Resort Review: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

View from our room!
View from our room!

On the West Coast leg of my racecation back in January, we stayed at two different hotels – my all-time fave the Villas at the Grand Californian and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (DPPH)!

Now, I was a pretty terrible blogger (the trip was really speeding up at this point, so I didn’t take resort photos) but with the power of the internet, I will attempt to share my experience 🙂


DPPH has a pretty interesting history! Opened originally in 1984 (same age as me) as the Emerald of Anaheim by the Tokyu Group of Japan, it’s changed names and hands a few times before eventually becoming known as it is today! More fun facts? It’s 15 stories and, unlike many other tall buildings in the US, actually has a 13th floor, despite the superstition! We stayed on the 11th floor 🙂


As you can see in the picture above, DPPH is in a great location, right across the street from the Grand Californian and has sweeping views of the area of Disney California Adventure (you can even see World of Color from some of the rooms). Our room, however, viewed the other direction, as seen in the first picture in this post – it was a PERFECT view of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon finish line and the mountains! And on top of that, it was literally right in front of Corral D for the race, which meant just a five minute walk to my corral! Couldn’t ask for a better location!

We spent two nights at DPPH and really enjoyed our stay! Our room had two queen beds and was quite spacious,


I really loved those cute beach ball pillows! Also, the rooms had a nice seating area and a desk, which was helpful for checking in on my computer! The elevator was also really fast, despite the crowded-ness of the hotel.

We also had the opportunity to dine at the Surfside Lounge – it was really relaxing and casual – nice place to catch a bite without crowds! If we had stayed longer, we might have also checked out Disney’s PCH Grill, which features a character breakfast 🙂

While I didn’t get an opportunity to explore further, my BFF Matthew did spend some pool time here and said it was nice 🙂 Also, there is a parking garage adjacent to the hotel (you can kinda see it in my first – dark – picture) but since we didn’t drive, that wasn’t really a concern. What WAS awesome was that the Grey Line to SNA picks up right outside the front entrance! Very convenient 🙂

Although I still consider the Grand Californian my ULTIMATE Disney hotel, DPPH was definitely a refreshing surprise! I would definitely stay here again if I wasn’t able to get into the Grand with DVC points and would recommend it to anyone looking for a lower-priced official Disneyland hotel 🙂

So, to sum it up…


  • Fabulous location: easy 5 minute walk to the parks and Downtown Disney
  • Convenience: easy to navigate, dining and shopping options on site, 2 minute walk to Disneyland Hotel
  • Large, well appointed rooms: since joining DVC, this was the first non-DVC villa I had stayed in – but I didn’t feel like it was small or restricting at all! I loved this room!
  • Great theming: the ‘surf’ theme was carried throughout – it was super relaxing!


  • Um….it wasn’t GC? 😉

What’s your favorite place to stay at Disneyland?



  1. I reaaaallllyyyy want to stay at paradise pier! I’ve yet to stay at a Disneyland resort, but paradise pier would be my pick!

    • I really enjoyed our stay here! I just need to stay at the Disneyland Hotel now 😀 The quest to stay at all DL hotels is a lot easier than to stay at all WDW hotels, that’s for sure! 😉

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