As you enter Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel you are greeted by an old friend who provides the perfect picture spot.
We arrived at the hotel fairly early and were pleasantly surprised to find out that our room was ready and waiting for us. But we decided to explore the hotel before heading up to our room.
DIStracted Tip: Self-parking is $17.00 per night per vehicle. There is valet parking available for $25.00 per night. Disney Vacation Club Members staying on points get free parking.
In true Disney form, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has a special place for little ones to sit back and enjoy classic Disney cartoons and movies. The Paradise Theater features rows of miniature beach chairs and a small TV that continually plays Disney favorites. Next door is a haven for kids of all ages, Flounder’s Fun ‘n’ Games arcade. The arcade has classic video games along with the well-loved claw machines. Across the hall is a room full of vending machines that is sure to please everyone’s late night snack cravings.
Mickey in Paradise offers a little bit of everything including some everyday items that you may have forgotten. Guests can also find a wide range of souvenirs including those that can be found in the parks.
DIStracted Tip: We were able to find some highly sought-after Disneyland 60th Celebration items at Mickey in Paradise, even some that were sold out in the Parks.
The Surfside Lounge is a quick service restaurant located across from Mickey in Paradise that offers some great food choices and even a select array of cocktails. My favorite item from the Surfside Lounge is the souvenir mug. For just under $7.00 this makes a great and inexpensive keepsake.
If you’re looking for a fun place to dine, Disney’s PCH Grill is the perfect place for you. This bright beach themed restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, Guests can dine with their favorite characters at Surfs Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends. Enjoy this fabulous breakfast featuring an all-you-care-to-eat buffet including Mickey waffles and even a build-your-own omelet station. This colorful sit-down restaurant serves California inspired cuisine for dinner featuring choices like the Baja California Caesar Salad or the La Masa Southwest Burger.
DIStracted Tip: Reservations are recommended for Surfs Up! Mickey and Friends Breakfast. You can make reservations up to 60 days in advance online at Disneyland.com or by calling (714) 781-DINE (3463).
After exploring the first floor we adventured to the 8th floor to check out our room. We were in a theme park view room, so we got a great view of Disney’s California Adventure Park. The room had 2 queen beds and a single fold-out single couch, and would sleep up to 5. The beds were comfortable; even the fold-out single was a nice place to sleep. The bathroom was a standard bath/shower combination and, of course, offered the great Disney toiletries my husband loves. But by far the best part of the room was the view, especially at night during World of Color!
DIStracted Trivia: Disney purchased the hotel in 1995 and named it Disneyland Pacific Hotel. On December 15, 2000 Disney renamed the hotel Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel after Paradise Pier in the Disney’s California Adventure Park.
On the 3rd floor is the Paradise Pool. This rooftop area has 2 pools, including a small toddler pool, a wild slide and a relaxing whirlpool spa for adults. The Californian Streamin’ water slide is a favorite among both kids and adults. Right by the Paradise Pool is the Sand Bar which is an outdoor quick-service outlet that offers light meals and a few cocktails. On select days you can find some very energetic Cast Members hosting a very happening pool party for all the kids! The rooftop also offers some great views of the Disneyland Park nightly fireworks!
We only stayed 1 night at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and that just wasn’t enough! We loved our stay here, and will happily be visiting Goofy again soon.