Is Disneyland Hotel Worth It? A Disneyland Hotel Review – 2024

Thinking about a stay at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California?

Excellent choice! I’m here to give you the inside scoop on what it’s like to stay in this magical place.

Let me introduce myself: I’m not just a visitor, but a true Disney lover who has experienced the Disneyland Hotel firsthand. Plus, I’ve stayed at numerous Disney resorts globally, so I have plenty of comparisons to draw from. This isn’t just another review; it’s a personal account from someone who truly understands and loves the world of Disney.

In this blog post, we’re diving into everything the Disneyland Hotel has to offer. We’ll talk about the magical theming that transports you into a world of wonder, the unbeatable location right in the heart of the action, the cozy and stylish rooms where you can relax after a day of adventures, those inviting pools, the diverse and delicious dining options, and all the fantastic activities that promise fun for everyone.

Whether you’re a seasoned Disney fan or just planning your first magical adventure, this review is packed with all the information you need. So, let’s embark on this journey together and find out if the Disneyland Hotel is the perfect choice for your next vacation! 🌟✨🏰

The Disneyland Hotel pool area on a sunny day, framed by palm trees and lounging areas, with the hotel's glass facade in the background.

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Disneyland Hotel Theming

We’re going to start this Disneyland Hotel review by talking about the theming. This will give you a good idea of the atmosphere and overall vibe of the property.

Let me just say, that I love Disneyland Hotel’s theming!

If you’re one like me that loves the nostalgia of Disney like the classic Disney rides at Disneyland Park or Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, you’re going to love this hotel!

The theming gives you all those nostalgic Disney feels in a modern, luxurious setting.

One way Disneyland Hotel ties its classic theming into the hotel is in the name of its towers.

The hotel is divided into 3 towers: Fantasy, Adventure, and Frontier. They are all named after the original lands at Disneyland Park.

A signage board at the Disneyland Hotel with directional arrows, listing various locations such as Adventure Tower, Frontier Tower, Tangaroa Terrace Dining, Trader Sam's, Rose Court, and the Fitness Center. Other directions point to Downtown Disney, Theme Parks, the Grand Californian Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, Fantasy Tower, the Coffee House, Hotel Shops, the Convention Center, and Goofy's Kitchen, set against a backdrop of lush foliage.

From the moment you arrive in the lobby at check-in, which is in the Fantasy Tower, you’ll see how Disney ties in the classic Disney-theming to this hotel.

In the check-in area, you’ll see these adorable teacup chairs which are modeled after the Mad Tea Party ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.

Tea-cup shaped lounge chairs in the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel, featuring a playful design reminiscent of the Mad Tea Party attraction.

On my recent trip to Disneyland Hotel, we stayed in the Frontier Tower. The lobby has a beautiful display of Frontierland at Disneyland Park.

A detailed scale model display of Frontierland, showcased in the Frontier Tower at the Disneyland Hotel. The model captures the rugged terrain, iconic rock formations, and thematic structures of the area, complete with miniature trees and pathways.

Disneyland Hotel Location

One of the best features of staying at Disneyland Hotel is the location. And Disneyland Hotel is in a prime location!

Disneyland Hotel is located right next to the entrance of Downtown Disney. Because you are right next to Downtown Disney, you are within a 5-minute walk of everything Downtown Disney has to offer including all its shops and restaurants.

And on the other side of Downtown Disney are the main gates to both Disneyland Resort Parks. So by staying at Disneyland Hotel, you are within a short walking distance of both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

And another huge benefit in regards to location is you are super close to the Disneyland Monorail. This is THE closest hotel to the Disneyland Monorail! The monorail is located near the entrance to Downtown Disney.

A vibrant yellow monorail with a Mickey Mouse design passes through the area, with an arrow and text overlay pointing to the Disneyland Hotel in the background.

On your Disneyland Park day, you can take the monorail directly into Tomorrowland inside Disneyland Park. I love getting into Disneyland Park this way because it saves you from having to wait in long lines at the main gate. Plus, it’s especially convenient if you want to hit Space Mountain or anything in Tomorrowland first.

Disneyland Hotel Room Review

The rooms at Disneyland Hotel are modern, sophisticated, and luxurious with a classic, magical Disney feel.

I would also like to add that Disneyland Hotel rooms sleep up to 5 adults! For those with a family of 5 like myself, you know how hard it can be to find a standard hotel room that sleeps that 5th person.

When walking into the rooms at Disneyland Hotel you will immediately get a feel of the modern, simple, nostalgic Disney theme and your eyes will go straight to the unique, stunning headboard!

A Disneyland Hotel room featuring two queen beds with crisp white linens. The headboard has an artistic etching of a castle, and the room is softly lit with natural light from a window dressed with blue and gold curtains.

With a turn of the switch on the bedside table lamp, the Sleeping Beauty Castle headboard will light up and play “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” After the song is finished playing, the lights will stay on until you turn them off.

Seriously, how magical is this? If you are a Disney lover, you’re going to absolutely love this!

Check out my TikTok video here to get a glimpse into these magical rooms!

The wall decor in Disneyland Hotel’s rooms is modern with simple, classic black-and-white Disneyland art. Above the sofa bed is a beautiful black and white collage of pictures of Disneyland Park with Walt centered in the middle.

A cozy Disneyland Hotel room featuring a sofa bed positioned next to a window with white sheer curtains and complementing blue and gold drapes. The room's carpet is a striking blue with a celestial pattern that adds to the room's whimsical charm.

Another beautiful piece of art hung on the wall is a black and white picture of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

On our recent stay at Disneyland Hotel, we had a Premium View room on the 11th floor of Frontier Tower. The views were incredible. We had views of the pool area and also of the Downtown Disney area. You could also see Disneyland Park in the distance.

View of the Disneyland Hotel pool area from the Premium View Room on the 11th floor of Frontier Tower.
View of the pool area from the Premium View Room on the 11th floor of Frontier Tower.
View of the Downtown Disney area from the Premium View Room on the 11th floor of Frontier Tower.
View of the Downtown Disney area from the Premium View Room on the 11th floor of Frontier Tower.

Amenities in a Disneyland Hotel room include:

  • Sleeps up to 5 adults
  • Room with 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning / Heat
  • Crib Pack ‘n Play Upon Request
  • High-speed Internet – WiFi Service
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Desk
  • Ice Bucket
  • Safe – In Room
  • Satellite TV
  • Coffee maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Shower & Bathtub Combo

Rooms with Club-Level Service

Disneyland Hotel also offers rooms with Club-Level Service. These rooms include all of the above amenities found in your standard rooms plus exclusive access to the E-Ticket Club in the Adventure Tower.

Here are the amazing amenities you can take part in at the E-Ticket Club:

  • Viewing of Disneyland Park fireworks from the E-Ticket Club
  • Continental breakfast from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Snacks from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Wine and cheese reception from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Desserts from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Personal Assistance from E-Ticket Club Staff

Suites at Disneyland Hotel

For those looking for a little more space than a standard hotel room, Disneyland Hotel also offers 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or 3-bedroom suites that sleep families or groups of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 14!

The Villas at Disneyland Hotel

The Villas at Disneyland Hotel are part of the Disney Vacation Club. These villas are designed to provide you with the comforts of home while enjoying your stay at Disneyland.

They offer a range of accommodations from deluxe studios up to 3 bedroom villas that sleep up to 12!

Like much of the Disneyland Hotel, the villas are themed to match the classic Disney aesthetic, with subtle nods to beloved characters and stories. The decor and furnishings maintain a balance between elegance and whimsy, designed to enhance the magical experience of staying at Disneyland.

The villas are equipped with amenities that make longer stays more comfortable, such as in-room washers and dryers, and a variety of modern conveniences.

Signature Suites

Disneyland Hotel also offers the best of the best with its Signature Suites.

These suites are incredible! These are ultra-luxurious and themed after their name. Let me just say these are pricy! Very pricy! $$$$$

The 5 Signature Suites at Disneyland Hotel are:

  • Adventureland Signature Suite
  • Big Thunder Signature Suite
  • Fairytale Signature Suite
  • Mickey Mouse Penthouse Signature Suite
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Signature Suite
The Adventureland Signature Suite at Disneyland Hotel, exuding an exotic and luxurious ambiance. The room features a bed with a high, ornately patterned headboard and lush drapery, rich wood paneling, and a bookcase filled with leather-bound books. A classic tufted leather armchair, an elegant fireplace, and intricate carpeting add to the suite's adventurous yet refined theme.

When staying at these Signature Suites, you get exclusive access to the E-Ticket Club in the Adventure Tower just like you would if staying at a standard room with club-level service.

Disneyland Hotel Pool

The pool area at Disneyland Hotel is located in the center of the hotel’s property. Disneyland Hotel’s Pool is without a doubt one of the best hotel pools near Disneyland! It consists of 2 retro-themed pools, 2 waterslides, and 2 whirlpools/hot tubs.

Just like the rest of the hotel, the pool is beautifully themed after classic Disneyland Park.

I love how Disney tied the classic Disneyland theming into the hotel’s pool. The retro Disneyland sign and the monorail-themed waterslides are my favorite part of the hotel!

The monorail-themed pool area at the Disneyland Hotel, featuring the iconic yellow and blue monorail slide structure.

If visiting Disneyland with kids, they’re going to love the 2 towering monorail waterslides. I know mine sure did!

 A bright blue and yellow monorail slide structure stands prominently beside the pool, replicating the iconic Disneyland Monorail.

The monorail waterslides are replicas of the original Mark 1 Monorail trains. There’s a 25-foot-high, 180-foot-long Red Monorail slide, and a 13-foot-high, 80-foot-long Yellow Monorail slide.

Both waterslides spill out into a shallow water play area perfect for the youngest kids.

Not looking to ride down a waterslide? For a more relaxing swim, you can use the E-Ticket and D-Ticket pools. And the pools at Disneyland Hotel are heated, so during the cooler times of the year, you can swim in a more comfortable temperature.

The E-Ticket pool is the largest pool at 4,800 square feet. The smaller D-Ticket pool is great for those looking to swim laps. Adults looking for some relaxation can use the Mickey Spa and Minnie Spa whirlpools.

The entire pool area is surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs, tables, and umbrellas to shield you from the hot Southern California sun. There are also pool towels available at the pool; so no need to worry about bringing your own.

You can also enjoy a poolside meal or drink from nearby Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar or Tangaroa Terrace.

For an additional fee, Disneyland Hotel also has private, poolside cabanas.

Disneyland Hotel Dining

No need to worry about where you’re going to eat when staying at the Disneyland Hotel. Disneyland Hotel has character meals for breakfast and dinner, quick-service dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a table service restaurant for lunch and dinner, and a coffee shop.

You can also order room service. Since Downtown Disney is a super close walk you could also easily walk to one of its many restaurants.

Here are your Disneyland Hotel dining options.

Goofy’s Kitchen

Goofy’s Kitchen is a super, fun character breakfast and dinner restaurant at Disneyland Hotel.

The cheerful entrance sign for Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. The sign features a large, plate-shaped design with Goofy's smiling face at the center, flanked by oversized cutlery, a fork on one side and a knife on the other.

If you are visiting Disneyland with kids, this is a definite must-eat restaurant. You don’t even have to stay at Disneyland Hotel to eat here, but make sure you book your Advanced Dining Reservation because this restaurant does book up super fast.

What I love about Goofy’s Kitchen is that it is upbeat and colorful, the food is amazing and it has CHARACTERS!!

At breakfast, you can choose from delicious items such as Mickey waffles, pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and peanut butter and jelly pizza. Yes, peanut butter and jelly pizza! The kids will love this!

Even at breakfast, they have a dessert buffet that includes anything and everything from an ice cream bar to bread pudding.

You can enjoy delicious meats from the carving station, fresh catch of the day, vegetables, salads, and assorted pizzas for dinner. And of course, they have that amazing dessert buffet for dinner too.

➡️For a more detailed review of Goofy’s Kitchen, be sure to check out Goofy’s Kitchen Review: A Disneyland Character Dining Experience.

Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill

Tangaroa Terrace is your quick-service restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A sun-drenched bridge leading to the Tangaroa Terrace, nestled among palm trees and tropical foliage, with the Disneyland Hotel's glass facade in the background.

The lit torches, island music, and swaying palms will give you major Polynesian vibes. This restaurant was inspired by the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. You can get the popular DOLE WHIP here!

Delicious items served for breakfast include Tangaroa Toast, thick and fluffy Japanese pancakes, and short rib steak and eggs.

Lunch and dinner include items such as Hawaiian cheeseburgers, poke bowls, and Hawaiian Platters with either marinated short rib or teriyaki chicken.

This all sounds delicious, right?

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is a very popular spot at Disneyland Resort open for lunch and dinner.

The iconic Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel, peeking through vibrant green tropical plants under a clear blue sky.

The atmosphere is inspired by the popular, classic Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland Park.

This restaurant/ bar is open to all ages until 8 pm, but after 8 pm it’s only open to guests 21 years of age and older. This would be the perfect late date night spot at Disneyland Resort to grab a drink and enjoy the romance and island vibes.

Here, you’ll also find many of the great foods served at Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill like Hawaiian cheeseburgers, poke bowls, and Hawaiian Platters.

The Coffee House

If you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ll be frequenting The Coffee House quite often when staying at the Disneyland Hotel.

The Coffee House serves all your favorite hot and cold coffee beverages.

They also sell cute souvenir travel tumblers that you can drink your coffee out of. I got a super cute one for Christmas.

Besides coffee, they also serve hot tea, assorted sodas, juices, and milk. Food items include assorted pastries, fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal.

This is also a great place to grab wine or beer and take to the pool to relax.

Disneyland Hotel Room Service

Now, let’s talk about room service at Disneyland Hotel. You can enjoy a convenient meal in the comfort of your room for those times when you are completely worn out and don’t feel like making it out of your room for some food.

Room service is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Provided in your Disneyland Hotel room is a menu of all the delicious food and drinks you can order.

Also when staying at Disneyland Hotel you can get restaurant delivery from some of the Downtown Disney restaurants. Pretty nice, right?

Disneyland Hotel Activities

Disneyland Hotel offers a variety of activities throughout the year. When you check in you can pick up a current schedule of activities going on at the hotel for your stay.

Disneyland Hotel Fitness Center and Fitness Classes

For those who like to get a good workout on vacation, Disneyland Hotel has a great fitness center.

Currently, the fitness center is located in the Mark Twain Room at the Frontier Tower.

For those who like a good workout class, Disneyland Resort hotels offer BootCamp, yoga, and tai chi. You can pick up the current schedule of classes for your stay at check-in.

Benefits of Staying at Disneyland Hotel

There are so many benefits to staying at Disneyland Hotel.

As we’ve already discussed, Disneyland Hotel is in a very convenient location. You are right next door to Downtown Disney and the Downtown Disney District Monorail Station.

Disneyland Hotel also has convenient and delicious dining options including the character dining Goofy’s Kitchen and the popular Jungle Cruise-inspired bar, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

And like staying at any other Disney hotel, you are in the “Disney bubble.” There’s just no other feeling like it. Staying on Disney property just makes your Disney vacation more magical.

And the quality and customer service are second to none.

You’ll notice how great the service is when you arrive for check-in. The check-in process at Disney hotels is always smooth and easy. And if you do online-check you will be provided with Direct-to-Room Service, so you can go straight to your room and open the door via your Disneyland app.

When staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, you also get a huge perk. This huge perk is “Early Entry.” You are allowed to enter the theme parks 30 minutes before the regular park opening.

Another great benefit to staying at the Disneyland Hotel is “Next Day Package Delivery.” Instead of having to carry around your purchases from Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, or Downtown Disney, you can request that the store send them to Disneyland Hotel. You can pick up your purchases from Disneyland Hotel when they arrive the next day.

Disneyland Hotel Cost

A Disneyland Hotel review wouldn’t be complete without talking about the cost, right?

There are 3 Disneyland Resort hotels: Disney’s Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Grand California Hotel and Spa.

Disneyland Hotel is the mid-range pricing hotel of Disneyland Resort hotels. Disney’s Paradise Pier is the most affordable and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is the most expensive.

When comparing Disney Resort Hotels to off-property hotels, you will notice that Disney Resort hotels are more expensive. But if it’s in your budget, I will tell you the extra money you’re paying to stay on-property is always worth it.

There’s nothing like being in the “Disney bubble.” It makes for a much, more magical trip!

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Is Disneyland Hotel Worth It?

So, after this in-depth Disneyland Hotel review, what do you think? Is Disneyland Hotel worth it?

In my opinion, it most definitely is!! In fact, it is my favorite hotel at Disneyland Resort.

Kim and Ethan taking a selfie in front of the light up castle headboard at Disneyland Hotel.

The classic, nostalgic theming is incredible! The location and convenience of going to and from the parks and Downtown Disney are amazing! The monorail-themed pool is another huge plus! And, you have many delicious dining options at the hotel including Goofy’s Kitchen and Trader Sam’s.

Let’s not forget all the benefits you get when staying at a Disney hotel; including early entry, amazing customer service, and next-day package delivery.

FAQs- Disneyland Hotel

Welcome to the FAQ section of our Disneyland Hotel review! Here, we’ll address some of the most common questions you might have as you plan your magical stay.

Can you see the fireworks from the Disneyland Hotel?

Many people want to know if you’re able to see the fireworks from the Disneyland Hotel. And this is certainly an excellent question!

After a long park day, you might not be able to stick it out for the fireworks show and you would love to see the show from the comfort of your hotel room.

So, to answer this question, Yes, you can see fireworks from the Disneyland Hotel, but not in all of the rooms.

For the best chance of getting a fireworks view room, make sure to book a Premium View Room. The Premium Downtown Disney View rooms in the Adventure Tower provide a good opportunity to see the fireworks. Also, the higher floors of the Frontier and Fantasy Towers that face Downtown Disney provide a showing of the fireworks.

On a recent stay at the Disneyland Hotel, we stayed in a Premium View Room on the 11th floor in the Frontier Tower and had the opportunity to see the fireworks.

Also, if you book a Club Level Room you can view the fireworks from the Concierge Lounge where they will also play a magical, festive soundtrack.

However, no matter what room you stay in at the Disneyland Hotel, you can play this magical music over the TV.

IMPORTANT: You can request a fireworks view when making your reservation or checking in but know that it is not guaranteed. Plus, sometimes the fireworks shows are canceled due to the weather.

Can you walk through the Disneyland Hotel?

Yes, even if you are not staying at the Disneyland Hotel you can walk through it.

I highly recommend you do! It’s only a short walk from the entrance to Downtown Disney. Plus, there are a couple of restaurants I recommend you try out including the character dining Goofy’s Kitchen and Trader Sam’s. But, make sure to make an Advanced Dining Reservation for both of these!

Is there a Monorail from Disneyland Hotel to Disneyland?

No, there is not a monorail at the Disneyland Hotel.

However, the monorail is only a short walk away (within 5 minutes) from the Disneyland Hotel. The monorail station is near the entrance to Downtown Disney.

From this monorail station, you can take the monorail to Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park.

This is a huge plus in staying at the Disneyland Hotel. Disneyland Hotel is the closest hotel to the monorail station!

Which Disneyland hotel is the most luxurious?

Among the Disneyland Resort hotels, the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is considered the most luxurious. This hotel stands out for its premium accommodations, exclusive amenities, and its distinctive Craftsman-style elegance. It’s designed to offer a more upscale, sophisticated experience, complete with fine dining options and direct access to Disney California Adventure Park.

How many stars does the Disneyland Hotel have?

The Disneyland Hotel is recognized as a 4-star hotel. It offers a high level of comfort, quality, and service, making it a top choice for guests looking for an immersive Disney experience with a touch of luxury. The hotel features themed rooms, multiple pools, dining options, and character experiences, all wrapped up in the classic Disney magic.

Which Disneyland hotel has direct access to the park?

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa boasts direct access to Disney California Adventure Park, offering an unmatched level of convenience for guests. This unique feature allows you to enter the park through a dedicated entrance, making it easier to start your adventures or take a midday break at the hotel.

Final Thoughts: Disneyland Hotel Review

I hope you enjoyed my in-depth Disneyland Hotel review!

Disneyland Hotel truly is the perfect hotel for your Disneyland Resort stay.

It’s nostalgic, and has incredible classic Disneyland theming, a fun pool area with monorail waterslides, delicious dining options, and more!

Whether you choose the Disneyland Hotel or another property, have a magical time at “The Happiest Place on Earth!”

✨And if you need help planning your Disneyland vacation, contact me, and let’s get started!

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