When planing my trip to Disneyland in California, I searched for hours trying to find a hotel that would offer me the most comfort and convenience while giving me the best bang for my buck. I wanted to stay close to the park but official Disneyland Hotels were way over my price range, and staying at a reasonably priced hotel 20 minutes away costed extra transportation dollars and time.
I was going to settle for a hotel far away until I found a hotel called Grand Legacy at the Park that offered me exactly what I was looking for! It is situated literally across the two Disney parks and surprisingly it was very reasonable priced.
For this review, I’m going to list out 4 reasons why I would recommend this hotel to travelers booking a trip to Disney.
1. Convenience, Convenience, Convenience.
I can’t say that enough. I never fully understood why it was important to stay near the park, but having done it once, I will no longer have it any other way. Not only were we able to walk back to our hotel, take a quick power nap at 4pm, grab our jackets (we went in December so it was super hot in the morning and super cold at night), eat dinner at Downtown Disney, then go back at 8pm just in time to catch the fireworks, we also got to come and go whenever we pleased. That meant never having to rush or catch the hotel shuttle in the morning or night with hundreds of other people.
2. Complimentary Snack Bag
One of the perks I really appreciated from Legacy at the Park were their complimentary snack bags. They provide it daily from 7am-9am and it consists of a bottle of water, an apple, a cheese string, and a granola bar. The entire bag can be taken into Disneyland (they allow bottled water now! I remember it used to be banned..) and it saved me so much money! A bottle of water inside the park is $4 USD and a corn dog is $8 USD, so you do the math. 🙂
3. Downtown Disney (and Earl of Sandwich)
In my previous visits to Disneyland, I have always stayed at a hotel far enough to require a shuttle service. With the set shuttle times for pick up and drop off, I never got a chance to explore Downtown Disney in my own time because I’m usually rushed with an hour to look at all the shops after an already grueling long day of walking. This time around, I got to visit Downtown Disney three times (once a day I was in Anaheim), go to my favourite sandwich place (Earl of Sandwich), and browse all of the Disney retail shops until the wee hours of the night. 🙂
4. The Fifth Rooftop Restaurant and Bar
Upstairs on the rooftop, there is a 5,000 square foot open air rooftop restaurant and bar called The Fifth. It overlooks beautiful Disneyland and serves up some delicious food and drinks. I went with my significant other and we were both pleasantly surprised at the quality of food served at a hotel restaurant. Moreover, we saw (and heard) countless Christmas parties held at the restaurant every night so clearly locals know it’s a bumpin’ spot to be at.
5. Necessities at your Fingertips
When travelling, nearby drugstores or pharmacies are a lifesaver. I rely on them for bottled water, emergency travel items I forgot, and hotel snacks (you gotta have them snacks in the hotel room right?!). We were very happy to find a Walgreens and CVS just one block away from the hotel. In fact, it was so convenient we probably made 1-2 trips every day there just to get miscellaneous items. In addition to Walgreens and CVS, there were a lot of food options around like Denny’s, IHOP, Jimboy’s Tacos, a cheap $10 buffet place, and a nitrogen ice-cream place.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for an affordable hotel that’s in a super convenient location, Grand Legacy at the Park is for you. Now, I’m not going to say it was a five star hotel with no flaws. It’s an older hotel so the rooms are not luxurious and the walls are very thin. However, if you can get over those minor details, the stay will be worth it.