New to DisneyLAND - hotel choices

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  1. Coreyjohnson2007

    Coreyjohnson2007 Mouseketeer

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    ok so first timer to the California parks. So I understand the logistics of Disney hotels, and the harbor drive hotels. I want walking distance as we (wife and kids) will likely stay later than my parents (the grandparents). So walking distance is important. Currently I found a good deal at the Fairfield inn on harbor dr and I also got a good deal at The Country Inn and Suite which seems very new and nice but a little longer walk. Does anyone have any preference or opinion on these places? My parents like a nice place and the Country inn and suites does free parking and breakfast so that’s nice but for $100 more I can stay closer at the Fairfield....

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  2. MillauFr

    MillauFr Buzz & Woody

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    You will find fans of many of the Harbor Hotels on these boards. We stay at the Candy Cane Inn. The price is reasonable, they don't nickel and dime you for extras, free parking, free breakfast, it is very clean, free shuttle, excellent service, decent pool, 10 minute walk to the front gate.
     
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    The above thread about choosing the right hotel has great information. Another fan of the CCI here! Never had a bad stay and they offer a variety of discounts. With the two hotels you mentioned, I'd go with the FFI. Closer really makes a difference at DLR. And if you are a loyalty member, those Marriott reward points can make a difference if you will be making return trips to DLR. There are now a handful of Marriott properties around the parks (and there will be more in the future). So anything that helps with a free night is an advantage in my book!
     
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  6. smartlabelprint

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    It depends how big your family is. Country inn isn’t too far away and friends of ours loved it. Personally I’d probably go for more space with kids. Plus, the real hotel will be quieter. We always stay in a little further away walking suites hotel with kids for those reasons.

    Fairfield is a solid choice as well. I’d be happy at either of them!
     
  7. gottalovepluto

    gottalovepluto DIS Veteran

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    If your group prefers a hotel farther away just Uber/Lyft to/from the parks!
     
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    cmwade77 DIS Veteran

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    Honestly, any of the Harbor hotels that are across the street from Disneyland will be the shortest walk to the parks, yes even shorter than the walk from the Disney owned hotels, well except the Grand Californian to DCA since it has a direct entrance.
     
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  9. brittainy

    brittainy Earning My Ears

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    We stayed at Fairfield a year and a half ago and really enjoyed it! I’d recommend it over and over again.
     
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    How easy is this to do with kids 8 and under that will need car seats?
     
  11. theluckyrabbit

    theluckyrabbit Moderator Moderator

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    If the kids are old/big enough to use Mifold or Bubblebum travel boosters (lowest price I've seen so far is on Amazon.com), then it shouldn't be difficult at all. And the travel boosters can fold up into a tote bag or go into a locker for the rest of the day in the parks until you need them again for the return trip to the hotel.
     
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    gottalovepluto DIS Veteran

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    Good point! I would not want to do that with kids that need car seats, too much hassle. I’d stay in the closer hotel in that case.
     

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