In my lifetime, 12 trips to California to visit Disneyland. We have never stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, due to the cost. It is hard to justify spending that amount per night when I can stay elsewhere for much cheaper. I wondered if there are people here who will stay only at the Disneyland Hotel because it is part of the overall experience?? I also want to hear from regulars what exactly about the hotel sets it apart from others and is a must for you to be a part of your Disneyland stay?? We might consider it one day. I guess I am contemplating how much of the Disney experience may be enhanced by staying there. Maybe there is something I have missed out on over the years. Thanks for your input.