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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 Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground 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 Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground guestrooms offer refrigerators, 1-cup coffeemakers, triple-sheeted beds, laptop safes, and complimentary WiFi Internet access.

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground

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 Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground 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. WiFi 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 
  • One meeting room 
  • Garden 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free self parking 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Spa tub 
  • Waterslide 
  • Free WiFi 
  • 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 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Television 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Desk 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Free WiFi 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 

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 Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground 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 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 2 AM

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property 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

  • Anaheim Howard Johnson Hotel
  • Anaheim Water
  • Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel
  • Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
  • Howard Johnson Anaheim Water Playground
  • Howard Johnson Hotel & Water Playground
  • Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim
  • Howard Johnson Water Playground
  • Playground Anaheim
  • Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel Water Playground
  • Howard Johnson Hotel Water Playground
  • Anaheim Howard Johnson
  • Howard Johnson Hotel Anaheim California
  • Howard Johnson Anaheim

We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

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

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4.3 out of 5
92% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
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close to Disney

4 out of 5
Posted Feb 15, 2017
was really close to the park easy to get to and from ....pool was chilly but pirate ship a real hit with the kids
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Awesome hotel, close to Disneyland

5 out of 5
by from Eagle Mountian, UT
Posted Feb 14, 2017
We loved the hotel! We had a great room with comfy beds and a lot of space. It had great amenities, the play cove with the pirate ship was a family fav!
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5 out of 5
Posted Feb 13, 2017
Close walk to Disney, only 6 min to the main gates
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Ok hotel

3 out of 5
by from New Jersey
Posted Feb 13, 2017
Hotel was sufficient enough for our stay. We were hardly in the room and beds were comfy to sleep in. You can here the traffic from the highway but it didn't bother is too much as we are use to it. Close to Disney and main highway if you want to get around by car.
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Good hotel close to Disneyland

4 out of 5
Posted Feb 12, 2017
We got an old not updated room there was some nasty mold on the sinks and tub also the tub had a really slow drain which is kinda annoying
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5 out of 5
by from B.C
Posted Feb 10, 2017
Pros: located close to what we wanted
Cons: all good there
Location: we were visiting Disneyland
very good above expectation will let people know all was very good
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4 out of 5
by from BC
Posted Feb 2, 2017
Great location. Close to everything we need while in Anaheim.
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Nice hotel, close to Disney.

4 out of 5
by from CO
Posted Feb 1, 2017
The hotel was nice, clean and cozy. My kids absolutely loved playing in the pool and hot tub. It was very close to Disneyland as well.
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Great budget hotel across the street from Disneyla

5 out of 5
by from edmonton alberta
Posted Jan 30, 2017
Pros: Proximity to Disneyland, attentive staff, reasonable price
Cons: Refreshed rooms and more comfortable beds
Location: Disneyland
I have now stayed here twice. The hotel is an older, basic, hotel that is ideal for families with younger kids. If you don't have young kids, be warned the hallways can be noisy, as there are lots of kids around (and running and yelling at time as they travel down the hallways or in other common areas). Don't let the above dissuade you from considering this hotel. It really is a great place for those who want to be within walking distance to Disneyland. It is the best budget hotel in the area. There are better hotels if money isn't an issue, but really who cares if the hotel is dated when one spends so little time in the hotel anyway? Disneyland is across the street - the hotel is really only a launching pad, and a good one at that. The staff are great, the rooms are clean, and the price is fair for what you get. I would stay here again and again with no hesitation.
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Great hotel within walking distance to Disneyland.

4 out of 5
by from San Diego
Posted Jan 27, 2017
We arrived hours before check-in, and since our room was ready, we were allowed to check in early! That was a huge help to bring all our bags in before a day at Disneyland. Our room was spotless, beds were very comfortable, the room was quiet and huge! My only complaint is we had the air on all night and it really bad for our allergies. No one could breathe in the morning due to stuffy noses. Other than that, I would totally recommend this hotel and I will stay here again!
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