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  • On Jun 6, 2024
    Sal from LA 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 would be your top 5 or 6 good neighbor hotels for Disneyland.

    Hey there, Sal, and welcome back to planDisney!

    We do love hearing from our planDisney veterans and I'm thrilled to see that you're headed over to the Disneyland Resort this time! There's definitely something magical about visiting Walt's original Park and walking in his footsteps (check out Walt's Main Street Story Tour if you're interested in visiting his firehouse apartment!) and knowing he had a direct hand in some of the attractions there.

    There are currently 58 Good Neighbor Hotels that surround the Resort. I'd be happy to go over the handful with which I've had direct experience and give some of my recommendations along with some pros and cons.

    •  The Westin Anaheim Resort: This is the newest hotel on the list and should definitely be considered if you like high-end accommodations. The rooms are very nice and, if you get the right view, you'll be looking right at the back of Pixar Pier. The Parks are easily within walking distance. The only con would be that this is a pricey Resort.
    • The Viv Hotel, Anaheim: The Viv Hotel is considered a Superior category but is a little more cost effective possibly due to its distance to the Parks. The rooms and lobby are very nice with a little touch of theming. I found it best to drive to the Parks from this hotel.
    • Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground: This is a fan favorite among frequent Disneyland Resort visitors. You are across the street from Disneyland Park and it will take only minutes to reach the Main Entrance on Harbor Blvd. The Water Playground, Castaway Cove, is excellent for the kids. 
    • Candy Cane Inn: Another fan favorite and within walking distance to the Parks (there is a complimentary shuttle as well). They have an excellent continental breakfast and the grounds were renovated a few years ago. I love the landscaping on this property and it feels very quaint and relaxing to stay here.
    • Best Western Plus Stovall's Inn: I tend to stay here when I want a Good Neighbor Hotel that is within walking distance that won't (quite) break the bank. They offer a nice continental breakfast and you'll be at the entrance to the Downtown Disney District in a few minutes. It's a no frills hotel that I mainly use as a convenient place to sleep when I'm at the Parks all day.
    • Tropicana Inn & Suites: This is literally the closest you are able to stay to the Parks without staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. The rooms are fairly standard but the best thing about this property is definitely how quickly you'll be at the Main Entrance.

    That was my personal list, Sal. I tried to give you a range and I like prioritizing distance to the Parks but you certainly pay a premium for that. I hope that was enough to get you started but if you have more questions or need more detail, please feel free to write back again! You're always welcome at planDisney and we'd love to hear from you. We'll see ya real soon!

    Wishing You a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow!

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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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