We’ve been visiting Disneyland as a family since 1991. I’ve personally been visiting since the days of paper tickets, but that’s another story. During our first family Disney trip, with two small children in tow, we stayed at the Motel 6. I believe we paid $39 a night for our room. We were starving college students at the time, and that’s all we could afford. Since then, our family has grown to 6 children, 2 sons-in-law, and a grand daughter. We’ve visited Disneyland as a family many times since that first trip, and have learned how to be frugal without sacrificing comfort and enjoyment. A key piece of knowledge that came from all of those trips was where to stay. Today I’d like to share with you my top 5 Family-Friendly Hotels Near Disneyland that won’t break your vacation piggy bank.
#5 The Park Vue Inn
This boutique hotel is located on South Harbor Blvd directly across the street from the eastern entrance to Disneyland Resort, just a 5-minute walk from the turnstiles of either park. This hotel has three family options that each sleep six people. Our favorite is the “triple queen room”, for $209 a night. This has two queen beds in one room and a third queen in an adjoining room. The rooms are clean and comfortable, large enough for a portable crib or air mattress, and have all of the amenities, including wifi. Beds are comfy and the bathrooms are clean. The hotel has a pool and hot tub, a workout room, and complimentary hot breakfast. Rooms fill up quickly so book far in advance. Google users rate them at about 4 1/2 stars, with lots of excellent comments. They have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and are a Disney Good Neighbor facility. You can book rooms directly from their website, and they sell Disney park tickets onsite. Park Vue occasionally has specials on rooms and park tickets, check their website for details. We highly recommend this one. Directions and info on Google Maps.
#4 The Candy Cane Inn
This hotel has an adorable name, and is the darling of disneyphiles everywhere, so for fun at Christmas time, we stayed here. From The Candy Cane its a solid 15-20 minute walk to the turnstiles, which is a little too far if you have tired children, or tired feet. But fear not, they have a free park shuttle that runs every half hour. The rooms are available in standard for $179, deluxe for $189, or premium for $219. All rooms have two queen beds, but even in the premium room we felt a little squished with only 4 people. The decor is tasteful, with wood shutters and floors, and rooms have all amenities including wifi. No candy cane decor – disappointing. The grounds are nice, with small gardens, and a tropical pool area. The room was about $180 per night with free parking. There is complementary continental breakfast. Discounts are available to Disney AP holders, AAA, AARP, and US Military. They also offer a $10 gift certificate toward your next stay. This is a Disney Good Neighbor factility, and earned a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award. Google users rate it at about 4 1/2 stars. Book rooms on their website. Directions and info on Google Maps.
#3 The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
This hotel has changed its name and ownership but we still love it. It’s a very large and classy hotel, with Tudor styling on the outside, and castle theme on the inside. The hotel staff is courteous and helpful. The rooms are very large, in fact large enough to fit extra kids on the floor with a blow up air mattress (yes, we’ve done this more than a few times). They have a complimentary shuttle which goes to Disneyland every 30 minutes. It’s about a 5 minute ride which my small kids looked forward to as much as a Disneyland ride. The hotel has lush gardens and a koi pond outside and a massive fish tank indoors. Rooms are available in standard, deluxe, and castle, with each level being slightly nicer and bigger. Most have two very comfortable queen beds, and we have fit 6 people many times. They offer a “family castle package” that includes two breakfasts. They also have an adorable family room with a castle-themed bunk bed to delight the kiddos. Discounts are available for the usual groups, with a substantial discount for AP holders. Most rooms are in the very affordable $139 – $159 range, but go as high as $199. They have special promotions from time to time. This is a Disney Good Neighbor facility, and they have a concierge desk specifically for buying Disney tickets. Google users rate this at 4 stars. We highly recommend it. Book rooms on their website. Directions and info on Google Maps.
#2 Best Western Park Place Inn & Suites
We have stayed here many times. Their best rooms are Mini Suites, which are a little longer than a regular room but not much wider. These rooms have two queen beds and a sofa sleeper, and easily accommodate 6 people. Cost is about $210 a night, plus a $10 parking fee. The rooms are large, clean, comfy, newly renovated, and have all the amenities including. The grounds have a pool and hot tub. The two best features of this hotel are: 1) They are the closest hotel to Disneyland, located directly across S Harbor Blvd from the eastern entrance to the Resort, a short 5-minute walk to the turnstiles of either park; and 2) They have a wonderful breakfast buffet at the restaurant next door, included in the room charge. This is a Disney Good Neighbor facility and earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Discounts are available for the usual groups, and they participate in the Best Western Rewards program. Google users rate this hotel at about 4 1/2 stars. Bonus – they run facebook contests and give away free nights. Book rooms at their website. Get info and directions on Google Maps.
#1 Camelot Inn & Suites
The Camelot Inn is my #1 choice for hotel! It sits across S Harbor Blvd from the eastern entrance to the Disneyland Resort, a short 5-minute walk to the turnstiles. They have several room options, but we book the “deluxe one bedroom family suite”. This is actually a two-room family suite, with a total of 4 beds: 1 king, 2 queens, and a sofa sleeper. This sleeps 8 people, with room left over for a portable crib or air mattress – all for $260 per night, plus $15 per day for parking. The rooms are clean and spacious but not fancy, and there is a privacy door between them. The beds are comfy, and each room has it’s own TV, mini fridge, microwave, and free wifi. The exterior has Tudor styling to match the “Camelot” theme, but there is no theme inside the rooms. There is a pool and hot tub on the roof, and you can watch the Disney fireworks from there. The kids love being right next door to McDonald’s for those midnight cravings. Mom loves that you are only a few feet away from Disneyland, so no shuttles to catch. Dad loves that all rooms are non-smoking. You just can’t beat the price for a two room suite right across the street from Disneyland! And bonus – if you stay 5 nights you get a discount of $20 per night! When we’re bringing the whole family, which we usually do, The Camelot Inn is our first choice! Google users rate this hotel at about 4 1/2 stars. Yes, you can buy park tickets here. Book rooms on their website. Directions and info on Google Maps.