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    Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    I noticed about 5 or 6 years ago that none of the hotels (not even Disneyland Hotel) in the vicinity of Disneyland have the neon vacancy/no vacancy signs that you typically find at hotels and motels. Why is this? Does Anaheim have an ordinance against it?
    When I go to Disneyland, I tune my FRS Radio to channel 2, without a quiet code. They're faster than a cell phone and you can talk to a whole group at a time, and you don't have to get everyone's cell phone number in advance.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Maybe they're just moot.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Interesting observation. I want to say that the further you drive down Harbor Blvd towards Garden Grove that a few of the hotels in that area might still have those signs.

    Maybe it's just because the internet gives so much advertising and most people who visit the Anaheim area already have pre-booked a hotel.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Most nice hotels don't. It's sort of associated with motels, inns and more budget conscious locations. Plus the neon can strike people as cheap/tacky. Also, it's a form of advertising to people who are looking for a place to stay. Obviously, they don't need that.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Their ugly and kinda tacky?
    I'm also guessing most people book their rooms in advance, so the signs aren't necessary.
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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    I agree with many of the posts above.

    Wouldn't it be foolish to drive into Anaheim hoping you could walk up and get a room across from the parks?

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Quote Originally Posted by swampymarsh View Post
    I agree with many of the posts above.

    Wouldn't it be foolish to drive into Anaheim hoping you could walk up and get a room across from the parks?
    People actually do this. But it isn't a problem. It's not as if there's just one hotel in Anaheim. And there are also hotels in nearby cities too.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    I think this has been hit on the head already, but the "higher end" hotels don't normally have these signs. They are normally seen on motels and things like that.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Most "hotels" don't have these anymore. Many "Motels" do.

    If you drive down Beach Blvd you will see many hotels with these signs. Also, if you do any driving trips typically towns that are in the "middle of nowhere" will have these signs.


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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    Most "hotels" don't have these anymore. Many "Motels" do.
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    This.

    Don't worry though Motel 6 will leave a light on for us

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    I also think that so many of the hotels/motels have "sister" properties or another corporate property a few blocks away. So even if they don't have a room, they will get you one, even if it's a few blocks away.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    Also, if you do any driving trips typically towns that are in the "middle of nowhere" will have these signs.
    Kinda like the ones you see in tv shows (Criminal Minds, Super Natural, CSI, Psycho etc)
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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    In addition to the perceptive comments above, I'd add that as part of the Anaheim Resort district creation, new rules were put in place to regulate signage. You'll notice that all signs are now restricted in height and are planted in the ground, have no neon or other mechanisms that could be used to indicate vacancy. These same restrictions also applied to Disneyland, which removed the large, landmark marquee sign.
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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    The Cozy Cone Motel has one!

    But yes, I agree with everyone here. The nice hotels across the park don't need them and they're mostly found in motels.

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    Re: Why are there no vacancy/no vacancy signs at the hotels near the park

    They're California Hotels. Maybe it's because you can check out anytime you want but you can never leave...

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