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The Best Disneyland Hotels in the World

3. Aug 2022
by Varun Sharma

Fairytales and fun, merriment and magic, glitz and glamour…all come together in a colourful concoction for the entire family in these top-end hotels located in and around the most iconic amusement parks of the world. 

There are six Disneyland Resorts around the world - Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Orlando (Florida) and the original - in Anaheim, California that was built in 1955. They all feature an iconic fairytale castle and offer rides, special attractions - including the amazing Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in California, restaurants and of course, themed hotels. When are you booking the room of your dreams - where to stay?

The guide to the best Disneyland Hotels around the World: 

Family fun at the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

A statement entry awaits you in this towering 17-story luxury, 443-key hotel. Hidden in the serene residential setting of Disney's upscale Golden Oak neighbourhood, Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a short drive from the Disney World theme parks. The AAA Five Diamond resort promises ritzy accommodations, superlative cuisine, and flawless hospitality for a one-of-a-kind family vacation. Check out the dazzling chandelier made of 30,000 crystals in the foyer before heading to your stylish room fitted with an iPad and laptop-compatible safe. A state-of-the-art spa and an adults-only pool oasis are part of the onsite temptations while kids hang out at the landscaped family pool complex with watersides or busy themselves in supervised activities. Pamper your palate with Spanish-inspired fine dining at the Michelin-starred 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar. Children will adore the Disney character breakfast, rooms with views of the theme parks and nightly fireworks. Remember to avail of a coveted perk…early entry to the Disney parks

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Life on the water at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Orlando 

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

This South Pacific-themed oasis with a Polynesian-inspired design transports you into a lush tropical landscape with hidden lagoons and hammocks on white sand beaches. Hawaiian music lilts in the background, and tiki torches glow after dark, making you forget that you are in Orlando. Notch up the experience in the over-water Bora Bora Bungalows with private pools or consider the newly refurbished "Moana"-themed guest rooms. Kids will be drawn to the two pools, one of which features a towering volcano, a waterfall and a 142-foot-long waterslide, while you are lured by cocktail-triggered animatronics at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto and rum-spiked dole whips at the Pineapple Lanai. Plan a family feast in Luau Cove. Evenings are special with The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, an in-house extravaganza of storytelling and fire dancing, where you can even learn to jiggle with the hula. Look out for sparkling views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach. Visiting the theme parks is a cakewalk with the hotel's monorail stop.

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Disney World's flagship Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando

Disney World's flagship hotel, mimicking a seaside resort, is designed to sweep guests into a world of sleek sophistication, Victorian elegance and lavish opulence. Glide from the manicured grounds into the impressive 5-story-high atrium lobby, rich with the sounds of the jazz orchestra. Splurge with the honeymoon suites in the towers of the main building, fitted with whirlpools or jetted tubs and spectacular 360-degree views from the windows. Laze in a cabana, stroll along the white sand beach or slide along the curving 181-foot-long waterslide before you plunge deep into the Beach Pool. Children will love roasting marshmallows by the crackling campfire and watching Disney movies under the stars. Sip cocktails at the Beauty and the Beast"-themed lounge, Enchanted Rose, then seek a fine dining experience at Victoria & Albert's, Central Florida's only restaurant with a AAA Five Diamond rating. Days end with a fairytale spectacle of fireworks or the Electrical Water Pageant. Magic Kingdom Park is one stop away from the Monorail.

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Enjoy a Savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Indulge in your wildest dreams with an African safari-style resort in the middle of Orlando. With architecture inspired by the horseshoe-curved African kraal, this exciting property is nestled within an enviable 74-acre animal reserve housing 200 resident animals and exotic birds, which can be spotted from the guest rooms and public viewing stations. Gloat over the suspension bridge in the grand lobby, then spend time admiring the carefully curated African art collection. A Savanna-view room at an extra cost for the opportunity to sight giraffes and gazelle at your doorstep. Adults and young ones can spend hours lapping in the gigantic 11,000-square-feet pool fitted with a water slide. Award-winning restaurants serve excellent African cuisine to keep your palate and tummy in a happy place. Order signature drinks and inventive cocktails at the several onsite bars, including Sanaa Lounge, which serves excellent African wines in the ambience of a traditional spice market.

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Sleep amongst Marvel art at Disney's Hotel New York, The Art of Marvel, Disneyland Paris

Disney's Hotel New York, The Art of Marvel, Disneyland Paris 

Live out your superhero fantasy at The Hotel New York, The Art of Marvel, a sleek four-star Manhattan style hotel with the most extensive collection of original Marvel art in the world, over 350 pieces by more than 110 artists. Think comic book covers, movie posters, storyboards, concept sketches, street art, pop art, hyperrealism and collages. Preen beside life-size Iron Man suits, ogle at Captain America shields, moon over Avengers art pieces and swoon under the Spider-Man web motifs on the ceilings. Even the stylish, contemporary rooms are decked with Marvel masterpieces. Be spoilt for choice with traditional Italian cuisine at Manhattan restaurant, the cosmopolitan fare at Downtown and inventive cocktails at the Skyline bar. Rewind to your favourite moments from Marvel movies at the Marvel Photo Station. Fans will keep busy for hours at the Marvel Design Studio, Marvel Animators Bull Pen and the Hero Training Zone.

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Tokyo's impressive DisneySea Mermaid Lagoon

DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo

Be immersed in the thick of the Tokyo Disney Resort liveliness while staying at the Hotel MiraCosta. This luxury hotel, perched at Tokyo DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor port, has a grandiose Italian theme, with the exterior heavily influenced by Portofino. The grand dome in the lobby has an eye-popping ceiling painted with Venetian-inspired trompe l'oeil, gold-leaf decorative ornamentation and figurative murals. Choose from views of Tuscany, Venice or Porto Paradiso (harbour and Mount Prometheus) in the elegantly appointed rooms of Hotel MiraCosta. Decor elements include ornate Venetian decor, DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor murals, and Disney character constellations on the ceiling. The two in-house restaurants include Mediterranean Oceano and the Asian fine diner, Silk Road Garden. The BellaVista Lounge is a great place to gaze at the Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island of Tokyo DisneySea.

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Mickey Mouse-shaped maze at Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong

Disneyland Hotel, Hong Kong

Located on extensive grounds on the shore of the South China Sea within Disneyland, the park's flagship hotel is the epitome of Victorian mansion charm peppered with subtle Disney touches. Tastefully decorated rooms offer large beds, full-size tubs, showers and marble vanities. Blow up your money on the Kingdom Club Suites for the Cinderella-inspired artwork. Splash in the 107-square meters indoor pool or lap up ocean views in the outdoor pool fitted with a 40-meter long, waterfall-themed slide. Children can stay engaged with storytelling sessions and live music performances or mark a trail through the garden maze designed in the shape of Mickey Mouse. Savour a delightful buffet dining experience of international dishes with Disney characters in the Enchanted Garden Restaurant, or opt for a sophisticated meal of authentic Asian flavours at the Crystal Lotus Chinese restaurant.

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Cloud decor inspired by the wallpaper in Andy's room at Toy Story Hotel, Shanghai

Toy Story Hotel, Shanghai

The iconic movie Toy Story is the inspiration behind this lively hotel, from the bright lobby to the playful rooms and bathrooms. Decor elements include clouds from the wallpaper in Andy's room, a statue of the ball featured in the movies and displays inspired by the toys in the Disney Pixar films. You can pick from the Woody and Jessie wing or the Buzz-themed one. Children will love riding in the elevator to listen to Woody and Jessie announcing the floor in English and Mandarin. The space-themed water play area has an interactive fun zone showing Toy Story Aliens launching a tin rocket that sprays mist. Sunnyside Café serves delicious and fun meals in the colourful counter-service food court to appeal to the young and their doting parents. The property is conveniently located within a short distance from Shanghai Disneyland, and you can either walk or take a shuttle to the park.

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Dusk at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, California

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

Located at a convenient 10-minute walk from Downtown Disney District and Disney California Adventure Park, this six-story hotel is the most luxurious of the three on-property Disneyland hotels. The greenery of pine trees is a pleasing backdrop to the charm of the 1900s, reflected in stained glass doors, warm wood panelled walls and a stone fireplace that greet you inside. Elegant rooms and suites bathed in soothing colours have orange tree murals, a nod to the history of Disneyland. Kids will enjoy hunting for Chip 'n Dale in the branches. Spend relaxing mornings in the Redwood Pool while the young find a play zone in the 100-foot slide or the Mickey-shaped Fountain Pool. Little Disney fans can join 'Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse Class' and interact with Mickey's Tales of Adventure characters at The Storytellers Café. For superlative dining, head to the Napa Rose Restaurant, featuring California fare accompanied by over 250 wines. The Monorail passing through the central courtyard is a reminder of Disneyland.

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Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Orlando

Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Orlando

Bursting with inspiration from Walt Disney and Disney Pixar's iconic animations, this family-friendly theme hotel has inviting rooms and suites that pay homage to movies like "The Little Mermaid" "The Lion King," "Finding Nemo," and "Cars." Settle for the sea-themed Little Mermaid Standard Rooms featuring two double beds or one king-size bed. The family rooms can comfortably accommodate up to six people. Accompany the little ones in the enchanting grounds to hunt for larger-than-life character models, such as Timon and Pumbaa, Aerial and King Triton. Walk or jog around Disney's Art of Animation Resort on a scenic 1.38-mile trail. Later, exercise your choice to plunge into any or all of the three pools. Children will love the Righteous Reef playground in the Finding Nemo courtyard. All meals are served in the casual dining venue, Landscape of Flavors, where five quick-service counters dish out international and American cuisines. The Disney Skyliner stop at the resort makes the commute hassle-free.

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