Updated May 20, 2017
***For updated info on the new Security Checkpoints at Downtown Disney effective 12/15/2016, check out this post from my Facebook page.
***For updated info on the new Security Checkpoints from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure effective 12/15/2016, check out this post from my Facebook page.
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:
Most off-site hotels are located on Harbor Blvd and are an easy walk to the entrance of Disneyland.
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- 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.
- 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.
- A 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.)
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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!
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My favorite off-site hotels include:
- 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 Disneyland Daily readers
- Photo tour from my most recent visit
- Walking distance
- 2 pools
- Free breakfast
- Nicely decorated rooms
- Manicured, Disney-themed garden
- Photos from my most recent visit
- 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 Visits
I’ve linked up to my stays at other off-site hotels here: