What are the Disneyland Hotel Resort Benefits? There are so many choices of where to stay close to the Disneyland and California Adventure parks. Is staying at a Disneyland Hotel Resort worth it for the benefits?
Here we talk about the Disneyland Hotel options that you have, how much they cost and the benefits that you get as a guest.
Disneyland Resort Hotels
There are only 3 Disneyland Resort hotels. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has a California Boardwalk theme. It is the lowest priced of all of the Disneyland hotels.
Disneyland Hotel is a modern hotel with classic Disney touches.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is a beautiful hotel which has it’s own entrance into California Adventure Park. The theme is Craftsman style, and the hotel exudes luxury and elegance.
All of the Disneyland Hotels are located on Disney property and are a short walk from the theme parks.
Disneyland Resort Hotel Prices and Rates
Demand far exceeds supply which of course leads to high prices.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is the lowest priced of all the Disneyland Hotels. Rack rates for 2017 start at $269 for a Standard View, $327 for a Premium View, $380 for Concierge Level, $426 for Concierge Level Premium. Suites start at $662 per night.
Disneyland Hotel is the mid priced hotel of the three available. This is our favorite Disneyland Hotel as it has a great mix of location, comfort and just the right amount of Disney themeing. Standard View rooms start at $360, Deluxe View $398, Premium View $430, Premium Downtown Disney View $449. Standard View Concierge Rooms start at $586, with Premium View Club Level Rooms starting at $625. The Suites are a minimum of $722 per night.
The Disney Grand Californian Hotel is the highest priced and most luxurious of all of the Disneyland Hotels. Standard Rooms start at $417 per night, Courtyard View $445, Partial View $481, Downtown Disney View $507, Premium View $520. If you want to stay at the Club Level at Disney’s Grand Californian prices per night start at $694 for a Standard View and $782 for a Premium View at Club Level. If you want a Suite at Disney’s Grand Californian you won’t get much change out of $1,000 per night. Suites start at $983 per night.
As you will see, you pay a high price for staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel.
What Are The Benefits of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel?
The major benefit of staying on Disney property is to get access to the Extra Magic Hour. This means that Disneyland Resorts guests have access to the theme parks on certain days an hour earlier than the general public.
Disneyland Park: Tuesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays
Disney California Adventure Park : Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Extra Magic Hours are a huge benefit. If you are sure that your family can all be up and ready at the parks early in the morning you will be able to go on several rides before the park is open to everyone else. This is particularly helpful if you want to ride Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure Park. This is an extremely popular ride. If you use early entry to the park you will be able to ride it up to three times before the general public even get to be inside the park.
Another advantage is the location of the Disneyland Hotels. This is particularly true of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, which has it’s own entrance into the park. All of the Disneyland Resort hotels are an easy walk to the theme parks. However, this is not a major benefit if you take into account that there are many hotels in Anaheim which are also close to the theme park entrance.
A nice feature is the Disney Character Wake Up Calls. Really this is nothing more than a cute extra if you have young kids.
Disneyland Hotel guests also get Preferred Access Reservations to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Anna and Elsa’s Boutique. These are difficult to get reservations, so if these are important to you it is a good perk. However, most guests won’t need this benefit.
Key to the Magic and Package Express are also Disneyland Resort benefits. You can charge everything to your room. Again, this is a pretty limited perk as it’s pretty easy to just hand over your credit card! Package Express is a nice feature which means if you buy anything in the parks you can have it delivered to your room. A nice feature, but not a must have.
The intangible thing is the benefit of actually staying at a Disney hotel. Disney does an amazing job of making guests feel welcome and the Cast Members are usually extremely good. Some are exceptional. Somehow staying at one of the Disney hotels just makes your stay more special. It is up to you whether or not you think the prices of staying at a Disney resort justify this special feeling!
Are Disneyland Resort Hotels Really Worth It?
We have stayed at all of the Disneyland hotels many times and we still have this as our first choice. For us the Extra Magic Hours and the extra special can’t be defined Disney magic just makes it worth it for us. However, the hotels are expensive. There are offers from time to time and we always let you know about these. Annual Passholders usually qualify for about 10% off rack rates.
There is no question that there are many good choices of hotels close to Disneyland which are much less pricey that hotels on Disney property. Some are half the price of Paradise Pier and have much nicer rooms. However, that Extra Magic Hour means you get to save a lot of time spent in line. Only you can decide if it is worth it.
Have you stayed at a Disneyland Resort Hotel? Did you think it was worth it?