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Special Places for Special Guests
Special Places for Special Guests
California culture is diverse and tolerant, accommodating special guests of all walks and talks.
Children—What is Disney without children? Indeed, every resort is kid-friendly to one degree or another. While only the Grand Californian offers a childcare program, all Disney hotels have wading pools and fun activities for kids. Even the “adult” Grand Californian goes out of its way to offer wonderful children’s activities.
Older Adults—California is a haven for mature travelers, and Disneyland is a popular destination. Good hotels for the senior set include all three Disneyland hotels—you just can’t beat the location and convenience.
Business Travelers—Combine business with pleasure and visit Disney the next time you’re in town for work. You can often stay at a Disney hotel for the same price as a business hotel. All three Disneyland hotels have full-service business centers and meeting space, and the Grand Californian is specifically designed to be business-friendly. Some of the off-property hotels have guest rooms with features specifically for business travelers, too.
Singles—Whether you travel solo for work or for pleasure, Disney is accommodating, as Jennifer discovered on her very first trip to Disneyland. Good resorts for single travelers include the Disneyland Hotel and the Paradise Pier Hotel.
Couples—Celebrating an anniversary, going on your honeymoon, or just enjoying your time together? The Disneyland hotels, particularly the Grand Californian, can be magical and romantic. Consider a small suite or concierge service for extra magic.
Large Families and Groups—We’ve organized several family and group trips over the years to various Disney destinations. All the Disneyland hotels offer suites with ample space for your family reunion or group. Adjoining rooms are available at most hotels, too. The Villas at the Grand Californian are another large family option. These are pricey solutions, however, and you may want to consider an off-property hotel or “timeshare” property with larger units. For example, the Dolphin’s Cove Resort (719-980-0830, http://www.dolphinscove-resort.com) has one- and two-bedroom units within walking distance of Disneyland.
Physically Challenged/Special Needs—The Disneyland Resort is far ahead of the rest of the world in providing access, facilities, and fun for those with different needs. When Jennifer visited well advanced into her pregnancy with some special needs, she found the resort very accessible. All of the Disney hotels, and many of the off-property hotels, offer disabled-accessible guest rooms. Call 714-781-4560 for more details on accessible rooms in the Disney hotels.
LGBT—With Disney’s famous reputation for tolerance, you’ll feel welcomed and accepted here. Gay and Lesbian--Something about the name of this section seems just a little off to me. In fact, Disneyland is the site for the annual, unofficial Gay Days Celebration, which will run Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.
International Guests—Los Angeles is one of the best cities an international traveler can visit, thanks to its diverse population and multi-language accommodation.
Bargain Hunters—If you’re looking for a bargain, you aren’t terribly likely to find it at one of the Disneyland hotels. Rather, look to the off-property hotels near Disneyland or elsewhere in the Southern California area. See the sidebar on Priceline (page 123 ) for tips on getting great rates on lodging.
Top Photo Slice: Goofing Around at the Hilton Anaheim (℗ 52270) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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