There are two hotels in the Disneyland Resort: Disneyland Hollywood Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel. The first features an art deco architecture (with a not-so-hidden Mickey here and there) and has 1920′s feel. The Disneyland Hotel on the otherhand, is a Victorian splendor inside and out. The warm tones of the interior is matched by the warm reception of the staff that welcomes you to the hotel.
Check in is not until 3pm, but it’s possible to check in early and leave your luggage at the concierge so you can spend time at the park. Though the Disneyland experience is not just for kids, their young customers are never far from the designer’s mind. In the rooms, there are small touches that small kids will surely appreciate: tissue dispensers that can easily be reached by little hands, foot stool to aid in getting the kiddie-sized robe from the closet or to get the smallest room slippers from the shelf.
There’s a touch of whimsy in the room that’s distinctly Disney. Snow White’s seven dwarves adorn the boxes of toiletries, one for each item. Their faces are also etched on the mirror frame, while small towel creatures wait for you on the counter and on the bed.
This is a hotel where you stay in — it’s not the kind of place you just drop your bags and go out sight seeing the whole day. Disneyland Hotel makes sure that you enjoy your stay with their comfortable beds, ample closet and drawer space so you can unpack and feel at home, cable TV with more than 5 Disney Channels (including a bedtime story-telling channel), and a balcony where you can hear faint Disney music from the park or listen to birds chirping. There’s plenty to do within the hotel. The Prince Eric Activities Room is the place for workshops for little kids, big kids, teens and the entire family. For more active pursuits, you can swim laps at the indoor pool or lounge and get a tan at the outdoor pool. You can also get lost in the Mickey Maze outside the Grand Salon or just walk or jog around the resort.
Food is not a problem at the hotel. There are three restaurants at the Disneyland Hotel (Enchanted Garden, Crystal Lotus and Grand Salon & Sorcerer’s Lounge) and one bar (Sea Breeze Bar). You can be sure to encounter more hidden Mickeys in your meals in all the restaurants, but the Crystal Lotus goes one step further with dimsum shaped into Disney character. At the Enchanted Garden, you can get up close and personal with the Disney characters as they join you for breakfast. Breakfast and dinner buffets at the Enchanted Garden are done in batches, to ensure that there’s ample space for guests and mascots.
Both the Disneyland Hotel and Disney Hollywood Hotel feature a gift shop with a wide range of exclusive Disney items that you can’t find anywhere else. With products ranging from toys to clothing to accessories to snacks, there’s sure to be something to catch your fancy. The Disneyland Resort provides a shuttle to take you from the two hotels to the public transport interchange located outside the Disneyland park. Buses arrive in 10 – 20 minute intervals and takes 5-7 minutes between the interchange and the hotel. The Disneyland Hotel is also a 18-minute walk from the hotel and a 15-minute walk from the Disney Hollywood Hotel.
This is the the last post of a four-part Hong Kong series. Read part 1 and part two to for our adventures in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and part 3 for our adventures in Hong
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This trip was made possible by Nuffnang.