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    Staying in a Disneyland Resort hotel vs. a Good Neighbor hotel

    We're not going on a Disneyland trip for a while... trying to wait for DCA to be mostly completed. But I wanted to take a look at pricing anyway just to get some ideas.

    I WANT to stay in the Disneyland Hotel or at least at one of the actual Disney hotels while we're there. The way I see it, if you're gonna go you might as well go big. Its just that staying in one of the Good Neighbor hotels puts a significant dent in the price. Its really tempting to just do that. Its my first trip to Disneyland though so I don't know what would be the way to go. There's no tellin' when I'll ever be able to go back and I really want my first trip to be as awesome as possible.

    What do you think?

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    I have stayed at the Grand Californian, which is fairly expensive but a great experience you feel as if you never leave the park. The Paradise Pier is nice and less expensive, but not near the experience of Grand Californian and it is a further walk. I have never stayed in the Disneyland Hotel, but I know they are in the process of remodeling. If you are looking for a good neighbor hotel there are plenty. One of the best (price, location, rooms, and a sweet continental breakfast) is the Candy Cane Inn. If I had only one trip to Disneyland I might save up and go with the Grand Californian.

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    I think it depends on how mmuch time you plan on spending in your rooms. When we're at Disneyland, we're pretty much at the park or Downtown Disney non-stop, so we save our money for the parks. They are remodeling the Disneyland Hotel, which is supposed to be completed in 2012, and it looks like the rooms are going to get a big upgrade (the headboards have a cut out of the castle with fiber optic fireworks!). But if you want to save some cash, I would recommend staying outside of Disneyland Resort. There are a lot of hotels nears the main entrance, so you can just walk right over to the resort. We usually stay at the Ramada Maingate (http://www.ramadamaingate.com/) which is pretty good, they remodeled the rooms, which is nice. When we want a little bit of a nicer room without having to pay the Disney hotels prices, we stay at the Ramada Plaza Hotel (http://www.ramadaplazadisney.com/) which has bigger rooms, free wi-fi, and the queen rooms come with two queen beds and a sleeper sofa, which is perfect when we have a lot of people staying with us. I've always wanted to stay at the Grand Californian, it has it's own entrance to DCA, and the lobby is beautiful!

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    I don't think we are going til after all is completed at DCA as well, so probably 2012. I want my little one to be old enough to enjoy it as well. Good to get tips though, need to start saving now. Would love to stay at the Grand Californian, it's so pretty

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    Quote Originally Posted by peaches magee View Post
    I don't think we are going til after all is completed at DCA as well, so probably 2012. I want my little one to be old enough to enjoy it as well. Good to get tips though, need to start saving now. Would love to stay at the Grand Californian, it's so pretty
    My thoughts exactly.

    We probably won't end up going until December 2012. We definitely want to go when the Christmas decorations are up and when Haunted Mansion Holiday is going on. Plus their Small World is all decked out.

    We were planning on asking our parents to send us their as our Christmas present that year, but I'd still like to know how much its going to cost because they usually have a limit. That way I'll know what I need to have saved up by then.

    Disneyland needs some All Star/Pop Century-type hotels for us folks on a budget.

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    I've stayed at the Grand Californian and the Disneyland Hotel and trust me when I say they are way overpriced for the "experience". You can just as easily walk through the lobbies of both hotels and get the same experience as you would if you were staying there. Think about it the hotel room is just a place to sleep or relax you're not going to be hanging out in the room. Howard Johnson or the Desert Palm Inn are both great hotels for your money!

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    True... we probably won't be spending much time in the room.

    The thing I love about WDW is when you stay on property its like your in another world surrounded by nothing but Disney. I heard the area around Disneyland is shady too, so it would kind of suck if I weren't literally right across the street from the entrance if I were off property.

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    The Park Place Best Western is nice and right across the street from the main entrance, but you do leave Disney property.

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    I think it all depends on budget and how much you think the experience would be worth.
    On our last few trips, we opted to save a little money by using priceline.com.
    We went down twice last year (June and Nov) and we didn't pay anymore than $45 a night for a 3 night stay. The only drawback with priceline though was we didn't know what hotel we were getting until after the bid went through, but let me tell you this... they weren't half bad and I would have paid regular price to stay in them too, if budget permitted.
    Just remember... you are going to spend a lot of time in and around the parks that the idea of hanging out in the hotel might not be on the list of things to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeachGurl View Post
    True... we probably won't be spending much time in the room.

    The thing I love about WDW is when you stay on property its like your in another world surrounded by nothing but Disney. I heard the area around Disneyland is shady too, so it would kind of suck if I weren't literally right across the street from the entrance if I were off property.
    Yeah, if you go too far away from the parks, it is a little shady.

    And I would love for Disney to build a value hotel near the park! The problem is, there's not much space.

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    i have stayed at all three hotels. Paradise pier is okay, Disneyland hotel will be great after the remodel. and the Grand Californian is very nice. if you have the money then i would go with the grand californian. it has its own enterance into DCA and is pretty much next to the ticket booths to both parks. but if you cant afford 300+ a night i would go with the disneyland hotel. aftet the remodel it will be fantastic and will be around 150+ a night and your only about a 1/4 mile walk to the ticket booths.
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    I've stayed at all three. The Paradise Pier is the farthest of the 3 from the parks. It is nice, but I just think of it as a disneyified Holiday Inn. Very similar to the value resorts in WDW. It is also the cheapest of all three hotels at the Disneyland Resort. The Disneyland Hotel is a classic. While it is okay now, I do agree with cbisson, it will be AMAZING after the remodel. It is also a great hotel to see the fireworks from your room (if your in the right tower, facing the right way). It would be considered a Moderate Resort at WDW. If you like most of the Deluxe hotels in WDW you will probably like the Grand Californian. It is very similar (in amenities, beauty, and price) to the Grand Floridian and Beach/Yacht Club. Looks-wise, it is very similar to the Wilderness Lodge and a little like the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I like staying on site because you get early admission (1 hour before the opening) and if you stay at the Disneyland Hotel you get the monorail access. If you stay at the Grand, you wont need to use the monorail because you will be within a few steps of the parks and Downtown Disney. I hands down recommend the Disneyland Hotel and Grand Californian. Like cbisson said, the Grand is more expensive (300 + a night) but if that isn't in your budget the Disneyland Hotel is a cheaper alternative. Each hotel has its pluses and minuses, but either would be a great choice. Lastly, the Disneyland Resort usually offers discounts on hotels, tickets, etc so you might have a good chance of finding a deal. Good Luck!

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    Another thing to keep in mind is which side of the hotel you're staying on. I'm pretty sure the rooms that face the park cost more (but I'm not positive). So that might be something to take into consideration (esp if you want to watch fireworks like disneylover1955 mentioned).


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    Quote Originally Posted by taquazi View Post
    Another thing to keep in mind is which side of the hotel you're staying on. I'm pretty sure the rooms that face the park cost more (but I'm not positive). So that might be something to take into consideration (esp if you want to watch fireworks like disneylover1955 mentioned).
    Very true! I have figured out a few areas of the Disneyland hotel and Grand Californian to stay in if you want to see fireworks or some kind of view for cheap but those hotels pretty much have it figured out as to what is a DTD view or theme park view (more expensive) and what is a standard view (cheapest)!

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    Anyone got any opinions on the Ramada Maingate hotel? Reviews I've seen are mixed. Poor standard of cleaning, but excellent location.

    Also, does Disneyland still do free entry on your birthday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bethan View Post
    Anyone got any opinions on the Ramada Maingate hotel? Reviews I've seen are mixed. Poor standard of cleaning, but excellent location.

    Also, does Disneyland still do free entry on your birthday?
    I have never stayed off property so I can't help you there but they do not do the free admission on your birthday! Its now give a day get a disney day, same concept as the birthday but you just have to volunteer and then they will give you a free one day one park ticket to any of the U.S. parks!

    Here is the link to the promotion!
    http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/dis...t-A-Disney-Day

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    I go to Disneyland about once a year (I'm closer to it's east coast sister), but I always stay off property. It's all about what you want to spend. And time of year of course! Because lots of hotels jack up their price if it's near a holiday or a busy time of the year. The place I always stay at is Best Western Anaheim in. They're always super nice, the place is super clean, and literally 5 minute walk. We're going in about a week and we're staying at a hotel closer to the convention center (a friend of our's parents are putting us up for free, so I'll take it), so I'm interested in seeing how long that walk will be.

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    I have stayed at all three Disney hotels, and actually would give a slight nod to the Fairfield Inn by Mariott across the street on Harbor Blvd. It's right next to the McDonalds, if you're familiar with the area. Prices are WAY cheaper, accomidations are decent, views of the park are much more compelling and most important I think, it's actually a shorter walk to the main gate of Disneyland than any of the Disney hotels are.

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    I have stayed at all three Disney hotels, and actually would give a slight nod to the Fairfield Inn by Mariott across the street on Harbor Blvd. It's right next to the McDonalds, if you're familiar with the area. Prices are WAY cheaper, accomidations are decent, views of the park are much more compelling and most important I think, it's actually a shorter walk to the main gate of Disneyland than any of the Disney hotels are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneylover1955 View Post
    I have never stayed off property so I can't help you there but they do not do the free admission on your birthday! Its now give a day get a disney day, same concept as the birthday but you just have to volunteer and then they will give you a free one day one park ticket to any of the U.S. parks!

    Here is the link to the promotion!
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    Hehe thanks, but I don't live in the US, Columbia, Puerto Rico or Canada .

    We're pricing up a week over my Birthday and I wondered if the promotion was still running or not, we're probably going to have a spare day so need to find something to do. Looking at 3 days in Disney, 1 in Universal, 1 in Sea World and 1 at the San Diego Zoo.

    We're looking for a hotel for 7 nights for around $800. It's hard knowing what's actually good or not! I had about 5 windows open on my mac yesterday, one with Expedia, one with google maps, one with trip advisor, one for the bus company and one for the hotels own website! I think the Disneyland resort hotels are a little too out of my budget though .

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    I've only ever been to Disneyland once, but when we did go we stayed at the Best Western Park Place. It was literally across the street from the entrance to the park. We walked out of our room, down the stairs, across the street and into the park. It was wonderful! The rooms were pretty nice too. It had a king size bed and a small sitting area. I don't remember how much we paid for our week stay, but i remember it being pretty reasonable otherwise we wouldn't have stayed there. And it's a Good Neighbor Hotel, so you still get all the perks as if you were staying on property.

    The hotels on property were too expensive considering all we were doing was sleeping there.

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    We have stayed at all 3 Disneyland hotels: Grand is wonderful but expensive / Paradise Pier is ok / Disneyland Hotel is our least favorite of the 3. Paradise Pier is cheaper than Disneyland Hotel and it is in the middle range if you stay on property. As you all pointed out the Disneyland Hotel is getting re-done and it might be nicer in the future. Howard Johnson across the street is our favorite non-Disney hotel and is a lot cheaper, kids also seem to like it quite well. We would love to stay at the Grand all the time but often we simply can't afford it.

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    When I checked into prices last week a night at the Disneyland Hotel was cheaper then The Grand California. Maybe it had to do with what was available.

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    If you're staying off property, how safe is it to walk from your hotel at night?

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    Since our hotel was across the street, I felt pretty safe. There was always a bunch of people crossing the crosswalk at the same time as us so we were never alone.

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