Disneyland Hotel opened a new tower of villas, many of which will be used for Disney Vacation Club. The new set of rooms come in several sizes including duo studio, studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom. We had a chance to view all of those rooms over the weekend! In this post, I’ll share photos of the new rooms and tower while adding a little bit of commentary.
As to not confuse anyone, this isn’t a review of the Disneyland Hotel and/or the Discovery Tower Villas. We went on a tour of the different rooms thanks to our DVC membership but have not stayed in any of them. I’d love to stay here at some point but it’s not in the budget… yet. With that in mind, I’m not going to give as many opinions as I would during a standard hotel review, seeing how we were in each room for some amount of time between the length of Goofy’s Sky School and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This post is more to just give you a look inside and will be far more photo based than other posts we do. Some photos give a pretty accurate view of what the room looks like while others I was clearly trying to finagle around other guests touring the rooms!
Discovery Tower has 344 rooms, joining Fantasy, Adventure and Frontier Tower at Disneyland Hotel. 250 of those rooms are deluxe studios which are very comparable to a standard hotel room, as you’ll see below. Despite being named Discovery Tower, the new wing mixes Disney animation with modern design. Without actually commenting on the rooms or common areas themselves, I would have liked to see the theme be more Tomorrowland driven. Being named ‘Discovery’ seems like it would fit in with that idea and having a wing modeled after Tomorrowland would fit in with the other areas of Disneyland Hotel.
As is, the theme of the new wing feels like a very upscale and modern Art of Animation. I don’t mean that as a knock on the new tower at all. I think that is the exact theme they were going for and it is executed to near perfection. And to be clear, I think the theme they chose will have mass appeal and Disney fans will enjoy it. Tomorrowland would be a bigger hit for ‘park fans’ but probably not to everyone else.
Speaking of who this wing will appeal to, this wing was built for Disney Vacation Club. It joins Grand Californian as the only spots with DVC rooms at Disneyland Resort. That said, these rooms will be bookable for those without a DVC membership too, at least for a while. You can do that through renting points or just booking directly through Disney. The other option is to buy (or add-on) a contract here through DVC.
All of that out of the way, let’s take a look around! If you have questions then leave them in the comments below. I’ll add a few captions but largely will stick to just photos. We’ll start with the deluxe studio room. Rooms here are themed to Princess and the Frog (the one below is), Jungle Book or Sleeping Beauty.
Like many of Disney’s recent hotel rooms including Riviera Resort, this room include a pull down bed over the couch. It’s a huge improvement over a pull-out couch and a nice use of the space. There’s a small desk table on the right side of this photo along with the TV. There’s also a kitchenette in this room.
There’s also the Duo Studio, which only sleeps 2 unlike the 4 in the Deluxe. This just includes the couch and pull down bed and would be the cheapest and lowest amount of DVC points to book, although the supply is pretty low and I’m guessing demand will be high.
With the bed down, compared to up in the next photo.
The bathroom was largely the same as the deluxe studio, albeit a tiny bit smaller. Finally, here’s the 1-bedroom villa. The tower also offers a 2-bedroom lock-off villa which would just be a deluxe and 1-bedroom combined.
Another pull down bed over the couch.
The kitchen was one of my favorites in any DVC Resort I’ve been in. I can’t say I’ve ever actually used one of them but this one was the prettiest.
This tub would also be a highlight!
The toilet and shower were each behind doors in the 1-bedroom bathroom. I thought it was a beautiful bathroom!
Here’s a look at the common areas!
The hallways are perfect. No notes.
The mural in the lobby.
The Disneyland Hotel did open a new pool with the Discovery Tower. It also had a Steamboat Willie themed splashpad. The area is a bit calmer than the main Disneyland Hotel pool, although less elaborate.
There you have it! I’m happy to see that they’re adding rooms to the main hotels at Disneyland Resort and think these will be quite popular in the coming years.
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