Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Trip Report Pt. 1: The Disneyland Hotel

The morning after the wedding, I got up early to stroll around the Disneyland Resort property. It was still slightly dark and a cloud cover was hanging over the area. It appeared that all of the updating to the Disneyland Hotel was complete, making the property look contemporary while still honoring its past.

Some kind of training was occurring at the Disneyland Hotel's pool:

A panorama showing the pool with the Fantasy Tower in the background. I really dig the reflective blue glass on the outside of all the towers.

The path/bridge between the Tangaroa Terrace Restaurant and Goofy's Kitchen that arches over the pool:

Inside of the Frontier Tower is (appropriately) this very cool scale model of the Big Thunder Mountain attraction, which is still being refurbished until February 2014:

A nice overview of the remaining Rainbow Ridge buildings:

This fireplace near the Adventure Tower provides a fairly intimate outdoor living room for those who are lucky enough to snag it on a cool Southern California day/night:

Overall, I love the new design of the remodeled Disneyland Hotel. Where it falls short when comparing it to the Anaheim Hilton are in the price and the relaxation factor. Too often when I have stayed there, the noise level at the hotel and property restaurants really detract from the overall experience. Still, this is what one should expect when visiting a Resort that caters to the younger set. Adding more adult-only areas (an extra pool, a lounge, and a more adult-themed restaurant besides Trader Sam's) would help give more options to guests who aren't there for the kiddies.

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K. Martinez said...

I always thought it would be cool that when Disney decides to build another hotel at the Disneyland Resort, it would be based on the classic Stovall's properties; Cosmic Age Lodge, Inn of Tomorrow and Space Age Lodge.

Speaking of the future, I wonder when that Tomorrow Tower is coming.

JG said...

Dave, I agree. This property has been nicely renovated. Lots of ways this could have gone wrong and didn't.

We were thrilled to find the Steakhouse 55 restaurant and bar, which are fairly out of the way.
Catal in Downtown Disney has great food and views from the second floor, definitely an adult venue, no kid menu and great wine list.

Quiet places are hard to find in the area, for sure, especially outdoors.


Janey said...

I loved everything that has been done to the Hotel. Especially the map in the main lobby!