Hotels around Disneyland wide open for the 17th
I was thinking about getting a hotel for 16th and 17th. I searched several web sites and they all show tons of options for those dates. This leades me to think that that weekend will not be as crowded as people are projecting (at least on the threads I have read). I was able to find quite a few options within 1 to 2 blocks of the resort for between $75 and $85 a night. You would think that hotels would be just a little hard to find if tens of thousands of people were going to converge on the park. Can that many out of towners be waiting for the last minute to book their trip? (Keep in mind that there are no mass media events out there that are saying "come for the official anniversary on the 17th" or "regis and kelly will be there on the 17th" or "we will be broadcasting from Disneyand on the 17th" or "win tickets for the 17th") Don't get me wrong, I am sure it will be hell-a-crowded, I just don think you will need a sleeping bag to be safe :ap:
Crunching the numbers for the hotels
If you take the Disney owned hotels and add the Good Neighbor Hotels that Disney Travel books you get the following numbers. Guest number is 3 per room, some will have more some less.
Disney owned hotels 2135 rooms = 6405 guests
Good Neighbor suite hotel 3253 rooms = 9759 guests
Good Neighbor superior hotel 3624 rooms = 10872 guests
Good Neighbor moderate hotels 4932 rooms = 14796 guests
Good Neighbor economy hotels 628 rooms = 1884 guests
This gives a total of 43,716 guests coming just from the Disney/Good Neighbor hotels.
You still have to factor in all the hotels around DL/DCA which (guessing) I would say is another 5000 rooms.
Of course half the rooms are booked by tourists that will be clueless as to the 17th, the other half by Disney fans (which most seem to be ap holders :) ) Not all the tourists will be going to DL/DCA that day as they will have plans for something else.
No matter what there are going to be some very disappointed people.