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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Everything we could have thought of and more. Location was spectacular with regards to the two Disney parks. Of course, the staff was great. Service was great. Atmosphere was very welcoming. Loved the close proximity to multiple dining and entertainment options.
I recently stayed at the resort for a conference. The hotel itself is furnished from top to bottom in craftsman's design. The staff is friendly and very attentive. And in true Disney fashion everyone tries to strive to be helpful.
My only reservation is the cost. The room is well over $500 per night. And while the linens and bedding are quite nice--the room is small , the bathroom has a bath/shower combo and is also small. This is not a 5 star hotel by conventional standards. But the hotel is perfect for going to California Adventure or Downtown Disney.
We were at Disneyland for 4 days over the kids' spring break. It was our first trip so we don't have another nearby hotel to compare it to, but we really appreciated the convenience. If you are going to Disneyland, you walk through Downtown Disney. You can place an order for pick up at the Starbucks and save time. If you are going to California Adventure, there is direct access directly into the park. It saves so much time especially when it's early in the morning and you want to get onto the rides before the crowds arrive and in the afternoon/evening when everyone is exhausted.
Inside the room, there are several conveniences. We loved the shower stall; no grimy bathtub. The shower has a handheld sprayer and a rain shower head. The bath amenities are great, with nice touches like body wash. They have a stool for little kids which was very much appreciated. Turn down service included a chocolate which was a nice touch.
One negative is that the restaurants are horrible. The menus are for senior citizens with meatloaf and very old-fashioned meals. Better to eat in the parks or Downtown Disney.
I stayed at the Grand end of last October with my assistant/employee, my December stay was with sister, niece & my 80 year old mother. And the third stay in February was with large group of 24 family and friends. It is important to take note that although I stay 3-4 times a year I do not always give five stars. These stays were so consistent with service and the Disney smile.
I am a DVC member, but about half of my stays are not as DVC due to availability and I feel either stay is the same in comparison with the exception of housekeeping & missing my turn down service “chocolate surprise “ I am going to list a few of my experiences and opinions that may be helpful for you to know for your next time you vacation at the Grand.
So many people complain about the price and compare it to other 5 star hotels. You are comparing apples and oranges. This hotel stands on its own with its location and that is what you are paying for. I feel the rooms are adequate in size I enjoy the decor with touches of Disney. The renovation was well over due and I now leave me extension cord at home. Outlets everywhere and storage to. So even if the room is not on the large side you can store luggage under beds, hang jackets etc. on wall racks and plenty of drawer space. The amenities are high spa quality and I hoard them.
We rented a scooter for my mother and when we arrived it was at the hotel they brought it right to us. So easy to get, just call hotel they have the # and it was very responsibly priced. CM was most helpful in explaining to my mother on how to run it for her first time.
I hear a lot of complaints on registration wait times and legitimate complaints for-sure during the new system learning period, but I managed to miss all of that inconvenience. Since 2014 I have been coming consistently and have never waited over 15 minutes. Baggage, valet and bell serve always friendly and timely. Any problems that ever arose were handled promptly or compensated with fast passes etc.
So in closing if you can’t tell I just love this hotel it’s becoming my second home. But I do hold it to a standard for sure. Disney is my therapy and my highest expectation is CM smiles everywhere!! Below are a couple of must do’s.
Mandara spa 10 every time and shout out to Wendy my fav.
Cabana rentals, one way to get spoiled and shout out to Julie.
Napa Rose chefs counter spoiled again
Remember to always go online and research what is happening on property during your stay so you don’t end up surprised and disappointed. Also remember to approach CM with a smile yourself and you might get better results with your circumstances.
Have a magical day!!!
This is the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever visited and I know I’ll be coming back here one day, hopefully soon enough! I cannot wait, it’s been way too long since 2009, a whole decade already from now Through June. It can be expensive tho I negotiated a deal back in the day so it was a winner winner! Thank you grand!!!