Disneyland Hotel


With its just completed contemporary transformation, this classic hotel has earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Hotel rating. Now with upgraded rooms, new pools, 2 new water slides, and tropical dining inspired by Adventureland, the Disneyland Hotel is a vacation destination by itself!

Opened on October 5, 1955 as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.

Now with improved, luxurious rooms, new pools and waterslides, themed dining and more, the newly transformed Disneyland® Hotel is a modern vacation destination in itself. The newly remodeled rooms at the Disneyland Hotel sparkle with magic. Enhancements include special Disney touches like Sleeping Beauty Castle light-up headboards, new furnishings and additional modern amenities.

With new pools, water slides and an expanded courtyard area, the Disneyland Hotel is a vacation destination by itself! Spend the day by the water or the night listening to live, acoustic music on the Trader Sam's patio. The Mandara Spa, world-class shopping, dining and entertainment are also available just steps away. The new Monorail Pool features 2 towering waterslides - themed after the Disneyland Park classic attraction - that splash down into an immersive water play area. Visit the E-Ticket and D-Ticket pools which have both been newly completed and have plenty of plush, chaise lounges for lazy day relaxation. Or take a dip in either the Mickey or Minnie Spa outdoor hot tubs for a soothing experience. At select times, enjoy food and beverage service at the pools from Trader Sam's – Enchanted Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace – Casual Island Dining

Touring Tips

  • In the evenings, drift towards the tiki torches to the Trader Sam's – Enchanted Tiki Bar patio for cocktails and live, acoustic music nightly or snuggle up at the cozy outdoor fireplace nearby.
  • The Disneyland Hotel is just steps away from the Downtown Disney District, a lively promenade that features great shopping, delicious meals, first-run movies and exciting nighttime entertainment - even after the theme parks close.
  • Guests of the Disneyland Resort hotels are are eligible for an Extra Magic Hour. Visit Disneyland on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and check out Disney California Adventure on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays up to one hour prior to regular park opening. The availability of the Extra Magic Hour and offered attractions is subject to change.
  • For an additional fee, enjoy a night out and treat children ages 5 to 12 to an evening of arts and crafts, computer games, Disney films, dinner and snacks in a licensed child activity center with an environment created especially for kids. Guests over 18 may make a reservation by stopping by Guest Services or calling (714) 635-2300. Pinocchio's Workshop is located at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
  • Explore artifacts of Disneyland Park throughout the hotel - including Cascade Falls, a peaceful retreat featuring a waterfall and the Old Unfaithful geyser; a scale-sized model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; and memorabilia displays.
  • Treat your family to one of the new poolside cabanas which are available for an additional fee. The poolside retreats feature a refrigerator, flat-screen television, wireless Internet, safes and fans.
  • At select times, some Disney Characters are available to meet and greet Guests in the Disneyland Hotel main lobby. Disney Characters can also be found at Goofy's Kitchen during breakfast and dinner.
  • This Resort hotel features accessible paths of travel from parking, lobby, dining and shopping locations, and accessible rooms for Guests with disabilities, including wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms. TTY equipment is available upon request at check-in. Complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.


At the time of its construction in the early 1950s, Disneyland was in a remote area outside Anaheim, California. Walt Disney wanted to build a hotel for Disneyland visitors to stay overnight, since Disneyland was quite a drive from the established population centers of Southern California at the time. However, Disney's financial resources were significantly depleted by the construction of the park, so he negotiated a deal with Jack Wrather and his business partner Maria Helen Alvarez under which Wrather-Alvarez Productions would own and operate a hotel called the Disneyland Hotel across the street from Disneyland. Wrather was a Texas oil millionaire turned film producer who already owned hotels in Las Vegas and Palm Springs, and co-owned television stations in Tulsa and San Diego with Alvarez.


The original Disneyland Hotel was designed by the firm of Pereira & Luckman and opened on October 5, 1955, nearly 3 months after Disneyland. Various strikes caused the opening to be postponed from the August date advertised in pre-opening promotional materials, and the hotel only had limited capacity when it initially opened. The hotel originally consisted of just over 100 rooms in 5 two-story guest room complexes (later known as the South Garden Rooms and even later as the Oriental Gardens) that rented for $15 a night with shopping, dining and recreational facilities added in early 1956.

Additionally, it had a doctor and dentist on site as well as a barber and beauty shop. On August 25, 1956, the hotel celebrated its "official" grand opening with many Hollywood stars and celebrities attending the festivities. It was quickly expanded in 1956 with three North Garden guest room structures, one more North Garden structure in 1958 and lastly, two more North garden structures in 1960. The hotel now boasted over 300 guest rooms and suites. It was one of the first hotels in the region to offer accommodations for four persons per room.

Guests traveled between the hotel and Disneyland Park via a tram between the hotel and the park main entrance. When the Wrather-Alvarez partnership ended acrimoniously in 1958, Wrather bought Alvarez' share of Wrather-Alvarez Hotels, making him sole owner of the Disneyland Hotel. Over the years, the hotel was expanded to include three guest room towers: Sierra (1962; expanded 1966), Marina (1970), and Bonita (1978). The Disneyland Monorail was extended from its original 1959 configuration and a station opened at the hotel in 1961 (pictured). Recreational areas, attractions, and a convention center (1972) were also added over the years. The hotel also featured a Richfield service station for several years as part of Richfield's sponsorship of several Disneyland attractions, including the Autopia.


When Michael Eisner became chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Productions in 1984, he wanted to get out of Disney's agreement with the Wrather Corporation and bring the Disneyland Hotel under the Walt Disney Company's umbrella. Wrather refused to sell, just as he had refused Walt Disney many years before. Wrather died two months after Eisner took over at Disney, and five years later, in 1989, Disney bought the entire Wrather company. At the time Wrather's company also owned the RMS Queen Mary and Hughes H-4 Hercules (the "Spruce Goose") in Long Beach, as well as the rights to The Lone Ranger and the Lassie TV series. Though Disney kept the hotel, it has since sold the other assets that came with the purchase.

In 1999, a significant portion of the hotel was demolished to make way for Downtown Disney and parking areas for the newly expanding Disneyland Resort. Most buildings east of the Sierra Tower and north of the Marina Tower were demolished, including the original hotel buildings from 1955. The only buildings remaining in these areas are the convention center and parking garage. Recreational facilities were built in the quad between the three towers, previously site of the Water Wonderland, to replace those that were previously located east of the Sierra Tower. Streets previously used to access the hotel by car were regraded and/or outright eliminated, and a new street was built to access the hotel. Tram service from the hotel was also discontinued, leaving the Monorail as the only vehicular mode of transportation from park to hotel. The loss of hotel rooms was offset with the opening of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel in 2001, but many of the restaurants and amenities that existed prior to 1999 were never replaced.


Today none of the original hotel buildings from 1955 remain standing. Very little of the hotel other than parking areas and service facilities sit outside of the perimeter created by the three remaining guest room towers. Original signs and other artifacts from several of the stores and restaurants demolished with the Plaza are on display in the hotel's employee cafeteria. ESPN Zone, Rainforest Café, and AMC Theatres-all Downtown Disney venues-now occupy much of the former hotel space east of the Sierra Tower. Mickey Mouse theming is employed in many interior furnishings and details. In 2007 the Marina, Sierra, and Bonita Towers were renamed Magic, Dreams, and Wonder, respectively. Other buildings in the sprawling hotel complex house restaurants, stores, offices, recreational facilities and convention and banquet facilities. The complex also features gazebo and garden areas that are used for Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons.

The Disneyland Hotel started a major renovation in 2009, beginning with the Dreams tower. Renovation of the hotel included new windows, wallpaper, carpeting, and decor. The Dreams Tower, completed in 2010, will become the Adventure Tower. The Wonder Tower will become the Frontier Tower after its completion in 2011, and the Magic Tower will become the Fantasy Tower in 2012. The Never Land Pool area will be undergoing a transformation that will be completed in 2012. This transformation will include: 6 new cabanas, two new water slides that will have the iconic original park signage at the top, and at the top of each slide will be a replica Monorail train. A new four foot pool will be built between the Never Land Pool and water play area. Two new dining locations will be taking over Hook's Pointe, Croc's Bites and Bits, the Wine Cellar, and the Lost Bar. A "smart casual" dining experience will feature Tahitian architecture from the 1950s and 1960s. Also, a new bar will be based upon the Jungle Cruise theme of adventure. The new water play area, pool and dining locations will be completed by summer 2011, and the Never Land Pool will complete its transformation in the summer of 2012.

On May 25, 2011, the two new dining locations at the Disneyland Hotel opened. Tangaroa Terrace is the new location that serves casual dining in a new innovative way. There are touch screens to place an order & select your side. Tangaroa terrace is a casual dining experience with Tahitian architecture based on Adventureland, most specifically the Jungle Cruise and The Enchanted Tiki Room. The new bar, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, is based on the Jungle Cruise's head salesman, Trader Sam. These two new locations are rather small inside, but there is plenty of outdoor seating, including seating by a giant fireplace by the pool entrance. There new pool area is also now open as of May 25, when the Neverland Pool closed for renovations. There is a new pool located between the monorail inspired slides and the closed Neverland Pool, which is called the 'D'-Ticket Pool inspired by the D-ticket admission.

Disneyland Hotel
1150 Magic Way, Anaheim, CA
(714) 778-6600

Booking Details

  • Price range: $250-$500
  • Check-in time starts at: 3 PM
  • Check-out time is: 11 AM
  • Rooms: 990

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