If you want to immerse yourself in the Disney experience, spring for one of the Disney properties:

Disney’s Grand CalifornianIt’s posh, (and thus the most expensive), but so close to the Parks and right int the heart of Downtown Disney shopping and dining. If you want to splurge, and convenience is a tip-top priority, this is the hotel for you. Really want to splurge? Ask for a Concierge Room.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel– Surf’s up at this beach-themed Disney Hotel overlooking Disney California Adventure Park. Reasonably priced as Disney hotels go and full of SoCal spirit. tip: cut through the Grand Californian hotel for faster access to the Parks!

Disneyland Hotel This is the classic Disney hotel, and my favorite. Lots of pixie dust to be found here. A stay here costs less than Grand Californian but more than Paradise Pier. It’s right next to the Monorail in Downtown Disney – good for families that would rather ride than walk to/from Disneyland. Refurbished rooms and spectacular new pools and restaurants were introduced in 2011. tip: ask for a room with a view of Downtown Disney and the Parks.

Just looking for a clean, reasonably-priced place to stay just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the Main Gate? Here are my favorite “Good Neighbor Hotels.” You won’t be disappointed by either of these:

  • Howard Johnson AnaheimThis little gem is right across the street from Disneyland. It’s clean, offers free parking for guests, cheerful staff and a pirate themed water park on site.
  • Candy Cane Inn This adorable hotel is just one (long but walkable) block from Disneyland, and backs up to the Hollywood Tower Hotel…aka the Tower of Terror!  It offers free breakfast with your room, a pool, hot tub and Disneyland shuttle (but really, it’s an easy walk to the Parks).

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