decision, Lindsy! Don’t forget to stop by Guest Relations to pick up complimentary “1st Visit!” and “I’m Celebrating” buttons for your crew!

    Please stop by with any additional planning questions… I’m all EARs!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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