Staying At The Santa Fe Hotel At Disneyland
Well we are finally at Disneyland and today was fantastic. We arrived at our destination, The Santa Fe Hotel at 11am in the morning. The first thing we needed to do was check in. I was able to give the staff my name and was given a form for each adult to complete. We queued for about 10 minutes and I went to the English speaking desk.
I was given our room key which I was told would automatically allow us in our room from 3pm, our official check in time. We were able to place our luggage in the luggage hold across from reception and get on with our day.
Next to reception was a meet and greet area and who should be visiting for half an hour but Mickey Mouse. My brother was so excited. We decided to jump in the queue and get Mickey to sign James and Sylvia’s autograph books as well as have some family photos.
James was so excited. James had global developmental delay and although he is an adult he was like a little kid, so so happy to meet Mickey Mouse. James and Mickey had cuddles and photos and then he could not stop smiling and talking about it. Everywhere we went James told strangers he had met Mickey Mouse.
We caught a shuttle bus from the Santa Fe Hotel to the Disneyland Bus Station. This took around 4-5 minutes and we were then at the Disney village and able to finally visit our dream destination Disneyland.
Staying at the Santa Fe hotel, we had booked a room. Our room was in the Lightening McQueen section and although it was a little run down inside, it was nice enough and comfortable.
We spent the day at Disneyland and returned to our hotel at 7pm. We had showers, using the special Mickey soap. You get a tiny bar of soap wrapped in a Disney wrapper and a small jar of shampoo and body wash. The jars are quite tiny and were not really enough for four people who had spent the day in the hot sun, but we had brought some of our own toiletries which was good.
The bathroom had a strong shower but there was a lot of mould on the ceiling, an awful lot and by the time I had finished my shower I was wheezing with asthma which is not normal.
I did love the theme of our room which is based on Disney Pixar Cars. There are some fun features, wallpaper borders, cone lights and a great themed mirror in the bathroom, however my initial impressions were that the room is a little run down and needs a bit of work doing, especially to the walls and in the bathroom area. The room is good enough and will do the job while we are here.
In the evening we had a buffet meal at La Cantina, The Santa Fe Hotel restaurant and I have to say it was brilliant. There was so much choice of food from starters and salads, soup and mains to delicious desserts. John and Sylvia has lasange, I had a piece of chicken, salmon and veg. My brother had pizza and chips and there was just so much to choose from it was crazy.
For dessert Sylvia had pancakes with chocolate sauce and cream and lots of fun confectionary. She loved it. Our meal was included in our package deal which was great. We have the option of around 6 different locations to eat our evening meal including restaurants in Disneyland. However we loved La Cantina and it was pretty amazing.
Had we paid cash the meal would have cost one hundred Euros for 3 adults and one child. The staff at the Santa Fe Hotel are really polite and helpful. The food is brilliant and the distance to the park is manageable.
The only let down would be the state of the room, I do need to be honest but that has not stopped us having an amazing first day and I plan to share more about the things we did in Disneyland on our first day!
Until then … have a magical day!