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Best Hotels within Walking Distance of Disneyland for Families (with Map!)

Visiting Disneyland with kids? One of the biggest planning decisions is finding a hotel near Disneyland that works for your family’s travel style and needs. I’ve been to Disneyland dozens and dozens of times and have stayed in so many hotels in the Anaheim, California area. On nearly every trip, my family chooses to stay within walking distance of the parks. 

Walking Distance Disneyland Hotels - Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance

But walking distance is only part of our decision-making process. Even among our Disneyland walking-distance hotel favorites, we have found that different hotels work better for us under different travel circumstances. For example, in the summer, we look for a hotel that has a great pool we can enjoy in the heat. On a very quick trip, we might look for a more budget property that is as close to the gates as possible.

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How the Disneyland Area Hotels on this List Were Picked

So what are the best hotels for your family on your Disneyland vacation? I compiled this list based on a wide variety of factors families care about – pools, free breakfasts, room types, and more. Your family may care more about one factor than another or you might take trips that have different needs. This list will help guide you to the hotels that have the features you want on every kind of trip!

In order to make this list, a hotel could be no farther than a 15-20 minutes walk from the esplanade in front of the two parks. Why walking distance? After walking tens of thousands of steps in the park, the last thing any Disneyland visitor needs (especially one with kids) is a long walk back to the hotel to add additional blisters.

Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle Minnie Statue

Additionally, for families proximity is often most important, especially if you have younger kids. I know from my own experience that a mid-day break back at the hotel is vital for our travel success. There are few things worse than waiting for a full or delayed shuttle bus while your toddler is melting down and in need of a nap! Walking makes you the master of your own destiny and schedule.

I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels in Anaheim, but I haven’t stayed in them all. Luckily, I work closely with three other Disneyland expert bloggers as part of the Disneyland with Kids Facebook group we co-own. I trust their expertise and opinions in recommending a few hotels on this list even if I have not had personal experience (yet!) with them. (For example, if you specifically need hotels for big families, my co-owner Becca has the definitive Disneyland hotels for large families guide!)

Traveling to Disneyland in Anaheim, California? These 15 kid-friendly hotels are all within close walking distance Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Get a sneak peek of the family-friendly hotel amenities at each property, including pools and water parks, family suites, free breakfast, parking fees, and more! #disneyland #disneylandwithkids #hotels #familytravel

How to Book the Hotels on this List

Most travelers have their preferred way to book hotels. Some are looking for the best price possible, no matter who it’s from. Others prefer to book on a hotel’s website directly in order to earn loyalty points or take advantage of elite status benefits. I hear that! I personally book my own hotels a variety of different ways. With that in mind, I’ve provided at least two different ways to investigate and book each of the hotels on this list.

In many instances, trusted Trips with Tykes partner Get Away Today will have the best deals. You can purchase standalone hotel rooms from Get Away Today with some properties, but you’ll likely save even more if you purchase a package that bundles together discounted park tickets with your hotel (save $10 more using code TYKES10 too). I encourage you to price compare all the options before you book. What might be cheapest for one set of trip dates may not be as good of a deal for another.

And even if you purchase your hotel somewhere else, always book your park tickets through an authorized third party discounter like Get Away Today. There’s absolutely no reason to pay full Disney price! Get Away Today sells very same Disney ticket options (park hoppers/single park, with/without Maxpass) that Disney does. Get Away Today even provides emailed e-tickets so you can skip the ticket booths and go straight to the turnstiles. Check out their discounted Disneyland park tickets here.

So, without further ado, here are the best walking distance hotels for families near Disneyland, both on-property and off.

*Map Key: Green=5 minutes or less walk, Pink=5-10 minute walk, Purple=10-15 minute walk, Yellow=15-20 minute walk.

On-Property Disneyland Hotels within Walking Distance

All three of the on-property Disneyland hotels are within easy walking distance of the parks so they all make the list. On-property hotels come with a few perks, like magical theming and early entry “Extra Magic Hour” every morning during your stay. Of course, theses hotels are also more expensive than their off-property equivalents. Budget accordingly! Be aware as well that many of these hotels sell out quickly and early during peak periods.

1. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Disneys Grand Californian Outdoor View

  • Standard Room Price: $450-700
  • Walking Time: <5 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Multiple, with waterslide
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 5
  • Parking Costs: $25/night

The newest hotel at Disneyland (and also the closest) is the Grand Californian, which boasts a private side entrance into Disney California Adventure park. Often known as the most luxurious of the three on-property hotels, the Grand Californian has a spa, two Disneyland character meals, and fine dining available at Napa Rose. The arts and crafts style is immersive and breathtaking and the hotel is especially awe-inspiring during the holidays at Disneyland when a huge tree and gingerbread house adorn the lobby. Some standard rooms can sleep up to 5 and have all been recently renovated.

Book the Grand Californian:

2. The Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel - Monorail Pool

Monorail water slides loom large at the Disneyland Hotel.

  • Standard Room Price: $400-500
  • Walking Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Multiple, with waterslide
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 5
  • Parking Costs: $25/night

The original on-property hotel at Disneyland, the Disneyland Hotel, offers guests an impressive combination of modern amenities mixed with classic Disney history. Families will especially enjoy the monorail themed pool and magical Disney touches like the musical illuminated castle headboards. Many standard rooms can sleep up to 5 people and always include family-friendly amenities like a mini-fridge.

Disneyland character dining is available in the hotel at Goofy’s Kitchen for both breakfast and dinner. Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, Tangaroa Terrace, and Steakhouse 55 provide additional dining choices.

The Disneyland Hotel is within walking distance of both parks, although guests can also choose to ride the monorail that connects Downtown Disney to Tomorrowland in Disneyland park.

(Can’t decide between the Grand Californian or the Disneyland Hotel? Check out my Grand Californian vs. Disneyland Hotel comparison guide.)

Book the Disneyland Hotel:

3. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Paradise Pier Hotel Exterior at Disneyland

  • Standard Room Price: $300-450
  • Walking Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Multiple, with waterslide
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 5
  • Parking Costs: $25/night

Paradise Pier is usually the least expensive of the three Disneyland on-property hotels, although it is still fairly pricey. With beachy decor, a rooftop themed pool, and an on-site character breakfast at PCH Grill, it is often a smart choice for families with younger kids or anyone who wants on property perks at the lowest price possible.

Paradise Pier is within walking distance or guests can also choose to walk a couple of minutes to Downtown Disney and ride the monorail. Rooms sleep up to 5 guests.

Book Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel:

Best Off-Property Hotels Near Disneyland within Walking Distance

4. Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance

Hotels within Walking Distance of Disneyland - Courtyard Marriott Surfside Waterpark

  • Standard Room Price: $300-400
  • Walking Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Water park + standard pool
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 6
  • Parking Costs: $24/night

The Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is currently the nicest off-property hotel within walking distance of Disneyland, hands down. Built in 2015, the hotel includes an amazing water playground for families. Standard rooms are beyond spacious, with a split bathroom that has both a standalone shower and shower over a tub as well as two sinks. The rooms also have bunk beds in addition to two queen beds and therefore sleep six, making it a smart fit for larger families.

Of course, with quality comes a premium price, so budget accordingly. If you have Marriott points, the hotel is a Category 6 (40,000-60,000 points a night).

Book the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance:

5. Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Hotel Pool

  • Standard Room Price: $150-200
  • Walking Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Standard pool
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 5
  • Parking Costs: $24/night (FREE when booking with Get Away Today)

The Fairfield Inn is the hotel my family has stayed in most of any off-property hotel at Disneyland over the years. Rooms at this hotel were all just recently renovated and are quite spacious. Standard rooms have either two queens or a king and pull out sofa. They also include a microwave and mini-fridge. Themed rooms are available for a bit higher cost.

Although Fairfield Inns usually offer free breakfast, this is one that doesn’t. But it’s easy to grab a quick and cheap bite when staying here, either at the Pizza Hut in the hotel or the McDonald’s next door that is on the walk to the park.

If you have Marriott points, the hotel is a Category 5 (30,000-40,000 points a night) and can often be redeemed with the 35,000 point free night certificate that comes with many Marriott credit cards!

Book the Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort:

6. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground

Howard Johnson Anaheim - Castaway Cove

  • Standard Room Price: $200-250
  • Walking Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Water park + standard pool
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 5
  • Parking Costs: FREE (1 car)

The HoJo has been a mainstay for many decades of Disneyland vacationers and is truly one of the best for families with kids. The hotel has a pirate themed water playground that entertained my kids for hours (see my full HoJo Anaheim Review). Rooms come standard with microwaves and mini-fridges. The hotel has a number of room layouts and types, including family suites that work for a wide variety of guests.

The hotel is currently undergoing a renovation in 2019-2020, building by building, that is going to turn it into one of the hippest hotels in the area. The styling of the new rooms is orange and blue midcentury modern – bold enough for kids and cool enough for parents alike.

Book the HoJo Anaheim:

  • Check out hotel + park ticket package discounts from Get Away Today (use code TYKES10 for an additional $10 savings!)
  • Book this hotel directly on HoJo’s website (use discount code LNLR for 15% off – make sure you put the code in the “RATE CODE” box – not the corporate code one – and look for a rate type that says “Influencer Discount” in the results)

7. Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

  • Standard Room Price: $150-250
  • Walking Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Breakfast: Yes
  • Pool: Standard pool
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 4-6
  • Parking Costs: $22/night

Hyatt House is a newer hotel in the Disneyland area about a block down Harbor Boulevard near the corner of Katella. This makes the walk a bit longer than some of the hotels on this list, but still quite doable. The hotel is new as of 2016 so still feels incredibly fresh. And since it’s part of the Hyatt chain, it’s an excellent hotel for either earning or redeeming World of Hyatt points (the hotel is a category 4 or 15,000 points a night).

There are a wide variety of room types at the Hyatt House Anaheim, so choose carefully. Most have full kitchens and mini-suite style layouts, including all the room options that Get Away Today sells that sleep 6. Some family suites with bunk beds in a separate room are available too. The hotel also includes free breakfast. The pool is a bit utilitarian, so it might be a hotel that works best for families not planning on a lot of hotel pool time.

My friend and fellow miles and points expert Shawn of Miles to Memories has a very helpful and detailed review of this property.

Book the Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort:

8. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Anaheim, CA

Hotels Near Disneyland - Country Inn Suites Anaheim

  • Standard Room Price: $125-200
  • Walking Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Breakfast: Yes (hot)
  • Pool: Standard pool
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 4
  • Parking Costs: FREE

The Country Inn and Suites is one of the newer walking distance hotels near Disneyland. It is a tiny bit farther than the hotels immediately across the street, but that extra few minutes of time gets you more for your money. ART also stops at the hotel if you want to take a ride instead of walking on some occasions.

Rooms are clean and bright and well-appointed for families with a microwave and mini-fridge. The free breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of options and is probably the best free hot breakfast in the area.

Because it is a block off of the main drag, it usually is priced lower than hotels with a Harbor Boulevard address. I personally think the hotel offers one of the best values for families in the Disneyland area. It’s an especially excellent choice if you have older kids and won’t be walking back to a hotel daily for a mid-day break.

Book the Country Inn & Suites Anaheim:

9. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Anaheim Resort Area

Hotels Near Disneyland - Holiday Inn Express

  • Standard Room Price: $125-200
  • Walking Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Breakfast: Yes (hot)
  • Pool: Standard
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 4
  • Parking Costs: $18

Another fairly new hotel within walking distance of Disneyland is the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel opened in 2016, making it feel more fresh than quite a few of the competitors on Harbor Boulevard. 

The hotel has standard rooms that sleep 4 as well as some 1 and 2 bedroom family suites for larger families. What families will appreciate most is the complimentary breakfast. The pool area is not as full-featured as some of the hotels with water parks, but it’s more impressive than most with a regular pool, a small splash zone, and a hot tub included. 

Book the Holiday Inn Express Anaheim:

10. Castle Inn & Suites

  • Standard Room Price: $125-200
  • Walking Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Standard
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 4
  • Parking Costs: FREE

The Castle Inn is one of the Disneyland area hotels I’ve not personally stayed in yet. But Trips With Tykes readers book this hotel with Get Away Today more than any other off-property hotel, so I know it is an appealing pick. Rooms are somewhat dated but clean and spacious for families. The pool is basic but gets the job done. The real reason families really love this hotel, however, is its over-the-top theming – there are few kids who can resist the appeal of staying in a castle!

Book the Castle Inn & Suites:

11. Park Vue Inn

Walking Distance Disneyland Hotels - Park Vue Anaheim

  • Standard Room Price: $150-250
  • Walking Time: <5 minutes
  • Breakfast: Yes (continental)
  • Pool: Standard
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 4
  • Parking Costs: FREE

Location, location, location. You can’t get any closer to Disneyland than at Park Vue, so for families that really value proximity, this is a top pick. The hotel also includes free continental breakfast and free parking – two more amenities on the wish list of many families. Park Vue is priced a little higher than many comparable hotels on the same block, but for families who can use those freebies, you essentially break even.

Families may also especially enjoy the room type with one queen and a bunk bed that sleeps 4 as well as the mini suite that sleeps 6. This hotel isn’t available to book on third party or discount booking sites, so you’ll have to go direct if you want to stay there! 

Book the Park Vue Inn:

12. The Anaheim Hotel

  • Standard Room Price: $125-175
  • Walking Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Breakfast: No
  • Pool: Standard
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 5
  • Parking Costs: $15

The Anaheim Hotel is an older but renovated property that sits in a value sweet spot for families. Located about the same distance from the pedestrian entrance of Disneyland as the Courtyard or the Fairfield (in the other direction), its location is amazing at a lower price point. You can often snag a 4th night free deal when booking with Get Away Today to save even more. The hotel’s pool is larger than most comparable hotels in the area, and the Pizza Press restaurant on site is one of the best family-friendly restaurant choices in the area. 

See my friend Jessica’s review of this property over on the Happiest Blog on Earth.

Book the Anaheim Hotel:

13. Best Western Plus Park Place Inn & Mini Suites 

Disneyland Walking Distance Hotels - Best Western Plus Park Place Inn Mini Suites

  • Standard Room Price: $175-225
  • Walking Time: <5 minutes
  • Breakfast: Yes (continental)
  • Pool: Standard
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 4
  • Parking Costs: $10

Like the Park Vue, the Best Western Plus Park Place hotel is about as close as possible the pedestrian entrance of Disneyland. Consequently, its price is sometimes a bit inflated, but the free included continental breakfast can make up some of that price differential.

Standard rooms include two double beds which may be too tight for families, but the two queen rooms are often not that much more expensive. And the even larger mini-suites with two queen beds and a sleeper sofa are truly awesome choices for families of 5 or 6. 

There are a number of Best Western branded properties in the Anaheim area, so check the name and location carefully before you book to make sure you are in the right one!

Book the Best Western Plus Park Place Inn & Mini Suites:

14. SpringHill Suites at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

  • Standard Room Price: $135-200
  • Walking Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Breakfast: Yes (hot)
  • Pool: Standard
  • Standard Room Occupancy: 4-6*
  • Parking Costs: $24

While it’s a bit farther than some hotels on this list, the Springhill Suites makes the cut for families because… suites! Located across the street from the Hyatt House on Harbor Boulevard and Katella, this hotel is ideal for families who need more space. Having a separation between adult and child sleeping areas as this hotel does in all of its rooms is often a life-saver for families. While the hotel’s king suite with sofa bed sleeps 4, the cost of a two queen suite with a sofa bed is often not much more, and those rooms sleep 6. Larger kids and family suites are available too.

If you have Marriott points, the hotel is a Category 5 (30,000-40,000 points a night) and can often be redeemed with the 35,000 point free night certificate that comes with many Marriott credit cards!

See my friend Jessica’s review of this property over on the Happiest Blog on Earth. Note also that there is another Springhill Suites in the Anaheim area on the other side of Disneyland that isn’t really walkable so don’t confuse the two.

Book the SpringHill Suites at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center:

15. Coming in August 2020: The Westin Anaheim Resort

While it’s not open yet, one hotel that I think is going to be game-changing for Disneyland travelers is the new Westin Anaheim Resort. Westin is a reliable brand my family stays in often. I have every belief this hotel is going to be one of the nicest off-property hotels in the area. This hotel slated to open in late summer 2020 on the property where the Anabella Hotel used to be located. (See all the other Disneyland area hotels opening in 2020!)

Unlike all the other hotels on this list where guests would walk to the Harbor Boulevard entrance, guests of this new Westin would enter through the Downtown Disney security checkpoint. This is the entrance where guests of the Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier currently enter. I love that entrance because lines are so much shorter! There is a real dearth of off-property hotels I can recommend within walking distance of that side of Downtown Disney, so stay tuned. 

Do you stay within walking distance of Disneyland too? What’s your favorite hotel in the area and why?

Disneyland bound? The very best hotels within easy walking distance of the two Disneyland parks in Anaheim, California. Includes an overview of family-friendly hotel amenities at each, including pools, room occupancy, free breakfast, and more! #disneyland #disneylandwithkids #hotels #familytravel

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