dlr dining 05; Women drinking wine; girls night out; lounge; resort; laughing
  • On Nov 2, 2023
    John 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 we are making last minute plans to go to Disneyland on Monday staying at the resort Is there a hotel with direct access to the park? Is there a way to make last minute/same day reservations at Blue Bayou? Thanks

    Hello, John,

    Welcome back to planDisney. What a great idea to head to The Happiest Place on Earth. A few years ago, my family and I once “planned” a last-minute vacation to the Disneyland Resort. One minute we were thinking of going out to dinner, and the next minute we were thinking that dinner would be great to have in Disneyland Park. Never mind that Disneyland was about a 10-hour drive away for us. But we quickly packed and hit the interstate anyway! That spontaneous trip was one of our most special Disneyland Resort vacation memories.

    For direct access to the Disneyland Resort, the three Disneyland Resort Hotels each have their own unique take. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has an exclusive entrance into the Grizzly Peak area of Disney California Adventure Park directly from the hotel itself. Guests at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel can walk across the street to an exclusive entrance to the Paradise Gardens Park area of Disney California Adventure Park. The Disneyland Hotel is mere steps away from the Downtown Disney District station of the Disneyland Monorail.

    There are also many Good Neighbor Hotels situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort. Some of the closest include Best Western Plus Park Place Inn & Mini Suites and the recently-renovated Candy Cane Inn.

    Blue Bayou Restaurant is one of my favorite places to dine at the Disneyland Resort. It’s thought to beat the ambiance of the only Disneyland Resort restaurant located inside an attraction. But I’m not the only one who enjoys a delicious meal on the bayou. Because Blue Bayou is so popular, dining reservations can be hard to come by. Fortunately, there is an alternative. That is the mobile walk-up list. If you are close to the restaurant, use the Disneyland mobile app to check for walk-up list availability at the restaurant. The list may not open until the restaurant does for the day. Since it is such a popular restaurant, you’ll want to check the availability as soon as the list opens up. Guests with regular dining reservations can cancel up to two hours before their reservation without penalty. So it’s also a good idea to check the app regularly throughout the day for availability at the restaurant.

    I’m sure you will have a marvelous time at the Disneyland Resort, John. And I wish you luck in finding a table at the Blue Bayou!

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