Exploring California: Best Places to stay near Disneyland with Kids


best places to stayHi Friends!! 

If you know me, you know that my family loves to travel to Disneyland frequently. It can be really hard to make a decision on a hotel when you have your family in mind. 

I’ve rounded up my favorite hotels to stay at near Disneyland with my kiddos. I’ve included a variety of different budgets to fit every lifestyle. 

Let me know where your favorite places to stay are! 



Favorite Budget Friendly “Magical” Stay

The Anaheim Majestic is a great low cost stay in my opinion. It has adorable castle bunk beds, a fun pop up tent for kids to play, and VERY spacious rooms. Free shuttle to Disneyland is included with your stay here. They even have their own “Princesses” that visit the adorable courtyard for extra magic. They truly took parents into consideration when making this hotel. It really isn’t walking distance, so strollers are somewhat difficult with the shuttle.

Favorite “If there is a Great Deal” Stay

The HoJo aka the Howard Johnson Anaheim is a quick 7 minute walk to security/Disneyland Main Gate. It has an extensive kid’s water park on property to bring an extra element of magic to your stay in those warmer months. It is close to outside dining if you are trying to save on food money and also has rooms with bunk beds. They frequently have deals, or codes for a discount, so I only book when they pop up. 

Favorite Longer Trip Stay

The Residence Inn Anaheim is awesome for longer stays because a full kitchen is included in every room. We love it for breakfast before heading to the park. You can definitely walk to the park from this hotel, although it is about 15 minutes (0.6 miles) which can be rough to walk back from at the end of a long Disneyland day. These hotel rooms also have bedrooms with a door if you plan on staying up later than your kids which is a huge plus. 

Favorite Nearby Budget Stay

The Anaheim Hotel is SO close, it’s one of the closest hotels to the main gate of the park that isn’t a Disney hotel. However, it does have thinner walls, so if that is something that may bother you or your family I recommend bringing a sound machine. The hotel itself is pretty standard and has basic amenities, and a giant lawn area with lawn size games for a game night at the hotel. Another plus, there is super yummy pizza on site! 

Favorite Last Minute Stay

The Hilton Anaheim has so many rooms, they usually have openings if you plan a last minute trip. It is a similar distance as the Residence Inn, so you can definitely walk to save money, or take the ART Transit System which picks up right outside the front door of this hotel. Rooms here are clean, and constantly updated. There is a food court, Starbucks, and gift shop on site- so you don’t have to leave the hotel for anything. It is right up against the Convention Center, so there are a lot of business professionals who use this hotel during conventions.  

Favorite Budget Friendly Stay

The Castle Inn is low-cost, and nearby. It is definitely walking distance, and has a little store on site. This is a great option if you are trying to save money for souvenirs and food. It is a pretty standard hotel that looks like a castle on the outside (my kids love that part). It is clean, and easily accessible, but not many extra amenities with kids in mind. 

Favorite Nearby Hotel with Food

The Fairfield Inn Anaheim always comes up as one of the #1 places to stay near Disneyland and it is easy to see why, it is very close, and has McDonalds and Panera on-property. Parking and access is easy and it has updated rooms. It’s a 7 minute walk from Disneyland gates. Again, this hotel has walls that are thinner, so I recommend a noise machine if you have kiddos who go to bed before the park closes! Beds are comfortable and the nearby food is great for saving money!

Favorite No-Budget, Sky’s the Limit Stay

A Disney Hotel, Are you surprised? Obviously my favorite hotels to stay at are the Disney hotels (Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, and Grand Californian). Obviously these aren’t always in budget. However, if you are flexible with dates and booking far out, you can sometimes snag a deal where they are the same prices as other nearby hotels. If you aren’t booking far in advance, these hotels are pricey, but could be worth it depending on your situation. They are as close as you can get if you have sleeping babies, or need a daytime nap. They also allow for magic mornings, where you get to get into the park an hour before they open, which can be a huge plus! 

*Need more advice on taking little ones to Disney? Check out this post about taking a toddler to Disneyland!

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Ashley Lessard
Ashley is Disney-Obsessed Momma to 2 adorable little ones (Charlotte & John) who are both in their toddler years. She has two fun and lovable rescue pups, and an amazing husband whom she first met in second grade. Together they all enjoy hiking and supporting small local businesses. In her free time Ashley is a basic mom who, like most, enjoys Target, coffee, and wine! She also enjoys traveling to Disneyland and eating Pineapple Dole Whip frequently. She loves eating all things sweet, and loves the rain! She is a HUGE fan of watching Disney movies and drinking iced coffee year round. It’s never too cold for iced coffee, seriously, she drinks it in the snow. Ashley’s perfect day (besides a day spent in Disneyland) would be snuggling on the couch watching a Disney movie with a great cup of iced coffee, and the door open to the rain outside!


  1. Have you stayed at The Hotel Anaheim recently? We just booked it and are hoping for a good experience! I am scared we will be in one of the older rooms!


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