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  • Writer's pictureDana Birch

Spotlight On: Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Park is Walt’s original park, and that alone makes Disneyland Resort a must visit for any Disney fan, but where to stay?  One of my favorite resorts in and around Disneyland Resort is the Disneyland Hotel.  It is 50’s/60’s Disneyland kitsch meets modern conveniences, and all the magic Disney can put into one resort.

Disneyland Hotel

The resort currently consists of four towers; Frontier, Adventure, and Fantasy that surround a vintage-style monorail theme pool.  The newest tower, Discovery Tower, is home to the new Villas at the Disneyland Hotel whose new pool resembles a painter’s palate and has a Steamboat Willie splashpad.  This hotel is located just steps away from Downtown Disney and the parks of Disneyland Resort.  These towers house some magical hotel accommodations.  Standard hotel-style rooms are well appointed, with floor to ceiling windows that offer wonderful views of the pool, Anaheim, or even the parks, and magical headboards that bring to life a firework show above Sleeping Beauty Castle with the push of a button.  Duo Studio (sleep two), Deluxe Studio, 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom Villas fill the space in the new Discovery Tower building.  These rooms are themed to Disney stories such as Princess and the Frog, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, Fantasia, Bambi, Frozen, and Moana.  The villas offer unique amenities such as kitchens and in-room laundry so families can make themselves at home.  Other accommodations such as rooms with Club Level access, 1, 2, and 3-bedrooom suites, and even signature suites themed to Adventureland, Big Thunder Mountain, Mickey Mouse and Fairytale can also be reserved.

Wandering the resort grounds, you’ll find lush paths, winding your way to the E-Ticket Pool with slides that resemble the original Disneyland-Alweg monorail trains that encircled the resort back in the 60’s.  You’ll also find your way to Disneyland Hotel’s quick service restaurant, Tangaroa Terrace, and its most popular location, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.  This bar comes alive with magic when certain drinks are ordered and is a must-do when visiting Disneyland Resort.  Continue meandering around the resort and you just may spot a friend or two.  Characters wander the lobby, and pool area on their way in and out of Goofy’s Kitchen, the character buffet offered here at the Disneyland Hotel. 

Trader Sam's

The common areas of the towers each hide some special magic too.  The Fantasy tower has teacup shaped chairs in the lobby, a light up vintage-style map of Disneyland park, a vintage Autopia car and a large shadowbox of vintage Disneyland memorabilia in their convention area lobby.  The Adventure tower boasts original maquettes of some of the Jungle Cruise’s best-known inhabitants, and the Frontier tower has the original scale model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in its lobby!

Big Thunder Mountain

This hotel is a Disney fan’s dream and offers some of the best Disney has to offer in service and special magical touches that only Disney can offer.  Whether you’re visiting Disneyland for the first time or the 100th time, the Disneyland Hotel is a must-stay anytime you find yourself at the park that Walt built.

Whatever destination you choose, we at Part of That World Vacations are here to help you when you are ready to travel again.  So, what Part of That World would you like to travel to?

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