The 12 Best Hotels Near Disneyland for Families

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Deciding which hotel to stay at while enjoying your Disneyland vacation can be a daunting task. Should you stay on property or off? How important is being within walking distance to the parks? What about shuttle services, early morning perks, or free breakfast? We poured through Trekaroo reviews, all written by real parents, and combined it with our own experiences to create the ultimate guide to the best hotels near Disneyland. From Harbor Boulevard to Downtown Disney, these hotels are the best of the best.

The Best Hotels near Disneyland for Families

Disneyland Resort Properties

All Disneyland Resort guests receive special benefits, ranking them at the top of our best Disneyland hotels list! Starting with the Extra Magic Hour which allows guests to use their Disneyland tickets to enter the park one hour before the general public. The prime location of these three hotels makes for easy access to both parks, with a separate entrance for resort guests to California Adventure through The Grand Californian.

Character breakfasts take place in each hotel and kids can request a character wake-up phone call to start the morning right. Be sure to take advantage of Package Express and send souvenir purchases back to your hotel room from inside the park. Purchase anything in the park and it will be delivered to you by the next morning!

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Disneyland Hotel

Best for the ultimate magical experience

This magical hotel delights families with headboards that play “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, character greetings in the lobby, and many interactive experiences such as learning to draw Mickey Mouse. The Disneyland Hotel is in a prime location with easy access to the Monorail Station in Downtown Disney, taking families directly to Disneyland’s Tommorowland. Be sure to reserve at least one afternoon of your vacation for splashing down the Monorail slide and swimming in the E-Ticket Pool.

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Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Best for a luxury splurge

A stay at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a must if you can afford the splurge. The Craftsman-style architecture instantly whisks you away from Orange County and drops you into a luxurious National Park lodge with high ceilings, wood beams, and a roaring warm fire filling the lobby. Standard rooms are well equipped and comfortable, although not overly large. This resort basically has Disney California Adventure Park right in it’s backyard, and many of the rooms have views of the park. Character breakfasts and fine dining options are available; put the kids in kid’s club and enjoy a meal at Napa Rose- you won’t regret it!
 
Paradise Pier, one of the best hotels near Disneyland
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Paradise Pier Hotel

Best for enjoying on-property perks on a budget

This Disney property is a block away from the main park and the lower price point allow guests to save money while maintaining all that is magical about a Disneyland Resort. The rooms are spotless while housing everything that is kid friendly! Character dining, roof top water parks, and early entry to Disney’s Magical Mornings are just a few reasons why your family will love Paradise Pier. It is about a 15-minute walk from the property to the gates of Disneyland through Downtown Disney. This relaxed and contemporary property is a great place to make your Disney memories!

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Read Trekaroo’s Why Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel.


Disneyland Area Hotels

Staying at a Disneyland hotel is not the only way to create a magical Disney family vacation. Anaheim, CA is a family-friendly destination in the midst of a revitalization. Great accommodations can be found all over the city and most area hotels offer pools, dining experiences, and transportation options to the resort. Walt Disney Travel uses the term “Good Neighbor” to indicate a property that provides quality accommodations and is located near the Disneyland Resort. With so many properties close to Disneyland, there are lots of great options.
 
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Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

Best for apartment-style accommodations

The new Hyatt House at Anaheim, located on the corner of Harbor & Katella, is a fabulous option for families seeking modern, apartment-style accommodations during their Disney trip with the added perks & benefits of a hotel included. The full kitchen allows families to dine in-room on a budget (or easily pack lunches, stash leftovers, etc…) while the complimentary buffet-style breakfast gets your family ready for a day’s worth of adventure with full stomachs.

Families will also feel at home with a variety of game rentals to play in room, sprawling pool deck with BBQs available for use, onsite dining and bar, fireworks views, and laundry machines that allow you to pack light. Kid’s Suites include bunk beds and separate TV area.

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Hyatt Regency Orange County

Best for non-compromising budget options

This Disneyland-area Hyatt property comes highly recommended from our Trekaroo community members because it offers an incredible value and comfortable accommodations for families of all sizes. Their 700 sq. ft. VIP Family Suite includes a master bedroom, bunk beds, two full-sized bathrooms, three 42 inch LCD TVs, and a parlor room with a pull out sleeper sofa, beginning at just $252 a night!

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Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Best for easy park access with mid-day break opportunities

The Anaheim HoJo is situated close enough to Disneyland for guests to easily walk there  (and has free parking!) with children of all ages–even on tired legs after a full day at the park! The property includes a pirate ship-themed water playground, a great alternative to mid-day madness inside the Disney parks.

Read kid-friendly reviews of the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground


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 Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Best for the royal treatment

One of the newest names in Anaheim is the renovated Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel (formerly “Sheraton Anaheim Hotel”). The property, designed like a grand European castle, features a beautiful story of a princess who saved her kingdom that is featured on the walls of the halls, allowing children can navigate the hotel to follow the tale. The kids will love the Castle Package; select rooms feature castle bunk beds, dining with the resident princess, and free Wi Fi. The cherry on top of this sundae is the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is grandfathered into the rare free onsite Disneyland Main Gate drop off.

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Hilton Anaheim

Best for large groups and family reunions

An 18-minute walk from Disneyland or a 3-minute ride on a shuttle (for an additional fee), the Hilton Anaheim is not only close enough to get back and forth quickly, it’s also convenient enough for a mid-day pool break from the Southern California heat. Kids love the play area at this pool which features a collection of climbing choices, a slide, and a row of noise-making activities with water rushing out of every angle and occasionally being poured over the top. Parents love the poolside service as well as the opportunity to rest tired, aching feet before returning for more fun at the Happiest Place on Earth!

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Red Lion Hotel Anaheim is one of the best hotels near Disneyland for Families.
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Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort

Best option for off-property dining

This property offers great deals and a premium location to delight the entire family. Enjoy a hot breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking with the Disneyland Package. The hotel is a 15-minute walk to the main gate and located just across the street from the Gardenwalk, which hosts great shopping and family-friendly food options. Your family will be delighted by the firework views; grab a drink and head to the north side of the building for a great show! Kids can enjoy s’mores by the fire on the weekends.

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Anaheim Marriott
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Anaheim Marriott Hotel

Best for luxe-level service & amenities

If you are looking for a great escape and a Good Neighbor location for your trip to Disneyland, the Anaheim Marriott Hotel is a great option. The property offers premium amenities: onsite gourmet dining, premier pool lounge, and concierge service. The location is great- the Anaheim Marriott is located directly across from a main Disneyland parking lot. Guests can walk the two blocks to the lot and hop on the bus! Upgrading to the concierge level will get your family WiFi, breakfast, and an assortment of treats throughout your stay.

Explore reviews of the Anaheim Marriott Hotel

Want more lodging suggestions near Disneyland? Check out Pit Stops for Kids’ review of the Courtyard by Marriott.


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Hotel Menage

Best for fireworks views

Want a great view of the fireworks right from your room? The Hotel Menage is your place! Enjoy the close up performance from the hotel pool deck; most rooms overlook the back of “It’s a Small World” and offer a picture perfect view! The property is a 12-minute walk from Disneyland and across the street from quick food stops like Starbucks and Taco Bell.

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Great Wolf Lodge near Disneyland
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Great Wolf Lodge

Best for year-round family fun

Located just down the street from the Disneyland Resort, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is truly a destination unto itself. This resort features the first indoor water park in California as well as several other attractions such as minigolf, an arcade, a kids spa, and MagiQuest, an addictive live-action role playing game. Many rooms include “Wolf Dens” or “KidCabins” which feature special little rooms for children complete with bunk beds and their own private flat-screen TVs. Great Wolf Lodge Southern California has partnered with Disneyland to put together discount packages which include the same Magic Morning access that folks who stay at Disneyland Resort properties receive.

Read Trekaroo’s 15 Things You Need to Know Before Booking Your Trip to Great Wolf Lodge.

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About the author

Elizabeth Bickford is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts. She's also is a mother of two little girls aged 6 and 4. They take pleasure in living in beautiful Southern California. As a family they enjoy traveling and taking time to explore as a family. They enjoy sharing their discoveries and providing insights on places to go and activities to try. Find her at My SoCal Travels
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  1. MaryAnn

    Thanks for the hotel tips. We always go for a nicer hotel on vacation. Having a bad hotel experience can make a vacation not as fun.

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