A Magical Trip: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

For our trip to The Happiest Place on Earth* I knew that I wanted to stay on property. Expensive, yes, but this was for our anniversary so I didn’t mind the splurge.

The Basics

A standard room comes with your choice of one King sized bed or two Queen sized beds and a couch which turns into a bed.
Room amenities include a refrigerator, safe, coffee maker, iron with ironing board, and television.
The television comes with basic cable channels including several Disney channels and ESPN. There are also two audio channels that sync music with performances of World of Color and the Disneyland Fireworks.
Toiletries are complimentary.

The Good

Extra Magic Hour – Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests are given the perk of Extra Magic Hour. This means you can enter one of the parks an hour prior to regular park opening (valid room key and park ticket required).

The Extra Magic Hour schedule generally goes as follows: Early entry for Disney California Adventure Park on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Early entry for Disneyland on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Sometimes these switch up so be sure to double check with a cast member as to which park is allowing early entry for that day.

Having that extra hour was extremely helpful for our family since our girls are younger and move at a slower pace. Being able to go on rides without having to deal with huge crowds and with minimal wait was great. Less than half an hour to meet Anna and Elsa or a five minute wait for Radiator Springs Racers (both right after rope drop)? Yes, please! 🙂

Proximity to Parks – Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is right across the street from Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. From there, it’s less than a 10 minute walk to either parks’ turnstiles.

Special Entrance to Disney California Adventure Park – Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests are able to use a special entrance to DCA via Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. We didn’t use this entrance for the mornings, but we did use it for entering the park in the afternoons and leaving the park. The entrance is located between the Napa Rose restaurant and White Water Snacks.

The View – Now, this isn’t true of every room, but we lucked out and the one we got had a view of Disney’s California Adventure Park. At night we could even see World of Color from our room.

Mousekeeping – There was only one day that Mousekeeping was a miss for us. Otherwise they kept our room quite need and tidy. Bonus: One of the mousekeepers gave us extra pieces of dark chocolate on a couple of different occasions.

The Not-So-Good (but not a deal breaker for me)

Cost – I know I said I didn’t mind the cost of the hotel for this particular trip, but I’m not gonna lie, it definitely wasn’t cheap. Sure, it’s the most affordable of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels, but it still costs over $240 a night for a standard room without a view.

Theming – It’s very subtle with regards to Disney. It was more in the style of a beach side/boardwalk hotel. This didn’t really bother me but for those of you who are looking for more Disney details, you may want to consider staying at the Disneyland Hotel.

No Microwave – It would’ve been nice to have a microwave in the room to warm up leftovers or make oatmeal. To remedy that we just made hot water from the coffee machine for our oatmeal. There is a microwave and a toaster on the first floor in the lounge area near the lobby for guest use. Packets of honey, strawberry jam, and grape jam were also available next to these appliances.


I think if we could afford it, I would stay at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel again. I love how close it is to the parks and Downtown Disney. Plus that extra hour in the parks was super beneficial for our family. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel | 1717 S. Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802
For Hotel Reservations: Book Online or call (714) 956-6425
For Dining Reservations: Reserve Online or call (714) 781-3463

Photos by Marcus Hoapili

*Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

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