Why you should consider a Disneyland vacation rental (It’s cheaper!)

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One of the best ways to enjoy your time in Disneyland Anaheim from an accommodation perspective is to rent an apartment, especially if you are traveling in a large group, or staying in Disneyland for several days. Our family stayed for 10 and saved thousands by renting an apartment.

There are plenty of vacation rental homes and apartments near Disneyland. It will save you money, be more convenient, and can often be closer to the park. Unless of course you stay at one of the Disneyland Hotel Resort hotels which are very expensive.

You may want to experience the entire glitz and glamour of the Disneyland brand by staying at the Disneyland hotel (review post coming soon), or the convenience of a hotel (Check out these 15 hotels near Disneyland).

However if you want to feel more of a local homestay feel, then look no further than renting an apartment near Disneyland, Anaheim.

We rented a three bedroom townhouse only a short walk to Downtown Disney and the gates of Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

Renting an apartment is the most cost effective and comfortable accommodation for your Disneyland vacation.

Here is a review of the affordable Disneyland vacation rental our party of nine rented.

Disneyland themed vacation rental

disneyland vacation rental

We actually found our townhouse had more of a Disney theme in its décor than the Disneyland Hotel (they did have the actual characters roaming around though).

The kids loved their Mickey Mouse themed bedroom and bathroom.

There are small touches throughout the apartment like Mickey and Frozen posters. I didn’t even notice that the chandelier in the dining area was Frozen style until I saw my sister in laws pictures she sent to me for this post!! lol.

Disneyland apartment rental

disney themed apartment rental

The apartment complex looks a little run down and ugly from the outside, but don’t let that fool you, they are nice on the inside and that’s really all you care about.

We had three bedrooms, one with an ensuite, and one had a bunk bed room. The bottom bunk bed was a double bed, which makes it the perfect Disney accommodation choice for families with more than two children.

disney themed vacation rental

We had more adults than the bedrooms could accommodate, but there was a sofa bed in the living room, Craig and I slept on.

It did break pulling it out on the third night, but the manager was very good about tending to that issue, and a faucet issue immediately.

He had to buy a new sofa so unfortunately, we ended dup on a blow up bed in the living room, However it was more comfortable than the sofa and easier to put up and down so we were okay with that.

Two small courtyards gave us a nice place to sit with a cup of tea in the sun.

This Disneyland apartment rental can sleep up to 9 people.

Having your own kitchen

rent an apartment near disneyland

Okay so Disneyland food is not great, especially if you have dietary concerns. It’s also freaking expensive.

We were so glad to have an apartment with our own kitchen.

It meant we could all have a decent meal for breakfast and go straight into the theme parks without wasting time finding breakfast somewhere.

On some nights we were able to even cook our own dinner rather than eat out. Not only was this cheaper but also easier as most of the restaurants in the Downtown Disney area have long wait times.

It was far easier of us to keep snacks on hand for us to take into the park, including vegemite sandwiches for our fussy children.

It was also nice to crash on the couch of a night with a glass of red wine and some TV. Well it didn’t happen much but it was good to have that homely space when it did.

The cousins were very happy having space to play together in their bedroom.

Communal apartment complex swimming pool

The apartment complex had a swimming pool area, which included a baby pool, spa (jacuzzi) and an adult’s only pool area.

We appreciated this during those times we were taking a break from the Disneyland theme parks.

I thought the pool area needed landscaping as it was very ugly and boring. There were not enough umbrellas to offer shade and it was annoying that the pool chairs were bolted down. The water was also freezing cold.

But, the kids loved it and had a lot of fun at the pool. It was way too cold for me, but I generally don’t go in the water unless it’s like a warm bath so ignore my opinion on that one.

To be honest, you’re visiting Disneyland, not a resort, so this pool was more than adequate, especially if it means you can save hundreds by staying in an apartment rather than a Disney hotel or at the Disneyland Resort hotels.

Excellent location 10 minute walk to Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Anaheim

You couldn’t beat the location of our Disneyland vacation rental. It was around the corner from the entry into Downtown Disney from the northern end, which has much smaller lines to get into Disneyland Resort than the southern end located near the parks.

We could be at the gate to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in 10-15 minutes. It was closer than many of the hotels near Disneyland, except for the official Disneyland hotels.

Other members of our family group stayed at.. and they had a longer walk in or had to deal with Disney buses nd the long lines that go with that.

We were grateful after a long day at Disney to walk home and not have to deal with anymore queues.

It was also great to be right bear Downtown Disney for when we wanted to eat at night.

It also was very handy, when I forgot a few things and had to race back to our apartment to get it!!

It was about a 30 minute walk to a CVS or Walgreens if you wanted groceries. Just a little bit further than that was Anaheim Garden Walk district which has more restaurants.

A short walk took you to a corner gas station which had basic supplies, including beer and wine!

How does the cost compare between a Disneyland apartment rental and a hotel near Disneyland?

Hyatt Regency-Orange County swimming pool

Ensure you do your research because the question of cost can sometimes be like, How long is a piece of string? There are so many variables.

My estimates below are average costs and can definitely wildly swing depending on supply and demand and property features.

A vacation rental near Disneyland can cost:

  • Our vacation rental cost around $180-$200 a night.
  • I’ve seen some on Airbnb for $147 for a 2 bedroom apartment and like this plus 3 bedroom home for $239

On average the Disneyland Resort Hotels cost:

  • Disneyland Hotel is around $500

A three star hotel near Disneyland:

on average costs can be as low as $80. MAy range in the price of $120 – $180

A four star hotel near Disneyland

on average costs in the range of $140 – $220

The Kids suite at the Hyatt Regency where I stayed recently starts at around $159 a night on average and the VIP Kids Suite around $219.

You will be further away from Disneyland with some of these hotels, so will need to factor in parking or transfer costs to get to the theme parks each day. Some are about a 40 minute walk away, which after a long day at Disneyland may just be too much.

Don’t forget hotels come with all sorts of fees, tipping expectations and expensive food choices. They also come with limited sized rooms.

In a vacation rental, you can share the costs between large groups or multiple families.

If you are staying just a few nights, a hotel may work out cheaper. It depends on how much the vacation rental charges for cleaning. Sometimes this can turn a good accommodation deal into an expensive one.

Important information

  • Be sure to read this post, if you are looking for a hotel near Disneyland. We share 15 of the best to help you decide.
  • You can also click here to find Disneyland hotel package deals. You can get save money by combining hotels with Disneyland tickets and some of the hotels come with free breakfast and parking.
  • And here is where you can purchase your Disneyland Tickets
  • You can save on a Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® & Universal Studios Hollywood™ Combo Deal by purchasing here. 

What are the disadvantages of a Disneyland vacation rental

Disney themed apartment rental

The disadvantage of a renting an apartment near Disneyland I guess is that you are still responsible for cooking and cleaning each day, but really if it saves you a lot of money this is an okay pill to swallow.

Plus, as someone who has a lot of dietary requirements and cannot stand theme park food (and cost) then you’ll be elated to at least cook your own breakfast each morning and dinner, depending on how late you stay in the Disneyland theme parks.

I also didn’t like that there wasn’t a gym I could use to keep on top of my fitness.  Although,  I did find a park about a 10 minute run away, which had an outdoor gym with pull up bars and workout routines listed on a board to follow.

There was also a lovely grassed area in the apartment complex where I could do some Tabata workouts using my Grokker online program.

But to be honest, you’ll be walking a lot in the Disneyland Resort. Those miles do add up to be a good workout. We were doing on average 11 miles/ 17 kms a day.

Our children found the apartment quite Disneyland magical, but if you want more of the authentic Disney magic – that is characters roaming around etc, then the official Disney Resort hotels will be the choice for you. (Psst You will see plenty of the characters inside the theme parks)

If I was to do Disneyland again, and odds are we will, I would definitely rent a Disneyland vacation home again instead of staying in a hotel. It really made our Disneyland vacation more comfortable and relaxed.

Where to find your Disneyland vacation rental?

Disneyland apartment rental

  • My sister-in-law rented our Disney townhouse from VRBO. You can see our exact apartment for rent here.
  • There are quite a few similar townhouses in the same apartment complex as ours. Search on VRBO here. The area we stayed in is the apartment complex on the corner of Magic Way and S Walnut St. I really don’t think you can beat the location we had, especially for the price.
  • I can’t find the exact apartment we rented on Airbnb, but this one is almost exactly the same. It’s the same size and layout in the same apartment complex. It’s only the décor that is different.
  • You can find more Airbnb rentals near Disneyland here

Grab your Disneyland tickets here

  • Here is where you can purchase your Disneyland Tickets.
  • You can save on a Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® & Universal Studios Hollywood™ Combo Deal by purchasing here. 

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benefits of disneyland vacation rentals. WE loved staying in an apartment near Disneyland in Anaheim. It saved us loads of money, was convenient and comfortable

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Why you should consider a Disneyland vacation rental. You can see the apartment we rented which was right near Downtown Disney - cheap, convenient perfect for large families and groups

 

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