Beginner’s Guide | Disneyland Hotel

Beginner's Guide |Disneyland Hotel | The Blogorail

Want to stay in a modern hotel that still has all of the nostalgia of the Disneyland Resort? Then the Disneyland Hotel may be the resort for you.

Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel opened in 1955, the same year that Disneyland opened. The 975 rooms at the resort were remodeled in 2012 ant the resorts towers were renamed to the Fantasy, Frontier, and Adventure towers. Each tower has it’s own themed lobby with the resort checkin residing in the Fantasy Tower.

Disneyland Hotel

The Fantasy Tower lobby showcases Mary Blair artwork, creating an instant connection to “it’s a small world”, and has The Frontier Tower features a scale model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the lobby. At the Adventure Tower, guests will see Jungle Cruise characters incorporated into the design.

Frontier Tower Disneyland Hotel

Frontier Tower (Photo Credit: The Disney Point)


The Disneyland hotel offers standard rooms with views of trees or parking areas, deluxe rooms with views of the pools, and premium view rooms with views of the pool or Downtown Disney District. These rooms will either have two queen sized beds and one day bed or one king bed and will sleep up to four adults. Some woods and courtyard view rooms offer bunk beds. These rooms will have one queen bed and one bunk bed and will also sleep up to four adults. Wheelchair accessible rooms will have two queen beds or one king bed.

Disneyland Hotel

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There are two types of Club Level rooms at Disneyland Hotel. Standard with views of the pool, will sleep up to four adults, and have two queen beds, two queen beds and a day bed, or one king bed. Deluxe rooms have views of the Downtown Disney District, sleep up to five adults, and have two queen beds, two queen beds with a daybed, or one king bed. Both have access to the E-Ticket Lounge and include the following amenities:

  • On select nights, view the Disneyland Park fireworks show from above with in-house soundtrack
  • Continental breakfast bar
  • Sodas, snacks and fresh fruit
  • Evening wine and cheese reception
  • Desserts after dinner
  • DVDs available for check out
  • Disney-themed Board Games available for check-out
  • Daily Newspaper
  • Computer Access

Suites are also available, one, two, and three bedroom units, with the one bedroom sleeping up to six adults and the two and three bedrooms sleeping up to 10 adults. A few of the suites feature private balconies and club level amenities can be added for an additional fee.

Disneyland Hotel One Bedroom Suite

One Bedroom Suite with King Bed

And if you really want the an unforgettable experience you can book on of the Disneyland Hotel’s five signature suites. Each one has a different theme. They are the Mickey Mouse Penthouse, Pirates of the Caribbean Suite, Adventureland Suite, Big Thunder Suite, and Fairy Tale Suite. For more information or to book the signature suites call (714) 956-6425.

Disneyland Hotel Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale Signature Suite

“The Adventureland Suite offers guests a two-bedroom hideaway complete with a grotto in the master bathroom that simulates various settings – including a rain forest and African savanna – through light and sound effects. The Big Thunder Suite where you are immersed in luxurious, rustic accommodations, was inspired by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park. The Fairy Tale Suite, adorned in colors of sage and champagne, features an exquisite canopy bed as its centerpiece and a hand-cut cut mosaic of a stylized Sleeping Beauty Castle in the bathroom.”

Disneyland Hotel Pirates of the Caribbean Suite

Pirates of the Caribbean Suite

One of the coolest details is the “magical” fairy tale headboard. It features lights up with fiber-optic fireworks and plays “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”


Tangaroa Terrace

Tangaroa Terrace | Disneyland Hotel

Tangaroa Terrace is the Disneyland Hotel’s quick service location. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am – 11:00 am and features traditional offerings as well as specialties like French toast with warm banana-caramel sauce; and Loco Moco—a juicy hamburger patty, served over rice and topped with brown gravy and a fried egg. Lunch and dinner feature Hawaiian cheeseburgers, Kalua pork flatbread pizza, and lighter fare like the Asian chicken salad and the Tangaroa Terrace Salad with crispy marinated tofu or sautéed shrimp. You can dine inside or out on the terrace. There is also a grab and go section with fresh yogurt parfait with tropical fruits and granola, fresh veggies pastries, desserts, ice cream, drinks, and more.

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Welcome, brave adventurers, to the wondrous watering hole of Trader Sam, head salesman of the Amazon Jungle. Sam’s expertise in concocting head-shrinking potions soon revealed he also had a head for mixology, and his travels far and wide allowed him to amass intoxicating ambrosial ingredients for his heady brews. Head on over and try them for yourself—if you dare!

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

One of the most fun and unique places at the Disneyland Resort, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is a must do. Offering specialty drinks, including some non-alcoholic, and delicious food like Panko-crusted Chinese Long Beans and Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar welcomes children until 8:00 PM but is restricted to Guests 21 and over thereafter.

Goofy’s Kitchen

Goofy's Kitchen

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Love character meals? Then Goofy’s Kitchen is a must do. The restaurant features buffet with five food stations serving American fare that is open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Breakfast is served from and features a make your own omelette station, Mickey waffles, pastries, fresh fruit, and Goofy’s Famous Peanut Butter Pizza. Brunch is from and has the same menu as breakfast. For dinner, from, you can find assorted pizzas, Pluto’s hot dogs, tossed salads, a carving station, Goofyroni & cheese, and desserts like bread pudding, fruit cobbler and bananas Foster crepes. Just keep in mind that all menus are subject to change.

Steakhouse 55

Steakhouse 55

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Enjoy breakfast or dinner in an upscale setting at Steakhouse 55. The restaurant was awarded four stars by the Orange County Register and a Golden Bacchus by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. For breakfast enjoy selections like Eggs Benedict, New York Steak and Eggs, or a Sunrise Burrito. Dinner features premium steaks, chops, and seafood.

The Coffee House

The Coffee House | Disneyland Hotel

The Coffee House is open from 6:00 am – 11:00 am and is the perfect spot to stop in for a quick breakfast and espresso before you head into the parks.


The Disneyland Hotel features three retro themed pools for guests to enjoy. The E-Ticket Pool pays tribute to the park’s early days with decorative signs resembling the theme park tickets of the past. The 4,800-square-foot E-Ticket Pool is located at the north end of the courtyard plaza.

Disneyland Hotel

The Monorail Pool has 2 slides that feature replicas of the original Mark 1 Monorail trains. The Red Monorail slide is 25-foot-high, 180-foot-long and the Yellow Monorail slide is 13-foot-high, 80-foot-long for those wanting a shorter thrill. For the kids, there is a 2-lane mini slide that also spills out into the pool with pop jets, fountains and a waterfall. This pool area is topped by a the classic “Disneyland” sign.

Disneyland Hotel

(Photo Credit: The Disney Point)

And if you are looking to swim laps or just relax, stop by the D-Ticket pool or spend the day relaxing in the bubbling Mickey or Minnie Spa whirlpool. To make your pool day more luxurious, you can also rent a Poolside Cabana for a full or half day.

Disneyland Hotel

Other recreation options at the Disneyland Hotel include:

  • Pool Party at the Monorail Pool – These seasonal parties occur daily at 3:30 PM and include an hour of games, music and dancing.
  • Island Time Evenings – Enjoy live music on the Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar patio or at the nearby outdoor fireplace.
  • Happiest Hotel Tour on Earth“Discover how the Disneyland Hotel was a part of Walt Disney’s dream of the “Happiest Place on Earth” during a one-hour walking tour. Recommended for Guests 14 years of age and older, this fascinating journey through the history and design of the Disneyland Hotel is complimentary. To reserve a spot, stop by the Guest Services desk.”
  • Fitness Center – Visit the Goofy About Fitness located near the Magic Kingdom Lawn for your vacation work outs. Treadmills, bicycles (regular and recumbent), ellipticals, stair climbers, free weights and weight machines are available for guests of the Disneyland Hotel
  • A Magical Night at the Movies – Some of your favorite Disney films are presented on select nights under the stars. The movie screenings take place on the Magic Kingdom Lawn. You can bring food and drink for the show and the viewing area includes beach chairs and towels for the area directly in front of the screen—opens a half hour before showtime. Specific movie information and times are available during check-in.
  • Character GreetingsMeet, greet, share hugs and snap a picture with some of your favorite Disney Characters during select times at Goofy’s Kitchen. Stop by the Guest Services desk for a schedule of appearances.

What Our Pilot’s Say

Tim - Dad for DisneyRosanne from The Disney Point – “As a Disney fan, the Disneyland Hotel was paradise! Within minutes of walking through the door, you are greeted with the most amazing Disneyana collectibles and Disney memorabilia.”

Lin - Disney MamasLin from Disney Mamas – “We stayed at The Disneyland Hotel last summer on our first family trip to Disneyland, and I was enchanted by the property! The rooms are very large and the beds so comfortable, and the fireworks in the headboards are perfection. The hotel is filled with bits of Disneyland history and we loved walking the grounds and through each of the buildings to see what we could find.”

Melissa - Rolling with the MagicMelissa from Rolling with the Magic – “We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time recently and fell in love with it. We loved the theming, modern with a touch of nostalgia. The headboards that light up and play music are such a wonderful detail. I can’t wait to book our next stay!”

Didi Marie - DISTherapyDidi Marie from DISTherapy – “One can imagine that Steakhouse 55 is a restaurant that Walt Disney would have spent significant time in. Of course, the establishment is not that old, but it feels vintage. Walt himself greets you at the door, and Hollywood faces surround the tables and banquettes.Steak is my husband’s business, so he has a very discerning (or shall I say, competitive) palate. He raved about the Bone-in Rib Eye, and I shared the New York Strip with my son. Both were done perfectly and full of rich flavor. They have a well-rounded wine list, and service that rises to the occasion of the food. (Runners- their oatmeal’s not bad either!)”

Julie - Saving Up for DisneyJulie from Saving Up for Disney – “Dining at The Disneyland Hotel’s Goofy’s Kitchen was a real treat. You’ll have your picture taken together before you’re seated and the dinner buffet is truly delicious! A multitude of characters came to visit us all evening, it was a lot of fun.”

Mike - My Dreams of DisneyMike from My Dreams of Disney – “My family has only been to Disneyland once, and we stayed at the Grand Californian. However, I recently learned that there is an incredible model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Disneyland Hotel, and while we won’t be staying there, I really plan on visiting so I can explore this incredible model for myself.”

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By | 2017-10-26T08:09:25+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Beginner Guide, Disneyland Resorts, Resort Guide|

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