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  • [Question] Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

    Okay so I just got back from disneyland and I am already planning my next trip...I am shooting for early May before memorial day but after spring break...I am looking at the disneyland hotel but wondering is it really worth the price....I know the paradise pier is a bit less but the Disneyland Hotel has been a dream of mine and I have never stayed at an Disney property hotel. I know you get the perk of early entry every day and the disney magic but is it really worth it?
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    Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

    IMHO it is worth staying there *if* you are going to get the full use of the place and will take full advantage of all the Resort Hotel amenities - the pools, the Gym, the Business Center, etc. But only if you can get a decent deal out of them, I would NOT stay there if you're paying full retail "Rack Rate". They are priced stupid ridiculous high.

    If you are only getting a room to sleep there, jump in the shower, and then running right out to your convention or into the theme parks for the whole day, and coming back to sleep again - I would NOT pay triple for the DLR Hotels. You can do that across the street on Harbor or a mile away for a Whole Lot Less, and extend your stay several days for the same price.

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    • #3
      Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

      I, too, had always wanted to stay at the Disneyland Hotel, but, for years, could not justify the price. When it finally happened, I was thrilled to be staying in a place so full of Disney history. The rooms are lovely and the headboards are amazing. I also love being able to jump on the Monorail and head into the Park.

      That being said, I also enjoy the Paradise Pier. It is a bit more of a walk to get to the Rainforest Cafe and the Monorail, but it too offers Early Morning entry and has a character breakfast in the cafe on the street level.

      Last month was the first time I have used Early Entry. I'm sorry, but I usually don't get up early enough to be at ANY gate by 7 a.m.! lol. But, I did it for Cal Adventure and it was totally worth it. We were able to ride Cars 3 times in 45 minutes and were enjoying breakfast when the castmembers walked the regular admissions into the park at 8.

      Like Bruce said, it depends on what you want out of your experience. We have stayed at many motels across Harbor and walked into the park and was fine with it all.

      But, if you want to be able to say you stayed there, do it!
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      • #4
        Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

        That depends on what "worth it" means to you exactly. When I visit Disneyland I'm at the hotel purely to sleep... so it isn't worth it to me. We are in the parks from open till close with no return to hotel mid-day. If you're going to spend some time at the hotel, use the pool, spa, relax, dine, etc then it would be worth it in my opinion.

        Best thing is to figure out your expectations and planned use first, then find a hotel that matches what you'll be doing.

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          Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

          Originally posted by Bruce Bergman View Post
          If you are only getting a room to sleep there, jump in the shower, and then running right out to your convention or into the theme parks for the whole day, and coming back to sleep again - I would NOT pay triple for the DLR Hotels. You can do that across the street on Harbor or a mile away for a Whole Lot Less, and extend your stay several days for the same price.
          ^^^ That sums up well how to evaluate if your should or not. The only thing I'd add is what HiddenMickeyBook mentioned, Early Entry. If you go rarely and it's during a very busy time it's a great perk to have.


          I stay onsite 1-3 trips a year. Mainly when I do it's for a special visit like a birthday. Also on some I stay offsite and onsite for part of the visit. Otherwise I stay offsite, somewhere close to easily walk back and forth to the parks or somewhere further for a nicer place if I get a good rate.
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          • #6
            Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

            We have stayed at all 3 of the DL resort hotels, and stayed offsite. The advice given above is correct. The problem is what do you consider "worth it".
            We have stayed at the DL resort hotels for the proximaty to the park and a few of the other perks. On of the unspoken perk is the waking through DTD to get to the park, or the hopping on the monorail first thing in the morning.
            we found that staying at the DL Hotel can be fun, the magic doe not end when you leave the park, they also have their own channels on the TV.
            To make it the best value you can, go for a special occasion.
            Get a good rate, and plan your trip, do not add a night while you are there, it can be very spendy.
            We stayed at the DL Hotel in October and we will be staying there in a few weeks.
            The December trip is a special trip so the hotel stay is a plus.
            If you do stay at the DL Hotel keep your eyes open you never know what you will see, we have seen Goofy and a Wedding carrage.
            Sit down and figure what you would like to do and how much you want to spend then look for the best price.

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            • #7
              Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

              I've always wanted to stay at the Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian, but couldn't justify the cost. However, I just booked the Grand Californian for less than half of the normal cost by booking through a group discount for Dapper Days. Since the park is going to be packed that weekend and we will be in "costume", I figured it would be nice to be on site (literally IN the park) because we might take a break or two in the middle of the day.

              Definitely look into various discounts!


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              • #8
                Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                Simple answer: No.

                Even at 50% off the rack rate, you're still paying anywhere from $200-$300 a night for a hotel room. At the rack rate, you could be paying upward of $600 for a single night in a hotel.

                The Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian are very nice. There's no doubt you get the "Disney touch." Then again, right across the street are hotel options that run $125-$300 a night -- the higher price for a big, suite-style (not a family suite style, but a classic hotel suite) room. No, you don't get Mickey this and Mickey that and H20 Plus in your hotel room. But the HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS you can save can allow you to have other Disney (or other) experiences you could not otherwise afford.

                Unless you are swimming in dough, I would say to avoid the mistake I made and pay WAY too much money for the "privilege" of staying at a Disney hotel and just get a really, really nice room elsewhere ....and end up with a bank account that is a little bit fatter at the end of your stay!

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                • #9
                  Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                  I'm not swimming in dough. We paid $199 for Grand Californian, the DH was $179. We are going one night as a special treat.

                  Basically, you'll have to feel what is worth it to you. I usually stay at the Ana Bella because it's affordable, close, and has always been a positive experience. However, I personally have always wanted to stay at a Disney property. It was worth paying more, to me, to do it once.

                  Don't let people feel guilty for spending the extra money on an experience if that's what you decide you want to do, after all that is what Disneyland is all about. You aren't going there because its a bargain.


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                  • #10
                    Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                    This is a treat I would most likely never do again..I am leaning towards yes, the early entry is a big plus for every day esp for rsr...and we do use the pools and most likely the last morning we will be flying out in the early afternoon so exploring more of the disney magic would be great with out having to make an extra trip anywhere. Also I love the idea of having all my purchases delivered to my room and not having to haul them over the parks or dropping them off at one of the designated drop offs
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                    • #11
                      Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                      It's certainly a dream of mine as well, and when we do it, I'm going to search for a great deal and then take advantage of the hotel's amenities. Let us know how your trip goes.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                        I wouldn't stay at the Disneyland Hotel for its proximity. Sure, it's technically within the confines of the "resort". And there is a unifying Disney-ification connecting it to the Parks. But it's more of an illusion of being "nextdoor". There are several decent places to sleep on Harbor Blvd that are actually closer to the action. Depending on the particular room that you get at the sprawling Disneyland Hotel complex, you're going to be taking considerably more steps (even from the monorail station) compared to some of the establishment literally across the street from Disneyland.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                          We used DVC on the DL Hotel and loved it it was great so magical but never have we payed for it though same with the GCH. It might be worth it for a once in a lifetime thing but its alright mostly location is great and the rooms are very nice.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                            I like the Disneyland Hotel, because you're always in Disneyland. You're in your Disney room, you then walk through Downtown Disney, and finally you're in Disneyland, as opposed to being in your Best Western room, and walking by Denny's, till you're in Disneyland.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                              the one thing I really noticed about your post remainseatedplz86 is your comment about always being a dream of yours to stay. If you don't stay there then it will always just be a dream of yours. If it is a dream of yours or on your "bucket list" Then stay there otherwise you will always regret not staying there.

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                                Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                                Originally posted by mine,mine,mine View Post
                                the one thing I really noticed about your post remainseatedplz86 is your comment about always being a dream of yours to stay. If you don't stay there then it will always just be a dream of yours. If it is a dream of yours or on your "bucket list" Then stay there otherwise you will always regret not staying there.
                                The honest answer is that no, as a hotel, the Disneyland Hotel in no way justifies its price. But the above poster is right - you'll always wonder until you do it. Maybe you could take 1 or 2 nights out of a multi-night trip at the DL hotel to satisfy your curiosity.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                                  Ive been able to stay at all 3 hotels but never for multiple nights because of the price being so high even with an AP discount. Even with the price, we love staying there. The early entry is the biggest perk for me. Being able to get on some of the rides with the longest lines (Peter Pan, Space Mt, RSR) with little to no wait is huge. And the rooms are very nice after the remodel, Trader Sams is a great place to get a drink after the parks, and the last time we stayed there we were in the pool for 5 hours. So I think if you go on your trip with the mindset of it not all being about the parks and of using the hotel and all its amenities it will be well worth it! And a dream come true :yea:

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                                    One way to do it is see if you can get a discounted rate either for the first couple of days of your vacation, or the last couple - the DLR Hotels sometimes have odd periods when the Discounts happen and when they don't... Let that determine when you stay there for a few nights, and you can shift to one of the MiceChat partner hotels like the Anabella or the HoJo for the rest of your stay.

                                    (Or if you have relatives in town, go crash on their couch for a night or two. That's a short enough period so you don't wear out your welcome - or wrench your back on a lumpy couch. You could even bring a tent or a little camping trailer and stay in one of the nearby campgrounds for the rest of the stay.)

                                    But yes, if the compulsion to stay there at least once rises to the level of a "Bucket List" item, call the DLHotels reservations line now - or your Travel Agent - and see how far ahead you need to book your room to get a good rate, and then go.

                                    If it's an Annual Passholders' special rate they will need to see the pass when you check into the hotel - but you can buy an Annual Pass Voucher by internet phone or mail, and have the Voucher to show them if you haven't gone into the Park and activated it yet. They understand how it works - they might want you to swing back by the front desk when you come back for the night after you get it activated and show them.

                                    The Annual Passes are a great deal if you'll be spending several days at the parks now, and can make plans to get back again for a few days once or twice in the next year. Even the Premium AP break-even point vs. Multi-Day tickets is like 6 to 7 days in a year, depending on how you figure in the Parking Passes and Discounts. And if the AP gets you a better room rate that's even more better. (SIC)

                                    Even when Anaheim gets wet and drippy for a few days at a stretch in our rainy season (January - February - March) it's still nice out far more often than it isn't, which is precisely why all the Movie Studios set up shop here. At worst, it's cold or breezy or overcast, but still nice out. And/or it'll be bitter cold fist thing in the morning, warm up and get nice during mid-day, then get chilly again after dark...

                                    Take a flyer on a Winter vacation trip, and bring lots of layers of warm stuff you can peel or put on as needed, and all your own good rain gear on the off chance you get dripped on.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                                      I am going to do it!!! and Bruce I can handle a little drizzle I am from Seattle lol . Also I have been in February before and just two weeks ago I think I should manage May alright
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                                        Re: Is the Disneyland hotel worth the price?

                                        I only live a couple cities over and have wanted to stay at the Disneyland Hotel for decades! Really, I should pick the cheapest night and, like Nike, "just do it." When are the cheapest nights?

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