Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are reviewing the official Disneyland hotels and some of Disneyland’s Good Neighbor hotels.

Good Neighbor Hotel: Howard Johnson

We booked our reservations at the Howard Johnson through a friend who is a Disney travel agent and we never regretted the decision! Everything went off without a hitch thanks to the professionalism of our agent and the friendly staff at the hotel.

I intend to keep this review short with a what-you-really-need-to-know approach. So with that said, here is the room we stayed in:


The bed was very comfortable and the decor was nice with everything being extra clean. We also had a great view of Disneyland off our balcony. Well, parts of it anyway:


Taking a peek at the nighttime fireworks

Blue Monorail with the Matterhorn

Red Monorail with the Matterhorn

Blue sky with the Matterhorn

The hotel was just a 5-minute walk from the entrance to Disneyland. Pricing varies with the time of visit and length of stay, so suffice it to say that we found the cost to be at least 40% cheaper than a Disneyland hotel, if not even cheaper.

The wife and I (or is it Minnie?) arriving

You can also enjoy the Family Water Playground: “Our Castaway Cove pirate themed water park area is the only one in Anaheim outside of the Disney hotels. Kids of all ages will enjoy a 30-foot pirate ship with slides, water cannons, fountains, toddler wading pool, 200-gallon drench bucket and more. There is something for everyone at Castaway Cove, from your Captain to your tiniest buccaneer. Don’t miss the 15-person Hot Tub Spa, or the Garden Pool, a separate secluded area for swimming, relaxing or getting that California tan.” It was too cold for us to take advantage of these amenities when we visited. Oh well, next time!

Other amenities include free wi-fi, free parking, gym, restaurant and bar, convenience store, great staff, and of course, information on all-things Disney!

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I have been blogging about Disney since 2007, contributing to several sites and also hosting my own site called Disleelandia. I have since rebooted that site and relaunched it as Disney Nouns. I love Disneyana, the Parks, and finding obscure Disney references!

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15 Responses to “Magical Blogorail: Disneyland Hotels – Good Neighbor Hotels”

  1. That hotel looks very adequate and I love that you had the view of the monorail and Matterhorn. Someday I’ll get out there! And I’m going to remember that pizza place! That looks delicious!

  2. I had wondered about this hotel. I think it is actually rated higher than the Disney hotels on TripAdvisor. I looked into staying here last year when we visited Disneyland, but it was full. It sounds like a nice option. We went twice last year (first time ever in Feb. ) . We went again in June for a conference for my husband, because the first time so much was shut down in preparation for the 60th anniversary celebration. I think this hotel sounds like a good bet.

  3. Wow, this hotel really does look as close to Disneyland as is broadcast. As Julie said, the Ho Jo was booked solid when I checked its availability. Castaway Cove sounds like it just might give the Disneyland hotel pools a run for their money, and The Pizza Press a terrific alternative to Naples Ristorante. We might just make this our next Anaheim stop!

  4. I was going to ask you about the pool! I hear so many great things about the HoJo but we have never stayed there. My son is all about the pools and when we were planning our trip pool areas was one of the first things I looked at. Would love to hear your pool thoughts from your next trip. :-)

    • Thanks for commenting! My next trip might not be too soon but I’ve heard from others who have used the HoJo pool that it rivals some of Disney’s resort pools. I think it’s safe to say your son would enjoy it!

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