Mom and Kids in the Pool
  • On Mar 5, 2022
    Taryn from AB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What's the pros and cons between the 3 Disneyland Resort Hotels? We have two boys - ages 10 and 12 so hoping to find a great option that suits their interests.

    Welcome to planDisney, Taryn!

    I'm so excited to read that you are interested in staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels! Staying on property is a beautiful way to experience even more magic during your stay.

    Although all three hotels are great for Guests of every and any age, I tend to recommend Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel for families with very young children (under 10), the Disneyland Hotel for families with preteens and teenagers, and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for families with kids in their late-teens or for an adults-only vacation, and here's why.

    Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, while considered on-property, is tucked away from a lot of the action. I find that makes the resort slightly quieter (perfect for kids that still nap) while still having rooms that offer gorgeous views of Disney California Adventure Park. The resort hotel is also beach-themed. Little ones will feel right at home here with the fun decor and all the bright colors. 

    The Disneyland Hotel has a fun pool with a Monorail waterslide, perfect for older kids and teenagers. This location is also great for kid-friendly food options, such as the Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill offering delicious DOLE whips and Goofy's Kitchen for character dining. 

    The Grand Californian Resort & Spa does have great kid-friendly options like Storytellers Cafe, but where this hotel excels, in my opinion, is the adult-friendly dining such as the Napa Rose and the Hearthstone Lounge, both of which are great for cocktails, wine, or beer. And teenagers really love staying here because of the proximity to the Downtown Disney District, where they can grab an ice cream at Salt & Straw or challenge one another at a game of bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes.

    Either way, you are going to have an incredible time at the Happiest Place on Earth. And don't forget to take some time to enjoy your room. All three resorts offer luxury amenities and the ambiance is worth saving some time to relax and enjoy. 

    Happy planning,

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Meet the Panelist: Lola, California

To all who come to planDisney, welcome! I'm Lola, a Disney-obsessed mom of one from sunny California. Having grown up just a short drive from Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland Resort quickly became my home-away-from-home. My favorite thing about Disneyland Resort is that it is the perfect playground for people of ALL ages. I am honored to help you, your family and your friends plan a magical experience at Disneyland Resort! Learn More About Lola

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