Pros and Cons: Disneyland Hotel

by | Oct 3, 2021 | Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts

Thinking about the Disneyland Hotel for your homebase on your next trip to Disneyland? Weigh out the pros and cons of Disneyland Hotel before booking.

The Disneyland Hotel offers a classic Disneyland experience, from its nod to Disneyland’s first lands (Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland) to decidedly Disney-esque experiences (see: monorail waterslide, below).

While it’s easy for us to extol the virtues of this fantastic hotel, we also understand you may not want to base your decision to stay at the Disneyland Hotel solely on our enthusiasm, so take a glance at our detailed pros and cons of Disneyland Hotel before booking your next Disneyland vacation.

Pros of Disneyland Hotel

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You should stay at the Disneyland hotel if …

You Want to be Close to That Disney Magic

You can easily walk to Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure from the Disneyland Hotel. It’s also super-close to Downtown Disney. 

You’re Craving a Decidedly South Pacific Dining Experience 

From Trader Sam’s to Tangaroa Terrace, you’ll find no shortage of Tiki-type dining adventures at Disneyland Hotel.

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Breakfast offerings at Tangaroa include Japanese pancakes and Tangaroa Toast; lunch and dinner include sumptuous morsels like Pu Pu Platters, Hawaiian cheeseburgers, and poke bowls.

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Trader Sam’s offers a similar menu for lunch and dinner, with a robust South Pacific cocktail collection.

Pro Tip: We understand the urge to try the Tangaroa Cooler or the La Florida, but don’t leave Trader Sam’s without tasting the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum!

Your Preferred Mode of Travel Is a Monorail

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We have two words for you: monorail waterslides. If there’s anything that gets more Disney, I don’t know what it is. At the resort’s two pools—E-Ticket Pool and D-Ticket Pool—you’ll slip and slide down a monorail waterslide.

The Red Monorail slide goes on for 180 feet, while the Yellow Monorail slide comes in at a shorter experience of 80 feet, and no, we won’t tell you which one is faster. Just like with the real monorails, you’ll have to time it yourself!

Cons of Disneyland Hotel

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You should stay at a different hotel near Disneyland if …

You Don’t Want to Deal with Crowds

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As we mentioned, the Disneyland Hotel puts you in the heart of the magic. If that’s your jam, great. But if you abhor crowds (when you’re not queuing for the Matterhorn, that is), then consider a hotel not quite so close to the magic.

You Want to Bring Your Pup

Unfortunately for us pet lovers, none of the Disneyland hotels allow pets—only service animals. You’ll have to board your furry BFF if you stay in one of the Disneyland Resort hotels.

You Need a Full Kitchen

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Whether you want to make your own food for budgetary reasons (a family of five or six can get pretty hungry after a few hours in the park!) or for health reasons, the Disneyland Hotel doesn’t offer full kitchens. If it’s a priority to make your own pancakes, you should probably look elsewhere for your stay.

Should You Stay at Disneyland Hotel?

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After reviewing the pros and cons of Disneyland Hotel, you should have an easier time deciding, “Should I stay at Disneyland Hotel?”

If the answer is yes, fantastic! All that’s left is to make your reservations and pack your favorite Mickey Mouse t-shirt.

But if you don’t think this hotel makes sense for you this time, don’t fret! Aside from Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, you can also choose from one of Disney’s Good Neighbor Hotels. Happy Disneying!

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Written by Cathy Salustri

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Cathy Salustri's formative years—by which she means her teens and twenties—revolve around Walt Disney World, whether it was having an OG annual pass (four months out of the year only!), wearing acid-washed denim to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with her hard-rock wannabe sort-of boyfriend, or working as a walking tour guide at the now-defunct Inside the Magic attraction at the then-Disney-MGM Studios. She loves all of Florida, too, not just Disney—her Florida travel narrative, "Backroads of Paradise", earned her an interview in the New York Times, and she freelances for all sorts of Florida publications. Look for her and her husband at EPCOT, usually feasting on food at Morocco, or at Animal Kingdom Lodge, sharing a post-Disney scotch at Victoria Falls. Follow her travels on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, listen to her Florida Spectacular podcast, and sign up for her monthly feel-good Florida newsletter.
Cathy Salustri

Written by Cathy Salustri

Cathy Salustri's formative years—by which she means her teens and twenties—revolve around Walt Disney World, whether it was having an OG annual pass (four months out of the year only!), wearing acid-washed denim to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party with her hard-rock wannabe sort-of boyfriend, or working as a walking tour guide at the now-defunct Inside the Magic attraction at the then-Disney-MGM Studios. She loves all of Florida, too, not just Disney—her Florida travel narrative, "Backroads of Paradise", earned her an interview in the New York Times, and she freelances for all sorts of Florida publications. Look for her and her husband at EPCOT, usually feasting on food at Morocco, or at Animal Kingdom Lodge, sharing a post-Disney scotch at Victoria Falls. Follow her travels on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, listen to her Florida Spectacular podcast, and sign up for her monthly feel-good Florida newsletter.

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