317.2 #852 (DL Qual #739

Aug 5, 2012 5:55 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
I have a question regarding the Disney Hotels...we are planning trip for November and have never stayed at one of Disney's hotels. Having a hard time choosing which one to stay at. My kids are older but the Magic of Disney we will never out grow! Which one is the one to stay at? We are pretty die hard as far as staying at the parks from opening to closing...we need some advise, staying 3 nights :) thanks MW family!

We have stayed at all three. I prefer the Grand. I like fresh air and they have balconies in every room. But I think it's only worth the cost if you have a park view room. Watching the park wake up and go to sleep is awesome. Plus, you are so close to GRR that you can go on 10 x. Get soaked then go change. Lol. The DL hotel is nice. The light up beds are great but no fresh air unless you are on a top floor. PP is great for the view and the rooms are bigger. But I would only stay with an upper floor view room. But honestly, you will love whichever one you stay at. After all... It's Disney! ;-) - SueBayou  2019.0 #86 6:41PM
πŸ‘†I second all this--love the atmosphere, proximity to the parks, and balconies at the Grand! - Spoonful_O_Sugar  632.1 #339 7:05PM
I have stayed at the Grand Californian. It is an awesome hotel. Not only is it beautiful but it is also the closest to the parks. Unfortunately it is also the most expensive but so worth it. - CinderellasMom  264.5 #1270 6:06PM
I've only stayed at the Disneyland Hotel but it is beautiful and very magical. The walk to and from isn't bad either. It's just at the end of Downtown Disney. - VeloMouseGirl  549.8 #396 5:58PM
The Grand is closer, so a short walk, but I like the Disneyland Hotel for the decor and real "Disney" feel! - duckchub  557.8 #387 6:09PM
That's what we are looking for the "real" Disney feel! - mrscttlemstr  317.2 #852 6:18PM
Our family has stayed at all three and each one is magical in unique ways...Grand Californian is the closest to the parks and has a great environment that allows you to explore all the grounds and take the complimentary Art of the Craft Tour...Disneyland Hotel has been completely remodeled and the rooms are top notch in amenities and has many close dining options...Paradise Pier Hotel is the most intimate of the hotels and provides food, shopping, and dining options all without having to physically exiting the interior of the hotel...plus if you cut through the Grand Californian the walk from the parks is pretty short...whichever you choose, just know that all the CM's will do their very best in making your stay a very magical and memorable one :-) - uscdisneyteacher  8476.3 #10 6:18PM
I've stayed at all 3 and love , love love the Disneyland hotel. The refurbished rooms are wonderful and the hotel has the best Disney history on display - chancesr  245.3 #1461 6:38PM
Personally we love the grand Californian, the hotel is beautiful and is perfect location wise for those who stay from open to close. - DisneyDreamer18  213.1 #1882 6:09PM
I like the Paradise Pier for its room size. It is the cheapest of the three hotels. I havent been to the Disneyland since the remodel. Grand is well grand, but the most expensive. - Dizkid  496.6 #455 6:14PM
You will definitely pay for the convenience at the Grand, down the elevator, across the hall and you're inside DCA. But Disneyland Hotel might be just as easy since your kids are big and probably don't mind a short walk. For 3nights, it might be more reasonable. Happy planning! - iloveprinceEric  285.6 #1052 6:19PM
I love the Disneyland Hotel! I would definitely recommend it. I haven't stayed at either of the others so I can't say anything about them, but the DL Hotel has that Disney magic and real Disney feel to it! It is a perfect distance from the parks and a nice walk through Downtown Disney. - diamondangels  132.9 #3062 6:23PM
I have only stayed at the paradise pier. It was wonderful! The beds were the most comfortable I have EVER slept in at any hotel. There was one night where my feet hurt so bad that I didn't think I would make it to the hotel. (ended up crawling a bit in the hall) but, all in all, I will definitely stay there again!! - dsnymom2bandb  312.7 #876 6:31PM
That's what I'm talking about! Feet killing you and hoping you can do it all over again the next morning! - mrscttlemstr  317.2 #852 7:15PM
We have stayed at the grand and Disney many times. My family all have said the grand is their favorite. It may be a little more but well worth it. - pbrdad  237.1 #1563 7:19PM
We've stayed at DL and the Grand hotels and I'd choose the grand over the Disneyland hotel although it was lovely. We had a view over the grizzly river rapids area, and to sit out on our balcony and watch the parks after closing and before opening and to hear the music was so magical and now I don't know how I could stay anywhere else, I also don't know how I'm going to afford to stay just there lol - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  538.1 #408 7:26PM
I have stayed at the PPH and the GC in the past, and I think it depends on what exactly you're looking for. Really, you can't go wrong!! The grand is closer, and VERY nice, but unfortunately also more $$$. The only slight negative about the grand is that sometimes your room is located at the end of the hallway... And then really you are walking about as much as you would if you stayed at the pier, lol! The pier is also quite nice for a lower price, but a bit further away. Another aspect that may or may not affect your decision is the elevators of the PPH. They are VERY slow.... But that was my only complaint of the PPH! All in all, I think any of the three would serve you well... They're all Disney! Enjoy your trip! :) - LoveDisneyDucklings  28.9 #6341 7:27PM
I have stayed at all 3, would go for DL first. Has the Disney feel all around. - Lelundrial  729.6 #280 7:53PM
I have stayed at all 3 and like them each for different reasons. I have stayed at the Grand the most often and decided that it really depends on the room you get. One time we had concierge level with a park view and it was magical. I have also had pool views, partial park view (even when we paid for a "park view") and a view of the valet area. For the price, some of these views were terrible. It's true you can't beat the location of the Grand. I thought the rooms were very small too. I have gone on adult-only trips and would hands down pick the grand everytime for this type of trip. I have two young kids (1 and 4) and the DL hotel had a ton of Disney magic that my kids took more notice of here than anywhere. It is at the end of downtown Disney but you can use the monorail too so that's pretty fun. There's also the Trader Sams Bar for the adults and really fun water slides. I have stayed at PP too and felt this was the best view out of them all. The key to this hotel is the view. Not sure what the view on the non-park side looked like. I agree with what someone else said - the elevator took forever and there was a big line to go up to the room at night. They are all wonderful and the CM's at each have been amazing. Whatever you pick you will love. Have fun! - tballzz  558.2 #385 8:25PM
I haven't stayed at the Pier. Either the DL hotel or Frand Californian is great. The rooms are larger at the DL hotel. The pool at the GC is more sophisticated. But the waterslides at the DL hotel are fun. You can't go wrong either way! - NurseJennJillO  314.6 #865 6:14PM
Paradise Pier a long walk? Not that it matters but you know how it is at the end of a long day...so ready for bed and dreams for the next day! - mrscttlemstr  317.2 #852 6:23PM
We stayed @ Grand CA last summer and DL Hotel this summer and the DL was a bad experience unfortunately right down to getting our new car back from the valet dirty (on the inside?). The Grand CA may cost a little more but so very worth it!! - TigrLvnMomma  159.7 #2627 6:36PM
Thank you EVERYONE! Totally getting excited! - mrscttlemstr  317.2 #852 7:19PM
We've stayed at the DL and the Grand. For some reason we prefer the DL hotel. The rooms have more spaced in them and the pool is more fun at the DL hotel. I have 7 year old triplet boys and when we stayed at the Grand, we had a nice park view but we didn't feel as though we had quite enough room for all of us. The DL hotel has a sofa in the room that turns into a bed. The Grand doesn't have that option in their standard rooms. IDK about the rooms on the concierge level. Also, the bathrooms in the Grand were much smaller than the bathrooms in the DL hotel. - hueydeweyandlouie  73.6 #4171 7:34PM
This helps a lot! We need the sofa bed since I have 2 daughters 19&15 and our son is 17. We can't fit them in one bed anymore LOL! Now, the bathroom, is the sink outside of the shower and toilet area? We're not picky, but it helps with the girls not hogging up the mirror :) - mrscttlemstr  317.2 #852 7:50PM
The sink in my room at the DL Hotel was separate from the shower and toilet. It was across the entrance hall. The closet was in the same area as the sink - VeloMouseGirl  549.8 #396 7:59PM
You can get bunk beds at the grand. 2 bunks and a trundle. Only for kids though. Too small for adults. - SueBayou  2019.0 #86 12:51AM

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1. #MWMEETUP ONE LAST TIME
Aug 06, 2016 12:00pm

MouseWait Meetups 2016
what is happening for one last time on aug 6? - MsTikiMermadam  1324.1 #139 12:31AM
It was January 8 I think but I left it as I think it's funnyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'll have to delete it😭😭 - secretagentangel  6905.2 #17 7:55PM
ok,  last time for btr....  πŸ˜Ή - MsTikiMermadam  1324.1 #139 6:03AM
It looks like we need to get more official meet-ups happening in the parks.  πŸ˜„ - LaPearleNoir  2355.4 #71 9:38AM
I do one a week but we need more! We were saying last week to add an Astro blaster to Friday maybe? We could do a monorail or BRMRR sweeper tooπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Plus I'm trying to post a few ahead of time so people can plan. Next week the meetup we do for MW  had to be Friday again but hopefully Tuesday  the next week! We have two very cool ones coming up next month! It's a secret😎😎😎😎 - secretagentangel  6905.2 #17 9:47PM
Your Tuesday night meet up is great but I'm just remembering all the meetups we used to have.  I wonder what the meet ups are next month..... I'll be there with my  - LaPearleNoir  2355.4 #71 10:30PM
i keep ending up with tues classes,  and missing the tues meetups.  so glad i have made a few of them! - MsTikiMermadam  1324.1 #139 6:05AM
I'll post the ones I know about, I'm switching some to weekends too. And maybe get a few others too! 😊 - secretagentangel  6905.2 #17 8:49PM
MWMeet ups are so cool!! We have a great host!! She bends over backwards to make everyone happy!!😁😁😁😁 we have the best times.. Looking forward to the DTD #meetups this summer when my pass is blocked !! - Fantasmicfan1  4702.2 #30 11:28PM
I'll second that! - redsoxcarlos  3278.5 #47 12:21AM
Now I have to do gymnastics?? I already owe Phillip a handstand photo.😳 I better practice! 😜😜 - secretagentangel  6905.2 #17 5:52PM
i hope to be in anaheim for a ballgame or two during the blockout.  maybe can do a meetup too! - MsTikiMermadam  1324.1 #139 11:28PM
@secretagentangel  you have someone  take a pix of you with your hands in he air,  then flip,it over......  instant handstand!  πŸ˜†πŸ˜… - MsTikiMermadam  1324.1 #139 11:30PM
Next #MWMEETUP is Friday, June 24 at 6pm at Rancho Zocalo, DL. I'll post shortly.   - secretagentangel  6905.2 #17 2:27PM
It looks like I can make this. *marks on calendar* - grumpypapa  7270.7 #15 9:33PM
I might make it. Hoping the heat isn't unbearable.  - Taunton  1459.7 #124 9:18AM

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Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  442.1 #517 7:32AM
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Invite  people  to play in the to 10 for the week. We don't  all play everyday but you'll  get your game finished.  - richiii3  1573.7 #114 10:45PM
Yay I made the list!!!!!!  - DayDreamsOfDisneyland  153.1 #2726 7:02PM
 YOU!!! Having fun playing!! - DisneyMom13  317.7 #849 5:01PM
Well done:-).  I'm enjoying playing your games.  Thank you. - beentoallbut1  926.4 #0 2:19AM

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