Why We Love The Howard Johnson Anaheim & WATER PLAYGROUND

When planning our trip to Disneyland the biggest decision is always where we should stay. If you are searching for something affordable, walking distance from the parks, water park and pool, and amazing Disney themed rooms, then I highly recommend Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground. We just stayed there for 3 days and kicked off the holidays and celebrated Mickey's 90th birthday!

Let me tell you why the Howard Johnson has become our new favorite Disney Hotel:

The proximity is less than a 10 minute walk from the Disneyland entrance. It is so important to be close in case children need afternoon naps. You can walk back to the hotel and relax for a little bit before returning to Disneyland for the rest of the evening. Plus, the Howard Johnson water park and pool is perfect on hot days to cool down before returning the park. The hotel also offers FREE parking and Wi-Fi access.

Howard Johnson has a pirate themed water park playground called Castaway Cove with slides and more. It is awesome. Believe me, all kids will love it! There is also a garden pool and separate secluded heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, and children's pool. They also offer free face painting for guests the first Saturday of every month. There is also a game room.

The entire vibe of this hotel is so retro and cool. From the moment you check in you are greeted with pirate hats, balloon swords and a pirate chest full of chocolate gold dubloons. The walls are decorated with retro Disney posters and the oversized Howard Johnson chair is a must photo opportunity! I also love how it has a strong family vibe.

The rooms are incredible. The rooms are decorated in a bright contemporary decor. All rooms are air conditioned with either 1 king, 2 double, or 2 queen beds and contain a refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, 37" Hi-Def television including HBO, CNN, USA, ESPN, Disney Channel, and Discovery. Most rooms have a balcony and double sinks. They also have suites, roll away beds and cribs. They also have a laundromat in case you have to do laundry.

This booth was so convenient for the kids to eat breakfast every morning or color while Blake and I finished getting ready.

I also love that they have express service (housekeeping for your busy schedule). Sightseeing can be exhausting and sometimes you just need an uninterrupted mid-day break. Howard Johnson invites you to make the choice of Express Service for your housekeeping needs. They offer remove trash, replenish coffee service, replenish bath amenities and towels. All guaranteed by 1 pm, just place the express service hanger on the outside of your door handle by 9 am and done.

The convenience store has breakfast/lunch items, sundries, souvenirs, beer and wine and more. We bought some snacks and souvenirs from the store. They had the cutest Mickey ears and tons of Sunstaches and you know we love Sunstaches.

Located right next to the Howard Johnson a safe walking distance away is a Mimi's, Panera (this is where we went every morning for breakfast), McDonalds, The Cove Market, IHOP, Cold Stone, Denny's, Tony Roma's, Subway, and more.

We enjoyed our stay so much last week. We went to Disneyland, DCA and we were so centrally located to everything it was the perfect place for our family. We made family memories to last a lifetime and we are already looking forward to our next stay at Howard Johnson.

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