5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is the deluxe hotel of the Disneyland Resort. From premium accommodations and Craftsman-style elegance to Disney’s impeccable service and renowned attention to detail, the Grand Californian defines grandeur at every turn. The hotel just had a new grill open and a new spa will be opening next year! This is one hotel worth splurging on and here’s my top 5 reasons why:


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of the Disneyland Resort. There’s easy access to the Downtown Disney District with a short walk to the theme park entrances. And bonus! The hotel has it’s very own entrance into Disney California Adventure park for guests with a valid park ticket.


There are two great table-service restaurants at the Grand Californian; Napa Rose and Storyteller’s Cafe. Napa Rose features upscale, award-winning California cuisine from chef Andrew Sutton. Storyteller’s Cafe features delicious California fare buffet-style meals. Both restaurants offer character dining for breakfast. Also, the brand new GCH Craftsman Grill features tasty quick-service items like pizza, fish tacos, and sandwiches.


The rooms at the Grand Californian have all been recently renovated! All of the standard rooms sleep up to 5 adults and the beds are lifted off the floor providing storage underneath! The furniture in the room is made of quarter-sawn oak and the artwork is all California-inspired with small Disney touches (see if you can find Chip and Dale in your room). Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa also offers suites: 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and signature suites! Plenty of options for you and your party to have a comfortable stay.


There are three pools at the Grand Californian and they’ve all been recently redesigned with a variety of natural stones and brick. The Fountain Pool provides a relaxing respite amid a serene rural setting. The Redwood pool provides thrills and features a 90-foot-long water slide. There’s also a children’s pool and whirlpool hot tub nearby. The Mariposa Pool is a leisure pool and is great for a relaxing swim.

Extra Magic Hour

The theme parks at the Disneyland Resort offer an Extra Magic Hour for guests staying at the Resort hotels or guests that have a 3-day or longer park ticket. The Extra Magic Hours (EMH) alternate parks each day. Disneyland EMH is Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Disney California Adventure EMH is Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. A big perk of staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels is getting to experience the Extra Magic Hour at Disney California Adventure park. Guests not staying at the resort hotels only get access to the Disneyland park Extra Magic Hour. You can get a lot done in one hour at Disney California Adventure!

These are just a few of the great reasons to stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa! Have you experienced a stay at this resort yet? I am a travel agent with Amazing Magical Adventures and I can help you plan and book a magical Disney vacation! Contact me today for a free quote.