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This past week we took Grey to Disneyland to celebrate his third birthday and we were hosted by the cute + retro Howard Johnson hotel in Anaheim. We were also asked to take over their Instagram, and if you followed along their stories on August 20th, you got to see some amazing behind the scenes fun of our Disney day, including our first trip to Galaxy's Edge and tons of gluten free and dairy free park eats!!
We had SUCH a good time and I wanted to write a full post on the top ten best parts of the Hojo Anaheim, because there are a few things we would have missed had we not gone looking and I don't want anyone to miss out if they book a stay!
And speaking of booking a stay, I have partnered with them to offer my readers 15% your stay or 20% off if you're an Annual Pass holder! With their already amazing rates, you can't say no to an extra dose of Disney. Read on to see the hotel highlights and snag the code.
10. The Proximity To Disneyland
When timed, our walk from our room to the gates of Disneyland was just over seven minutes. That was with 4 of us, including a toddler. Amazing. No shuttle cost, no parking costs.
If someone in your party can't walk that distance or if there is inclement weather, there IS a shuttle available from the HoJo Anaheim for a very low and reasonable rate.
9. The Perfect Instagram Photo and Cute Merch
Have you eyed cuuuuuute photos taken in the oversized orange HoJo chair? Now YOU and your fam can hop in and say "cheeeeese". Grey LOVED how big it was and I loved getting cute family photos before even getting into the park. It was fun to be able to send family back home postable pics on our first day in the hotel.
8. The Amenities to Make Your Stay Comfortable
As a gluten-free and dairy-free traveler, a kitchen, kitchenette or food prep station is a MUST. We travel often to timeshare resorts or Air B&B's to fit this criteria, however, I was pleasantly suprised to see that the HoJo provided a mini fridge (that was so spacious!), a microwave and a Keurig. I got to start our mornings off with a piping hot cup of coffee (extra flavors, decaf and tea available in the gift shop) and a cup of hot oatmeal and chilled fruit. It was a wonderful start to a busy Disney day!
The shower was also fantastic (I'm a water pressure and temp snob, haha) and they even provided a cute rubber ducky for Grey for post-park bathtime.
In addition to in-room amenities, the gift shop was PACKED with goods. From discounted Mickey Ears and cute HoJo shirts to snacks and all the essentials you may have missed while packing.
7. The Magic Begins at Check-In
I think I was just as excited as Grey when, upon check-in, the staff greeted him with Disney-worthy enthusiasm, a balloon animal pirate sword and pirate sword!
Grey said "this vacation is so fun!" on the way to our room, so I knew we were off to a good start. They also had temporary "If I'm Lost" tattoos you could add your number too, which helps gives parents a little more peace of mind
6. The Retro Remodel
There is something about a retro design that makes being near Disneyland that much better. The HoJo Anaheim's Building One (and soon to be building two, three and so on as they roll out more of the renovation) has implemented a retro design that feels both luxuriously modern as well as vintage, reminiscent of Disney in the sixties.
5. The Comfortable Beds
After busy days in Disneyland and at the water park we needed great nights sleep. Their beds, bedding and pillows envelop you and are so extremely comfortable it made it hard to leave to hit the parks early each day. Even my toddler slept wonderful! Thank you HoJo.
4. The Friendly Staff
From booking our room and checking in, to meeting our needs during our stay and through the check out process, the staff was extremely friendly. With how many customers they serve each day, they always had a smile on their face and were willing to help us with what we needed.
3. View of Disneyland + Nightly Fireworks
In the newly renovated Building One, you can request a view of Disneyland. You get a fantastic birds eye view of Matterhorn Mountain and the Guardian's of The Galaxy Tower.
The first night we checked in we snuggled up on the patio in our jammies and watched the fireworks show and it was amazing.
2. The Ease of Booking
It was such a simple booking process and the price was so fair for how close we were to Disneyland! We had our trip booked in under five minutes and we were able to use a fantastic coupon code as Annual Passholders.
I have that coupon code to share with my friends too, so that you guys can start making your magical memories too!
Book Your Room at the HoJo Anaheim!
Charming and I are growing our own herb and vegetable garden this summer and have already sprouted some delicious green onion that we use for our morning omelettes.
He also found a job much closer to home which means less driving and coming home for lunch. We also are avid supporters of small, local businesses including eateries that get their menu items from local farms.
Other ideas include contacting your local health department or health coalition to find out ways you can get involved to help, or to ask them of health initiatives they have planned for your area. If none are planned, it might be time to get out your pen and paper and write to your government officials to ask for, and usher in, healthy change!
In addition to physically making changes, our mindfulness plays a huge role in our overall health and I love to see that Aetna and the Aetna Foundation recognize stress management as a major issue in America today.
When one envisions a road trip, carefree living comes to mind.
Windows down, hair blowing in the wind and exploring all the random sights one can stumble upon from point A to point B.
And while the road trip itself may be all fun and adventure, sometimes prepping and packing can be anything but.
As an avid traveler, I have toured the world by plane, train, car and ship I wanted to give insight onto making long car rides a little easier and a little healthier.
As we move through various states of our lives – from college, to adulthood and into mommy-hood – our carry-on essentials can look very different.
Below I explore three stages of life & the tips it takes to road trip sanely & smoothly.
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