The Disneyland Resort offers three onsite hotels for guests wishing to stay inside the resort. These hotels are owned and operated by Disney and offer the best location and amenities available for a Disneyland visit. What many guests don’t know is that the three Disney hotels aren’t the only option available for a convenient stay. There are in fact a large number of hotels in the vicinity that have been approved by Disney to be included in packages and offer most of the same perks as the Disney owned hotels. These hotels are called “Good Neighbor Hotels” and can be a great way for a family to visit Disneyland without missing out on onsite amenities.
What is a Good Neighbor Hotel?
Disneyland’s Good Neighbor Hotels are broken down into four categories: Moderate, Deluxe, Superior, and Suites. All hotels included in the Good Neighbor program have been evaluated and approved by Disney and are located anywhere from across the street from the resort to up to just over a mile away. Most are AAA approved and feature consistently high ratings from guests. These hotels are operated under some recognizable names like Hilton and Marriott as well as a few smaller non-chain hotels like popular Castle Inn and Suites. Many of the hotels are located within steps of Downtown Disney and the Disneyland parks, giving an added convenience to your stay.
Depending on the hotel and level, rooms are available that sleep up to 8 guests. These rooms range from standard rooms with two beds to deluxe villas with separate bedrooms and kitchenettes. Many offer extra perks like free breakfasts, free wifi, and easy transportation to the Disneyland Resort via the Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) bus system. The ART buses service the majority of Good Neighbor Hotels and the Disneyland Resort entrance as well as many other local attractions. Passes can be bought for unlimited rides per day and in lengths ranging from 1 to 5 days.
It should be noted that Disneyland occasionally changes and updates the list of eligible hotels, and you should always check with Disneyland or your Travel Advisor for the most current list.
Good Neighbor Hotel Vacation Packages
While the hotels listed in the Good Neighbor Program are available for guests to book on their own, separately from their park tickets, there are also packages available to combine the two. Disneyland offers guests the ability to book Good Neighbor Hotel Vacation Packages that work in mostly the same way as a package with an onsite hotel. These packages feature almost all of the same resort amenities as the onsite ones, with the exception of room charging and purchase delivery. Packages can be booked with park tickets for 2 to 5 days and include the following:
- One Magic Morning admission into selected attractions at a designated Disneyland Resort Theme Park one hour before general park opening (For Park Hopper souvenir tickets of 3 days or longer only)
- 2020 Magical Extras Savings Card – A special card offering savings and values at many participating dining and merchandise locations throughout the Downtown Disney District. (one card per package)
- Exclusive Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin, lanyard, and souvenir button. (Provided to all guests ages 3 and over)
- Splitsville Luxury Lanes Bowling Discount – Receive $5.00 off bowling per person. (One coupon per package)
- Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour – Receive a 15% discount on this inspiring Disneyland Park tour.
Guests may also add to their package with options like pre-purchased Disney MaxPass, air travel (U.S. Only), airport & ground transfers, Alamo Car Rental, and tickets to other Southern California attractions. To take advantage of the package offerings, everyone in the room must be booked on the same package and ticket options, and the stay must be booked together, through Disney. Hotel specific fees like parking and paid wifi are not included in package pricing.
With so many different options for lodging, it can seem overwhelming. That’s why we feel the best way to decide which Good Neighbor Hotel is right for you is by using a Travel Advisor who specializes in Disneyland vacations like our friends at Key to the World Travel®. Their expert help can make understanding and arranging all the components of your package as easy as possible as well as help you determine which Good Neighbor Hotel is the best fit for your family.
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