Hotels near Disneyland

Oct 26th, 2004, 05:42 PM
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as far as I know, none of the Hotels are offering early admission to either park.
I was told they have stopped doing this.
However, when we were there a few weeks ago, a local McDonald's was giving away(with a breakfast purchase) coupons for early admission to California Adventure.
Oct 29th, 2004, 12:10 AM
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shenwai, if you want to walk into Disneyland you need to choose a hotel that is across from the pedestrian walkway into Disneyland. Being across from the "maingate" may not be close enough because of parking lots. "Maingate" may refer to the main gate where cars enter into the Disneyland property.

But pedestrians need to enter by the "pedestrian walkway".

There are some hotels across the street from the "pedestrian walkway" into Disneyland. The pedestrians will need to cross at the light. The closest hotels across the street from the pedestrian walkway into Disneyland, I believe, would be the Carousel Inn and Best Western Park Place Inn.

It will take at least 10 minutes to walk from the closest hotel and to actually step your foot into Disneyland. If you are not at the closest hotel it may be a 15 or 20 minute walk.

If you want a shuttle the Candy Cane Inn is the ONLY hotel near Disneyland that has its very own free shuttle, a shuttle that ONLY stops at the Candy Cane Inn and doesn't stop at any other hotels. It is easy to get a spot on this shuttle since it only stops at one hotel. ALL of the other shuttles must stop at more than one hotel and that is why it is hard to get a spot on the other shuttles. It is easy to get a spot on the shuttle for the Candy Cane Inn. (You show your room key.)

Have fun.

Oct 29th, 2004, 12:57 AM
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If you mean the Best Western Anaheim at 1630 S. Harbor Boulevard, that is indeed right across from the entrance to the park. You can't really get much closer. We stayed there a few years ago and it was perfectly fine.

We've also stayed at the Howard Johnson, and that was somewhat nicer, but it's about a 7-minute walk to the entrance gate, rather than 90 seconds at Best Western Anaheim.

We also stayed at the Coast Hotel which is very nice. We got that through Priceline. It's about a 10-minute walk, but my daughter wanted to take the shuttle every day, which costs $3/person for a daily pass (for those over 9, I think).

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Oct 29th, 2004, 01:01 AM
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shenwai and melissajoy :

Here's how to figure where your hotel is in relation to the "main gate" and the "pedestrian walkway".

(a previous post covered this issue, but we're going through the motions as the process is universally applicable)

Go to
Type in the [name] of the hotel and the word [address] and hit ENTER.
Result : "1630 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim"

Go to
Type in the address of the hotel.
The B W Inn and the park are both on S. Harbor Blvd. You can see where the entrance to the park is located on the map.

Need a point of reference to be sure? There's an International House of Pancakes very close, on South Harbor Blvd.

Go to
Type in [IHOP S Harbor Blvd].
Result : "1560 S Harbor Blvd"
Compare the street numbers for the hotel and the IHOP.

Need a picture on the web?
Park Vue Inn
1570 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Shows a picture of their sign and the entrance to Disneyland. Street number tells the story in relation to the B W A Inn.

It will be easy to cross the street at the light (with 50 others) and walk into the main gate, where there will be an option of going to the left for CA Adventures, or to D'land.

A pass that allows you to go from one to the other is available for purchase. Or, buy a ticket for just one park.

If you're going during the hot weather months and your hotel doesn't have a swimming pool, the others up/down the street do, wink-wink.

Please be sure to let us all know how the trip went...
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Oct 29th, 2004, 06:42 AM
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Hi everyone,

I am so glad that I posted my query on this forum. All of you have been so friendly and generous with your suggestions and advise. Thanks a ton.

We are now all confirmed to leave for LA on 3 Nov from Singapore. We have a firm hotel booking for 3 nights at Best Western Anaheim Inn which is suppposed to be right opposite the "Maingate". I am not quite sure if I fully comprehend how far the maingate is from the "pedestrian walkway" but now that we are already booked with Best Western Anaheim Inn, I suppose we just have to figure out our way from hotel to the parks and back, however far or near it might be.

We finally told our kids a few days back about the trip and as expected they are terribly excited and simply can't wait to fly out. We intentionally kept this news from kids because we knew it would be difficult to contain their enthusiasm once the cat was out of the bag!! Now they are busy fantasizing about the trip and my wife is little bit worried, hoping that the trip lives upto their expectation (whatever it might be!). To be candid, I realize that I am also getting somewhat excited, if not more, about the prospect of spending 3days at Disney CA and Disneyland

The only thing I am not quite clear about is how should we spend the 3 days there. What are the things/attractions we should cover and in what sequence, if any? I supppose 3 days should be enough to have reasonable fun there but what could we do to get the "most" out of the 3-days that we have on hand. Looks like there is a "FASTPASS" system for some of the popular rides so how do we go about deciding which FASTPASS queues we should get into on priority.

Hope I am not asking too many questions here but would be grateful if you have any advise to offer. Thank you so much again.

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Oct 29th, 2004, 07:45 AM
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Sorry, shenwai. Looks like we never said that the two terms are reaching the same point of entry. You will walk across the street to the pedestrian walkway that leads to the main gate.

Yes, there is a driveway for cars that want to park here, to the left of where you will be walking into the 2 parks.

I have only one suggestion - and I expect other people will have more - to fill up the three days. Foot massages.

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Oct 29th, 2004, 12:02 PM
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We planned extensively for a similar trip but ended up changing our plans. Hence we never stayed at this hotel, but all our research led us to the Howard Johnson's for what it's worth.

Ask to stay in main building (building one I think) highest floor facing the park for the best view.
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Oct 29th, 2004, 03:28 PM
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Hi shenwai.
In regards to "Fast Pass".. this is not available on all rides, and on the rides that it is available, it is not always "open". I think it depends on park occupancy numbers. The only "fast Pass' we have always found "open" is the one in Cal Adven at California Soaring attraction. This is one of the rides you should not miss.
If i read your arrival right, you will be in Anaheim on Nov 4th? shouldnt be too crowded on thursday.
What to do when? well, go to the more popular rides first, early as possible in the day.
Have fun.
Oct 30th, 2004, 12:45 PM
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minnie17 - I wrote it down and cannot locate the info in my journal...

What line #s does a person want to stand in to be seated in the front row of the Soaring ride?
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Oct 30th, 2004, 01:24 PM
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TripleSecDelay: Once you are in the building and at the boarding section, I believe it is the line at the left...that would be the line closest to the wall. any ride at disney, if you tell the boarding attendant that you want to sit in the front row they will accomodate you.
We do this all the time at Pirates.
Oct 31st, 2004, 03:28 PM
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I think the lines change all the time. When we were there last spring, we ended up in different lines each time, but luckily always in the front. It didn't really matter to us as the ride is still very similar. However, we swear by fast pass. Use it as much as possible, it really works. Have fun!
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Nov 1st, 2004, 10:54 AM
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Anyone going to any of the Disneyland parks should check out the information available at

This independent web site contains all kinds of helpful information to families about hotels in and out of the park, discounts, ticket information, etc.
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Nov 1st, 2004, 01:16 PM
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I remember those lines on the flying ride having numbers like 1-8 or so. Then, there's 8 people per row of flying seats, right? Is this what you guys are talking about?
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Nov 7th, 2004, 08:14 AM
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Hello. I made a reservation about 6 months ago for a hotel near disneyland that had an IHOP across the street. I never recieved confirmation from them and would like to cancel since we are staying with family now. I can't find my reservation information and can't remember the hotel name. Can anyone help me with hotels across from IHOP there? Names? HELP!

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Nov 7th, 2004, 09:20 AM
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Cheri, check with Anaheim Plaza Hotel. If they don't have your reservation, they can tell you what other hotels are next door, across from the Ihop.
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Nov 19th, 2004, 05:44 PM
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Hi everyone,

We got back to Singapore from the trip two days back. It was great! 3-days at Disneyland parks was the highlight of the trip.

We stayed at Best Western Anaheim Inn on Harbor Blvd which is the street across the parks' main gate. There is another Best Western (Park Place Inn - Mini Suites) which is right opposite the Main Gate crossing oppostite the parks. Anaheim Inn that we stayed in was a decent and clean place, though nothing fancy. We paid $59+ on week days and $89+ weekend rate. The distance between the two Best Westerns is hardly 1 minute by walk. Though Anaheim Inn has no restaurant on site, it has a Danny next door. We had booked oversized room with 2 queen size beds for our family of 4 including 2 kids. I am glad we followed the suggetions on this forum to pick a location that is within walking distance of the parks. After spending the entire day walking in parks, we were surely glad that we did not have to walk back any longer while getting back to hotel room. In terms of "what is a reasonable walking distance" - IMO, Anaheim Inn or Ramada Maingate are within just the right walking distance, although hotels located a block or two away, (e.g. Castle Inn) are also not that far away to walk, provided kids are not too tired and complaining. Btw, from outside, Castle Inn looks quite interesting - as the name suggests, it has a look of a castle. For food near the main gate, there were several choices including IHOP, Danny's and even Chinese and Indian food within a block or two. For those who like Indian food, I can recommend Tandoor Club - good food, reasonably priced and the service is friendly. Next to the Ramada Maingate there was a Pizza place also.

As for the parks, we certainly had a great time and we enjoyed fully going on weekdays, during off peak season. Will write more about the parks later in a separate report.

Once again, thank you all for providing excellent inputs during our planning. If I can offer any inputs or assistance to those planning their trips now, will be happy to be help.

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Dec 7th, 2004, 02:09 PM
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It's good to hear you had a good trip. I got a lot of useful information from your question and related threads, which eventually helped us picked a hotel (Tropicana Inn) for our recent trip to Disneyland. Have been wondering how your trip went too, considering it must have been a wonderful experiance for your family, traveling all the way from Singapore. Look forward to your trip report
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