Disney Paradise Pier is an excellent choice for your Disneyland vacation. It is one of 3 Disneyland resort hotels and in many ways it is my favorite as it offers a high standard of accommodation and excellent value. The theme is very much fun at the sea side. The first thing you notice at Paradise Pier are the bright colors. A statue of Goofy with a surf board greets you in the lobby. This is just a really fun place to be.
The location is great as you can easily walk to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme park. The rooms at the Paradise Pier are very nicely decorated and are a good size. The recreation facilities are a little limited, but since the upgrade of the swimming pool area to include a water slide, there is plenty to keep the kids happy.
So is Disney’s Paradise Pier a good choice for your Disneyland trip?
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Rooms at Disney Paradise Pier
There are 481 rooms at the Paradise Pier Hotel. The standard rooms are a fairly generous 364 square feet. There is a choice of a King bed or 2 Queens – you need to specify which you would prefer at the time of booking. Although requests are not guaranteed it is always best to ask when you book. Some rooms also have a day bed and will comfortably sleep 5 guests. The bathrooms are small but adequate and have nice touches so that you have no doubt that you are in a Disney hotel!
There views are either of the park, the parking lot or the pool.
There are 29 suites at Paradise Pier which will sleep up to 6 guests. These range in size from 792 to 1245 square feet.
There is a resort fee of $12 per room per night at the Paradise Pier. This covers use of the recreation facilities, parking and give you free use of the internet in your room.
Disney Paradise Pier View
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The best views at Paradise Pier are of course the theme park views. These give a great view of Disney’s California Adventure theme park. The views are particularly interesting at night as it is so nice looking out of the window at all of the beautiful lights in the park. Early morning is good too – it is not often you get a view of a totally empty Disney theme park!
Concierge Rooms at Disney Paradise Pier
A concierge room at Disney’s Paradise Pier is always my first choice when we stay at Disneyland as I think that this offers one of the best values on the resort. The rooms are standard rooms with either park views or a pool side location. The concierge lounge is a great feature. Open from 6.30am to 8.00pm each day the comfortable concierge lounge offers a continental breakfast and an evening cheese and wine reception. You also have priority check in and the service of a concierge through out your stay. Unfortunately the concierge lounge does not have a view – but the children are happy with the supply of Disney movies in the lounge. Concierge guests also have free use of a DVD player and a choice of Disney movies for their room.
Getting to the Disney Parks from Paradise Pier Hotel
The location of the Paradise Pier couldn’t get much better. You can easily walk to both Disney parks. The best way to get to Disney’s California Adventure Park is to walk to the Grand Californian Hotel and use the private entrance there which is open to all Disney resort guests. If you are going to Disneyland then you can either walk to the main entrance which will take you around 7 minutes or catch the monorail to Tomorrowland. The Disneyland monorail stop is located in Downtown Disney and is a shorter distance from the Paradise Pier Hotel than the main entrance. The monorail does get crowded at busy times though so sometimes it is just quicker to walk. It just depends upon which part of Disneyland you want to get to!
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The hotel has one swimming pool which is located on the third floor. Children will love the California Screamin’ water slide. Other than that the pool is nice but not particularly themed but it is a nice place to spend some time relaxing away from the parks.
One relaxing spot for the children is just off the lobby. Paradise Theater is furnished with cute white beach chairs for the kids who are kept entertained with Disney movies.
The hotel also has a workout room and a video games arcade.
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The Surfside Lounge is located in the lobby area close to the reception desk and opposite the gift shop. This serves alcohol and non alcoholic beverages, coffee snacks, salads, sandwiches and cookies. There is also a poolside counter service bar Slurpin’ USA
Disney’s PCH Grill can be a popular spot for breakfast. Join Mickey Mouse for his Surf’s Up Breakfast with Mickey. The meal is buffet style and costs $29.99 for adults and $15.99 for children aged 3 to 9. In the evening the restaurant is often pretty quiet. It serves sandwiches, salads and burgers.
If you are planning a stay at Disneyland always check out the pricing for a room at Disney’s Paradise Pier as you may be surprised at the great value it offers.
You may also be interested in our guide to Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel.