I love Disney and have been to Disneyland more times than I can count! Growing up in Arizona, it was an easy drive and there were numerous band trips, choir trips, church trips, and family trips! As a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band during the National Championship Rose Bowl year (2001), I even got to perform in California Adventure (so fun!)! But, even with all of those many trips, one thing I had never done was stay in a Disney Resort Hotel. That all changed this past week and it was really was a dream come true! In true Disney style, the details are second to none! From the cast members, to the service, to the hidden Mickeys and other fantastic details, it is well, magical! If you’ve never stayed there, I highly recommend saving up a bit more to stay at the Disneyland Hotel as opposed to one of the other budget options around the park. As you walk in to one of your newly renovated rooms, here’s what you’ll be greeted with…
Seriously?!?! I. LOVE. THIS! We were so excited about the lights and the headboard itself, I never even dreamed it would play music too! That was a fun little discovery from button-pressing happy children! I’ve never been so thrilled for the kids to have pressed buttons! Wouldn’t that be wonderful to wake up to every day?! The “A Dream is a Wish…” theme was extra special for me, as I have sung that song to Big Brother as a lullaby since he was teeny tiny!
While the magical headboard seemed to be all the talk at the #DisneyAnaheim event, there are other great fun things about the hotel! Again, it’s all about the details–and they are done so well, even with mundane items like carpet, faucets, fixtures, and the fold-out couch (which actually didn’t fold “out” at all, but rather inverted into a twin bed–so cool)!! We were thrilled to find out that each room comes standard with a pack ‘n play hidden in the closet (SO nice)! And, I think I’m in love with my little soap bottles!
“For more than 50 years, the iconic Disneyland Hotel has provided its guests with a rich tradition of fun and warm hospitality. The award-winning hotel has 970 guest rooms and 60 suites along with an array of fine dining including the award-winning Steakhouse 55 and Goofy’s Kitchen. A major renovation of Disneyland Hotel is being completed in several phases between 2010 and 2012, including updated rooms with new décor and surprises. Changes include a new pool and water play area, renovation of an existing pool, the debut of a new restaurant and bar, and re-theming of the hotel’s three guest room towers.
All Resort hotel guests can take advantage of Pinocchio’s Workshop, located in the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which is a fun and unique activity center for children between the ages of five and 12. Parents or caregivers can take advantage of this when they decide to take in a meal alone or take advantage of one of the many other entertainment offerings that the Disneyland Resort provides. Kids can have an evening full of arts and crafts, computer games, Disney films, dinner and snacks while under the care of licensed supervisors.”
In addition to all the fun details and Pinocchio’s Workshop, there are other fun benefits to staying in one of the Resort hotels–special FASTPASS tickets, Magic Mornings (early entry into the park), and special workshops/events. But, I think what I liked best about staying in the Disneyland Hotel is that the Disney magic doesn’t end when you leave the park. You’re surrounded by it during your entire stay! I loved it! Memories, Mickey, magic…they’re all right there in your room, even when you’re fast asleep! Have YOU stayed at the Disneyland Hotel? What is YOUR favorite part?
FYI: More information about vacations at the Disneyland Resort is available at www.disneyland.com, by calling (866) 60-DISNEY, or by visiting local travel agents.
Curious about Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort? You can read that review here: