Staying at Disneyland Resort? Take Advantage of These Perks

Planning a trip to Disneyland or California Adventure? You might want to consider staying at Disneyland Resort. Albeit more expensive than other hotels nearby, Disneyland Resort hotels offer a variety of exclusive amenities and perks to make your family vacation that much more magical.

Discover the best perks only Disneyland Resort guests get to experience, ahead.

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Staying at Disneyland Resort gets you exclusive perks. | Angela Papuga/Getty Images

Magic Hour

Guests staying at Disneyland Resort get to experience an extra hour of Disney with the theme park’s Magic Hour. Those that book a 3+ day admission package or Southern California CityPASS ahead of their trip — and plan to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel — receive early admission into Disneyland. The catch? The offer is valid for only one of the three days and can’t be redeemed on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. Learn more about early Disneyland park admission, here.

Easy park admission

Another perk to staying at Disneyland Resort? The hotels are steps away from the Happiest Place on Earth. So there’s no need to stress about boarding the tram or waiting in a long admission line. In fact, some of the hotels have their own park entrances — read Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa — while other are conveniently located near the Disneyland Monorail, which drops off in Tomorrowland.

Wake up calls

Hotel wake up calls are hardly considered a perk — after all, almost every hotel offers them. That said, Disney, of course, likes to do things a little different. Those staying at Disneyland Resort can opt-in to receive a morning wake up call from favorite Disney characters. After all, who better than the Mouse himself to get guests pumped for a fun-filled day at Disneyland?

Themed pools

Disneyland Resort is so much more than a place to crash after a day at Disneyland or California Adventure. In fact, the hotels offer enough things to do on park-free days, too. Case in point: All three resorts feature Disney-themed pools with plenty of activities for the whole family. And, get this: Hotel guests from all three Disneyland Resorts are allowed to pool hop!

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Hotel guests get priority reservations for character dinin. | YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

Character dining

Traveling to Disneyland with kids? Select Disneyland Resort hotels offer character dining, where guests can dine with Mickey, Minnie, and Friends. While there are a variety of character dining options — including inside the park — Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel is one of the most popular experiences. To take advantage of this perk, be sure to book a reservation in advance, as Goofy is one popular guy.

Top priority reservations

Securing a dinner reservation at a popular Disneyland and California Adventure restaurant is no easy feat. That said, Disneyland Resort guests get top priority. In addition to dinner, the preferred access perk can also help secure an appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Anna and Elsa’s Boutique for a princess makeover.

Movie night

You don’t want to miss out on movies under the stars at Paradise Pier Hotel. Available to all Disney Resort hotel guests (that means Grand Californian and Disneyland Hotel guests, too!), the outdoor movie night is a great way to wind down with your family after a Disney day.

Merchandise delivery

Buying a souvenir early in the day means you have to carry it around all day — that is, if you’re not a Disneyland Resort guest. When shopping in Downtown Disney, Main Street U.S.A., or other gift shops throughout the parks, just ask a cast member about Disney’s merchandise delivery service. They’ll make sure your new stuffed Mickey makes it back to your hotel okay.

In-room celebrations

Whether it be a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, or graduation, Disneyland is a great place to celebrate. That said, special occasion buttons aren’t the only way Mickey Mouse likes to celebrate. Hotel guests celebrating something special can request in-room celebrations. Learn more about the perk, here.

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