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12 magical hotels near Disneyland

The charm of Disneyland is never too far when you stay in one of these star hotels.

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Wishing upon a star for a magical stay in one of the happiest places in the world? Luckily dreams do come true.

There is more than a handful of wonderfully themed resorts and hotels surrounding Disneyland in Anaheim, California, that are sure to send your heart aflutter and send your kids’ imaginations soaring.

These are the ones that have won our hearts.

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1. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Play during the day and pamper yourself at night when you check into this upscale hotel. The on-site Mandara Spa offers massages, facials and beauty treatments for you to indulge in while the kids go rampant in one of the hotel's many themed pools.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 4 minutes
  • Disney touches: As an official Disneyland hotel, there is a special Disneyland entrance direct from your hotel, a Redwood themed pool and a Pinocchio workshop
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2. Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

The sun is always shining when you walk the decks of the Paradise Pier Hotel. Part of the official chain of Disneyland hotels, it has a boardwalk theme including themed rooms, and a rooftop pool which is an ideal spot to catch the fireworks.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 5 minutes
  • Disney touches: This hotel features the rooftop Paradise Pool with California Streamin' waterslide, a special Surf's Up breakfast at Disney's PCH Grill and seaside-inspired rooms.
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3. Disneyland Hotel

Being one of the official Disneyland Hotel resorts, you get the authentic Disney experience during your stay. Enjoy themed pools and slides, signature suites, as well as Disney insignias and Californian palm trees just about everywhere.

  • Star rating: 3.5 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 4 minutes
  • Disney touches: Disneyland Hotel features Mickey and Minnie Mouse spas, an on-site Goofy's Kitchen restaurant, a Mickey Mouse Penthouse room and Sleeping Beauty headboards in some rooms.
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4. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Pirates and swashbuckling adventure on the high seas is the name of the game at Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel. If you're bringing the whole brood over for a summer holiday, it's the place to keep them cool and entertained when you're not exploring the near

  • Star rating: 3.5 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 4 minutes
  • Disney touches: In keeping with the Disney theme, Howard Johnson has a Castaway Cove themed waterpark, on-site Main Street market with food and souvenirs, and an arcade/games room.
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5. Anabella Hotel

Anabella Hotel works its magic with opulently plush rooms pampering you with dreamy pillow-top mattresses. This choice is definitely for big kids looking to make their trip to Disneyland exceptional.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 7 minutes
  • Disney touches: None, we'll leave that to the theme park.
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6. Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

Spacious and modern, this hotel is the ultimate in luxurious stays without over-the-top Disney theming. If you are simply seeking a quality hotel and a day out at the park, the Sheraton is a perfect choice.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 7 minutes
  • Disney touches: Just the odd reminder of which land you are staying in.
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7. Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance

With the most impressive looking waterslides a Disneyland hotel can offer and delicate water-themed rooms throughout, the Courtyard Anaheim is a water baby's dream.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: Seven minutes
  • Disney touches: Let's talk waterpark: that's a 9-metre high water slide, 1,400-litre drench bucket and swimming pool to play in. Courtyard Anaheim also has mesmerising views of the Disneyland fireworks from certain rooms
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8. Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

This truly is a majestic hotel and looks and feels like it's jumped straight out of the pages of a Grimm fairytale. With turrets and themed rooms you'll feel like a fairytale princess the moment you step foot inside.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 20 minutes
  • Disney touches: Castle-themed rooms and a Dream Machine shuttle to and from Disneyland Resort.
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9. Anaheim Plaza Hotel and Suites

These apartment-style rooms feel like a home away from home, and the hotel sits directly across from the entrance to Disneyland. There's also a huge pool to keep little ones happy on a sunny Californian day.

  • Star rating: 2 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 4 minutes
  • Disney touches: Although the rooms are not themed, they are so close to Disneyland you can see the fireworks from your window every evening.
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10. Desert Palms Hotel and Suites

The relaxed vibe at the Desert Palms Hotel means you won't feel overwhelmed by the hecticDisneyland experience. With subtle touches such as weekly arts and crafts sessions, and the one-third pound cowboy burger, this place is a joy for a stay with kids.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 5 minutes
  • Disney touches: There is a Mickey and Minnie Mouse scavenger hunt and an on-site souvenir shop
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11. Hotel Menage

With its more mature and modern fitout, Hotel Menage is ideal for big kids. Its outdoor pool is lined with palm trees and will bring out the Californian in anyone, and its American tavern eatery will fuel you before a big day out at the park.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 4 minutes
  • Disney touches: No special Disney touches here, but Hotel Menage offers a shuttle to and from the park.
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12. Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Anaheim

Beautifully presented rooms meet childhood dreams at the Holiday Inns Hotel and Suites Anaheim. When the sun is out, big and little kids can head to the hotel's Splash Zone to play with water canons, ground jets and a towering helicopter.

  • Star rating: 3 stars
  • Driving distance from Disneyland: 2 minutes
  • Disney touches: A water park featuring characters such as Gus the Gator and Jeremiah the Bullfrog.
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