Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Deals

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.Disneys Grand Californian Hotel

My stay at the Grand Californian was provided by Disneyland Resort. All opinions are my own. 


Disneys Grand Californian Hotel


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 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.

Grand Californian check in



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.


Grand Californian entrance


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, 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. 

Grand Californian Lobby kid chairs


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.


Disneyland Hotel Parking


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 Tenaya 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. 


Cars Land empty


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 key


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 room view


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 DisneylandPlan 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).Package

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.

Grand californian woods courtyard view

  • 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.

Inside Grand Californian room

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

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Grand Californian Hotel Suites


Grand Californian Disneyland


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 Pool sunrise


Grand Californian Hotel Spa

Mandara Spa closed July 10, 2019. It will reopen as a new experience spring 2020 as Tenaya Stone Spa

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. 

Mandara Spa Grand Californian

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

Storytellers breakfast family

Princess dining place setting

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?

6 thoughts on “Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Deals

  • Kristin

    Just stayed here this last week. We had a updated room, woods/courtyard view. We loved the atmosphere, nothing beats Disney magic of staying onsite, and little Disney details all over, surprise character dancing in the lobby. The rooms were very clean, and beds were comfy. My only compliant would be the rooms seemed on the smaller size(even though they fit 5) and although beautiful lobby and stuff the rooms just don’t have the big wow factor, however-they still had a little Disney charm to them/ and getting the extra magic hour was so worth staying onsite. One thing I would recommend that I read somewhere before we went is not using the private entrance into California adventure in the mornings. The line is very slow moving/ on our first day we used normal entrance (we lined up 20 min before extra hour) we were like 5 people back from front of line and got in quicker then on our 3rd morning where we decided to try the entrance(we lined up 50 min early and still had 10 families in front of us, If you have kids it’s hard to stand in line in such a small area for almost an hour. There were families wrapped around this small hallway, if I had been in the back it would have taken forever to get through the line. But it was nice to have the entrance in the afternoons and evenings.

    • Kristin, that is spot on. Not a “wow I am at a Disney hotel” type of look but the details are adorable. I completely agree with your tip about not using that entry point first thing in the morning. Head over to those main gates! Then use the entry/exit for other times during the day. Thank you so much for sharing your review.

  • Megan Allen

    If you stay at the Grand Californian, is there any breakfast included in with your stay? Or do you have to pay to eat there.

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