Look insider Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and book at the lowest price possible! “The Grand” is one of the most sought after hotels in all of the Disneyland Resort area, and soon you’ll see why.
I have reviewed nearly 30 Disneyland area hotels and stayed at most of them on my own dime. My first overnight stay at the Grand Californian was provided by Disneyland Resort. And my most recent 3 night stay, plus a cabana was all on me. I’ve got lots of opinions and as usual, they’re all my own.
Let’s start with my first opinion. 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, along with details you don’t want to miss.
Grand Californian Hotel Quick Details
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 Tenaya Spa and fine dining. Dining at the hotel includes:
- Napa Rose for fine dining and Princess Character dining
- Storytellers Cafe for character dining
- Craftsman Bar & Grill for pool-side sit down meals and 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 limited free parking.
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 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) with valid theme park admissions.
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.
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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 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. Most rooms with shower only, no tub. We had this view once and it was perfectly fine.
- 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.
My friend Jordan takes us on a tour of the Disney Vacation Club one bedroom villa here.
Grand Californian Hotel Pool
There are three pools: Fountain, Redwood and Mariposa; two whirlpool spas; and one Mickey Mouse-shaped children’s pool. And of course a water slide!
Guests may also choose to rent poolside cabanas. Find out about the extensive list of amenities like laundry, business center, shopping and more here.
There’s tons of lounge chairs and umbrellas throughout the pool area, but you’ll want to arrive early if you plan on spending the entire day at the pool. I also noticed the pool was much less crowded during the evening hours.
Grand Californian Hotel Pool Cabanas
We went all in and booked a full day cabana at the Grand Californian Hotel, which you can schedule 60 days in advance. The cabana was perfect for our family and we stayed there until the very last minute, as we tend to do!
Our cabana was reserved for our check out day. We slept in a bit, packed up, checked bags with valet and spent the day lounging. There’s even private showers in the restrooms so we got cleaned up before our drive home.
If you’re planning an entire day by the pool (and you totally should!), I suggest getting a cabana on the day you check in or out, to maximize the fun and magic.
Your Grand Californian Hotel pool cabana comes stocked with:
- 12×12 private spacious area.
- Plenty of seating with a large sectional couch, table with chairs and two loungers.
- Fresh towels, robes, sunglasses cleaner and a small bottle of sunscreen and/or sanitizer.
- Shade and sun under your private cabana and two large umbrellas out front.
- Complimentary fruit tray and bottles of water upon arrival.
- Dedicated cast members for towel refreshing or food and drink orders.
- Mini fridge, TV, safe and ceiling fan.
How much does a Grand Californian cabana cost?
Poolside cabanas at the Grand Californian Hotel are offered for a full day (9:30am-6:00pm) and for a half day (9:30am-1:30pm or 2:00pm-6:00pm). You can book at 60 days out by calling (714) 635-2300.
Grand Californian Hotel Spa
Now reopened an all new experience as Tenaya Stone Spa
After touring Disneyland Resort, you’re going to need a little “me time” and the Tenaya Stone Spa is the perfect solution. From facials, to massages, acupressure, and wraps—you can find exactly what you need to relax here.
If you’re going to splurge for a visit to Tenaya Stone Spa, I say get an appointment early and enjoy something more luxurious that you won’t normally have access to.
Grand Californian Hotel Dining
There are so many places to grab something to eat or drink at the Grand Californian. We ate a ton of meals at Craftsman and I’m not even mad about it!
Need a drink and time to unwind? Head to Craftsman Bar where you can sit poolside and enjoy an extensive drink menu and food.
Reservations are recommended, or you can walk up for grab and go to the Craftsman Grill side. They even have easy grocery type items to keep in your room for snack and easy breakfasts. But I prefer this breakfast . . .
Fine dining is available at Napa Rose, along with the Princess dining experience for breakfast.
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?