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Best Hotel Pools Near Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

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Looking for the best hotels near Disneyland with swimming pools? When you’re ready for a little break from the theme parks, heading back to the hotel for a swim provides a refreshing change of pace. These hotel pools near Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are so fabulous, you might have a hard time convincing the kids to dry off and go see Mickey Mouse. Let’s dive in to the nine best hotel pools in Anaheim!

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California waterpark

Indoor waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California (Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge)

1. Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

You’ll definitely want to book an extra vacation day or two to play at Great Wolf Lodge during your Disneyland vacation. The indoor waterpark includes pools, waterslides, splash pads and more. Up to four waterpark passes are included in your stay, and additional passes can be purchased if needed. Float the indoor lazy river, enjoy the tot-sized slides or take your best shot at the floating basketball hoops. You can also head outside and enjoy water play in the outdoor lagoon and waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge. Discover all of the seasonal fun at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California!

Monorail Waterslides at the Disneyland Hotel

Monorail Slides at the Disneyland Hotel (Photo credit: Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland)

2. Disneyland Hotel

For a retro Disney feel, book a stay at the Disneyland Hotel. Located across Disneyland Drive from Disneyland Park, this hotel boasts E-Ticket and D-Ticket pools. The E-Ticket pool is perfect for water play, while the D-Ticket pool offers a refreshing place to swim laps and lounge. Soak up some thrills on two winding waterslides that feature replicas of the original Mark 1 Monorail trains. This nostalgic water play area is topped by a “Disneyland” sign reminiscent of the park’s classic years. There are also Mickey and Minnie-shaped hot tubs, and cabanas available for rent. Even little swimmers can get in on the fun on their very own waterslides that opens into a small kiddie pool. Read more about this hotel and its incredible pools in my Disneyland Hotel review.

Grand Californian pool

Disney’s Grand Californian Redwood Pool with waterslide in background (Photo credit: Disney)

3. Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

For the ultimate luxury, make Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa part of your vacation. This Disneyland Resort Hotel features rustic, craftsmen theming with a sprinkling of Disney magic. The Fountain, Redwood and Mariposa Pools provide options for swimming and splashing. Delivering thrills and spills, the Redwood Pool includes a 90-foot waterslide that curves around the giant stump of a Redwood tree. Bordered by picturesque pine trees and boulders, swimmers zip down this wet and wild slide.  Take advantage of hot tubs, cabanas available to rent, and lots of space to lounge and play. As a guest at this hotel, you’ll also enjoy a private entrance into Disney California Adventure Park.

Waterslide at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Waterslide at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (Photo credit: Disneyland)

4. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

Located across the street from Disney California Adventure, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel lets you stay amidst the magic of the parks. Guests enjoy a rooftop pool with a rollercoaster-style waterslide. In fact, the Paradise Pier Hotel waterslide is the tallest at the three Disneyland Resort Hotels. There is also a kiddie pool available for young guests. Relax on a lounge chair for a movie under the stars or watch the Disneyland park fireworks show from the rooftop deck, when available.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel Castaway Cove Splash Pad

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel Castaway Cove Splash Pad (Photo credit: Howard Johnson)

5. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel

Across the street from the Disney theme parks, Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel is known for its fantastic onsite waterpark. The pirate-themed kids’ area is a big draw for families. Expect plentiful slides and splash areas at the Castaway Cove Splash Pad.

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance pool area

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance Surfside Waterpark (Photo credit: Marriott)

6. Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance

The Surfside Water Park at Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance makes a thrilling addition to any Disneyland vacation. You’ll love the waterslides, dump buckets and swimming pools all located just a few minutes from Disneyland. The splash pad area provides an interactive area for kids to play, and adults can enjoy lounging poolside to supervise.

Outdoor pool and splash areas at Hilton Anaheim

Outdoor pool and splash areas at Hilton Anaheim (Photo credit: Hilton)

7. Hilton Anaheim

The Hilton Anaheim offers not one, but two pools. Adjacent to the outdoor pool is a kids’ splash pad. You’ll also find two outdoor hot tubs for relaxing muscles after long days at theme parks. An indoor pool with swimming lanes for adults can be used even when it’s cold outside.

Anaheim Marriott pool

Anaheim Marriott pool (Photo credit: Marriott)

8. Anaheim Marriott

Located about a 15-minute walk from Disneyland, the Anaheim Marriott features a lovely indoor-outdoor pool. After a dip, warm up in the whirlpool spa. Then order snacks and drinks from roaming servers. Book a room with a balcony to watch the Disney fireworks from this hotel.

Crescent moon-shaped pool at Hyatt Regency Orange County

Crescent moon-shaped pool at Hyatt Regency Orange County (Photo credit: Hyatt)

9. Hyatt Regency Orange County

Two outdoor swimming pools at Hyatt Regency Orange County ensure its place on our list of best hotels near Disneyland with pools. One cloud-shaped and one crescent-shaped, these pools add a little whimsy to your outdoor play. There is ample deck space for lounging, and pergolas provide shade from the California sun. Relax in the hot tub or around the outdoor fire pits, recharging your batteries before another fun day at Disneyland. Rooms sleep anywhere from four to six guests, and kids eat free with a paying adult in the on-site restaurant. Some rooms offer bunk beds — always a hit with kids!

Hyatt Regency Orange County cloud-shaped pool

Hyatt Regency Orange County cloud-shaped pool (Photo credit: Hyatt)

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For additional Disney tips, take a look at how to choose the right Disneyland character meal and these educational things to do at Disneyland with kids.

Have you stayed at any of these hotels near Disneyland? In the comments below, share your comments and questions about Anaheim accommodations!

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Stephanie S. says

    Thank you for sharing this list, it really helps when trying to choose a place that is kid friendly and enjoyable for all.

  2. Matt Taylor says

    Wow, I would like to stay at any one of those hotels/resorts. It has been nearly 20 years since I was at Disneyland. Time to go again!!

  3. Danyelle Medina says

    We were just going to treat our family of 6 to Disneyland but are often confused as the best place to stay. This is going to help us tremendously! Great article, thank you!

  4. Jessica Collazo says

    This is such a great idea to have in mind. I mean, you just have to know were the pools are to relax.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I seriously have searched for this story in the past because I love good hotel pools and wanted to find a list of the best ones near Disneyland. Soooo….I decided to write it myself! 😆

  5. Paula Schuck says

    These are gorgeous pools. I love GWL. We have visited some amazing hotel pools. One that I love is Fairmont Montebello in Quebec.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I’ve stayed at that Fairmont Montebello and can attest that the pool is a-mazing! I love GWL, too. Good choices!

  6. I would love to visit all of these places! We often talk about traveling to California. So many great family friendly spots!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      California really is paradise for families — so many theme parks, attractions and natural landscapes to explore!

  7. Myrah Duque says

    This is good to know! We love hanging out at the pool after visiting Disneyland, it de-stresses us. Will make sure to book one of these next time we visit.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      It’s so funny how there are so many elaborate hotel pools near WDW, but less options near Disneyland. I’ve always wanted to find a list like this to make narrowing down choices easier for Disneyland visitors so I decided to make it myself! 🙂

  8. Subhashish Roy says

    This list would be of real help when we plan a family vacation to Disneyland. Lovely hotels. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Emman Damian says

    Wow! I want to try Great Wolf Lodge Southern California! It sounds like a great place to visit. I hope to see it soon.

  10. This is a nice guide for the best hotels near Disneyland pools. I went to Disney Paris this Summer. I wish I could go to California Disneyland too.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Disneyland Paris is such a beautiful park! I hope you can visit Disneyland in California someday soon, too!

  11. Terri Steffes says

    Gotta love these hotels! They make the vacation even more enjoyable for the kids. I think these are all worth checking out, each have their own cool feature that the kids will love.

  12. Ariana - World of Travels with Kids says

    It is so daunting when you start looking for a hotel at Disney – we are considering the Howard Johnson.

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