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    Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    I had a question that I was hoping somoene could help me with. If I were to get a room at one of the cheaper hotels on Harbor Blvd. (such as the Desert Inn), would I still be within walking distance to Downtown Disney? I know there is a walk-in entrance right off of Harbor, but i'm not sure if Downtown Disney is also in the same location.

    I figure it would be nice to eat in DD the first night and if we get drinks, it would be nice not to have to worry about getting a cab

    Any input would be appreciated!

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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoon View Post
    I had a question that I was hoping somoene could help me with. If I were to get a room at one of the cheaper hotels on Harbor Blvd. (such as the Desert Inn), would I still be within walking distance to Downtown Disney? I know there is a walk-in entrance right off of Harbor, but i'm not sure if Downtown Disney is also in the same location.

    I figure it would be nice to eat in DD the first night and if we get drinks, it would be nice not to have to worry about getting a cab

    Any input would be appreciated!
    First off, welcome!

    Secondly, downtown Disney is directly adjacent to the theme parks entrance plaza on the "other side" of the way you'd be coming in. So it is within walking distance, although the walk gets longer the more you head toward the other end of it.
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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    Thanks Barry!

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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    We loved the Howard Johnson so much last May that we are staying there again in December and next May. It was a very easy walk to DTD and DL.

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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    Downtown Disney is right next to the entrance plaza for Disneyland and DCA so don't worry about transportation. If you are within walking distance of the parks then you are within walking distance of Downtown Disney.

    This link should give you a great bird's eye view of the entrance plaza, Downtown Disney and the hotels on Harbor Blvd:

    http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...0155&encType=1

    This picture below is a regular overhead view that shows the relative positions of the entrance plaze, the parks, Harbor Blvd and Downtown Disney.



    I also can't urge you enough to consider using Priceline or Hotwire to book an excellent room somewhere like the Hyatt Regency, Hilton or one of the other 3+ star hotels within walking or trolley/shuttle distance of Disneyland for $40-$50 per night.

    I've heard excellent reports about HoJo's and it's location looks hard to beat in terms of walking distance. With so many hotels offering their own shuttles and the availability of ART I'm not sure how big an advantage it is to pay extra to be right across Harbor.

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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    Thanks again for all the great input...that map is very helpful! I was looking at possibly getting a room at the Desert Inn due to its proximity to the entrance and also because it was the cheapest hotel in that area when I did last did a search ($69 a night on Kayak.com).

    The room doesn't have to be that great as we're only planning on staying there for one night. We will fly in the evening before and then check out early in the morning to enjoy our day at Disneyland. After that, we're staying with friends in LA. That being said, if I can find a deal for about $50 on Hotwire or Priceline at a nicer hotel, I might have to try that!

    I'm also wondering if we do check out early in the morning, if the the hotel will let us keep our car in the parking area until we come back later the same day. That would help reduce costs as well, as I remember parking being quite costly at Disneyland.

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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    I've stayed in the Desert Inn twice a year for 4 years.

    Downtown Disney is indeed within walking distance, not really all that long of a walk. You'll have to go through security at the entrance between Disneyland and California Adventure, sometimes the line is 20 minutes or so. Sometimes no line at all. You'll also go through it on your way back to the hotel. If you bought anything glass in DT Disney, a CM will escort you from the security area to the one on the other side.

    The Desert Inn is a basic hotel, nothing special. It's one of the least expensive hotels around, and one of the older properties. The rooms are clean, and there are several options to choose from. It's quiet as well. If you're there when DL has its fireworks, there's a rooftop balcony area where you can see the show. Get there early, the chairs fill up fast.

    The continental breakfast is cereal, toast, orange juice, coffee, pastry, etc. Certainly not a gourmet meal, but not bad. There's usually a short line here, and seating is limited; I usually take the food up to the room.

    Parking is free to registered guests, the lot is usually pretty packed. I don't know if they'll let you stay parked past checkout or not, but I wouldn't bet on it. I can't remember if the parking stub had an expiration time on it or not.

    Overall, I think it's a pretty good deal.

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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoon View Post
    Thanks again for all the great input...that map is very helpful! I was looking at possibly getting a room at the Desert Inn due to its proximity to the entrance and also because it was the cheapest hotel in that area when I did last did a search ($69 a night on Kayak.com).

    The room doesn't have to be that great as we're only planning on staying there for one night. We will fly in the evening before and then check out early in the morning to enjoy our day at Disneyland. After that, we're staying with friends in LA. That being said, if I can find a deal for about $50 on Hotwire or Priceline at a nicer hotel, I might have to try that!

    I'm also wondering if we do check out early in the morning, if the the hotel will let us keep our car in the parking area until we come back later the same day. That would help reduce costs as well, as I remember parking being quite costly at Disneyland.
    I know the Hojos will let you keep the car in the lot after checkin. I did this once New Years Eve and asked specifically, and they had no problems with it at all.
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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    Thanks again for all the great information guys!

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    Re: Question about hotels w/ proximity to Downtown Disney

    We were able to leave our car at DI (and HOJO) after we checked out. I checked out before we went to the park that morning and we headed out at around 3.

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