7 Best Disneyland Hotels Within Walking Distance

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If you’re planning a vacation to Disneyland and are researching where to stay while you’re there, you should definitely consider staying close by. There are plenty of great Disneyland hotels within walking distance of the park, and this will ensure you don’t spend any unnecessary time getting back and forth.

We’ve been many times to Disneyland and have stayed at many different hotels both in the nearby area and further afield. That’s why we recommend staying withing walking distance. Believe me when I say that you won’t want to waste time.

Disneyland Hotel haunted mansion characters.
Disneyland Hotel (Photo by Go Travel California)

There really are some great hotels to choose from. There are 3 on-site hotels (meaning, within the park) and there are more than 50 Disneyland Good Neighbor hotels. With all of these choices, you will have no trouble finding one that fits your budget and amenity requirements.

Pro Tip: Use the google maps walking feature to map out the distance from your hotel to the park entrance. This will give you an accurate idea of walking distance.

Are you planning your trip to Disneyland?

If you’re traveling to Disneyland, ensure you have lodging and tours booked ahead of time! Below are some of our top picks to help you plan!

Best Tours and Experiences in Disneyland:

  1. Save $25 on Los Angeles 5-day Go Card including Universal Studios Hollywood! 
  2. Whale-Watching and Orange County Beaches Tour from Anaheim (A great adventure!)
  3. Universal Studios Round Trip Transportation from Anaheim

Planning your trip? We’ve got tons of helpful Disney planning guides from our awesome list of 40 essential tips, to how to get to Disneyland, where to stay near Disney, what to pack, what to wear, where to park, and what to eat in both Disneyland and California Adventure.

Why Stay At a Disneyland Resort

While there are many Good Neighbor hotels that are super close by, there’s nothing quite like staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel. If you have the money to spend, we definitely recommend splurging on one of the three Disney hotels.

The reason we say this is that you get special perks for staying there. And some of those perks are definitely worth it. If you’re already spending so much on this vacation, you might as well go all in.

Here’s what you get if you stay at a Disney resort:

  • Early Entry – Enter the theme parks 30 minutes before regular park opening.
  • Special activities and seasonal events – There are many events throughout the year that you will receive special access to, some with a Disney character.
  • Easy access to the parks – Guests staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa can enter California Adventure through the hotel’s entry gate. Disney’s Pixar Pier Hotel guests can enter through a walkway across the street. Access Disneyland park from the Downtown Disney District Monorail station. 
  • Next-day package delivery – You don’t have to carry your shopping bags around with you, they can be delivered to your hotel room.
  • Preferred access to hotel dining reservations
  • Character dining – Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast and Disney Princess Breakfast at Grand Californian Hotel, and Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel.
  • Keyless entry to your room.

Best 7 Disneyland Hotels Within Walking Distance

On this list, we’ve curated some of the best hotels you can stay at to be within walking distance from Disneyland. Of course, some are closer than others, but these come with a steeper price tag as well.

1. Best Ambiance: The Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland hotel
The Disneyland Hotel pool area (Photo by Go Travel California)

The Disneyland hotel is the original of the bunch, and it does an excellent job of combining Disney’s heritage with all the modern amenities you’d need.

The hotel has a monorail-themed pool, which is one of multiple options there that has slides. Its castle headboards illuminate with music to give you a touch of Disney’s magic.

It offers $25/night parking and the standard room accommodates up to five people, though it’s pricy at around $400 to $500 a night, depending on the season.

Disneyland Hotel restaurants
Trader Sam’s (Photo by Go Travel California)

You can enjoy having breakfast or dinner with Disney characters at Goofy’s kitchen. There are other restaurants as well, like Earl of Sandwich, Tangaroa Terrace, and Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace. There’s also an outpost of Salt & Straw, one of our favorite ice cream shops.

From the hotel, you can walk for five or ten minutes to get to either park. You can take the monorail connecting Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park and Downtown Disneyland as well.

2. Premium Pick: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Grand Californian Hotel
Grand Californian Hotel Lobby (Photo by Go Travel California)

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is the fanciest and priciest of the three on-site options. There are a few additional perks at this hotel to make up for it.

It’s less than five minutes walking distance from Disneyland, and it even has a private side entrance that leads right to the Disney California Adventure park.

I can’t think of anything this hotel doesn’t have. The top features include:

  • A full service spa for all kinds of treatments and salon services.
  • A fine dining restaurant, Napa Rose, and two Disneyland character themed breakfast experiences.
  • California and Disney-inspired artwork in the rooms
  • Three themed pools
Signs at the Grand Californian Hotel
Inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel (Photo by Go Travel California)

If you’re lucky enough to be there during the holidays, you’ll be awestruck by the gingerbread house and the massive tree that decorates the lobby.

A standard room accommodates up to five people and costs from $500 to $750. The cost for self-parking is $35 per night, and valet parking is $65 per night.

3. Pixar Movie Inspired Hotel: Disney’s Pixar Pier Hotel

The main doors of Pixar Pier Hotel
The front doors of the Pixar Pier Hotel (Photo by Go Travel California)

While this isn’t the most modern or luxury of the Disney resorts, it’s still a great choice to be close to the parks and enjoy all of the Disney hotel perks we mentioned above.

Take Note: Renovations are currently in the works at this hotel so expect to see construction taking place. Some of the top features, like character dining, restaurants, and fireworks shows are not available for now, but they will return.

Pixar lamp in the lobby of the Pixar Pier Hotel
Pixar Lamp (Photo by Go Travel California)

Experience the full benefits of staying on-site while immersing yourself in the enchanting world of Pixar Animation Studio films. Exclusively for hotel guests, you can meet iconic Pixar characters such as Bing Bong from Inside Out. The rooms are adorned with Pixar-themed furnishings and artwork, creating a whimsical atmosphere. Unwind in the lobby as you enjoy piano jazz music played by Joe Gardner from the Pixar movie Soul.

Edna artwork

Enjoy easy access to the Downtown Disney District and theme parks, including an entrance across the street with direct access to Disney California Adventure Park. Watch and listen to a live synchronized broadcast of the Disneyland fireworks from the third-floor pool deck.

Regular rooms can sleep up to five adults. They also have 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites that sleep up to 13. The price ranges from $488 to over $1000 for a suite. Self-parking is available for $35 per night.

Disneyland good neighbor hotel sign
Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels (Photo by Go Travel California)

4. Kids Choice: Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground

Castaway Cove at the Howard Johnson
The pool area of Howard Johnson (Photo by Go Travel California)

Compared to the on-property options, the Howard Johnson is fairly cheap at $150 to $200, and it’s an 8-minute walk from the park. Parking costs $20 per night, with access to off-site parking if needed.

The standard room comes with two queen beds, or a king bed. In some cases, you can ask for a rollaway bed. The rooms come with a mini-fridge and a microwave, so you can make quick snacks or breakfast.

The real fun starts when you enter the pool area known as Castaway Cove. Kids can splash the afternoon away in this pirate-themed playground complete with 200-gallon drench bucket, water cannons, and slides. There is also a garden pool that is separate from Castaway Cove for a relaxing afternoon swim.

Although the hotel doesn’t offer free breakfast, you can still grab a quick snack at their Main St. Market, or right down the road at Panera Bread or McDonald’s.

5. Best for Marriott Customers: Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort

The front of the Fairfield Inn
Photo by Go Travel California

Compared to the on-property options, the Fairfield Inn is fairly cheap at $150 to $200, and a 9-minute walk from the park.

The standard room comes with two queen beds, or a king bed with a pull-out sofa. In some cases, you can also find an extra sleeper chair. It has a standard pool.

The rooms come with a mini-fridge and a microwave, so you can make quick snacks or breakfast. The hotel doesn’t offer free breakfast, but you can grab a quick snack at the McDonald’s or the Panera Bread. It’s worth noting that if you have some bucks to spare, you can opt for a themed room.

The parking costs $24 per night, and you can find some venues that give you free parking if you book through them. Not to mention, you can also benefit from your Marriott points using 30K to 40K points per night, since this is a Category five hotel.

There is a Courtyard by Marriott right next door that has an outdoor waterpark complete with small waterslides, drench bucket, and fountains. The rooms are definitely more pricy than its Marriott neighbor but it also has a little extra with The Bistro for breakfast, lunch, and dinner options and a Starbucks located on property. They always have fun and festive decorations up for the seasons.

6. Right Across The Street: Camelot Inn

The Camelot Inn
Photo by Go Travel California

Being only a five minute walk away from Disneyland’s entrance, Camelot is a good choice for those looking to maximize their time in the park without having to trek too far.

Rooms can accommodate four to six guests, with multiple layouts that include roll-in showers and tubs for guests with mobility impairments. Prices start at $229 a night plus taxes and fees and may vary.

Space and bed size are the two factor that will decide which room you want to book. Some come with two queen size beds whereas others offer a king size with a pullout bed in the couch. The room with the most space is Camelot’s Two Room Family Suite, which splits the king bed and a sleeper chair/sofa bed into the living room and two queen beds into the bedroom, allowing your group to spread out a bit more.

All rooms come with microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator which is great for making breakfast or a quick snack. If you are looking for snacks or coffee try the Cove on Harbor Market and Café is located in their sister property, The Tropicana Inn & Suites.

On site, the Camelot has One Stop Mobility, which rents strollers, electric scooters, and wheel chairs.

Camelot offers valet parking which costs $22 per day plus tax. Additional cars can be parked for $29 dollars as well.

7. Right Across The Street: Del Sol Inn

The Del Sol Inn
Photo by Go Travel California

Like it says in the title, Del Sol Inn is just across the street from Disneyland, meaning that the commute won’t contribute to the amount of steps you’ll get in. You can’t beat the Del Sol’s location. This also means that after you’ve had a full day of experiencing the park you can come right back and rest.

Room can suit up to six people, and the rooms are quite accessible, with many options to choose from to smooth out your stay. Their rooms can even come with bunk beds. This can be great for those traveling with children. Rollaway beds are available upon request.

Del Sol also has a great in-ground pool and hot tub, both of which can offer some much needed relaxation after a long day at Disneyland.

Rooms are fairly priced and start at $157. All rooms come with microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator which is great for making breakfast or a quick snack.

Parking is $22 dollars a night and is limited to one car per room.

More Hotels Near Disneyland

When going to Disneyland, it’s important to look into ways you can budget for accommodation and transportation, as you want to save up as much as you can for the park and its fun rides!

After going through the list, we hope you’ve found a Disneyland hotel within walking distance that works for you and your logistics.

How to Get to Disneyland

Kylo Ren show
Photo by Go Travel California

These are the main airports to choose from to get to Disneyland: 

  • John Wayne Airport in Orange County (SNA) – 15 Miles from the park. 
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB) – 25 Miles from the park. 
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 35 Miles from the park. 
  • Hollywood Burbank Airport, Bob Hope Airport (BUR) – 45 Miles from the park.  

Drive times vary depending on the time of day. On-site car rental, taxis, and rideshares are available at all airports.

Uber and Lyft are convenient options. Consider checking the price of both before deciding. Prices will vary depending on the time of day.

Shuttle services can be reserved in advance. Lansky shuttle car service has a complimentary 30 minute grocery/fast food stop on the way to the hotel and they provide car seats. Karmal Shuttle car service only goes to LAX and John Wayne Airport and they don’t provide car seats.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railroad
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad ride (Photo by Go Travel California)

Tips for Visiting Disneyland

Getting to and into Disneyland can be a challenge but not one that you can’t master with a few of our top tips. Here are some of the things we recommend everyone do to make their trip to Disneyland exciting and smooth. Read all of our 40+ Disneyland Tips.

1. Download the Disneyland App

You can and will do everything from the Disneyland app (Apple Store | Android store) before you leave, while you are there, and even when you get home. Mobile ordering snacks and meals is super easy. Check ride times, use the map to get around, and reserve lightening lane passes through Genie+.

2. Get acquainted with the park map.

If you notice that a ride’s line time is short and it is in a land that is close to where you are, you should head there.

3. Use the lockers

Take advantage of the lockers that are in the park. There is one set in the cul-de-sac between Market House and Disney Clothiers and another to the left of the ticket turnstiles before you enter the park.

4. Go on the popular rides first

The first 2-3 hours the park is open are the golden hours when the lines will be the shortest. Go on the most popular rides early to avoid long lines later.

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