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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel deals are what everyone is looking for, and of course they are—”The Grand” is one of the most sought after hotels in all of the Disneyland Resort area.
My stay at the Grand Californian was provided by Disneyland Resort. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely love Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Anyone who stepped inside the lobby of this beautiful building likely feels the same way. Many of the hotel rooms offer unbeatable views of Disney California Adventure Park or Downtown Disney District, truly giving you front row access to Disneyland Resort. Here’s everything you need to know about Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel deals, along with details you don’t want to miss.
Grand Californian Hotel Basics
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, dubbed as the first Disney resort hotel to be located inside a theme park. This hotel and spa is a AAA Four-Diamond Hotel featuring 948 rooms which capture the spirit of early California through both design and architecture. Disney’s Grand Californian is also part of the Disney Vacation Club.
Featuring 948 rooms with the spirit of California’s arts and crafts era in the 20th century, many accommodations look out over California Adventure Park or Downtown Disney. Suites and villas are available as well as access to the Fountain Pool, Redwood Pool and Mickey Mouse-shaped children’s pool.
Onsite, guests will enjoy relaxing grounds and terrace areas, The Mandara Spa & Health Club and fine dining. Dining at the hotel includes Napa Rose for fine dining, Storytellers Cafe for character dining and White Water Snacks for quick dining.
Grand Californian Hotel Lobby
A stunning, dark-wood lobby greets you as you enter at the Grand Californian for the first time. It’s filled with comfy leather chairs and couches, pint size rocking chairs for little ones to relax in (and Disney cartoons showing nearby), in a beautiful grand piano with live pianists playing throughout the day.
Another centerpiece of the Grand Californian lobby is its open design. Each level of guest rooms overlooks the lobby and the expansive fireplace, bringing warmth and comfort on those cold winter days. During the summer you’ll find the air conditioner blasting as many look to the Grand Californian lobby for cool retreat.
Grand Californian Hotel Parking
If you’re staying at the grand Californian Hotel, expect to pay the $25 nightly fee for self-parking, with valet service at $35 per night, per vehicle.
Grand Californian Hotel parking deal: use self-parking and save $10 each night over valet. Make it even more convenient by dropping off your party and luggage at the main entrance while you drive to self-parking. The other adult can get a spot in line to check in, saving you a bit more time as well.
Remember, if you’re dining at select hotel table-service restaurants, and not staying at the hotel, you will receive 3 hours free parking from Storytellers Cafe, including character dining, with validation or 5 hours free parking with validation from Napa Rose and Mandara Spa.
If you are visiting the theme parks only, do not park in the Grand Californian Hotel parking. Read more details on parking at Disneyland Resort here.
Grand Californian Hotel Exclusive Access
It’s true, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is connected to Disney California Adventure Park. Guests who are staying at the Grand Californian can use the exclusive entrance into California Adventure with valid theme park admission.
How do I get into California Adventure from Grand Californian Hotel? Use your hotel room key (with valid dates listed) to show attendants at the park entry point in the morning. Your entire party may enter the park with you (with one hotel room key), provided your room key dates are valid and everyone has theme park admission.
Can guests of the Disneyland Hotel use the Grand Californian entrance to California Adventure? No, this entrance is only available for Grand Californian Hotel guests with valid theme park admission in the morning. Later in the afternoon, Disney cast members may allow anyone with valid theme park admission to use the entrance as well.
Grand Californian Hotel exclusive park hours deal: Guest staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa also get access to Extra Magic Hour. Extra Magic Hour is a huge perk of staying on-site at Disneyland Resort. Extra Magic Hour is offered each day of your visit, with valid theme park admission. Read all about Extra Magic Hour here. While this deal isn’t exactly a discount, it does get you more time in the parks and maximizes your cost-per-hour ratio.
Disney California Adventure bonus access! Don’t forget, guests staying at Disney properties can sign up for an early morning power walk through the park before it even opens!
Grand Californian Hotel Rooms
The rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are exactly what you are looking for in a high-end hotel experience. Updated and refreshed, clean and sparkling, comfortable and convenient.
Grand Californian Hotel room deal: Book your stay and tickets in a package through my partner with a low-price guarantee. You’ll get access to discount Disneyland tickets, discount Grand Californian Hotel rooms and an additional savings. Use promo code Happiest10 when you book. Remember, if you find a better deal elsewhere, they will match it (including any additional perks like gift cards offered occasionally through merchants like Costco).
Grand Californian Room descriptions:
- Standard View has views of Disneyland Drive, rooftop or parking Area. Available in several configurations sleeping up to 5 adults. 1 King and 1 Twin sleeper chair or 2 Queens or 2 Queens and 1 Day bed or 1 King and 1 Day bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair or 2 Queens and 1 Twin sleeper chair. Most rooms with shower only, no tub.
- Woods Courtyard-View is the type of room that overlooks the courtyard area where the Disneyland Monorail runs through or near the pool. Note that the Monorail does not stop in the hotel. Sleeps up to 5 adults. Queen or 2 Queens and 1 Day bed or 1 King and 1 Day bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair or 1 King and 1 Twin sleeper chair. Most rooms with shower only, no tub.
- Deluxe Partial View with partial views of Disney California Adventure or Downtown Disney District, sleeps up to 5 adults. 2 Queens or 2 Queens and 1 Day bed or 1 King and 1 Twin sleeper chair or 1 King and 1 Day bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair. Most rooms with shower only, no tub.
- Downtown Disney View overlooks the Downtown Disney District with tons of shopping and dining options. See my list for the best places to eat at Downtown Disney. This room sleeps up to 5 adults. 2 Queens or 2 Queens and 1 Day bed or 1 King and 1 Twin sleeper chair or 1 King and 1 Day bed and 1 Twin sleeper chair. Most rooms with shower only, no tub.
- Premium View (this room type view is featured in the photo above) offers views of the pool or Disney California Adventure, sleeps up to 5 adults with 2 Queens or 2 Queens and 1 Day bed or 1 King and 1 Twin sleeper chair. Most rooms with shower only, no tub.
Grand Californian Club Level Hotel Rooms
Club-level service is a step above, and Disney’s Grand Californian doesn’t disappoint. If it’s in your budget, club-level rooms offer the following amenities during your stay:
- Continental breakfast from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM
- Afternoon tea from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
- Wine and cheese reception from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
- Cookies and desserts from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
- Selection of DVDs available for checkout
- Access to The Veranda for a quiet getaway or fireworks viewing, located on the sixth floor
- Personal assistance from the Concierge Staff
Grand Californian Hotel Suites
If you’re ready to have access to Disneyland Resort in style, Grand Californian suites are just the ticket. You can choose from a variety of suites including 1 bedroom (sleeps up to 6), 2 bedroom (sleeps up to 11), 3 bedroom (sleeps up to 12) and signature themed suites (sleeps up to 12) which are aptly named Arroyo, El Capitan, Arcadia and Mount Whitney.
Grand Californian Hotel Villas
Vacation Villas: The first Disney Vacation Club Villas on the West Coast opened at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in 2009. These two-bedroom villas, include kitchens, living and dining areas and other amenities to make you feel at home. You’ll need a Disney Vacation Club membership, or rent points from a member (direct or third party) to stay in these villas.
I took a tour of the Disney Vacation Club a few years ago and it had me wanting to buy in like crazy. The tours are nothing like the high pressure time share presentations you’ve heard of before. Read more about Grand Californiana’s DVC program here.
Grand Californian Hotel Pool
There are three pools: Fountain, Redwood and Mariposa; two whirlpool spas; and one Mickey Mouse-shaped children’s pool. Guests may also choose to rent poolside cabanas. Find out about the extensive list of amenities like laundry, business center, shopping and more here.
Grand Californian Hotel Spa
Mandara Spa closed July 10, 2019. No word on if it will reopen as a new experience or be swept from the Grand completely.
After touring Disneyland Resort, you’re going to need a little “me time” and the Mandara Spa is the perfect solution. From facials, to massages, acupressure, and wraps—you can find exactly what you need to relax here.
My first visit to the Mandara Spa was a quick walk-in visit for mani-pedi because that’s all they had available. I’ve had better mani-pedi experiences at my local salon. If you’re going to splurge for a visit to Mandara Spa, I say get an appointment early and enjoy something more luxurious that you won’t normally have access to.
Grand Californian Hotel Dining
- Fine dining is available at Napa Rose, along with the new Princess dining experience for breakfast.
- Storytellers Café is one of my favorite buffets for dinner, or stop by for breakfast or brunch to dine with characters like Mickey Mouse.
- Grand Californian Hotel dining deal: White Water Snacks is a great place to stock up on groceries for your room or grab a quick meal on the go. You can even bring these snacks into Disneyland with you to save money on impulse food buys.
- Room service is also available for late meals or midnight snacks.
There are so many reasons to choose The Grand Californian for your next Disneyland vacation. Even though it’s priced higher than most area hotels, the comfort, service and exclusive Disney perks are just some of the reasons why everyone should stay here at least once. Tell us, have you stayed at The Grand?
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