Themed rooms make a night at the hotel even more magical!
n 1955, Walt Disney barely had enough money for the theme park to open, let alone gives his visitors a place to stay. So he asked his friend, Jack Wrather (husband of actress Bonita Granville) to build a hotel next door. The Disneyland Hotel had pools and restaurants, and was one of the first hotels in the area to have rooms large enough for four. The Disney Company purchased the hotel in 1988 and changed the three towers from the Sierra, Bonita and Marina to the Dreams, Wonder and Magic, respectively. Another perk for guests (and for parents with tired little ones) is that the Monorail goes right from Tomorrowland to Downtown Disney, just a short walk from the Disneyland Hotel. Look for the Sorcerer Hat and you're home!
Shoshana Lewin Fischer is the Play Editor for Spoonful.com and lives in Southern California with her Disneyphile family.
Guests enter the Fairy Tale Suite delighted by pixie dust and the appearance of Tinker Bell, who illuminates a crystal castle encased in the wall.
The centerpiece of the bedroom fit for a princess is an canopy bed. The room is finished with crown moulding, automatic drapes and a custom-designed dresser, from which a flat-panel television ascends at the touch of a button.
The focal point in the bathroom is a beautiful hand-cut mosaic of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The mirror disguises a TV and the double vanity countertop twinkles with shooting stars.
Among the treasures to be discovered in the suite, including some in locked display cases, are a replica of Captain Jack Sparrow's revolver, a lithograph signed by Disney Legend "X" Atencio (lyricist for the song for "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me") and a replica of the mysterious Davy Jones' "Dead Man's Chest."
The Pirates experience begins as you ring the doorbell, which plays, "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me," and enter the living room. The Spanish colonial-style furnishings could be part of a pirate's plunder, yet the room also provides landlubbers' comforts.
The Master Bedroom (or Captain's Quarters) features a vintage canopied four-poster bed with cast iron lighting fixtures and (in addition to a 37-inch LCD TV), decorative artwork inspired by elements of the Pirates of the Caribbean films and attractions.
Younger guests enjoy spending the night in the second bedroom, which features a more playfully rustic theme with nautical-inspired furniture.
For a room the whole family can stay in together, suites at the hotel blend contemporary style with Disney magic. Each suite is a unique experience and amenities can also include a wet bar, eating area and views of the Disneyland Resort.
Each suite has one, two or three bedrooms, can accommodate at least six guests and includes refrigerators, DVD players and queen-size sleeper sofas. Plus, the headboards come with a special "good-night kiss" your kids will love.
Getting your kids to take a bath won't be hard — but getting them to leave the bathroom might be, thanks to bathroom accessories inspired by Mickey.
The Asian/Indian-inspired main living area includes a wet bar, a flat-screen TV hidden behind artwork above the faux fireplace, and a "hidden" closet (hint: try the bookcase).
When you're in this suite, it even sounds like you're in the jungle: the doorbell "rings" with tiki gods playing drums, and — for the first time in a Disneyland Hotel suite — themed background music plays three separate tracks inspired by the Jungle Cruise, Disney adventure-themed movies and world music first created for Disney's Animal Kingdom.
If you ever wonder where you are — just look down and follow the compass, a nod to the original Disneyland TV series.
With the feel of an explorers' camp from the 1930s, the Adventureland Suite features a master bedroom fashioned as a safari lodge with a claw-foot bathtub in the living area.
Whether you're enjoying a big game hunt with the family — or a Dole Whip — the dining room feels like you never left the park.
Younger explorers will love this second bedroom, which makes you feel like you're sleeping in a safari tent.
In the master bathroom lies a grotto with a foot spa, steam and rain showers, and lighting and sound effects that make you feel like you're in a rainforest or a savanna.
The centerpiece of the dining area is a knotted table with seating for eight, with a wagon-wheel chandelier. Nearby is a wet bar made of petrified wood and above the bar hangs a "living portrait" of a gold miner who magically changes activities over the course of the day.
A stone-hearth fireplace in the living area serves as the suite's centerpiece and houses a mounted flat-panel television. When not in use, the TV is concealed by one of the many pieces of attraction concept art found throughout the suite.
The Big Thunder Suite is the wildest suite in the wilderness and immerses up to six pioneers in 1,400-square-feet inspired by the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction at Disneyland Park. Howling wolves sound to the push of the suite's doorbell as guests step into a mine shaft foyer inlaid with Fool's Gold and hear the rumble of a passing runaway mine train.
The master bedroom is appointed with a desk, sitting area, TV and king-sized bed with a headboard made of rich wood, brown leather and exposed brackets.
In many rooms, repurposed wood from a Midwestern barn is used as flooring and paneling, which is complimented by textured earthen walls.
In the living room, guests can check out stylized contemporary decor featuring eclectic furnishings, Mickey motifs and hardwood floors. A giant impression of Mickey Mouse fills the ceiling, as glowing lights enhance the mood of the room.
Classic Mickey Mouse imagery and 3D artwork dominate the design scheme throughout the penthouse. Photos and sketches from the Disney library are prominently displayed, featuring images of Walt and Mickey rarely seen by the public.
The swanky penthouse, featuring an interior design with "Mickey's" signature colors of black, white, red and yellow, occupies 1,600 square feet and includes an open living room, dining that seats eight, kitchen area, two bedrooms and two and one-half bathrooms.
The master bedroom is filled with luxury amenities including a king-size bed, lounge chairs, a flat panel TV and a DVD player, and it's decorated with — of course — Mickey Mouse in many of his most famous film roles.
The second bedroom has a playful feel and doubles as a playroom for little ones. The bedroom also features a Mickey Mouse built-in armoire with a flat panel TV, DVD player and video games (for relaxing after a long day at the park).
How many times can your kid say he or she has slept in a round-shaped bed?
The Disneyland Hotel
Fairy Tale Suite Foyer
Fairy Tale Suite Bedroom
Fairy Tale Suite Bathroom
Pirate Suite: Dining Room
Pirate Suite: Living Room
Pirates Suite: Master Bedroom
Pirates Suite: Guestroom
Suite Living Room
Adventureland Suite: Living Room
Adventureland Suite: Hello Jungle Cruise
Adventureland Suite: Floor
Adventureland Suite: Master Bedroom
Adventureland Suite: Dining Room
Adventureland Suite: Bedroom
Adventureland Suite: Bathroom
Big Thunder Suite: Dining Room
Big Thunder Suite: Fireplace
Big Thunder: Living Room
Big Thunder Suite: Master Bedroom
Big Thunder Suite: Bedroom
Mickey Mouse Penthouse: Living Room
Mickey Mouse Penthouse: Desk
Mickey Mouse Penthouse: Dining Room
Mickey Mouse Penthouse: Master Bedroom
Mickey Mouse Penthouse: Guest Room
Mickey Mouse Penthouse: Guest Room
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