Stretch the fantasies even further by staying at one of the resort’s on-site hotels. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa aims to replicate the soaring wood-and-stone styling of The Majestic Yosemite Hotel in Yosemite Valley. The central great room, with cushy, oversized Arts-and-Crafts-style chairs, a soaring stone fireplace and live piano music, is a fantastic place to relax after a long day in the park. (Non-residents are welcome to dine and enjoy the lounges, too.) The guests-only pool feels like an exclusive party, with poolside drinks and plenty of lounge chairs and fluffy towels, and enough room for children and grown-ups to enjoy themselves. The full-service spa is open to all (appointments required).
For a sleek, retro-modern getaway, book a stay at the nearby Disneyland Hotel, which also offers whimsically themed accommodations, such as the Mickey Mouse Penthouse or the sumptuous Fairy Tale Suites. The Monorail Pool, with two towering watersides, is wildly popular; for a quieter retreat, relax in a plush lounger at the adjacent E-Ticket or D-Ticket pools.
Paradise Pier Hotel captures the spirit of an old-fashioned beach boardwalk, with rooms done up to look like you’re holidaying on the coast. Most popular spot? Check out the complex of rooftop pools and waterslides and we’ll let you guess.