9 Unique Features and Benefits of the Disneyland® Resort Hotels
Updated October 9, 2023
Originally published September 14, 2023
You know what they say: it’s all about location, location, location. And there’s no better location to stay during your Disneyland® Resort vacation than at the hotels of the Disneyland® Resort! These three hotels put you in the heart of the Disneyland® Resort’s action, and each has special features that you won’t find anywhere else. We’ll fill you in on some of them in this article so you can decide which one is best for you. And as a Disney® Visa® Credit Cardmember, you’ll be able to take advantage of special vacation financing for the Disneyland® Resort Vacation Package, which can include two or more nights at any of the Disneyland® Resort Hotels.1
Disneyland® Hotel Special Perks
1. Fun-filled Character dining at Goofy’s Kitchen
It’s a feast of fun at Goofy’s Kitchen, where Chef Goofy is cooking up some delicious dishes. Start your day off with a breakfast buffet piled high with made-to-order omelets, Mickey Mouse waffles, and peanut butter and jelly pizza, or wrap things up with a dinner buffet featuring carved meats and fresh fish. As you dine, Disney Characters will drop by to say hi and take pictures. Bonus: You can save 10% on most meals, most days at this restaurant when you use your Disney Visa Card.23
2. Monorail-themed waterslides
Slide back into Disney’s past at the hotel’s E-Ticket Pool, where not just one, but two monorail-themed waterslides provide exciting splashdowns. A retro “Disneyland” sign gives off nostalgic vibes, while fountains, pop jets and a waterfall promise lots of watery fun. Looking for a more serene swim? Head to the hotel’s D-Ticket Pool, where you can soak in the Mickey or Minnie Spa whirlpool, rent a private cabana and get drinks from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
3. A loving homage to Disneyland® Park
Staying at Disneyland® Hotel is a great way to experience the park’s traditions and storied past. The hotel’s Adventure, Fantasy and Frontier towers pay tribute to the original lands. You’ll love their rooms’ nods to Disney history, like fireworks-patterned carpeting, throw pillows inscribed with Disney quotes and headboards that light up with depictions of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The all-new Discovery tower houses the roomy Villas at the Disneyland Hotel, which have kitchens, washing machines and one to three bedrooms.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Special Perks
4. Direct entry to Disney California Adventure® Park
For an exceptionally elegant vacation, book a room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, where Disney’s renowned hospitality meets Craftsman-style refinement. Staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is also a convenient way to experience the Disneyland® Resort. The hotel provides direct access to Disney California Adventure® Park, meaning you can make it from your room to the attractions in no time!
5. Award-winning dining at Napa Rose
Fans of fine food will adore the restaurant Napa Rose. It serves upscale West Coast fare and regional wines in a distinguished setting and has won awards from Wine Spectator, Zagat and other culinary organizations. Dine on dry-aged duck breast and filet mignon or take a multi-course journey through wine country’s freshest ingredients with the Vintner’s Table tasting menu. Pair your meal with a selection from the restaurant’s extensive wine list, and toast your vacation with a glass of Napa Valley sauvignon blanc, South Australian shiraz or any of the more than 40 selections on offer.
6. A 6,000 square-foot premium spa
After a day exploring the parks, you’ll find a welcoming oasis of self-care at Tenaya Stone Spa, a premium facility inspired by the beautiful Californian landscape. Unwind in the relaxation lounge and rejuvenate in the steam room before pampering yourself with services that range from nail treatments to exfoliation and more. If you really want to spoil yourself, sign up for one of Tenaya’s signature services, like the Tenaya River Stone Massage or the Gemstone Sparkle Facial.
Pixar Place Hotel Special Perks (coming soon)
The Disneyland® Resort’s Paradise Pier Hotel is currently undergoing an exciting transformation. Later this winter, it’s set to reopen as Pixar Place Hotel, a property that will embody all the enchantment and charm of Pixar, thanks to fun features like these:
7. A Finding Nemo-themed splash pad
Young swimmers will love stirring up some waves at the hotel’s Finding Nemo-themed splash pad. Join old friends like Crush the turtle and Hank the octopus for a bit of aquatic fun amid the pop jets and on the 186-foot Crush’s Surfin’ Slide waterslide. Guests who are looking to relax for a bit can take advantage of the brand-new pool deck.
8. Creatively curated artwork and decor
Pixar artists are famous for their imagination, and a stay at Pixar Place Hotel will immerse you in their creative journeys. Keep an eye out for the Pixar lamp — which will soon be balanced atop its ball in the lobby — and other whimsical touches throughout the hotel!
9. Upscale comfort food at Great Maple
Pixar Place Hotel will host the newest branch of the beloved Southern California eatery Great Maple, which is opening a flagship restaurant in the hotel. Foodies will be treated to creative takes on American classics. Expect tasty treats like maple bacon doughnuts, chilaquiles and soda pop baby back ribs.
Benefits of staying at a Disneyland® Resort Hotel
Every Disneyland® Resort Hotel has its own unique elements, but there are also plenty of benefits that you’ll get no matter where you stay. Check out some of the great things that apply to Guests of all the Disneyland® Resort Hotels:
- Early entry into theme parks
- Convenient access to the theme parks and Downtown Disney® District
- Preferred access to hotel dining reservations
- Guest activities and seasonal offerings throughout the year
- Daily pool parties at all three hotels for a limited time in summer
- Fitness classes, including in-park yoga
- Next day package delivery
- Digital keys via the Disneyland app
Not only are Guests treated to a long list of special benefits, but every hotel has key features that will make your stay extra memorable. On top of all that, Cardmembers can redeem Disney Rewards Dollars toward dining, shopping and room charges at the Disneyland® Resort Hotels.4 Wishing you a wonderful vacation!
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