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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Should You Stay On of Off Site?

Hot Tip:  Even if you're not staying at one of Disney's hotels you can visit them to enjoy the atmosphere, have a meal, or shop.  You'll be charged for parking, but you can get validated for up to one hour of parking for each $10 you spend while you're there.

Hot Tip:  At Disneyland, unlike WDW, "Magic Mornings" are also offered to holders of the "flex pass." That means that you can enjoy one "Magic Morning" without staying at the Disney hotels.  (Note: Magic Mornings has been suspended for the Disneyland Resort until further notice.  There has been no announcement as to when, or if, Magic Mornings will be reinstated.)

Want to Stay Within Walking Distance of the Disneyland Resort?

Hot Tip:  You can view MousePlanet's map of hotels that are within walking distance of Disneyland Resort by clicking here!


The Disneyland Resort Hotels do not have as huge an "on-site" advantage as their sister hotels at Walt Disney World.  Therefore, staying at a nearby non-Disney hotel won't make as much of a difference here as it does (in my opinion) in Florida. 

In any case, when trying to decide to stay "on-site" or "off-site", here are some issues to consider:

  • Price:  Disney hotels are expensive. A room at the Disneyland Hotel costs over $200, but a very similar hotel room, not owned and operated by Disney, can be had for less than half of that price.

  • Service:  Disney "cast members", as employees are called, typically provide service that is generally high. This might be the best reason for staying at a Disney hotel.

  • Atmosphere: Except for the new Grand Californian, the Disneyland Resort Hotels are not themed as they are at Walt Disney World. They look like very nice, but are typical, resort hotels.

  • Early Entry (Magic Mornings):  Guests of the Disneyland Resort Hotels are allowed to enter the park each morning about an hour and a half before the general public is permitted access. During these "Magic Mornings", you can see and do as much in that first hour as you might in three or four hours at a busier time of the day. It's a nice way to get a good head start on everyone else.  Of course, holders of some flex passes can take advantage of Magic Mornings, too, even if they're staying offsite.  (Note: Magic Mornings has been suspended for the Disneyland Resort until further notice.  There has been no announcement as to when, or if, Magic Mornings will be reinstated.)

  • Resort Delivery:  A wonderful perk is the delivery service that is available to Disney hotel guests. Any item purchased in any store in the park can be sent over to the hotel. This can be an incredible convenience when you are in the middle of the day at the park, but see an item you just have to have.

  • Proximity:  Of course, being right at the Disneyland Resort Hotels means that you're directly adjacent to the park. In Anaheim, though, there are Thirty other hotels that are almost as close. The only advantage to staying at the Disneyland Resort Hotels is the Monorail and trams, a nice perk, but probably not worth an extra $100 per night.  Of the offsite hotels, I would classify nineteen of them as being "in walking distance."  You can view MousePlanet's map of hotels that are within walking distance of Disneyland Resort by clicking here!

Looking for more information on area accommodations?

Offsite Hotels near the Disney Parks - gives reviews of nearby hotels submitted by MousePlanet readers.

You can book a room at a Disneyland Resort Hotel or any of several other local hotels right here on MousePlanet by clicking here!

 

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