What is the difference between the Disneyland Resort Hotels, is the subject for today. The Disneyland Resort has three hotels. Well, they purchased a good neighbor hotel recently and will be closing it or it already has happened. I haven’t stayed in the loop on that. Disney has a new hotel planned for the near future. But, at the moment, there are only three you can stay at.
Disneyland Resort Hotels. What is the difference?
First of all, the three Disneyland Resort Hotels are the Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian Resort and Spa, and Paradise Pier Hotel.
The Disneyland Hotel was the first Disney hotel. Well, if you want to get technical… It was originally owned by the Wrather’s. Back in the ’50s, Walt was looking for sponsors to build a Disneyland Hotel. The Wrather’s took him up on it. Disney purchased the hotel in the ’80s. I plan on expanding on this a lot more in another blog when I review the book on this subject.
Because it is the original, I tend to be partial to it, even though the original buildings are no longer there. It still has history!
First of all, one of the biggest differences between the hotels is the themes. The Disneyland Hotel is more of a contemporary, Disneyland theme. While the Grand Californian is an outdoors/woods/lodge type of theme. With Disney touches included of course. Finally, the Paradise Pier Hotel is a Disney/Beach theme.
The next difference between the Disneyland Resort Hotels is Location, Location, Location! If you want to be close to the parks, you can’t get any closer than the Grand Californian. It even has its own entrance into California Adventure! Which is only available to hotel guests. You are literally within walking distance of the park.
Next, the Disneyland Hotel is the second closest hotel. You can still walk to the entrance of the parks, or you can do a shorter walk and get on the Disneyland Monorail. It takes you inside Disneyland to the Tomorrowland Station. However, just be forewarned, that if you are on a scooter you will not be able to take it with you onto the monorail.
Finally, the Paradise Pier Hotel is the farthest of all the hotels. While it is still within walking distance, it is just a little farther to walk. However, there is always the Monorail option.
Tip: Regardless of which hotel you stay at. I do recommend that at least one day, you enter through the Main Gates. It is an experience to go enter those gates. However, make sure and get there early!
Ok. Now the last difference between the Disneyland Resort Hotels I will mention is the price. In my opinion, you are paying for the location. However, there are other factors that affect pricing. For instance, the view, how high up you are and the atmosphere, etc. Because the Grand Californian is the newest hotel and the closest, it tends to be the most expensive. (Depending on if you happen to score an awesome special they are running.)
Next, the Disneyland Hotel is a bit cheaper from the Grand Californian. Finally, Paradise Pier is the cheapest of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels.
All Disney hotels have their own qualities. For example, restaurants and shops. I think it depends on each individual persons taste. Everyone has their favorite Disneyland Resort Hotels. For me, I am the type of person that doesn’t like change. I tend to stay in the box sometimes. Therefore, I haven’t branched off and tried the other hotels. Yet… I am sure I am missing out!
All three of the Disneyland Resort Hotels are owned by Disney. Therefore, they have a Disney touch. In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with any of them.
As always. For the most current information, check out the official website.
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