Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa
What We Love
- This is the only hotel to offer direct entrance into a Disney theme park
- A relaxing massage at Mandara Spa after a day of Disney family fun
- Dining with Disney’s fave characters at Storytellers Café
What To Know
- The resort offers separate facilities for adults and children
- Parents looking for a night alone can leave children ages 5 to 12 at Pinocchio's Workshop, a licensed child-activity center, for an additional fee
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Disney’s Grand Californian is the first hotel to be built inside a Disney park, and the American Craftsman hotel combines luxe amenities with family fun — and function. Case in point: Guestrooms can be configured for every type of family, including one configuration with a double bed plus bunk beds with a trundle. The hotel also provides sleeping bags (rather than rollaways) for kids, so that a standard-size room will sleep the whole brood. It’s worth upgrading to a room with a view of the park for a constant reminder of that you’re in “The Happiest place on Earth.” When it’s time to relax, the hotel offers a number of adult-only escapes, including the Mandara Spa where you can decompress with nary a mouse, duck or princess in sight. Parents looking for a night alone can leave children ages 5 to 12 at Pinocchio’s Workshop, a licensed child-activity center and enjoy a romantic dinner at on-site Napa Rose where the wine cellar is sure to impress.
In the Area
Hey, you’re in “The Happiest Place on Earth,” so if you’re doing anything other than Disneyland, well, you’re doing it wrong. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of the park. First, get up early! If you want to avoid lines, book The Magic Morning package offered to guests of the three Disneyland Resort hotels that lets you into the park an hour before the official 8 A.M. opening. Another time (and money-) saver is The Park Hopper ticket, which lets you visit both Disneyland and California Adventure. And if waiting in line isn’t your bag, you better get a Fastpass — go to a Fastpass ticket machine, buy a ticket for your fave ride for a specific time and then return at the time marked on the pass. You get to hop on the ride without a wait.
How to Get There
I have done Disneyland before and always stayed off site even done Disney World but nothing beats staying at a hotel that is connected to the park. It was so convenient. The beds were surprisingly comfortable and the toiletries was pretty awesome too. Some hotel toiletries make my hair feel like dried up hay but these were even better then my stuff at home. You can hear music from the park if you have a park view. It didn’t bother us though. The fireworks are extremely loud. The check in process could have been a little better but no different then checking in at a Vegas resort. It’s just a really big hotel so you kids out on the overly helpful let me do anything you need for you vibe. We landed before check in and would have like to had our room but we had to wait until 3. I was able to order amazon fresh for room snacks while we stayed and the bell man even delivered them to the room that was amazing. The character breakfast at the hotel was disappointing we have done it before at this hotel a few years ago and it was way better. For the price we paid for the breakfast the set up was awful. They didn’t spread the buffet out so everyone was crammed in one section to get food. Over the hotel was good and we will definitely stay there again. Oh and the room service regular cheeseburger was delicious.
Very nice hotel, but very pricey. Very well located with great restaurants, gift shop and easy entry into California Adventureland!! The Storyteller Cafe with all the Disney Characters is fantastic but also a bit pricey!!
I had the opportunity to stay here for two nights while on a work trip. The room was very clean and relaxing. I would stay here again.
The main foyer has a gigantic fireplace and the piano music was great to listen to while sipping on Disney Select Bourbons.
Beautiful accommodations, clean, quiet and the staff was above and beyond helpful and friendly. As a grandma wanting to spend time with my young grandchildren (3-7 yrs} I wanted to feel safe, and check all the boxes for myself and the kids. There was so much for the young kids to do from an art class to folded towel sculptures, pin trading in the lobby every night plus the magnificent pool and Disneyland right out the back door and shopping out the front with no walking to a hotel or car I don't know who was happier, me or the kids. We spent 2 nights there and just barely discovered all that was available to us. I thought it was more than I was comfortable paying but it turned out to be more than worth it in so many ways that we're planning to do it again.
I should begin by saying that I love Disneyland and visit often. I have stayed at this hotel previously and had a great experience. I arrived early for check in and expected to check my bags and come back later to get into my room - which was the case. Totally fine. However, it ultimately took me 35 minutes just to check in. There was a huge line and every guest took upwards of 10+ minutes to check in. That wait time was insane and nobody in line could figure out what it was taking so long. The cast member who ultimately checked me in told me that I had to come back to claim my luggage and that it could not be delivered to my room once I was assigned a room. She told me to walk to the end of the desk to check my bags. When I arrived to that spot I was told to walk across the lobby and wait in another spot for someone to check my bags. Once my bags were checked I left for the park. I got a text that my room was ready and left the park to check in. I claimed my bags and was not offered help to get them to my room - which was lovely, but quite a hike. The food on property was always just ok - be it the Kobe Burger at the bar or breakfast from room service. It’s disappointing because this hotel is priced at 4 and 5 star prices. The service, however, does not live
up to Disney standards or the standards or other hotels in this price range. It is perfectly located and morning on your balcony are magical - but the service should be better.