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Living 20 minutes from Disneyland means we don’t have to go very far for some awesome, kid-friendly hotels that are perfect for a staycation. Milana has had her eye on the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance for months. She’d point to the water park every time we would drive to Disneyland, asking if we can stay there. So of course, we had to make it happen! If you are traveling to Disneyland, look no further! This is the best hotel for families with young kids. It’s across the street from the entrance to the parks/downtown Disney and has an amazing water park right on site. This hotel is closer to the park entrance than 2 of the Disney hotels!
The rooms here are huge. Our room had 2 queen beds and a bunk bed. Other rooms have king beds and 2 sets of bunk beds. Not many hotels fit more than 4 people, so this is perfect for those with more than 2 kids! Another cool thing about this room that we haven’t seen before (and we travel a lot!) is the two showers. There is a bathtub with a shower and then a separate room with just a shower. Cuts down your getting ready time in half!
We had a view of the water park from our room, which was great!
The highlight of this hotel is the awesome water park. It’s for guests only (you get wristbands when you check in), which keeps the crowds down. There were very few people in the water park when we went, so the girls had the whole place to themselves.
To ride the 2 big slides, kids have to be at least 40 inches. Milana said you can see Disneyland from the top!
They have a small pool too, but really most kids didn’t even go near the pool with that awesome play area being right there. And they also have a small pool for infants that’s one foot deep.
The girls played for hours here! Notice the hotel behind the water park? If you stay there instead of here, your kids will hate you! You’ll have a nice view of the water park but will be unable to use it so don’t make that mistake!
Here is a video of the water park:
In the lobby, there are games and books for the kids to use. The girls loved building things with the Jenga blocks!
The Bistro, also located in the lobby, serves breakfast and dinner. They have a kid’s menu as well, which you won’t find on the printed card in your room, so be sure to walk down and check out the kid meal options. We had breakfast here one morning and Milana chose the French toast.
There is a gift shop inside the hotel as well as a small market that’s open 24/7 with drinks, snacks and other supplies you may need during your stay.
Right in front of the hotel is Mimi’s Cafe and right next door is Panera, as well as many other restaurants so you will have plenty of dining options here.
For dinner, we decided to drive 5 minutes down Harbor to our favorite place that’s now open in Anaheim, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. If you know anything about this place, you know that most locations have very long waits! This one isn’t as bad as the others, but still be prepared for at least a 20 minute wait if you come during peak time. We ordered chicken and waffles and everything was amazing!
When you’re at Roscoe’s, chances are you will encounter Elmo, the manager. He’s been here since the beginning and is awesome! They couldn’t hire a better manager.
After Roscoe’s, we headed to downtown Disney. We left the car at the hotel and walked across the street to Build a Bear. The downtown Disney location is closing next month, which will make Milana super sad. It’s her favorite place in DD! The girls each picked a stuffed animal to take home.
For dessert, we went to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express in Downtown Disney for some beignets. I think the girls liked the powdered sugar more than the actual beignets!
We didn’t go on this trip, but we often go to the Anaheim Packing District which is very close to the hotel. They have lots of different restaurants to choose from (try the poutine at Kroft) making it the perfect destination for those families where everyone wants a different meal. Definitely check it out if you’re here!
There is lots to do in the Anaheim area besides Disney. If you’re visiting from outside the area or even if you’re a local, this is the perfect hotel for your family. Your kids will have a blast and you will be close to the parks.
Although I received a one night complimentary stay at this hotel, all opinions are my own.