I'll be perfectly honest with this recommendation: If you can afford to stay at the Disneyland Hotel or the Grand Californian, by all means go for it. Disneyland Hotel has better theming, grounds, shopping and dining than Paradise Pier. The Grand Californian has superb dining, an awesome lobby that's practically an attraction in itself and incredible convenience with its direct gate into DCA. Both hotels have fancier pool options than Paradise Pier (though Paradise Pier's pool is a shorter walk from the rooms).
If you do choose Paradise Pier, however, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by its many excellent features. Here's a quick rundown of what to expect:
|Not-So-Hidden Mickey atop the parking lot poles|
|They should set up a DVC-like booth to sell this carpet for guests to install at home.|
WARNING FOR PARENTS WITH SMALL CHILDREN: See those beach balls by the pillows? Cute, aren't they? Those aren't inflated, they're stuffed. See those little placards in front of the beach balls? Those are there to tell you that you must pay for any damage done to the room caused by stuffed beach balls being hurled around. Just a head's up: You might want to hide the beach balls in the closet before letting your kids in the room.
|Photo by Lana Whitham|
Near the lobby, you'll also find a small game arcade, a Disney Movie viewing room for children, a room full of vending machines and some genuinely awesome, beach-themed public restrooms.
Tomorrow, we'll run a sequence of photos showing the shortest route from Paradise Pier Hotel to the park gates -- That's one factor you'll definitely want to keep in mind when deciding whether or not the Paradise Pier Hotel suits your needs. See you then!