Marriott Hotel near Disneyland and next to California State University Fullerton
The town of Fullerton, California, is mere minutes from Disneyland, home to iconic rides including It’s a Small World, the Haunted Mansion, and the Mad Tea Party’s spinning teacups. Fullerton Marriott at California State University sits only 10 minutes from the park, and near other area attractions, such as Knott’s Berry Farm and Huntington Beach. As its name suggests, the hotel is also located mere steps from the CSUF campus, and within a 2-mile radius of three other higher-education institutions: Hope International University, Western State University College of Law, and Fullerton College.
At the hotel, go for a dip in the heated outdoor pool, or slip into the whirlpool or sauna. The 24-hour onsite fitness center features free weights as well as cardio machines equipped with individual TVs. You can refuel with your $20 dining credit at the hotel’s Irish-themed Ha' Penny Pub, where chefs whip up dishes such as shepherd’s pie and bread pudding, complemented by a sampler of three beers for two.
Fullerton, California: Cal State University and Family-Friendly Theme Parks
Just a 10-minute drive from the hotel, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park offer a wealth of magical attractions, such as the Soarin' Over California flight simulator, which launches riders on personal hang-gliding adventures so lifelike they include mists of pine scent when riders fly over mountains. If you’re after a thrill, you can ascend the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before dropping in a heart-stopping free fall, or clamber aboard the roller coasters thundering around Paradise Pier, home to sweeping views of the park, carnival street food, and the rare chance to imbibe alcoholic beverages on Disneyland property.
In addition to its array of universities, the town of Fullerton is known for its agricultural roots. You can tour some of the town’s carefully cultivated gardens and woods at the nearby 26-acre Fullerton Arboretum, taking strolls down trails that wind through mediterranean, woodland, and desert ecosystems home to more than 4,000 plant species.