Off Site Hotels at Disneyland

Updated January 16, 2017

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Reason #8,421 how Disneyland differs from Disney World: Many guests stay off-site. While the three Disneyland Hotels are fabulous on many levels, we’re lucky to have more affordable options nearby with plenty to get excited about.

Let’s review the perks of staying off-site, what amenities are close, where to dine, and how to travel to the parks from your hotel.

First, some perspective. Disneyland is surrounded by 4 major streets. West Ball Road is north. Harbor Blvd is east. West Katella is south. Disneyland Drive (which turns into S West St) is west. A map for your reference:

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Most off-site hotels are located on Harbor Blvd and are an easy walk to the entrance of Disneyland.

The Perks

  • Pricing tops this list. For just over $100, you can stay super close to the Disneyland Resort entrance.
  • There are many possible freebies at off-site hotels,  including parking at your hotel, breakfast, wifi, and cocktail receptions.
  • The close proximity is fantastic. As strange as it sounds, an off-site hotel can actually be closer to the entrance of Disneyland than a DLR Hotel.

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Nearby Amenities

  • Target can be found on Harbor Blvd. It’s just beyond most of the hotels and includes groceries, too. This Target has lots of Disney items, too, including clothing, souvenirs and such.
  • The Dollar Tree isn’t super close to the park, but you can make that stop on your way in if you didn’t already shop at home.
  • Dry Cleaner/Laundry can be found near Disneyland, south west of the parks, off of Katella.
  • Walgreens is a short drive away, located near Target off of Harbor Blvd. Take a look at current Walgreens coupons, too, before you go. CVS is nearby, as well.
  • Vons is a short drive away. Vons is a grocery store popular in California that stocks excellent produce and healthy options for take-away food. (Vons will also deliver groceries to your hotel room for free – first use only.)

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Dining

The super helpful map above highlights many of the area restaurants near Disneyland. Be sure to click on this interactive version, which allows you to zoom in for better viewing. Most of your dining options will be listed on that map.

  • Harbor Blvd – If you leave Disneyland and head south on Harbor, you’ll find a plethora of dining options. Comfortably walk all the way until Orangewood. If your destination lies further than Harbor and Orangewood, I suggest calling a cab. You’ll pay about $7 for a lift to the restaurant just beyond that intersection. Save your energy for the park!
  • Garden Walk – This area includes a few table service restaurants, a bowling alley and some shopping options. You can walk here from the park, but a cab ride for around $6 will get you there quickly.
  • Beyond Harbor, you’ll find other good places, including my favorite, Marri’s Pizza. The pizza is gooey and delicious and you can’t beat the service.

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Pizza, Restaurant, and Grocery Delivery

Check out these food delivery options places that will deliver to your hotel room at off-site Disneyland:

  • Marri’s Pizza – Mentioning this again because they have free delivery for the yummy pizza, too!
  • Papa Pilo’s Pizza – Accepts online orders and has free delivery.
  • Domino’s Pizza – If you’re looking for a national chain pizza delivery, this Domino’s location works. There are several Domino’s in this area, so confirm your hotel is in their delivery district.
  • Not in the mood for pizza? Other restaurants in the area deliver, too.
  • Amazon Fresh delivers to hotels near Disneyland. Check with your hotel to confirm they accept deliveries and what their policies are. Amazon Fresh is $299 a year, so it’s quite pricey, however, you can typically get a free 30 day trial, which should suffice for a Disneyland visit.
  • Vons has free grocery delivery on your first order.

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Breakfast & Coffee

I always recommend having breakfast taken care of before you arrive to Disneyland. How you start your day at Disneyland can determine the entire day’s success. While there are great options on-site, eating breakfast should be reserved for trips when you have multiple days and can spare those important, less crowded hours in the morning.

Take a look at these options for breakfast off-site:

  • Mimi’s – French inspired delicacies, with basic breakfast options, too.
  • IHOP – Diner style breakfast.
  • Denny’s – Diner style breakfast.
  • McDonald’s – Quick, fast food breakfast.
  • Starbucks – This location is north of the park entrance on Harbor, is connected to a gas station and is usually quite busy. I recommend stopping at the Downtown Disney location if your hotel isn’t north of the park entrance.

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Transportation

  • Choose a hotel in walking distance from Disneyland. The walk to and from the parks is pretty along Harbor Blvd.
  • I recommend hiring Lansky Enterprises to drive you from the airport to the hotel. This is an affordable car service that drives your crew to the hotel, provides car seats and boosters, and stops at a grocery store en route to the hotel. This is an essential part of the off site experience and why staying off site makes sense. You can supplement your expenses with meals at the hotel and a stop at the grocery can help make that happen. Lansky has excellent service, too.
  • Some hotels offer a shuttle service. Check with yours prior to booking if you want to avoid the walk.
  • Anaheim Resort Transportation is a bus system that runs along Harbor Blvd and surrounding areas to take you to and from the resort. Passes are available in 1, 3 and 5 day increments.
  • Taxis line up just outside of Disneyland, in the 15 Minute Parking Lot on Harbor Blvd, however, I recommend using Uber instead.

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Additional Tips

  • We often arrive the afternoon or evening prior to our park visits to enjoy the off-site hotel amenities. Swim, dine or walk over to Downtown Disney for a taste of what’s ahead at the parks.
  • If you’re utilizing taxis and have a good experience with a driver, ask him for his card so that you can call him for your next ride. Good service deserves repeat customers.
  • Take advantage of all that off-site hotel life offers near Disneyland. Save money and time by planning ahead!

Recommendations

My favorite off-site hotels include:

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Grand Legacy at the Park

  • Walking distance
  • Roof top family-friendly bar lounge/restaurant with awesome views of the fireworks (with Disney music accompanying)
  • Free grab-n-go breakfast (granola bar, fresh fruit, string cheese and water bottle)
  • Newly remodeled rooms (used to be the Ramada Maingate)
  • Lovely pool
  • Book at this link with code DLRP for 10% off for DLR Prep School readers
  • Photo tour from my most recent visit

 

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Best Western Stovall’s Inn

  • Walking distance
  • 2 pools
  • Free breakfast
  • Nicely decorated rooms
  • Manicured, Disney-themed garden
  • Photos from my most recent visit

 

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Anabella

  • Walking distance
  • Cute, boutique rooms
  • Beautiful grounds
  • Nice on-site bar and restaurant

 

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Candy Cane Inn

  • Walking distance
  • Free breakfast
  • Great service; family owned
  • Quaint pool with patio for breakfast dining
  • Photos from my most recent visit

 

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Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

  • Free shuttle
  • Over-sized rooms, with many that open up to a courtyard
  • Lovely bedding and attention to detail
  • Beautiful grounds
  • Large pool
  • Photo tour from my most recent visit

Other off-site hotel stays include:

Howard Johnson Hotel

Alpine Inn

Double Tree Suites

Hampton Inn and Suites

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66 COMMENTS

  1. Hello! Have you stayed at or near the Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate? I’d like to know how much of a walk it is to the parks? Thanks!

  2. Hi Casey,

    Last month, I booked a stay at Grand Legacy for March 2017 after seeing your post about it. Today I received a voice mail from them saying that they will be changing over to a “breakfast to go bag” before our stay. I checked their website and it says it will include a granola bar, string cheese, seasonal fruit and water. I’m a little bummed that we won’t get the full breakfast, but I’m sure it won’t really have an impact on our stay. Just thought I would let you know about the new info!

    Thanks for your great advice on all things DLR. I have been following you since last summer when we took our kids for their first trip and have recommended your website to several friends. Your insight and humor are the best!

  3. Hey Casey!

    Thanks for the great info!
    We usually stay at one of the 3 Disney-owned hotels but decided to give the Candy Cane Inn a try this last year. And it is amazing! Plus, it’s so convenient because it’s so close to the park entrance! And don’t get me started on the price difference!

    We’ve also been hearing a lot of good things about the Howard Johnson. Have you stayed there?

    Anyways, thanks again for the info, we’ll be looking into the Grand Legacy at the Park. Looks like a great new option for our stays 🙂

  4. Hi, thanks for all the great tips! We will be there next week staying at Homewood Suites….what is the best/cheapest way to get to Disneyland? Walk? ART? uber? Is there any other trams/trolleys? Don’t want to start our day tired, kids are 5, 8, 10

    • Hi, Kristine. If you’re staying at the Homewood Suites on Harbor Blvd, it’s a bit further than most people like to walk. You’re right next to the Toy Story Parking Lot, however. You could hop on their buses (they’re free) and they will take you to the main entrance at the park. Otherwise, an Uber would be quickest.

  5. Hi Casey,
    I was just checking to see if you know if any of the off property hotels, within walking distance, off a free (or cheap) shuttle to LAX?
    Thank you so much for your time and expertise!

  6. Hi Casey! I love your blog & follow you in Facebook. We are headed to The parks next week with our three yo and 1 yo and I’m 22 weeks pregnant. We plan to stay at a neighbor hotel.Can you recommend a few that would have easy access to the monorail? I’m thinking that may be the easiest way to get back and forward for naps ect.

    • Two of the hotels listed in this post – Anabella and BW Stovall’s Inn – are closer to the DLR Hotels, which are closest to the monorail. The monorail really only goes from Downtown Disney and into Tomorrowland, so there aren’t a ton of hotels that it serves well. The best is the Disneyland Hotel, actually. Hope you have a great trip!

  7. Hi Casey,
    We’re looking to plan a Disney trip with our three kids, ages 8, 10 & 12 and the grandparents.
    Love all your info. Very helpful. But I am wondering if you know which of the closer hotels if any offer hotel suites with kitchens?

  8. Hi Casey …. I have stayed at the Desert Inn and Suites on the corner of Harbor & Katella. We love it breakfast, parking are included and there is a 7-11 right next door. You can walk or the ART stops right out side …… We love it great for families they have suites with bunk beds.

  9. Hi,
    We’re staying in the Park Vue hotel the first week in Dec (hoping for lighter crowds). Do you have any experience with this hotel? We picked them bc they’re closest to the DL crosswalk on Harbor, and they have a pool and free breakfast.
    Thanks!

  10. Do you have any experience with the Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriott? My daughter and I have booked this for our upcoming trip in January and would like your opinion. Thank you.

  11. Hi Casey,
    Grand Legacy at the park, is this not a good neighbour hotel? I cannot seem to book it through the Disneyland website so that it is a package. I have always liked just having the whole package put together. we have a 3 and 5 year old coming from Australia and really want to stay at a place you recommend. love the detailed information so much!

  12. Now that Hyatt House is open at Harbor and Katella we’ll stay there. But it’s always hard to pass up the ParkVue Inn. It’s as close as the Grand Californian is to the plaza, has a pool (never used it) and free parking. Rooms were fairly recently updated too. Breakfast is included but is a bit of a hassle. If not for using Hyatt points and status for Hyatt House I’d stay at ParkVue again in a second!

      • I stayed there in February of last year (2016). The rooms were clean and decent and it was an easy walk to the park entrance from the hotel. I believe it’s very near the crosswalk. It also includes breakfast, which was the typical continental breakfast spread- eggs, waffles (I think), fruit, oatmeal- it was a good spread.

        I’ve also stayed at the Candy Cane Inn (mentioned above) and enjoyed that one as well. The walk was farther, but they do provide their own shuttle. We just never took advantage of it.

  13. Casey, which good neighbor hotel do you recommend for families with little kids? I know you like the Candycane Inn. We are looking to go in the fall, and definitely wanted something within walking distance, with a pool, and a breakfast. If it had any nighttime meal/snack options it would be wonderful also. What do you recommend?

    • Love Candy Cane. Also like Best Western Stovall’s Inn. I haven’t stayed at the specific locations on Harbor, but I’ve enjoyed many Homewood Suites and Embassy Suites stays over the years. Full breakfast plus happy hour/apps in the evening……full dinner at Homewood Suites. Always surprises me to see all that they provide. Both of those are just past the Hampton Inn (also in the same hotel family) on Harbor.

      Next week, I’m staying at the Grand Legacy at the Park and LOVE their new rooftop bar with views of the fireworks. They have kid activities (life size Connect 4, bean bags, etc) and plan to add more kid-friendly fun. I’ll be posting lots about my stay on Facebook.

      Hope you find one you love!

      • Hi Casey,

        I love all your valuable tips. I have a question about The Candy Cane Inn. Do they have an elevator to get to upper floors. I have some knee trouble (having PT now) and I know climbing a full flight of stairs multiple times a day would be too much for me with all the walking we’d be doing. Thanks so much. 🙂

        Shauna from Massachusetts

  14. Hi Casey,

    If I buy tickets from ParkSavers and stay at a DLR hotel, do I still get Magic Mornings every morning during my stay?

    Thanks,

    Kathryn

  15. I’m loving your site, thank you so much for all the info! We’re coming for a Disney visit from Australia, so I’m soaking up all your valuable tips!
    I was checking out the dining options in this post & it looks like Millie’s might be closed? Do you know if this is right? It’s a bummer cos their menu looked so awesomely American. Thanks!

  16. Are any of the non disney hotels decorated disney? Do any offer the ability to have purchases delivered to your room like the disney hotels? If not can you have items waiting for you in the park to pick up when you leave? Silver dollar city in branson does that

  17. Does anyone know if it is possible to use the tram from Mickey and Friends parking structure if you don’t park there. I would think this would be a great way to get to your hotel along Ball St without walking so far. Or to use the buses to the Toy Story parking lot?

  18. We are planning on staying at Disney Resort Hotel. My husband and I are torn between Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian. We have two children ages 4 and 6. We are on a budget and Disneyland Hotel would free up more funds for us. Is the Grand Californian worth the extra spend and if so, why?

      • The Grand Californian hands down! The rooms are much bigger at Disneyland Hotel but the walk to Disneyland Hotel is such a haul when taking small children back and forth for naps or at the end of the night. A screaming child all the way through Downtown Disney is no fun. Once you get to Disneyland Hotel is pretty far to the actual room. We were also disappointed to find that our two younger kids couldn’t use the slide at the Disneyland Hotel because they didn’t swim and they don’t allow you to “catch” your child at the bottom or allow the children to wear a life jacket or floaties on the slide. It may be the same at The Grand Californian but by the time we tried that our kids were older. The direct entrance to California Adventure is the best and available to any resort hotel guest. It is located off the Grand Californian. We have found the hotels along Harbor to be our favorite place to stay. This is due to their close proximity to the main entrances of the parks. We are big fans of Park Vue Inn on Harbor which has been renovated and has bunk beds and kitchenettes in some units. Also, Marriott has a brand new Courtyard on Harbor next to McDonalds for about the same price.

  19. Hi Casey,
    My family has been to Disneyland a handful of times. We’ve always stayed at a hotel within walking distance. We are considering a VRBO, but I’m concerned about the walk. I like to be able to walk back to our hotel midday, as we have young children, including one with special needs. Have you ever gone the VRBO route?
    Thanks

  20. Hello. First time Disneyland traveler always do Disney world resorts but Disneyland resorts are extremely expensive. Which neighbor hotel do you recommend?

    Thanks,
    Monica

    • Candy Cane Inn is in walking distance and has free breakfast. Double Tree is a further walk, and has no free breakfast, but is the Hilton experience you’re likely familiar with. Portofino has bunk beds and people love it, too.

    • We recently stayed at Hyatt Place. It’s a bit further south but took the ART right outside the door. Free breakfast everyday was a lifesaver!

  21. Theres a great pizza place across the street from the park called Pizza Press its 10 bucks (as of last time I was at the park) for as many toppings as you want on your pizza (there’s only 1 size), and it can feed 2 people. The people working there are super nice and often times you will see cast members in there ordering too. The nice thing is that they are often open after the park too which makes for taking a pizza back to the room for a snack before bed easy. They also serve beer and wine (I don’t think you can take this off property if it is opened).

  22. Is it reasonable to ship a box of snacks and things to your offsite hotel and they would be there for us when we check in? Is that a thing? lol

  23. Hi Casey,
    Do you know if any of the hotels, either on or off property (but close by) allow guests to leave their vehicle parked for the remainder of the day after checkout for an additional fee?
    Thanks!

    • The Desert Palms Hotel offers free parking for hotel guests and will allow you to leave your car in their lot/garage after checkout so you can enjoy your last day at the parks without worrying about parking. And they have a free buffet breakfast. Solid hotel in the Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel network.

    • Vons (Safeway affiliate) offers delivery to your hotel if you purchase $50+ order. I also read somewhere if you choose to take a taxi that it would be a $6 cab fare (not including the waiting time charged while you’re shopping).

  24. There is also a CVS on the corner of Harbor & Katella. It was about a 5-10 minute walk from The Del Sol Inn 🙂 My hubby had to run there a couple of times during our last trip and we didn’t have a car, so it was nice that it was close & we didn’t have to pay out the nose for essentials.

  25. Hello! So if you were at a hotel on Katella near Disneyland Dr, could you walk either through Downtown Disney OR Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel to get to the parks?

    Thanks!

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