Unlike Disney World where staying onsite is a must,
at Disneyland this has traditionally not been th ecase. Disney has been trying to change this since 2001 and the opening of the Grand Californian and then in 2009 with the addition of the DVC villas. One thing to keep in mind if you have visit Walt Disney World and you enjoy their completely immersive environment stretching from the moment you enter the Disney property till you leave in Anaheim you do not have the same luxury. The Hotels are nice, but they are not resort or other worlds like their WDW cousins. The closest to a WDW experience is the Grand Californian.