J.W. Marriott vs. Westin Anaheim Resort

pharmama

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May 6, 2012
1) We will not be back-and-forth to the parks, no kids, and we're used to walking the Tenderloin in SF (for food, the only thing worth the risk), so the potentially dodgy walk along Harbor vs. Disneyland Dr/DtD is not relevant this trip. But I didn't think of this with Westin, so it will be handy for the kids (and we are not on-site), thanks @pharmama!
Just to be clear, I don't think the Harbor walk is at all sketchy either. I tried to make clear that I just find walking through DTD more pleasant with the easy option to stop at Starbucks or one of the other DTD places and also MUCH prefer going through security on the DTD/DLH side vs Harbor. :)

Glad you're going to give the Westin a try in the future!
 

sweethannah

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Mar 10, 2012
Alas conventions are coming back so do make sure to check the convention calendar. I’m staying onsite for an Apr trip and couldn’t figure out why prices were so high for my off-site arrival night- cheer convention is in town. Oops. And someone was just on the boards here in sticker shock at hotel rates in Mar and it turns out their dates are during a major Expo so… yeah. Conventions are back. Great for Anaheim but bummer us lol.

Would you share the April dates in question? We were thinking about heading down in April and I checked out the convention center calendar ahead of time to avoid too much craziness but didn't see anything about Cheer. I'm probably looking in the wrong spot. Thanks!
 
  • gottalovepluto

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    Jul 14, 2014
    Would you share the April dates in question? We were thinking about heading down in April and I checked out the convention center calendar ahead of time to avoid too much craziness but didn't see anything about Cheer. I'm probably looking in the wrong spot. Thanks!
    “American Showcase”. It’s some sort of cheer/dance thing from what I could determine.

    Before you settle on your dates I’d check hotel availability. That’s where I went wrong, picking dates before looking at hotel prices 😆
     

    PirateBrigade

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    Just to be clear, I don't think the Harbor walk is at all sketchy either.
    It's....different. That's the nicest way I can describe it. I've had no personal problems with any of the unhoused folks that are on Harbor, or the happy-if-questionable vendors trying to scrape a living (those $1 bottles of water are much appreciated on a summer's day, those levitating toys that are like catnip to a kid... not so much), but my brother has definitely witnessed public defecation along Harbor. That shouldn't be shocking to anyone who has been to any major metro area on the West Coast, though. Is that weird to say?

    I guess avoidance of Harbor falls into the "what do I feel like explaining to my kid today" category.
     

    dieumeye

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    Feb 17, 2019
    It's....different. That's the nicest way I can describe it. I've had no personal problems with any of the unhoused folks that are on Harbor, or the happy-if-questionable vendors trying to scrape a living (those $1 bottles of water are much appreciated on a summer's day, those levitating toys that are like catnip to a kid... not so much), but my brother has definitely witnessed public defecation along Harbor. That shouldn't be shocking to anyone who has been to any major metro area on the West Coast, though. Is that weird to say?

    I guess avoidance of Harbor falls into the "what do I feel like explaining to my kid today" category.
    For the JW Marriott, the nice thing is you can pretty much avoid most “street” traffic. Walk out the GardenWalk side and through GardenWalk to Disney Way. You walk down Disney Way, but that’s usually not as crowded of an area. Then when you get to Disney Way & Harbor, you don’t have to take the main sidewalk since you can cut into the Disney property sidewalk (behind the ride share area) and take that up to the entrance. That way you basically avoid all of Harbor, especially the area right in front of the park where a lot of homeless and vendors congregate.
     
  • Iceman93

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    May 2, 2004
    We have had dinner at the Westin, very nice but could use more charm. Looks very convention like, not very disney
    To be fair, the same could be said of the JW. Pick it up and transport it to any city in the U.S. and you wouldn't know the difference. I guess they're both going for the "we're close to Disney but not part of the Disney bubble" vibe, catering to upscale folks who may not love Disney all that much but benefit from the proximity (I'm thinking business conferences where the attendee's spouse and kids galavant in the parks but the businessperson just wants to focus on their tasks at hand).
     


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