Thursday, July 21, 2016

Magical View Room at Park Inn by Raddison in Orlando

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Park Inn by Raddison Resort & Conference Center Orlando
I used to think that it was ridiculous to pay a lot of money for a hotel room, and then not hardly use it all because you were out and about all day and night long doing something in the area. Then I stayed at a budget motel... to prove my point. Let me just say, a). I was wrong and b). never again!! So this trip, we opted to go back to our norm and stay someplace so much nicer. The Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center, located in sunny Orlando, Florida was in a word, 'perfect!' It's not 'cheap' but it's definitely affordable and you and your family will love it!



The beds were large and comfy, several sizes/types of pillows were provided, and there were sheets and bed coverings of different consistencies all tucked in rather nicely, so that everyone using them was happy.


The room was spotless! The air conditioning worked wonderfully well and was whisper quiet. There was also your standard items included, like a personal safe, an easy chair...a closet, and a dresser and bureau for your clothing and personal items. The flat-screen TV got a ton of channels, but we were too busy playing to enjoy any of them. If you need wi-fi, they've got that too. It's complimentary and it's fast!


The desk area was right next to the window, which I liked. The rooms have complimentary wi-fi. And the view from that window...

Expedition Everest was visible from our window by day...

held Animal Kingdom's rollercoaster (and the Epcot ball) by day,

At night, from our "Magical View Room" we could see the fireworks at Epcot
and fireworks by night! Yep, you could see the fireworks right from the room on our side of the hotel facing the parks. Ask for a "Magical View Room" when you book.

We could also see the fireworks from Magic Kingdom
Then when Epcot's show was over, Magic Kingdom's began!! It was spectacular, and there were no crowds to fight to get out when they were done. ;)


There was a mini-fridge to keep our drinks cold. I was surprised there wasn't a microwave, but that was okay because the hotel also had very affordable hot dining in the main area on the ground floor.


There was a deep soak garden tub in the bathroom. That was the first thing my youngest wanted to do...take a big 'ol bubble bath. And he did. ;)


My son fell in love with a big-eyed Koala that you could buy (among many other things) in the lobby downstairs.

The convenience store had everything you could need and more!
This store had everything in it you could possibly need, including chargers if you lost yours on the way in (*ahem*), toothbrushes in case you remembered everyone's but yours (again, *ahem*), swimwear (I didn't forget those, but if I did...everything was there, and so was swim gear, including noodles...they even had flip flops!), snacks, drinks, postcards, souvenirs and more!

The SEGA station was a big surprise!!
Over 100 Sega games were loaded and ready to play.
This wall made my son very happy. It's a SEGA station with over 100 Sega Genesis games programmed. Old School Mortal Kombat was on there (before it got too graphic like it is today....just my opinion ;) ). What a fun idea to add this area to the hotel. I texted a picture to my two oldest boys because they loved Sega when they were kids. 

Children's Theater Available to use Any Time Day or Night
There was also a little mini area for kids to watch a movie. You could ask them to reset the movie at any time if you wanted to watch it from the start. And look at those chairs!! Cute little Mickey Mouse chairs. I thought this was such a thoughtful idea. Just lovely!

The arcade room was another attraction kids really loved
There was an arcade area for the kids too. The children's areas got really popular when a heavy rain happened through for a few minutes (as is prone to happen in Florida). :) There were activities to sign up for and a balloon guy too, in the daytime hours.


The fitness center was on the main floor for the adults. I saw a sign that said there were basketball and tennis courts on site, but we didn't get over to visit those. Next time!

This was the area just outside of the Pizza Hut Express where you could sit and eat.
The lobby had spacious seating for those who were dining.

Affordable, not at all overpriced!! Thank you, Park Inn by Raddison!
You could eat at Pizza Hut Express (nothing was overpriced, hard to believe in a hotel, but definitely true!)...


or you could eat at the bar and grill restaurant (where they also had a big breakfast you could purchase in the mornings).

Business Center with WiFi, Fax, Scanner and Printer
The business center had internet-connected computers and a printer.

You could buy your tickets to the parks on-site to avoid the lines!
The ammenties went on and on in this hotel. Iced or lemon-infused water at the front desk, the availability to buy your park tickets, get your park maps for no charge, peruse the brochures for other attractions in the area, etc. were all right there for the taking. There is also a limited shuttle service that does go to the parks, so be sure to check out the times and requirements if that's something you would be interested in using. There is also a car rental service in the lobby, if you've flown in and would like to drive.

All types of seating was made available everywhere!
In the lobby, there was ample seating everywhere, so you could do what you needed to do and the others in your party could chill.


The awesomeness didn't stop there. There was a VIP Services desk at the front, with a very helpful lady to answer questions. 


There were all kinds of things happening too, that weren't room related...


such as banquets,


educational tours,


and the potential to host most any kind of event you might want or need. Everything was clean, and very inviting. The Park Inn by Raddison Resort and Conference Center Orlando can accommodate up to 1,300 people in their full-service conference areas.


I know when we were there, a wedding was going on, as well as some other events. We saw the people all dressed up from the former, and all of the events were loaded on a marquee screen when you entered that area, welcoming the big events and goings-on. This area was not something you would see if you stayed in the main part of the resort. We just found it moseying around taking pictures for a review, so you could see all the Park Inn by Raddison has to offer.

Early Morning Shot of the First Pool Area (just off of the main lobby).
There were two swimming pools. We used the one out front in the early a.m. This pool area is in the main area so you can access it from the huge wrap-around lobby, it also has easy access to the restaurants/bar area. There was a hot tub here too, but it's so far back in this picture (by the palms) that you can't really see it.


The new Koala came too. ;)

2nd Pool Area, on the backside of the hotel.
The pool area in the back of the hotel was also nice. If your room was on this side of the hotel, it was definitely handy to not have to walk to the main area...especially if you just wanted to take a quick dip.

Little niceties everywhere, like this retractable clothesline built into the shower wall.
The bathroom had a retractable clothesline built into the wall for hanging those wet suits over the tub to dry. I wish every hotel room had this, I never know where to put our wet clothes. Little extra touches like this make me happy. :)

The Park Inn by Raddison has a Sports Approved Program too, so if you're taking a team up to the Orlando area for one reason or another, this is the hotel to book! It is also the place to be if you're headed to any of the popular attractions in the Orlando area. It is a Disney Friendly Neighbor hotel, so you know it's going to be great! As for location, you would be hard-pressed to find a better spot.


In addition to the Disney Parks and Sea World that are close by, you'll also find area shops, like this two-story souvenir store we could walk to from the hotel, as well as many restaurants if you want to eat off-site, and a million and one things to do. It is a safe location, that is at the end of a side road off of the main street, so while you're at the hotel, it's like you're in a world of your own, and as soon as you drive to the end of the side street, you're back in the thick of everything.

The Park Inn by Raddison Resort & Conference Center Orlando was an absolute delight. I highly recommend it to anyone going to the area. Our family loved absolutely everything about it, and we will definitely return again.

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89 comments:

  1. That sounds like an AWESOME place to stay!! I need to keep this in mind.

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    1. I agree with you Robin, will be checking it out more with some cool resources I have at my disposal! You sound like you had a great time!

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  2. This hotel really has everything you need for a great vacation. And who wouldn't want a view of all the Disney fireworks. Can't wait for my Disney trip in October.

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  3. It looks like a lovely place to stay! The little touches are fab too; that retractable clothes line is such a simple but useful idea.

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  4. Wow, now that sure is the spot to say. Free wi-fi is nice. One big arse tub too. I'd play the old Sega games any day.

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    1. I thought that Sega station was an awesome way to stand out. The kids love it, the parents remember it. ;)

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  5. That is awesome to be able to see fireworks from your room! It is definitely a plus to have a nice and comfortable room to go back to after a long day in the park. It does add to the experience.

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  6. What a super cool place to check out. They have a lot to offer too, thanks! Will be checking this out!

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  7. Park Inn looks like a great place! I love the fitness center, and the fact that it has a game room and a Pizza Hut is going to be a winner with any kid.

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  8. Wow, there is so much to do at the hotel, and I love the food options aren't overpriced. The Magic View room option is neat!

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  9. This place is amazing, looks like they have a perfect space for each member of the family

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  10. We just spent 3 days in Orlando. This would have been a great alternate hotel to the Palace where we stayed.

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  11. This looks like a great hotel. My son would probably love the Sega room.

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  12. Aww, what a great hotel! There's so much to do there!

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  13. Hotels that have fitness centers with more than a bike and treadmill always win me over. Love that they made so many special places for kids to hang out too.

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  14. Wow, that rooms looks great! The whole hotel looks great!

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  15. It's super nice to stay there especially since it's made for the whole family to enjoy! I love that they have a mini theater for kids, perfect for some down time during the trip when you're just resting or passing time in the hotel before going back out!

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  16. I love that you could enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your room!! We stayed at one last year to enjoy our National Day parade fireworks too.. comfort with a view :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  17. Looks like a great place to visit! The rooms look comfortable to stay.

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  18. It looks like you and your family had an awesome time in Orlando. It's nice that your you got to watch awesome fireworks from your window too!

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  19. How beautiful and fun! I keep telling my husband that we need a getaway. Somewhere where we can find some magic and fun before our little one goes back to school. The accommodations look beautiful and inviting. I’m glad your family had a great time and made lasting memories!

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  20. Awww, those pictures are so cute! I want to go to Orlando this year :(

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  21. lovely! i would pay if i can get lots of things like those for a hotel! my family and my daughter wud have so much fun!

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  22. Now that's how you feature a place! Honestly you've laid out everything that I need when staying at a hotel or inn.

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  23. What a beautiful hotel! This hotel looks amazing. The fireworks are gorgeous and having a Pizza Hut right there is definitely convenient!

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  24. That is really great room, I love those photos

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  25. The Sega station is so fun! Love that.

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  26. love, love, love this. Great that you could see the park from you hotel room and didn't have to fight to see it.

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  27. This looks like a wonderful hotel.
    I agree with you that one needs to have use out of a hotel other than simply sleeping there.

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  28. What a great property! I bet you and your family had such a blasts! Very informative review!

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  29. This looks like a great hotel! We are headed to Disney for the first time this October and all of the hotel choices seem overwhelming so I like reading reviews of people's stays to help narrow down my choices :)

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  30. This looks like a fun place to stay! I love the roominess in the tub, and of course the pool!

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  31. Looks like a great hotel and I love the pool there. Looks like I want to go there

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  32. Thanks for the review! It looks like a really nice hotel! We love going to Disney and staying close by the parks.

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  33. Oh wow. Park Inn looks great. Thanks for giving us a great option for the next time we head down that way, I love that it has so much stuff for everyone.

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  34. There is just so much to love about this hotel, there's something for every member of the family, especially the kids! I love the rooms, the beds look comfy and perfect for staying in after a long day. But aside from that, everything else is just as awesome!

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  35. hahahaha This made me laugh really hard because I used to be the same way! Worth it!

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  36. two questions I have, was there a safe (usually in the closet for you to put in your laptops and any other valuables like passports and cash in the room?) ALSO wifi? the last time we traveled we went to PR and they wanted a ridiculous amount for internet in the hotel (we walked 20 meters across the street to starbucks and used their free wifi instead.

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    1. There was a safe and there was free high speed internet in our room that worked great. :)

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  37. That hotel looks really nice and fun. The bathtub is huge! I would be a little upset to not have a microwave, but that is becoming a thing. We went to a hotel and they didn't even have a fridge, which was crazy.

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  38. Very Cool! Looks like your son enjoyed the trip and how awesome was your view! I am putting this on my trip list

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  39. This looks like such a cool place. It's important to have food close by especially when you travel with family. Looks like the perfect vacation stay!

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  40. What a fun hotel - looks like it had everything for your family. I like Radisson hotels, they have so many different hotels!

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  41. That is a very nice hotel. That is the type of hotels that I love to stay in. I like that they had a kids theatre room. That's so neat!

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  42. Looks like a nice option for an Orlando visit - nice but not too pricey!

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  43. What a lovely hotel for you and your family to enjoy! The rooms look so comfy!

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  44. That looks like a great place to relax & spend time together while on vacation. Whenever we travel, we pick hotels with amenities because the kids love hotel days. This certainly has tons to do!

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  45. I always stay on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel because I like to be close to everything at Disney. However – THIS looks super close! I will have to keep this in mind if we want to do a lower-budget trip.

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  46. Sounds like there is a lot of stuff there to keep everyone occupied.

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  47. We just returned from a Disney trip and are already planning out next one. Love checking out new places to stay. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Wow! This hotel looks amazing! I especially love the Pizza Hut Express, the two pool spots, and the retractable clothesline! That's such a great addition :) I'm definitely going to keep this hotel in mind for our next FL vacation. Thank you for the review!

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  49. They really do have everything you need for a comfortable stay. We also learned out lesson on budget hotels. I would rather pay a little more and get a comfortable and good night's sleep!

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  50. Oh, and I love the little plushie and how he is showing off his little friend. Reminds me of Allison at that age ;)

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    1. He's 'this close' to outgrowing that stage. I'm enjoying it while it lasts. :)

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    2. Nah, Allison still totes around a stuffie every now and again. You probably have a few more good years of enjoying it :)

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  51. Oh, this place is really nice. I'll drop by when we get to Orlando. The tub is huge!

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  52. Oh, I like the amenities and the room are so nice! I would like to go there with my hubby and son.

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  53. Oh, I like to go to this hotel. Very family-friendly! If I am going to stay in Orlando, I will check inn in this hotel.

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  54. Oh, my son will surely love this place! I would like to treat my whole family here and stay in this hotel.

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  55. Nice and clean looking hotel. I love the view you had. It is nice to see other options to staying relatively close to WDW and still get a lot of use out of the hotel.

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  56. They do have quite a bit of everything eh.
    I wouldn't mind getting away there.

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  57. I love how big and comfy the beds look. This place seems to have everything a family needs to have a great time.

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  58. Looks like a fantastic spot! Love that you can see the fireworks from your window!

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  59. I have stayed at a Park Inn before, and I really liked it. There are so many cool amenities at the one that you stayed at. How cool is a Sega center?

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  60. Wow they sure have everything you need there. The rooms are spacious.The place is simply beautiful!

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  61. Ashley Sparks MullinsJuly 24, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Looks like a great hotel! They have some great, unique amenities that are great for kids!

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  62. That's smart thinking, Rosey. The same thing happened to me (well, I made it happen) and the walls shook 24/7... Now, ask me why those walls would be shaking. I'm sure you can imagine. Ironically, I needed a vacation because I was fed up with my hump-happy neighbors...

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    1. Was it a Wednesday, Blue? Just curious. :)

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  63. In all the years I lived in Florida, I've only visited Orlando once. The inn would be great for my whole family.

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  64. I agree with you about ditching the cheaper version of the hotel. Made that mistake myself years ago and unless I can't help it will not go back there. Nice choice!

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  65. I don't mind spending a little more on a hotel because the more expensive ones have a wide spread of breakfast things. The cheaper hotels don't have that. You have to spend extra paying for breakfast.

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  66. This looks like such a great place to stay. I love all of the different amenities that there are for you to enjoy while you are there.

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  67. Looks like a very nice place to stay. Love the kid's theater and the fact that you could watch fireworks from your room.

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  68. That looks amazing. Radisson do hold some great standards. I rarely find hotel rooms that have a microwave. Great ammenities & the beds are huuuge!

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  69. Oh wow! Certainly looks like a great hotel!

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  70. Ahhhhh I use to live in Orlando and know exude here this hotel is! Nice place :)

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  71. That looks like a great hotel! It's really so much nicer to stay at a good hotel when I travel.

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  72. Their facilities here are impressive for kids and for the whole family. The view in the room is also great as you see the attractions and the fireworks.

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  73. This looks like a very good option for a hotel to stay while in Orlando. Those views look very good especially the fireworks. My boys would like those Sega games as well.

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  74. What a beautiful view! I love that garden tub. It looks so relaxing!

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  75. One thing we gotta have are spacious beds and those would work. That tub is nice too. Looks fun.

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  76. There are 2 types actually. There have been hotels where I went just to crash for a few hours at night. In those cases a motel is enough. But at times when I'm travelling for work hotel is the place to unwind. And so is staycation. In those cases hotel has to pamper me!!!

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  77. This looks like a nice hotel. When I travel, I also have that mindset that I'd just spend the night in the hotel, so I opt for budget and location. But often, when you're tired after a long day of sightseeing, you need the comfort of a nice bed and clean room. I realized that these are things I wouldn't want to sacrifice.

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  78. That looks like a nice and clean hotel. I like that they have a lot to offer kids. Amusement parks are great but I like it when there are things to do where you stay as well, for the times when you aren't in parks and bad weather.

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  79. Wow, this hotel almost have everything! It's so convenient for anyone who wish to visit Disneyland! The soak tub is something I will always look out for whenever I'm out on staycation! It's definitely a plus point for me!

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  80. Although to me, the rooms look quite regular, I have to agree with you that 24-hour pizza hut that's not serving overpriced products is awesome. I would have still gone here if given the opportunity.

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  81. I believe what you have spent for the accommodation is all worth it! Being able to use all those services in the hotel, that surely worth every penny. If I am just living there and would want my son to have a break, will definitely be staying in Park Inn then!

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  82. This would be a great place for us to stay if/ when we ever get back down there. it looks like it totally has you covered. I like the view from your window. Perfect if you have a baby with earlier bedtimes and still want to enjoy the fireworks display!

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  83. Everything looks great. I wish they offered continental breakfast.

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