I have been to Anaheim more times than I can count since my obsession with Disneyland began practically in the womb. For the sake of these travel guides I will be splitting off anything outside the Disneyland resort on this page, and everything within the resort you can find here.
This way if you are planning a trip at an off property hotel you can skip looking through all the resort stuff and just have a list of Anaheim favorites (hotels, eats, insight) to reference for your vacation 🙂
In terms of what to pack, Anaheim is a bit warmer than Los Angeles. November to February is my favorite time of year because you can wear jeans and a light sweater or sweatshirt. No matter what time of year it is I pack some mouse ears, denim shorts, sunscreen, a packable hair brush, comfy walking shoes (important!), and a small cross body bag or fanny pack. If I’m in town for a project I pack a small but efficient backpack for my photography equipment. If it does rain, a light rain shell always comes in handy!
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel
Anaheim Majestic is one of my favorite “off property” choices for a place to stay in Anaheim! You can read a comprehensive review of the hotel in this post and see some of the property in the video above but overall I love the free shuttle, clean grounds, large rooms, and fun theming! The rooms are always priced reasonably.
Red Lion Anaheim
I stayed at the Red Lion with my brother and his family in 2016 and I would recommend it as a solid choice for an inexpensive stay. Now, keep in mind that when I say solid I mean that the rooms are very clean and it’s a pleasant spot for the most basic visit. Bells and whistles are to a minimum and I would compare it to an upgraded motel where hallways are indoors. With all that said, the pool is lovely and makes for a very affordable option for families.
In terms of proximity to the park, this hotel sits semi-far away so I will share a little hack I figured out during my stay! The Toy Story parking lot sit’s *just* across the street. So instead of making the long walk into the resort or using the ART shuttle, just walk to the parking lot and take the complimentary Disneyland shuttle.