Just across Disneyland Drive from the opulent Grand Californian stands a charming reminder of beachside resorts from the 1920s. One of the few resorts allowed to see inside and be seen from a Disney park, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has gone through some changes over the years. Reopening on June 15th, it remains one of only three hotels on the Disneyland Resort property.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel opened in 1984 as the Emerald of Anaheim. It went through a few name changes over the years and Disney bought it in 1995. They renamed the hotel the Disneyland Pacific Hotel. In November of 2000, the hotel received its current name. One year later when Disney California Adventure opened, hotel guests could enter straight into DCA, just like Grand Californian guests!
Much has changed for this hotel since it was built, but it remains a key piece of the Disneyland Resort. Read on for five reasons your family should check out this destination on your next trip!
5. Views of Disney California Adventure Park!
There is no longer an entrance from Paradise Pier directly into, well, Pixar Pier. Even so, half of the hotel’s windows face directly at DCA. Not only can you get a nice view of the park, but when the resort has nighttime spectaculars, you can see them clearly from the hotel. Disney even broadcasts the soundtrack of the Disneyland fireworks on the third floor pool deck. Your family can enjoy the show from outside the park!
4. Wait, a pool deck?
Yep. The pool complex lies on top of one of the buildings. You can see all over the area from here as your family play on the California Streamin’ water slide, splash in the pool, or relax in the whirlpool. If you get hungry or thirsty, the Sand Bar is there to help with sandwiches and cool drinks.
3. A bevy of dining options!
The Sand Bar isn’t your only choice for food. Just inside the lobby is a fantastic spot called the Surfside Lounge. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are sure to satisfy your need for a quick bite. For a bigger meal experience, try Disney’s PCH Grill! Breakfast, brunch, and dinner buffets will fill up the whole family. Your kids can even meet Donald Duck and his pals during breakfast!
If that’s not enough, more food options are just down the street. Paradise Pier is on the edge of the Disneyland Resort and Anaheim has a lot more to offer just a short walk away. If you can bear to leave the magic for a little while, at least!
2. Location, location, and also location a third time.
That spot at the edge of Disneyland property can be handy! For those attending a convention at the Anaheim Convention Center, Paradise Pier is one of your closest options. It’s easy to get around the area with or without a rental car.
The hotel is also right next to the Disneyland Hotel, giving you close access to Downtown Disney. From there, it’s just a walk over to the gates of both parks! I won’t mince words here. It’s a hike. Take that exercise as a down payment on an extra churro!
1. The prices!
The Disneyland Resort is not the cheapest place to stay. If your family are used to staying within the Disney bubble and minimizing your time in the “real” world, the Paradise Pier Hotel might be your best bet!
The nightly rate is the cheapest of all three resort hotels but Disney doesn’t skimp on details. Themed touches abound with nods to classic Disney shorts and theme park icons in every room. The style and fun of beachfront hotels of the 1920s is evident all over.
That’s right. With all of these amenities, your family will still save some cash over the other Disneyland Resort hotels! If this sounds like your kind of party, give one of our expert travel planners a call. ConciEARS planners are up to date on all of the requirements at the Disneyland Resort and are happy to help you prepare for your return to the parks.
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