The Disneyland Hotel located at the Anaheim Resort in California made history by becoming the first Disney hotel. The second hotel to be built was Disney’s Paradise Pier with its newest hotel being Disney’s Grand Californian.
The Disneyland Hotel
The original Disneyland Hotel was opened in 1955. Since that time it has seen its fair share of upgrades and expansions. Today, guests can enjoy a walk through a tropical setting to visit the Koi ponds or relax and listen to the sound of a waterfall. Kids won’t be able to get enough of the Never Land pool which features a water slide and pirate ship.
Standard rooms along with one, two, and three bedroom suites are available with the three bedroom suites being able to accommodate up to twelve guests. Amenities include three pools, irons, hair dryers, voice mail, and DVD library. There’s a playground, volleyball, children’s activity center and man-made beach along with whirlpools and an exercise room.
Restaurants and Character Dining at the Disneyland Hotel
The Disneyland Hotel offers a variety of dining options. Grab a cup of coffee at the Coffee House or a quick meal at Crocs Bits ‘n’ Bites. Enjoy a beverage at The Lost Bar or savor a glass of wine at the Wine Cellar. For casual seafood dining there’s Hook’s Point.
For elegant dining, Steak 55 offers a menu of fine dining choices including Certified Angus Beef entrees. One of the highlights of the hotel is Goofy’s Kitchen. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Goofy’s Kitchen presents buffet dining along with Disney character interaction. With different characters visiting each individual table, kids will have no problems getting pictures and autographs.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
After thrill rides like Maliboomer and California Screamin’, along with boardwalk games such as Casey at the Bat and Dumbo Bucket Brigade, the feeling of being at Paradise Pier in California Adventure doesn’t have to end when the park closes. Instead, continue the fun theme of Paradise Pier at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Both standard rooms and suites holding up to six guests are available. Each room features an iron and ironing board, along with a coffee maker and refrigerator. A real standout of this hotel is its rooftop pool which has the biggest slide of Disney’s three Anaheim hotels. Paradise Pier also has a fitness center and a movie theater area for kids.
Breakfast with Mickey at the Paradise Pier Hotel
Come join Mickey and friends at a breakfast buffet at Disney’s PCH Grill. Selections include omelets, grilled chicken with garlic sauce, and flatbreads. There’s also a buffet especially for children. This restaurant is also open for dinner featuring steaks, burgers, and salads, although characters are only there for breakfast.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
Looking for luxury and a way to stay in the heart of Disney magic? Step out of the hotel and into California Adventure when staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Along with standard rooms and suites that accommodate up to six guests, the Grand Californian also has one, two, and three bedroom villas that can hold up to twelve guests. The villas come with fully-equipped kitchens and in-room washers and dryers.
Get pampered at the Madera Spa after a hectic day at the parks. For parents who would like to have a romantic dinner or just spend some alone time at one of Disney’s parks, Pinocchio’s Workshop provides videos, computer games, arts and crafts, food and more at this licensed child care facility.
Disney Character Dining at the Grand Californian
Join Chip ‘n Dale for some fun sing-a-longs while eating a hearty breakfast buffet at the Storyteller’s Cafe at the Grand Californian. Looking for something light and casual? Relax at the Heartstone Lounge or grab a hamburger or deli sandwich at White Water Snacks. For a night of fine dining, the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant offers superb food and fine wines.
Staying at one of Disney’s hotels allows guests to continue the feel of Disney once they leave the parks. From the original opening of the Disneyland Hotel to the three Disney resorts of today, guests continue to enjoy the wonderful magic of Disney.