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Disneyland Hotel Review

This is how I remember the first time I went to Disneyland: It was the summer after 8th grade and my dad piled all of into the car – my mom, 4 kids plus a couple of friends – and we drove from Tucson to Disneyland. We all stayed in one room at a hotel near the park and my dad snored all night long. Looking back, I don’t know how we all fit in one car, or one room for that matter, but I do remember seeing the Disneyland Hotel and wondering what it was like inside.

In April, I took my husband and boys with me to the Disney Social Media Moms conference and as part of the conference, we stayed at the Disneyland Hotel.

I had been there once before for another Disney event, but by myself and as a grown woman. This was my boys’ first time at the hotel and I wanted them to know how special it was to be there. They seemed to get it right away especially later that night when we watched the fireworks from our room. Even as a grown woman, the second time I stayed was still pretty amazing.

The rooms have recently been remodeled and they seemed new when we stayed there. We had two queen beds that were very comfortable plus a coffee maker, refrigerator, and safe in our room. What I loved about it were the special touches. I really wish I had this lamp hanging in my house.

Mickey-Hand-Lamp-Disneyland-Hotel

Even the hand soap had a little message from Walt Disney.

Neat and Ready

My kids or course were more interested in the three pools, hot tubs, and the water slide.

Slide at Disneyland Hotel
Hotub at Disneyland Hotel

They had a great time at the pool and it was a nice way to end a long day at Disneyland. If walking around Disneyland all day and swimming in the pool isn’t enough, there is also a gym with machines and weights.

Gym
Weights

The hotel has in room dining as well as 5 restaurants. It’s steps away from Downtown Disney, which also has a lot of dining options and don’t forget about the restaurants at the Grand Californian, another very nice disney property.

Staying at the Disneyland Hotel is not cheap. Right now the least expensive rooms are going for around $500 (which is a bargain compared to the Grand Californian, which has rooms for about $1,000). With stays at either hotel you get to go into the parks early for the Magic hour and it makes walking back to your room much easier.

I’m glad my family and I were able to stay at the hotel for a few nights and we would consider staying again. We’ve stayed at the Grand Californian (we somehow got a really good deal, but it was in February a few years ago) and it’s very nice, but the Disneyland hotel was just as nice and felt more like Disneyland with all of the cute touches.

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