An Often Overlooked Treasure – Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

I love Disneyland! Plain and simple…I love that it was Walt Disney’s first dream of a theme park where families could come together for a fun time. I love that it was a place of magic that I discovered as an adult. I love that you can manage a few days’ visit and see most of what you want between Disneyland and California Adventure Parks.


And I love Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel. It’s a casual, fun atmosphere. You feel like maybe you’re at the beach while at the same time at Disneyland. The staff is upbeat and efficient. They offer suggestions to help you make the most of your time at the park. We’ve had front desk cast members go out of their way to help us find our way around and plan out our three-day stay! We’ve had bell staff bend over backwards to make sure our luggage was handled appropriately. We’ve had housekeeping staff decorate our room with rose petals for my anniversary. We’ve had staff in the gift shop offer great dining suggestions. And we’ve had staff at the PCH Grill fit us into a very busy breakfast rush. Overall, it’s exceptional service, Disney style.

Character Breakfast

The hotel is decorated to make you feel as though you’re at a beach boardwalk hotel instead of in the middle of downtown Anaheim. There are beach balls, lifesaver rings, and sailor touches. The Disney characters, both in the pictures on the walls and the “live” characters who greet you in the restaurant, are all dressed as though they were setting sail on a Disney ship or in Hawaii at the beach. They look cool and fun, making you more relaxed like you were on vacation. Oh, yeah, you are on vacation so enjoy the theme! There are touches of Ariel and the pelicans from Finding Nemo. Even the Christmas tree is decorated with all of these fun nautical decorations. The tree stands as tall as the lobby and it’s fun to see it if you are there in November through early January as you ride up the glass elevator.

Beach Balls and Rose Petals

I love that Paradise Pier Hotel is a short walk through the Grand Californian Hotel to either Downtown Disney or California Adventure Park. It’s great if you are staying at Paradise Pier and can catch the early extra morning hour at California Adventure Park because it’s such a short trip. It’s not a long walk to the Disneyland Park either and as you walk there, you have so much to see in the Grand Californian and Downtown Disney. You can window shop in Downtown Disney and then head back to the World of Disney Store later in the day if the parks get too crowded. And you can have your packages sent directly to your hotel since you’re staying at a Disney Hotel. No need to carry those packages around with you all day or try to stuff them in a locker!

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And finally, I love that you have a front row view of the Disneyland Evening Fireworks show from the pool deck at Paradise Pier Hotel. After a long drive from my home in Utah, we can check in and head up to the pool deck to end the day with a firework show complete with piped in music. Nothing gets me excited about the days ahead to be spent in the parks than a Disney Fireworks display. It stirs emotions in me that few things can. (As my husband would joke, brings a tear to a glass eye!) Then you can’t keep me in bed the next morning- I’m the first one up and ready to hit the parks!

I love Disneyland. It’s the original family playground. And nothing completes a trip to Disneyland like a stay at the Paradise Pier Hotel.

Email me and I’d be glad to help you and your family play in my favorite playground!