I have spent quite a bit of time on the hotels grounds since
it has opened. And probably explored more of it than the average
guest (especially during the preview days when just about everything
was open to walk through). I have only stayed at the resort once (in 2010).
Overall I am really impressed with the Hotel. It
is a spectacular hotel built right in the middle of the Disney property
in Anaheim. The lobby is incredible to walk into. It reminds me
of the Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge in WDW, but
with its own spin on things. Its one of those places were you just
want to go and relax. Whether it is in the big chairs in the lobby
with the piano player or a story going on. Or "out back"
sitting around the fire in the rocking chairs. Or the good sized
swimming pool and deck area.
There are a couple excellent restaurants in the
hotel, as well as a fast food place. The work out room is a little
on the small side, but I have never seen it full, so I do not think
its an issue.
One of the best advantages to the hotel is the
direct entrance into Disney California Adventure and if your room happens to be in that wing its the shortest distance to a Disney park in the states. The hotel entrance is near the Grizzly River Rapids attraction in the Golden State section of the park. I have seen
several people taking advantage of this to ride the raft ride, get
soaked then back to their hotel room to change and dry off. This
especially comes in handy during the cool winter months.
The Hotel also has quite a bit of convention space
and there always seems to be something happening.
A 2.5 acre addition opened on September 23, 2009 that included 203 new guest rooms and 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas.