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
The hotel. Is beautiful and the rooms are very spacious and updated. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and the theme park view from our balcony was amazing. It was also great that we were always able to get into California adventure with no lines! Would definitely stay here again if visiting.
Pulling up in the front of the hotel was just like many resorts we've been to, very clean , lots of room. Staff were helpful directing people.
I later was impressed how smoothly it was run after realizing the volume of guests coming and going at the resort.
Check in was quick and easy, the front desk staff wasted no time getting to know everyone by name and knew absolutely everything about the hotel, resort and parks. And we threw a lot of questions out there!
The room was equipped as a normal room would be, but had power outlets and USB charging absolutely anywhere you could think to put them, which was great for all our phones and devices we brought to make sure we were all connected while in the parks.
Pool area was very well kept and had a lot of different areas so kids could play, but quieter folks could still relax.
I was amazed at the detail in the great rooom. Notice when you go there that the ornate tiles in the floor meet up with the carpet but the patern doesn't change at all, the transition is seemless.
There was always something going on and we were fully entertained.
Food was great in all the restaurants we tried, the buffett was very well stocked and kept completely full at all times when we were there.
Top notch all around.
The hotel is classed as a four diamond hotel, I understand the only way to get a fifth diamond would be to have a golf course, however it has a Disneyland!!!
Well worth the additional diamond in my books.
Just wrapped up a stay here for my bachelorette party and I think the cost is completely justified! We had a fabulous weekend and this hotel is great for a big group. Here are some pros and cons to this hotel.
- Park access and downtown Disney access.
- Easy check in and friendly cast members.
- Fabulous restaurants!
- The pool was amazing and perfect for a mid day break.
- Great big rooms that are perfect for large groups.
- Its very expensive, but I think it is well worth it to be next to DCA and Downtown Disney.
- Busy, very busy!
- Huge and sometimes easy to forget how to get somewhere.