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Your Complete Guide To Booking Family Friendly Disneyland California Hotels

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When planning a trip to Disneyland, the most important part is booking the best hotel for your family. After spending a long day at the parks, you’ll want a place you can get back to rest and recharge before the next day.

Your Guide To Booking Family Friendly Disneyland California Hotels

When booking hotels, sometimes people prefer a basic no frills hotel just to sleep, and sometimes people prefer a fancy hotel to relax in during their down time. This list below is a complete guide to booking family friendly Disneyland California hotels, so that you have enough information to make the right choice.

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Hotels Combined and TripAdvisor are the best websites for finding cheap family friendly Disneyland California hotels.

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Family Friendly Disneyland Hotels – Disneyland Hotels On Property

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

This family friendly Disneyland California hotel is located close to Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa which is great because you can use the private entrance to get into Disney California Adventure. Out of all the family friendly Disneyland California hotels, this hotel has the biggest rooms which is needed when traveling with a big family. Two queen beds and a pull out sofa bed are common for most of the rooms at this hotel. The number one plus for families is that it is the most affordable family friendly Disneyland California hotel.

Disneyland Hotel

This hotel although not on Disney grounds is a short walk from the monorail which takes guests directly into Tomorrowland. It is also close to Earl of Sandwich which is a great family friendly restaurant located in Downtown Disney. This hotel has an awesome swimming pool with a slide, and tea cups in the lobby. At night time the fire pit and tiki torches are lit, and there is live music to accompany it each night. This family friendly Disneyland California hotel has such a great Disney theme your kids will love.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Although this is the most expensive Disneyland California hotel, it is also the nicest of all the Disney properties and is the only hotel located right on Disney grounds. All rooms come with a pack and play and some rooms have bunk beds. This hotel also has a children’s center, 2 water slides and 3 outdoor pools that your family will love. The views at this hotel range from a park view to pool view and also beautiful greenery. This family friendly Disneyland California hotel also has its own very private entrance into Disney California Adventure.

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 Why You Should Stay At A Family Friendly Disneyland California Hotel

Staying at a family friendly Disneyland California hotel, although more expensive has its perks such as:

  • Families staying at Disney hotels get an Extra Magic Hour which allows you to enter the park an hour before it is open to the public.
  • Instead of carrying all your souvenirs and purchases through the park, you can have it sent directly to your room.
  • By being immersed in everything and all things Disney, you’ll be able to enjoy the full Disney experience.
  • Being able to head back to your room and rest means you can stay at the park till it closes.
  • You can request a wake-up call from Disney characters, fun pools for the kids, and on-site character dinning which every kid loves.

Family Friendly Disneyland California Hotels: Hotels Within Walking Distance Of Disneyland

Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites

This family friendly Disneyland California hotel is a very short walk to Disneyland California gates and the rooms are comfortable for families. The pool in this hotel is located on the 4th floor, which offers amazing views of Disneyland and the fireworks, so you can relax poolside and still enjoy fireworks.

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort

Most rooms at this family friendly Disneyland California hotel are perfect for families of 5 as they come with a pull-out sofa bed and two queen beds. Each room has refrigerator and there is a Pizza Hut on site making it easy to grab dinner on busy nights. There are also restaurants within walking distance. Also, if you want a Disney themed room, you can find them here; Pirates, Cars, Toy Story, Frozen, Mickey, Toy Story and Finding Nemo – butt you must book early as these rooms sell out the fastest. It’s like staying at a Disneyland Resort without the expensive price tag.

Anaheim Del Sol Inn

Some of the rooms at this family friendly Disneyland California hotel are fun and include bunk beds which kids love, as well as a microwave and fridge in every room. This hotel offers free breakfast which makes it a favorite for families. It is a really small hotel, so booking early is essential.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Anaheim

Family friendly Disneyland California hotel within one block of Disneyland California and a 15 minute walk to Downtown Disney. This hotel has a splash park that your kids will love, and a pool for the family to enjoy. All rooms come equipped with a refrigerator and keurig coffee maker. Families love this hotel because all kids 18 an under stay for free when in their parents’ room, and up to four kids aged 11 and under eat for free at any of the on-site restaurants at any time of the day. This is a good deal and helps saves costs on eating out.


Anabella Hotel Anaheim

Their largest room can sleep a family of 5. This family friendly Disneyland California hotel is a short walk to Disneyland which parents love after a long day of walking around Disneyland, and the kid’s suites here are pretty nice also.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

This family friendly Disneyland California hotel offers great value when it comes to pricing especially because all rooms have a kitchenette. Parking and WiFi are free, and there is a fun pool your kids will enjoy. You can book a 2 bedroom that sleep up to 6 people.

Ramada Maingate At The Park

Only a short 5-minute walk to Disneyland, this family friendly Disneyland California hotel has nice rooms and a pool. Parking here is only $5 which is decent pieced compared to other hotels around.

Courtyard by Marriott Theme Park Entrance

This family friendly Disneyland California hotel has rooms with bunk beds that sleep families of 6. It also has a water park which is very popular in the summer time. In the winter time, you can enjoy the jacuzzi as well as the water park on warm days. The Courtyard by Marriott is a short walk to Disneyland California. Parking cost $20 per 24 hours.

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the Courtyard by Marriott has an awesome pool slide that every kid is guarantee to enjoy

Family Friendly Disneyland California Hotels: Hotels Less Than A 2 Mile Drive

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

This castle themed family friendly Disneyland California hotel is one of the Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels. You can ride the free shuttle to Disneyland from this hotel. This hotel has some of the largest rooms out of all the family friendly Disneyland California hotels listed. This hotel also has a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and gardens to relax and unwind after a busy day at Disneyland. This hotel has its own Princess called Corinne who usually does story time and breakfast appearances. Your kids will love this!

Staybridge Suites Anaheim At The Park

Out of all the family friendly Disneyland California hotels around Disneyland, this is the only hotel that sleeps up to eight people in one room which is perfect for big families. Every single room comes with a full kitchen, and free breakfast is served ever morning. From Tuesday to Thursday, they serve a light dinner during managers reception. They also have a pool which is shaped like Mickey’s head which kids love and they have a barbeque area.

Embassy Suites Anaheim South

The omelet station at this family friendly Disneyland California hotel makes it very popular for families, not forgetting the full breakfast as well – both of which are free. The rooms have a separate living area from the bedroom. Your kids will love the atrium of the hotel which has a koi pond and waterfall and every hour, there is an animated lion that roars. This hotel is very family friendly.

Springhill Suites Anaheim Resort & SpringHill Suites by Marriott Anaheim Maingate

Both of these Springhill Suites are within a mile of Disneyland. Their rooms sleep families of six and they offer a free breakfast buffet for hotel guests every morning making it a very family friendly Disneyland California hotel.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort

All the rooms in this family friendly Disneyland California hotel have a full kitchen, which means less eating out. You can save money by buying groceries and cooking meals. The most convenient thing about this hotel is the fact that they can do your grocery shopping for you, all you have to do is pay for them. They also serve breakfast in the mornings and a light dinner from Monday to Thursday – free for all hotel guests.

Portofino Inn & Suites Anaheim Hotel

This family friendly Disneyland California hotel has rooms that can sleep families of 6. Equipped with separate room for adults and bunk beds for kids, this hotel is booked often by families visiting Disneyland. The heated pool is a favorite. And the fun kids suites are also a favorite with families.

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Photo courtesy of Anaheim Portofino Inn & Suites

 Family Friendly Disneyland California Hotels: Hotels Less Than A 5 Mile Drive

Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel

This is a very kid friendly hotel and is located in Buena Park. It less than a 5 mile drive from Disneyland and perfect for families who also plan to visit Knott’s Berry Farm. This hotel is equipped with a jacuzzi for the adults a water play area and a big pool your family will love.

Great Wolf Lodge

Less than a 5 miles drive, Great Wolf Lodge is a family favorite as it has a huge indoor water park perfect for summer months. There is plenty to do at Great Wolf Lodge, so it is perfect for families who plan to spend time in the hotel as well. Perfect for winter travel as the indoor pool is kept at 84 degrees all year round.

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the indoor water park at great wolf lodge is perfect for winter trips to Disney

Family Friendly Disneyland California Hotels: Hotels With A Pool

If you don’t care about how close your hotel is to Disneyland, and just want to make sure there is a pool, then these are the best family friendly Disneyland California hotels with a pool to choose from. I have already explained what each of them has to offer above in depth above, however I am just noting them here below for easy access.

Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground

Photo courtesy of Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground

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Booking Your Trip – Tips & Tricks

How To Book Cheap Flights When You Travel

If you are looking to book the cheapest flights you can possibly find on the internet, then make sure to use Skyscanner when searching for flights. Don’t forget to download the Free Skyscanner App also which is very handy. This is how I was able to get $12.40 airfare from Los Angeles to London, as well as $9.40 airfare from London to Italy.

How To Book Affordable Accommodation When You Travel

When booking accommodation, TripAdvisor is the way to go because you can read reviews and see photos from other travelers to get a feel of where you will be staying. Other great sites to book hotels are HotelsCombined, Booking.com and Hotels.com. Don’t forget to check HomeAway and VRBO for house and villa rentals too. Perfect for when you travel with a large family, and also to save money when hotels are expensive. Another favorite of mine is BookVIP – they offer huge resort savings.

How To Book Activities When You Travel

My favorite website to search for activities, tours and especially skip the line tickets is Viator and Get Your Guide. This makes trip planning so much easier because you don’t have to search several sites as both websites have several options to choose from. Same also goes with TripAdvisor Attractions – you can search and book activities as well as read reviews.

How To Book Rental Cars When You Travel

Instead of checking every single website, I use RentalCars.com, Car Rental 8 and Skyscanner Car Rentals to find car rentals all over the world with just one click. If you plan to park at the airport, visit Airport Parking and make a reservation.

Why Travel Insurance Is a Must When You Travel

People book trips and forget the most important part, purchasing travel insurance. Because we travel often, I purchase our travel insurance through Allianz for a year at a time which means that we are covered for all trips within that year. Travel insurance will protect you and your family against theft, injury illness, flight cancellations and so much more. It is a MUST!

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