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
Unexpectedly nice bungalow design at Disneyland, California style property. Still a distance from the park and too far for kids to walk to the rides, but tram service is regularly available for guests. Pricey.
I come here annually for a conference, which I enjoy. We get a discounted room rate so it’s fine, but I would never pay the $600ish full price for a room here. It’s not that great.
Mainly I’m annoyed because I was looking forward to having a spa treatment at what is currently called “Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa” only to find out from the FIFTH person I asked that there is no more spa. (The first four staff members, excuse me cast member, had heard of the spa but had no idea where it was.) I’m not sure why everything down to my room key says Hotel & Spa, but if they’re going to suddenly close the spa, I think they should get on changing the name ASAP.
I can't express enough how nice this place is! We stayed club level, so this was an extra special treat for us! Everything was so nice. We were offered a discount because my daughter is with the "Dance the Magic" performing group. Otherwise, probably wouldn't be able to swing it for this many nights. Even with the discount, it's still steep. But oh what an amazing thing to experience. I had called ahead regarding food at the Verandah. My kids and I are vegetarian. They went over it all with me and said they would make notes to the chef when we arrived. didn't really seem like this was done or anything different was done. While there are plenty of options, I found it annoying that the entire time we were there, the deviled eggs had bacon in them. When asking about this, they did offer us hard boiled eggs, but such a disappointment, as we love them! I never bothered asking any more because I was told they always have things out. Not a huge deal since the kids loved the peanut butter and jelly and veggies!
The room was super comfortable and functional. I absolutely loved the beds raised to put suitcases under, this created so much space and we didn't feel cluttered or cramped. Considering the amount of luggage and all of my daughters dance stuff, we had plenty of space. We enjoyed watching fireworks from the balcony. You can see them from the Verandah with music too, but one night it was nice to just bring the treats back to the room when it got too crowded!
Housekeeping did an incredible job and were so flexible and understanding. With my daughters dancing schedule we were in and out a lot and needed to interupt her a couple of times to get her hair and make up done.
We were sad to leave all of this pampering!!