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


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


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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Disneyland Hotel


The crown jewel of the Disneyland resorts is the Disneyland Hotel. The hotel was built just a few years after the park, and wasn't even owned by the Walt Disney Company until after Michael Eisner became chairman of the company. The resort isn't themed, as most the Disney hotels in Florida are. Instead, it looks much like a very nice, well maintained, resort with manicured gardens, an assortment of restaurants and shops.  The one thing at the resort that really rivals the themeing of it's Florida counterparts is the Neverland pool.  It's a huge pool are with many visual cues to remind one of the destination of Peter Pan and company after flying toward "the second star to the right, then on 'till morning".

Food and Drink

The Hotel has several restaurants to choose from. Granville's Steakhouse is the premier restaurant of the resort. It's wood paneling is a bit pretentious, but the food is good albeit, expensive.  Hook's Pointe is another restaurant billed as sophisticated and contemporary by Birnbaum's (I'll take their word for it, since I've never visited here), located amid the Neverland area.  Goofy's Kitchen is a character buffet establishment that is also expensive, but adds the fun of Goofy, Pluto, and several other characters to each meal's going's-on.  The Coffee House and Croc's Bits 'n' Bites provide a couple snack and fast food options.

Concierge Service

Lani Tashima wrote a fantastic column about the resort's concierge service.  If you're thinking about upgrading, check this out!  Feel like Royalty on Your Next Disneyland Visit.


The Hotel has many recreational activities (tennis, volleyball, croquet, swimming, and a huge gameroom) as well as a health club. Shopping for themed merchandise is fun. The Neverland area, of course, is a great place to expend some excess energy.  Nightly, there is a presentation of the "Dancing Waters " show in the South-West corner of the Hotel courtyard.

Disney Transportation

Travel to Disneyland Park is available via monorail or tram, but the loading areas for both are rather remote.

Guest Reviews

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Resort Address: 1150 W. Cerritos Avenue, Anaheim, 92802
Resort Phone:

(714) 778-6600

Resort Fax: (714) 956-6597
Number of Rooms: 990
Resort Category: Deluxe
Check In Time: 3:00pm
Check Out Time: 11:00am
Room Types (maximum capacity): Standard Room (4), Suites (4-8)
Room Service: Yes
Valet Parking: Yes
Laundry Service: Yes
Fully Handicapped Accessible: No
Semi-Handicapped Accessible: No
Wheelchair Roll-In Showers Available: No
Hearing Impaired Conveniences: No
Non-Smoking Rooms Available: Yes
Room Safes: Yes
VCR Available: No
Data Port Available: No
Coffee Maker Available: Yes
Microwave Available: No
Refrigerator Available: Yes
Full-Kitchen Available: No
Concierge Service: Yes
Monorail Service: Yes
Table Service Restaurant(s): Granville's Steakhouse, Hook's Pointe & Wine Cellar, 
Character Meals: Goofy's Kitchen
Counter Service Restaurant(s): The Coffee House, Croc's Bits 'n' Bites
Lounge(s): Wine Cellar, Top Brass
Services (Salons, etc.): No
Shopping: The Fantasia shop sells character merchandise, souvenirs, and sundries and provides film developing service and is usually open from 7:00am - 11:30pm.  Most of the shops at the hotel have been removed, pending the construction of Downtown Disney which will be located just outside the hotel.
Pool Description: The main pool is themed as Peter Pan's Neverland complete with Skull Cave and a Hook's favorite crocodile .
Children's Clubs, Programs:  Child Care Referrals Only
Fitness Center: Weight and Aerobic Exercise Equipment
Other Recreational Facilities: Child's Play Area, Sand Beach, Sand Volleyball, Tennis, Croquet, Gameroom, Fantasy Waters Show Nightly

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