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  • Trip Report Disneyland Hotel

    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...halloween.html

    The luggage was already in the room when we arrived, now that is the Disney service I used to know and love. The kids loved that the TV could be heard in the bathroom (this used to happen in the Hotel New York too, but it did not in our August trip).

    That evening when we returned, there was turn down service with chocolates, and the bins had been emptied! Result.

    We went to bed, and the next morning had a phone call from Goofy to wake us (if you stay in a suite or Castle Club, Tigger was knocking on people's doors to awaken them).

    We went to breakfast (starts at 7:30 but with Extra Magic Hours, I would have hoped they would start earlier - we could have had room service at 7, but I thought we could miss out on good fun if we did that).

    We were at Inventions for 7:28 and went into breakfast. We had a window seat overlooking Main Street and the sun had not yet risen! Coffee and tea was brought to our table (they used to bring juice too, but we had to get that ourselves). The buffet was good with the usual continental offerings, eggs, bacon, veal sausage, mushrooms, potatoes (so the same as Hotel New York), but over and above that, the DLH offered Pancakes, Donuts, and a better selection of fruit. It was very good. A few years ago it was a character breakfast, but instead the characters are in the foyer now. I have mixed emotions about this. It means the kids eat better now, and people tend to be better behaved at the DLH, so it is easier to play with them outside of the restaurant. So I think opinions will vary.

    As we came out, we played with Pluto, Eeyore and Baloo and saw Tigger on the balcony. Great experience.

    We went to the room and packed up. When we called bell services, they said to simply leave our luggage in the room. Which we did.

    We dropped our key cards off and went into the park for Extra Magic Hours without having to negotiate security checks!!!! Yay!

    Then when it was time to leave for the train, we went in, gave our name and room number, and had our luggage very quickly. Great service by well turned out cast members (the maids even wear Victorian Maid hats). If we had opted for Magical Express, we could have picked up the luggage at the train terminal instead, but again with such a short walk, it was not big deal.

    So the DLH does offer a good Disney experience (I still prefer the Grand Californian at Disneyland in California), but it offered much better experience than the Animal Kingdom Lodge in WDW.

    So between the location, service, characters, the live pianist in the bar, the great restaurants, valet parking, and facilities (though it has one of the weaker pools).

    But the prices are crazy, and considering if they are not fully booked, I can get a 2 bedroom villa with a better pool at Marriott Village Ile De France on the golf course for 1/3rd the price of the DLH or a mini suite at the Ritz for the same price, it is not a cheap option. But for a short break, a special occassion, or if you have the money, the DLH is a great Disney hotel. The sad thing is the Hotel New York and even the Sequoia Lodge used to offer a similar level of service, but no longer.

    But I do recommend the DLH for something special.
    Let's put the Walt back in Disney!





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    Glad you had a great time! We loved the DLH when we stayed a few years ago.

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    • #3
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      Thanks Mike, it's good to see the quality is still there. But what is sad is the HNY and SL used to offer nearly as good service, but no longer :-(
      Let's put the Walt back in Disney!




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      • #4
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        Here are some photos to help trip planners:
        Wallpaper in the main foyer



        Last edited by davewasbaloo; 10-12-2008, 02:01 PM.
        Let's put the Walt back in Disney!




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        • #5
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          The bed

          The TV/Mini Bar cupboard



          Soap anyone?

          View from our room
          Let's put the Walt back in Disney!




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          • #6
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            Our room in the morning

            The foyer at 7:20 am

            Waiting for breakfast



            The views at breakfast




            After breakfast, meeting some characters:










            Let's put the Walt back in Disney!




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            • #7
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              Off to bed at the DLH

              Turn down service

              Entertainment at check in









              Let's put the Walt back in Disney!




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              • #8
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                Beautiful pictures! I really love the Disneyland Hotel, but the value is just not there for me. They charge nearly double the rate of the Grand Californian, yet rooms are just as small. And here is my main complaint; most Disney hotels are overpriced in general. The "deluxe" ones charge luxury hotel prices for a standard 3-star room. It's getting harder and harder to justify the cost when there are better options available. You're paying for the location of course, but there are many hotels that are just as beautifully decorated and atmospheric in my opinion.
                ~ Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast at nighttime ~

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                • #9
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                  That is awesome! Thanks for sharing your pictures and experience!

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by TDR_Fan View Post
                    You're paying for the location of course, but there are many hotels that are just as beautifully decorated and atmospheric in my opinion.
                    I totally agree, which is why for 1 night, with a 30% discount, I was willing to do it. But Disney do charge stupid prices for their hotels.
                    Let's put the Walt back in Disney!




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