Note: This is part two of a series about my March 2014 trip to Disneyland Resort. Click here for part one.
As a Disneyland newbie, part of the excitement of planning our trip was figuring out where we should stay. Because we are Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members, we logged into our DVC account first and foremost to check the only DVC resort, The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian. However, we were only a few months out from our trip and there are very few villas available.
When I called DVC member services the next day, they gave me another option - to use our points to get a regular hotel room at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels: The Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Resort and Spa or Paradise Pier Hotel. Unlike Walt Disney World Resort, there is no $95 fee for using your points on a hotel room in Disneyland. After careful consideration, we decided to stay at The Disneyland Hotel in a premium view room.
While I went to visit all of the Disneyland hotels during our stay, I am thrilled with our decision. 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.
|Photo courtesy of Thomas Mottola|
|The amount of Disney memorabilia was amazing. The first photo in the collage above was an original map of Disneyland. Directly above that photo is a model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Frontier Tower. Photos courtesy of Tom Mottola.|
In fact, there, a significant part of our time at the Disneyland Hotel was spent walking around and looking at all of the amazing trinkets and pieces of Disney history.
The pool was fabulous. In fact, there were several pools and two hot tubs. After looking past these fun topiaries, we noticed the most amazing monorail-themed water slide! On one particularly hot day, I joined the many kiddies in line for a trip down monorail red!
|There are two monorail slides and the classic Disneyland signage!|
The pool was open 6:00am to 10:00pm during our stay. It's important to note that the slides closed at 7:00pm throughout our stay, because there were a few sad faces when we returned from the park one night. There are three total pools:
1) The Monorail Pool: A splash zone and an area where the two slides end.
2) The D Ticket Pool: A large 4 ft. pool
3) The E Ticket Pool: A second large 4 ft. pool
You will need your resort key to access the pools. During the late afternoon, lounge chairs were somewhat hard to come by. If you think you will be spending the day at the pool, another option is the beautiful cabanas that can be reserved. They cost $185 to rent for the full day, which was a lot more reasonable than I expected, especially if two families are footing the bill.
Do you want to see our room, learn about the location of the resort and hear about the restaurants? Stay tuned for Friday's post!