The easiest thing that can be said about the hotels around Disneyland is that their facilities are always in perfect repair, and carries the Utopian ideal of Walt Disney.
This Sheraton is affiliated with Disneyland and is no exception. The security is very high also; the last time I went to their information desk to ask which ballroom I was going to, they took a facsimile of my driver’s license!
Logistics: All ballrooms are accessible within 30 feet of the catering dock which is at the back of the building: super convenient. Make sure to visit the front desk to get clearance first.
Aesthetics: Their walls have beige and wood paneling design, very earthy and warm. Everything is so brand new looking that you swear they change out the walls and tear out the carpet after every event!
Electrical: In the big hall, electricity is ample, though I wasn’t able to figure out where the circuits were. I imagine there are at least two 20+ amp circuits on each of the long sides (I did notice that the two receptacles, which were about 3 yards apart, were separate). I doubt you’ll run into any electrical trouble here, but it would still be smart to lay out your coffee maker on the opposing wall from your DJ, unless you’ve confirmed the circuit layout. Hopefully your DJ has a power conditioner that reads the voltage changes!
Huge: The main hall is very large, perfect for those Asian-American receptions with 300+ attendants.
Customization: Because of the polished wood paneling covering most of the walls, up-lighting is a no-go here. The light will bounce right off the walls and you’ll only see them on the ceiling. Gobos (Monograms) will not work well on the walls either; you’ll have to shine it on the dance floor. However, the venue’s lighting is pretty impressive. I would have them put the house lights on low and let the flood and chandeliers work their magic.
It’s a shame that I can’t do up-lighting there, since the shape of the room is perfect for it, had they inserted columns of that neutral beige wall every few yards between the panels.
If you’ve always imagined a Disney princess wedding, this hall will more than satisfy (for a Beauty and the Beast wedding, check out the Grand Californian.) There aren’t too many options, as far as customizing the look of the place to dazzle your guests, but if this is not your concern, you’ll be thrilled with what is offered by this place. The two best features are the size / spaciousness of the venue and the proximity of the loading dock (less work for your setup crew; especially if they have to decorate the entire space!) If you’re planning on a huge reception, this is a very viable option.