With Disneyland practically in our backyards, we locals hop in our cars to spend a day or evening at the park before returning to reality, but SoCal Hilton Hotels want you to make like tourists and plan a Hilton-Disney staycation.
They’re even offering hotel guests discounts to the park. Through the end of 2019, Hilton guests can book through www.travel.hilton.com/disneyland for a minimum two-night stay at participating SoCal Hilton hotels to purchase discounted admission tickets to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. You get a 5-percent discount off the non-discounted price of the same ticket at the Disneyland Resort main entrance ticket booth. Family savings can equal up to $30 for one-day Park Hopper passes and $80 for multi-day passes, Hilton officials say.
“We are constantly exploring new opportunities to enhance the Southern California stay, and we are thrilled to be working with Disneyland Resort to help create these lifelong memories for our Hilton hotel guests,” says Kassi Nopratvarakorn, senior manager of Destination Marketing at Hilton.
Last month, my family and I left our dishes, laundry and weekend errands behind to relax at the Hilton County/Costa Mesa. The nearby getaway was just the treat we needed. As my son and husband swam, I caught up on a book I’ve been dying to read. The sun was high and the sky was still blue when we first got out, but when I lifted my eyes from the pages, the setting sun was casting a pink hue over walls and people’s skin. I joined the guys in the Jacuzzi before we headed upstairs to plump beds we were glad we wouldn’t have to make up in the morning.
We decided last-minute to run to The OC Mix just a few minutes away, where, laughably, we took a chance on getting into the three-time James Beard nominee, 2019 Michelin star recipient Taco Maria without a reservation. They were gracious, willing to squeeze us in, but wouldn’t have a table until 10 minutes before doors closed, if we were willing to wait. We decided to catch them next time, reservation in tow, and instead had a ball at the oyster bar around the corner (Shuck) where the co-owner, Sonny, was laughing it up with a couple of friends at the bar. “Sit here with us,” he urged us, and I was glad he did. Sonny can talk about the varying textures and flavors of oysters, from New Zealand to New Brunswick, all night long. That, and some great Disneyland hacks. “Make sure you get to Galaxy’s Edge first to get a reservation” at Oga’s Cantina, he said. “The other thing you need to do, that most people don’t know about, is go to the single-rider lines. Man, you’ll get on the rides so fast.”
His promises held up. The oysters were buttery and chewy and fresh. And the next day, refreshed from workouts in the Hilton’s gym and its massive breakfast buffet, we drove 13 unclogged miles to Disneyland, making a beeline for Galaxy’s Edge, slurping up Blue Milk and the surreal sights before dashing off to our first gloriously fast single-rider line. Good thing we’d had that pampered rest.