Every Disney Hotel has a theme and at the Paradise Pier Hotel, you will be transported back in time to the beachfront hotels of the 1920s. I stayed at the hotel back in 2014 so it is possible that some of the decor has changed a bit since my visit. The character breakfast has undergone a revamp since I ate there. This is a fun hotel that is a great fit for families. It does require the most amount of walking out of all three of the hotels at The Disneyland Resort. I hope this post will help you figure out if the hotel is a good choice for you.
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There are three hotels at The Disneyland Resort. The Disneyland Hotel, The Grand Californian, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. When I was working for The Walt Disney Company I decided to use my discount to stay at each of the three hotels. Paradise Pier is my least favorite of the three. It is not a bad hotel by any means but compared to the other two it is was not as special. However, this hotel could end up being the right choice for you and your family.
Since the name of the hotel is Paradise Pier, beach themed decor can be found throughout the hotel. In the lobby, there is a statue of Goofy with a surfboard. The beach ball pillows in the rooms are adorable! They sell the pillows in the gift shop due to popular demand. The lamp in the room has a Mickey surfboard. For me, the theme at this hotel is so fun for families.
One side of the hotel faces Disney California Adventure. The hotel is across the street from the Pixar Pier section of the park. I loved that we could see the park from our room. From what I remember our room was on the sixth floor. For a better view of the park, you will want to request a room on a higher level.
There is a pool with a slide which is a big hit with the hotel guests. It is the smallest of the hotel pools so keep that in mind if the pool area is important to you. One of the nice features of staying at the hotel is watching the fireworks from the pool area on select nights. They play firework music so you get a great experience without having to stand in front of the castle for hours to save a spot.
If you are interested in dining with the characters while at The Disneyland Resort Paradise Pier has Disney’s PCH Grill. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is the only option for dining with the characters at this location.
Staying within walking distance of the parks is fantastic. Plus, as a Disney hotel guest, you can get early entry to one of the parks on select days. Other perks to staying on property are being able to have merchandise you purchase in the park sent to the hotel. That way you can shop without having to carry the bags around with you. You can pick your items up the next morning at the front desk.
Be sure to also read my posts on The Disneyland Hotel and the Howard Johnson in Anaheim.