Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, October 2015

We treated the family to a stay at the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa during the Halloween 2015 season. Read on for our thoughts, and plenty of pictures!

The view from our room

First tip, don’t try to get to your room early  (at any hotel, especially at a theme park) just check in, leave your bags with the concierge and go enjoy the resort!

We loved this hotel. The rooms were a great size, with bunk beds for the kids (I’ve heard that the rooms at the Disneyland Hotel are bigger and a little bit more magical, so you’ll need to decide how much space you need, and how close to the parks you want to be. obviously you can save a ton of money by staying across the street at a non-Disney hotel). We had a view of the pool area, but if you are willing to pay extra, you can have a view of Disney’s California Adventure, and maybe watch World of Color from your balcony.

plenty of closet/costume space

One of my favorite things at the hotel is on TV, there is one channel that play Disney music. It is just great to have that on while in the room to keep the Disney vibe going. On another channel, there are different princesses reading bedtime stories to kids, or adults too I guess. 🙂 I know it seems like a little thing, but it is often these little touches that make a Disney vacation so special, or should I say magical?

On a quick side note, Whitewater Snacks is one of the greatest little hidden, underappreciated places to eat at the Disneyland Resort. We often stop there for a quick meal  even when we aren’t staying at the hotel. I still thing about the carne asada burger I had there to this day.

One of the best secrets in the resort

The hotel has its private entrance to Disney’s California Adventure, make sure to check when your ‘magic hours’ are so you can get into the park an hour before everyone else. We also recommend you make sure to take time to relax and enjoy the pool

don’t miss the waterslide either!

I won’t post a review of Napa Rose restaurant here, but if you have the extra money, try it. It is so worth it.

We definitely had a great time. Even though Disneyland is a local them park for us, there is something special about waking up so close to the Happiest Place on Earth (and a 10 minute walk beats a drive home is SoCal traffic, that’s for sure). The staff were all wonderful, and able to help us with everything we needed, from room service to a sewing kit. While we wouldn’t stay here every time we visit the resort, it worth it when we do.

Click on any of the images to see more pictures we took around the hotel. Or click here to see our post about our visit to Disneyland for their Halloween party.

NOTE: The hotel has been completely remodeled since our last visit. The look has been updated, and the rooms have been reconfigured to be more spacious

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