Looking for some Californian Adventure?
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is the smallest hotel in the Disneyland area, but that doesn’t meant to say its any less special! The hotel is situated a little further out from the parks than the other two Disney hotels, but as the name suggests, one side of the hotel looks towards Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure park, and as a shortcut, guests can cut through Disney’s Grand Californian hotel and use the private entrance to get straight into the park.
Its really easy to get to the park entrances on foot; just a few minutes walk to Downtown Disney, then through DD to the main entrance. Being so close to Downtown gives guests a huge range of dining options, on top of the restaurants at the hotel which include character dining at PCH Grill and chilled out drinks and snacks at Surfside Lounge.
The whole hotel is beach themed, with a statue of Goofy and his surfboards greeting guests as they enter the reception area. This theme continues into the guest rooms, with cute accents like beach ball cushions and classic cartoon artwork, plus this adorable lamp!
Dad and I actually rated the beds here more comfortable than in Walt Disney World, in case you were wondering!
Now the hotel boasts a rooftop pool, and this is true.. But its the third floor roof. We only used it in the middle of the day, and it was January so not exactly California heat, but it was a nice pool and you’d probably be able to watch the Disneyland park fireworks from it in the evening!
As well as the pool, the hotel has a gift shop and arcade, as well as a cute little tv room playing classic cartoons with mini deckchairs; they’re adorable!
- Close proximity to the parks and Downtown Disney, and preferred rooms can see California Adventure!
- Character meals available
- Super comfy beds
- Use of the Grand Californian’s private entrance to California Adventure park
- Cheapest of the Disneyland hotels
- Pool with slides
- Extra Magic Hours in the parks – usually one hour early in the mornings
- Quite pricey compared to offsite hotels, some of which are just as close
- $18 per day for self parking, and $28 a day for valet – just seems kinda steep!
Have you stayed onsite at Disneyland?