Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa


Disney's Grand Californian

Disney's Grand Californian

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Flagship Disney hotel set inside the Disneyland Resort

Experience the magic of this luxury Disney flagship resort, situated with private access to the Disney California Adventure Park.  Designed in the Arts and Crafts style, this garden hotel is crowned by a stunning six-storey lobby area and features a diverse range of amenities for guests of all ages. Bask in the serenity of the 4,000 square foot spa, splash around in three forest-themed pools and make life-long memories with the acclaimed Character Dining events held regularly. This luxury resort is the ideal option for guests seeking an upscale Disney park experience.

  • Serene spa centre for relaxation
  • Excellent dining options including Character Dining
  • Three wood-fringed pools including one with a waterslide
  • Private access to the Disneyland Resort Park
  • Extensive Craftsman theming

Hotel Features

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  • 948 rooms
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Floors have lift access: Yes

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only
Location Highlights

Disney's Grand Californian

  • Approx 60 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport
  • Organise an in-room celebration arrival
  • Relax and rejuvenate with therapeutic treatments in the Spa
  • Easy access to Disney California Adventure Park
4649 Reviews 78% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2148
  • Very Good 1396
  • Average 675
  • Poor 276
  • Terrible 154

What to Expect

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May 24, 2018

Our first time at a Disney Resort


Although a considerable investment, staying as close to the parks as possible was a great way to go with small kids. It allowed us to take breaks for dinner and naps, and not need to wake up quite as early to get into the parks with our daily magic hours. Although I would love to give the resort 5*, there were things that weren't quite up to Disney standards at this resort. The first was not telling us the pools were heated and had a towel stand even during Spring (when most people think we are crazy to swim as it's cold outside). The second reason for my reduced rating is that the restaurant host at Storyteller gave us a ten minute wait estimate for a walk in for our group of 8 people. It was lower season when we visited so we thought wow that's great, except for the twenty minute wait to be told another twenty after that possibly. If you are unsure I'd rather you say so and we can take the young tired and hungry kids elsewhere. Finally it wasn't until the last night we found out about a couple of family events NOT advertised in the family listing provided upon our arrival. Actually the only family event on the family event list was nightly family movies and then early power walks, yoga, and pilates (for adults). We happened upon a lobby pin trading event and family boardgame night event our last night there and were happy to participate. Our one bedroom suite with kitchen was huge, clean, and great for prepping breakfast and snacks for our park days. The hotel staff were very friendly and welcoming when we asked for things. Overall it was a great experience and we will gladly come back here for our next visit.
May 24, 2018

A Grand Stay!


We stayed at the Grand Californian for our honeymoon, due to our friends having DVC. It was incredible. Probably one of my favorite Disney hotels we have stayed at! I loved being so close to everything. The theming was gorgeous and loved the restaurants there! If you get a chance, absolutely stay here! The DCA entrance is worth every penny!
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Disney's Grand Californian


A Magical Night at the Movies

Enjoy a wonderful classic Disney film under the stars held on a scheduled basis. Bring your own drinks and snacks and choose a comfy place to bed down for an evening of iconic magical animation.

Fitness Centre

Enjoy a wide range of equipment at this purpose-built fitness facility; great for guests looking to stay fit whilst they experience all the fun of Disney

Other Activities and Amenities

The resort has plenty more up its sleeve for you to enjoy, including a range of activities and services. These include: Art of Craft Tour, Children's Activity Corner, Get Up & Go, Power Walk Fitness Fusion, Interactive Experiences, Mysteries of Magic Pool Parties, Private Build-a-Bear Workshop, The Grand Quest Trivia Challenges

Fountain Pool

Crowned by a wonderful artisan-crafted turtle fountain, this tranquil pool is set against a forest backdrop and adorned with boulders and greenery to provide a relaxing space should you want to enjoy some peace away from the thrills of the parks.

Mariposa Pool

This butterfly-decorated pool is designed in a bold circular design that pays homage to the Arts and Crafts design of the hotel. Hire a private cabana, relax in the whirlpool spa tub nearby or just lounge by the poolside and enjoy the resort ambiance.

Redwood Pool

The main feature of this large pool area is a curving slide that wraps around a Giant Redwood tree trunk and propels riders into the cooling water. A Mickey-mouse shaped children's pool and relaxing hot tub are found nearby, making this a lively hub for your Disney pool day.

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