Get an overview of this hotelPirate-themed water playground by Disneyland® Resort

Family-friendly locale

Located across from Disney's California Adventure® Park and Disneyland® Resort, this family-friendly hotel has beautifully landscaped courtyards and pool areas; the Anaheim Convention Center is 2 blocks away.

Fireworks and fountains

Amenities at this Howard Johnson Plaza include a water playground with a 30-foot pirate ship, which offers prime views of the Disneyland® Resort fireworks; a spa tub; and a separate swimming pool. Free self parking is available.

All of the essentials

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Anaheim Resort guestrooms offer refrigerators, 1-cup coffeemakers, triple-sheeted beds, laptop safes, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

This Howard Johnson is literally across the street from Disney's California Adventure® Park and Disneyland® Resort. The hotel, built in 1965, contains 7 buildings from 2 to 7 stories high, and is a favorite with families and vacationers attracted to spacious rooms and reliable service. Some of the upper rooms that face the theme park offer primetime views of evening fireworks displays (on Friday and Saturday evenings in the off-season and nightly during the summer).

Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Anaheim Resort buildings are separated by beautifully landscaped courtyards, affording privacy as well as lots of room for families to linger and kids to run around. The Castaway Cove pirate-themed water playground, Speedy's Sprayground children's pool area, and Garden Pool, provide outdoor water recreation for guests of all ages. Complimentary access to a waterpark is also offered. Kids also take advantage of the video game room.

Additional features include 2 coin-operated laundry facilities, Mimi's Café and bar which are just across the street from the hotel, complimentary self-parking and handicapped parking are available only during stay. Wireless Internet access is complimentary throughout the hotel, and complimentary Internet kiosks are located in the lobby and there is shopping on site.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Year Built 1965 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Express check-out 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Free water park access 
  • Total number of rooms - 303 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Garden 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free self parking 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Spa tub 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Waterslide 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Restaurant 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 7 
  • Children's pool 
  • Outdoor pool 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Water park access (complimentary)  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Children's pool  
  • Waterslide  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Arcade/game room  
  • Playground on site  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Climate control 
  • Phone 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Mimi's Café - The hotel's partner restaurant is located close by the hotel. New Orleans-inspired cuisine including salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas. Indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bar. Children's menu and healthy menu available. Room service during limited hours.

Nearby Things to Do

The 7-acre Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Anaheim Resort offers 2 separate recreation areas to house its water features. Castaway Cove, the pirate-themed water playground, includes a 30-foot pirate ship (with attendant), a 300-gallon drench bucket, slides, fountains, and water cannons. This area also includes Speedy's Sprayground with a children's pool, fountain play area, and a 15-person spa tub with foot jets.

The Garden Pool, set on another part of the property, offers a heated pool surrounded by gardens, a sundeck, and lounge chairs. Fresh towels are provided at the Garden Pool and at Castaway Cove.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Playground on site 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Braille or raised signage 
  • Accessible parking 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 2 AM

Check-in time starts at 4 PM


Check-out time is Noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children under 18 years old stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15 per day.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground is listed in the 2014 Travel + Leisure 500.
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