Planning a Disneyland Vacation for your large family? Today, I’m excited to dive into the world of Disneyland’s Good Neighbor Hotels, the unsung heroes that accommodate over 19 million visitors annually. With only three properties within the Disneyland resort, neighboring hotels play a crucial role in ensuring a magical experience for every guest. Join me as I showcase three outstanding options that offer not just convenience but a touch of Disney magic.
1. Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance:
First off, we have the Courtyard by Marriott, located a mere five-minute walk from the gates. While not directly across the street, its proximity is unbeatable. As you approach Disneyland, you’ll pass familiar names like Panera Bread, McDonald’s, and IHOP, providing plenty of dining options outside of the parks.
Entering the lobby, you’ll notice a seamless transition of theming matching the current park festivities. Whether it’s Halloween or Christmas at Disneyland, your resort experience mirrors the seasonal charm. Highlights include a business center, a Bistro restaurant doubling as a Starbucks, a lounge with a bar, and a convenient gift shop for souvenirs.
The pièce de résistance is the expansive pool area featuring an outdoor swimming pool, water park with six slides, a water play area for little ones, and a hot tub. Exclusive to hotel guests, this water park oasis adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your stay.
Do you also see this incredible view of Space & Matterhorn Mountain?? Oh…and did I mention you can see the fireworks from here?!
2. The VIV Hotel Anaheim
Our next highlight is the Viv Hotel, a recently refurbished property with a modern vibe. While a bit farther from Disneyland (20 to 30 minutes on foot), an ART shuttle service is available for an additional cost.
The hotel’s lobby welcomes you with contemporary aesthetics inspired by the owners’ children’s favorite toys. Star Wars enthusiasts will appreciate the nods throughout the property, and the rooms offer a choice between a light or dark side theme. With four dining locations, two swimming pools, two hot tubs, a splash pad, a fitness area, and a pet-friendly policy, Viv Hotel is a charming option for a family getaway.
3. Cambria Hotel & Suites Anaheim
Our final stop is the Cambria Hotel and Suites, an excellent choice for families seeking both comfort and entertainment. Although a 20 to 30-minute walk from Disneyland, an ART shuttle is available at an extra cost.
One of the hotel’s standout features is its 30,000-square-foot water park—perfect for a refreshing escape after a day at the parks. Guests enjoy a complimentary hot grab-and-go breakfast, and if you purchase through Disney or a specialized agency like ours, water park passes are included. With spacious rooms boasting a full kitchen, outdoor activities like a putting green and sports court, Cambria Hotel offers a well-rounded family-friendly experience.
Day passes can be purchased for this waterpark. However day guests are required to leave at 5pm. This is when the evening movie is available for hotel guests.
I hope this exploration of three fantastic Good Neighbor Hotels enhances your Disneyland resort planning. Picking the right accommodation is a crucial part of ensuring an unforgettable experience. If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment below. Wishing you a magical day, wherever your Disney adventures take you!