Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

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The entrance from Downtown Disney District

The Grand Californian Resort and Spa is the premier resort on property at Disneyland in California. This resort has a very relaxing but luxurious feel from the moment you step into the lobby.

The lobby at the Grand Californian Hotel

The lobby at the Grand Californian Hotel

The hotel has 1019 guest rooms with 40 Artisan suites, 2 Vice Presidential suites, 2 Presidential Suites and 250 Villas from studio to 3 bedrooms (Disney Vacation Club properties). Standard rooms can accommodate up to 5 people with a variety of king, queen and bunk bedded rooms (there are 160 rooms with bunk beds). Views include Downtown Disney District, the hotels’ pools, or Disney California Adventure Park. Concierge Rooms are available on the 5th and 6th floors.

Arcadia Suite

The Concierge Lounge at the Grand Californian offers a few extras compared to the other Disneyland Resort hotels – afternoon tea (from 11 am – 4 pm), Sweet Endings (from 8 pm – 10 pm), bedtime storytelling & songs (with complimentary milk and cookies) for younger guests and a great fireworks view from the lounge balcony.

The resort is also home to some amazing dining. Storytellers Café is home to Chip and Dale at breakfast with some of their animal friends. (There is also a la carte breakfast available). Lunch and dinner include the very popular wood fired pizzas as well as grilled sandwiches, salads and a selection of beef, chicken and fish. Napa Rose is an award winning fine dining location. Whitewater Snacks is a quick service restaurant open and breakfast, lunch and early dinner. The Hearthstone Lounge has continental breakfast in the morning and cocktails and light appetizers in the evenings.

The resort has 3 pools – including a 100 foot water slide, 2 whirlpool spas and 4 poolside cabanas (available by reservation for resort guests). There is also an arcade and a fitness center. The Grand Californian is also home to the child activity center exclusive for Disneyland Resort hotel guests – Pinocchio’s Workshop. The workshop provides licensed supervision, Playstation modules, arts and crafts, movies, computers, storytelling and more. The center is open from 5 pm – 12 am and is available for children ages 5-12 (for a $13/hour fee and a 2 hour minimum). There are also 2 complimentary tours available – the Art of the Craft Tour and the Grand Quest Scavenger Hunt (great for families). The Grand Californian is also home to the Mandara spa which blends the Arts and Crafts style with signature Balinese elements. Facials, manicures, pedicures and full body treatments are available.

The pool as viewed from the Arcadia Suite

The pool as viewed from the Arcadia Suite

One of the best things about the Grand Californian Hotel is the exclusive entrance into Disney California Adventure Park. This entrance enables resort guests to obtain FastPasses for same day World of Color performances and enter early on certain days of the week. The resort is also walking distance to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney District. This close proximity makes it very easy to take a sleepy child back to the room quickly or take your heavy shopping bags back to the room before you head back to the park. Get soaked on Grizzly River Run? No worries – you’re only a few minutes’ walk from your room!

How would you like to stay on property at Disneyland?! Please email me at Amy@TravelWithTheMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook so I can book your family’s vacation to Disneyland! You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your family’s MAGICAL vacation!

Paradise Pier Hotel

Paradise Pier is one of the 3 Disney owned on-site hotels at Disneyland in California. The resort has a fun, beachy vibe that can be seen as soon as you step foot into the lobby!

Goofy welcomes you to Paradise Pier!

This hotel’s top priority is families. There are 489 guest rooms including 12 family suites that sleep up to 6. (The majority of the rooms sleep 5). There are a limited number of king bed rooms. Park view rooms look out over Disney California Adventure and some provide a great view of the nighttime show, World of Color. You can even listen to the music in your room while you watch the show out your window.

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The room and the view

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Concierge level rooms are located on floors 3, 14 and 15. A great feature of the 3rd floor concierge rooms is the outdoor “cabana” that opens onto the pool area!

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Poolside cabana

The pool is a family haven with a toddler wading pool, whirpool spa and the roller coaster themed water slide – California Steamin’! There is also a theater room where kids can watch Disney films and TV shows while you’re checking in and a great arcade.

Paradise Pier is home to 3 great dining options – Surfside Lounge, Slurpin’ USA and PCH Grill. Surfside Lounge is located in the lobby and has pastries and to go salads and sandwiches as well as drinks and cookies. Slurpin’ USA is located on the pool deck and serves burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries and drinks. PCH Grill is home to the Surf’s Up! Character Breakfast – the only breakfast where you’ll find Mickey Mouse! He’s joined by Lilo and Stitch (when they are on the mainland) and other friends such as Daisy, Pluto, Donald, Max and others. The restaurant is also open at dinner (without characters) and offers pastas, burgers, salads and make your own pizzas for the kids.

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Come join Mickey at the beach at Paradise Pier Hotel!

By staying on property, you’re within walking distance of Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney. Guests of all 3 Disney hotels get an Extra Magic Hour EVERY DAY to either Disneyland (currently Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) or Disney California Adventure (currently on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). There is an exclusive entrance into Disney California Adventure located in Disney’s Grand Californian (right across the street from Paradise Pier) that is only available to guests of the 3 Disney hotels. You can also charge meals and merchandise to your room and have merchandise purchases delivered directly to your room. You can even have a wakeup call from a Disney character!

How would you like to stay on property at Disneyland?! Please email me at Amy@TravelWithTheMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook so I can book your family’s vacation to Disneyland! You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your family’s MAGICAL vacation!