Pros and Cons: Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland

by | Sep 12, 2021 | Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, WDW Blog

Wondering where to stay during your Disneyland vacation. Weigh out the pros and cons of Paradise Pier Hotel before your visit.

Maybe you just won the Super Bowl, or maybe you’ve simply decided it’s time to go to Disneyland (again). No matter your reason (is there ever a bad time to visit Disneyland?), unless you live within driving distance, you’ll need a place to stay.

If you can’t decide on whether youwant to stay at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, we’re here to help with this handy guide. With it, you can determine if the Paradise Pier Hotel is the right hotel for your Disneyland vacation.


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Pros of Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland

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You might love Paradise Pier Hotel if …

You’d Love to Visit a Vintage Beachside Resort

No, Paradise Pier isn’t on the ocean, but if retro Americana is on your radar, this is a must-stay hotel for you while you’re visiting Disneyland Resort. Each room boasts a 1920s beach motif (think cabana stripes and classic 1920s decor.)

You Want to Stay Close to the Parks

You can walk to Disneyland from the Paradise Pier Hotel in just a few minutes. The hotel is roughly a half-mile from Disneyland.

Your Ideal Downtime Involves a Water Slide

Love splashing around? You’ll love the rooftop waterslide and pools at Paradise Pier. Yes, that’s pools, plural. The kiddos get their own pool here, and you can watch them work off some of the sugar from those Mickey Bars as you relax at the nearby Paradise Spa whirlpool, sipping a cocktail from The Sand Bar (we see what they did there.)

Cons of Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland

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You might enjoy a different Disneyland hotel if …

You’re Bringing Your Dog

Unlike the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, none of the Disneyland resorts offer pet-friendly lodging. However, many of Disney’s partner hotels—called Good Neighbor hotels—do allow you to travel with your pup. It’s best to check with your hotel about their rules before you book, though.

You Want to Cook Your Own Food

If you want to cook your own foodand need more than a minifridge and a microwave to do itit’s not going to happen at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Even their suites don’t have full kitchens. Whether this is a preference, concern about food allergies, or a budgetary decision, you’ll be happier with a hotel that has a full kitchen.

You’re into Retro, But Mostly Retro Disney

Sure, a vintage beach resort sounds nice, but you’ve heard about the E-Ticket pool and monorail water slide at a Disneyland hotel. That’s not Paradise Pier Hotel; you’re looking for the Disneyland Hotel

Is Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel Right For Me?

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So you’ve weighed the pros and cons of Paradise Pier Hotel. Is it time to book?

No matter which Disneyland resort you choose, the Cast Members will do everything they can to make sure you have a magical stay, but make sure you’re choosing the right hotel. If location, rooftop waterslides, and vintage beachside decor get your Disney railroad motor running, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is right for you!

Is the Paradise Pier not for you? No worries! Disneyland has two other hotels on property, Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel. They also have Disneyland-approved Good Neighbor Hotels, which aren’t owned or run by the Walt Disney Company but do meet Disney standards.

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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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