10 Top Budget-Friendly Disneyland Hotels for Frugal Families

Cut costs on your Disney trip by staying at these affordable and conveniently located retreats.

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10 Top Budget-Friendly Disneyland Hotels for Frugal Families

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Pedestrians walk near the entrance to Disneyland Resort on February 19, 2009 in Anaheim, California. With the worsening economy, declining attendance and reduced operating income, the Walt Disney Company announced that it plans to restructure its domestic theme-park operations, which will result in the layoff an unspecified number of employees in the coming weeks. Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will reportedly be consolidated into a single unit headed by Worldwide Operations President Al Weiss. Attendance at Disney theme parks in the US dropped 5 percent in the last quarter of 2008 compared to the previous year and in January, Disney offered buyout packages to 600 US executives.
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Dodge high rates by opting for a stay at these cost-effective properties.

Disneyland, and its neighboring sites, California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District, are popular destinations for cost-conscious families. And luckily, a stay in Anaheim, California, near the parks doesn't have to break the bank. These affordable hotels near Southern California's iconic Disney attractions offer kid-friendly amenities and fun for the whole group. From a property with an on-site indoor water park and evening pajama parties to a hotel with a rooftop pool and fresh cookies prepared daily, these low-cost retreats near Disneyland cater to family members of all ages and preferences.
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Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove

The highlight of this hotel set in Garden Grove is the 105,000-square-foot indoor water park, which includes a treehouse, wave pool, water slides and more. But the perks of being a guest at Great Wolf Lodge don't stop there. The hotel hosts complimentary kid's programs, which include morning yoga classes, afternoon crafts and evening pajama parties and story time. Plus, this property is conveniently located near the heart of the action, approximately 2 miles south of Disneyland.
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Dodge high rates by opting for a stay at these cost-effective properties.

Disneyland, and its neighboring sites, California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District, are popular destinations for cost-conscious families. And luckily, a stay in Anaheim, California, near the parks doesn't have to break the bank. These affordable hotels near Southern California's iconic Disney attractions offer kid-friendly amenities and fun for the whole group. From a property with an on-site indoor water park and evening pajama parties to a hotel with a rooftop pool and fresh cookies prepared daily, these low-cost retreats near Disneyland cater to family members of all ages and preferences.

Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove

The highlight of this hotel set in Garden Grove is the 105,000-square-foot indoor water park, which includes a treehouse, wave pool, water slides and more. But the perks of being a guest at Great Wolf Lodge don't stop there. The hotel hosts complimentary kid's programs, which include morning yoga classes, afternoon crafts and evening pajama parties and story time. Plus, this property is conveniently located near the heart of the action, approximately 2 miles south of Disneyland.

Candy Cane Inn

Situated in a prime location next to the Disneyland entrance on South Harbor Boulevard, the Candy Cane Inn first opened its doors in 1957. Though the hotel is within walking distance of the park, the Candy Cane Inn offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Disneyland, which is a great perk for families visiting with young children. Guests will also find free on-site parking at the hotel and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Plus, comfortable rooms and whimsical landscaping make this a great budget-friendly option for Disney-loving clans.

Grand Legacy At The Park

This recently renovated independent hotel is just a short walk from Disneyland's main entrance. When it's time to take a break from whizzing around roller coasters, kids can enjoy the hotel's heated pool and splash zone. Plus, parents will appreciate the hotel's free on-site amenities, such as complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi access. What's more, Grand Legacy offers the use of their rollaway beds and cribs for no extra fee, a helpful perk for families traveling with multiple children.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

Perhaps the most noteworthy amenity at this property is Castaway Cove, a pirate-themed water playground that features water slides, water cannons and other splash-worthy features, along with a toddler pool. Plus, the hotel is just a short walk to Disneyland and is located near a variety of family-friendly restaurants. Even better, the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi access and free on-site parking, making it an affordable lodging choice for families traveling to Anaheim.

Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate

The Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate is conveniently located less than 1 mile southeast from Disneyland and less than 1 mile east of Disney California Adventure Park. The hotel is also located across the street from Anaheim GardenWalk, an entertainment complex that features numerous shopping and dining options. The Marriott retreat offers spacious rooms with full kitchens, making this a smart choice for families that want to save money by cooking their own meals. Other money-saving perks include free breakfast, free Wi-Fi access and complimentary parking.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort

Located just 1 mile south of the entrance to Disneyland, this DoubleTree outpost affords guests access to a rooftop pool and hot tub, an on-site gift shop and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at check-in. Standard rooms are spacious, but those seeking even more space can opt for a suite. And though there is a fee for on-site parking, Wi-Fi access is free of charge – an added benefit for families looking to trim costs. Plus, the property offers a shuttle service to and from Disneyland, for a small fee.

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

Conveniently located less than 1 mile south of Disneyland on South Harbor Boulevard, the Sheraton Park Hotel offers travelers an outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, numerous on-site restaurants and a fitness center. In each guest room, you can count on floor-to-ceiling windows, a minifridge and an in-room safe, not to mention signature Sheraton amenities such as Bliss bath products and flat-screen TVs. What's more, guests at the property have access to an on-site Disney Desk, where a representative can help reserve dinner reservations and theme park tickets.

Hyatt Regency Orange County

This family-approved property is situated less than 2 miles south of Disneyland, near Anaheim in Garden Grove. This Hyatt Regency branch offers guests a chance to relax in one of two on-site outdoor heated pools – the perfect way to cool off after a day at the park. Those seeking extra space or traveling with multiple kids can opt for one of the family suite accommodations, which feature a children's room with bunk beds and an adjoining bedroom for parents. What's more, the property offers shuttle service to the theme park, along with two sit-down dining establishments with kid-friendly menus.

Embassy Suites Anaheim South

Complimentary breakfast each morning – and complimentary cocktails, beverages and snacks at the hotel's evening reception – help this Anaheim property stand out from the pack for budget-minded families. Located approximately 1.5 miles south of Disneyland, the hotel offers shuttle service to and from the park, for an additional fee, for those who want to save their energy for trekking around the theme park. Back on the resort grounds, you'll find well-appointed, spacious two-room suites geared toward families with a separate master bedroom and living area, along with amenities such as refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers and dining tables.

Hyatt Place at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center

This hotel's proximity to the park (it's situated just 1 mile south), complimentary breakfast and spacious guest rooms with simple, modern decor make it a smart choice for families visiting Disneyland. All rooms feature a sleeper sofa, minifridge and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Family-friendly suite options designed with youngsters in mind are also available. Choose from a king suite, which features a king-sized bed and twin bunk beds for kids, or the queen category suite, which features two queen-sized beds and a sleeper sofa, along with a dining area with seating for four.
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