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Park. Capturing the beauty of California, it offers award-winning dining; an active pool and themed waterslide and an exciting children’s pool. Enjoy magical storytelling at the Great Hearth, a private entrance to Disney's California Adventure™ Park and personalized service with a unique Disney touch.
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General policies & fine print
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
Ratings & reviews
TripAdvisor traveler rating5153 reviews
Expensive, but go at least once if you can swing it!
Comfortable rooms, good bathroom, kindest housekeeping staff, good food choices, comfortable beds, good facilities. What more can I say?! Hope to come back one day, wish they would make the prices a little more reasonable!
Grand Californian hotel
The service is always above average from check-in to check-out. Staff is helpful, bellmen are attentive & prompt, hotel desk staff goes out of their way to serve, guest services help with special arrangements and dining requests. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed, housekeeping keep rooms immacualtely clean. Location is prime for Disneyland, Downtown Disney, & California Adventure, but also short distances to Knotts Berry farm, Angel Stadium, Ducks' Hockey, and many other attractions in Orange County-Buena park
Pure Disney Magic
Stayed here with our Adventures by Disney group and it was an incredible vacation from the minute we arrived! This hotel is grand but comfortable at the same time. We had a king bed with a sofa so we had lots of room to spread out and from our balcony we were able to see the Grizzly Peak Bear from the park. Storytellers Cafe does a fun character breakfast buffet and the Craftsman Grill has great grab and go items. Can't say enough wonderful things about this hotel but we especially enjoyed the special theme park entrance to California Adventure Park and also to Downtown Disney.
Fantastic Disney Stay
This was my first time staying at the Grand Californian. What can I say but incredible! It is pricey, I splurged big time as this was a special birthday trip for myself. Disney magic was great, especially for my birthday. Parking was easy, I opted for the valet for the convenience of it. The staff were very friendly, from check in to encounters with housekeeping. The room was impeccably clean. I was in a standard room with a standard view. But I found it to be comparable in size to most hotel rooms. Maybe a large family would not fit so comfortably. The balcony overlooking the pool was fabulous. I sat out there a few times to enjoy the ambiance. While the hotel does not have a bunch of Mickey mouse paraphernalia, I did enjoy the little touches with Chip and Dale in my room as they are 2 of my favourite characters. Having the private entrance into DCA was great. Although it was lined up significantly for extra magic hour my last day there. The security entrance into Downtown Disney was great. I loved the fact that I cleared bag check/security right at my hotel and never left the secured area. As a solo traveler this was a plus. It was also very nice to be such a short walk to the main gates of the parks. Made the end of the night much shorter! I did take an uber to the Honda center and back for a hockey game. Quick drive and reasonable price. Just make sure you and your uber driver understand the drop off rules for the hotel when you return. ie - where they are allowed to drop you off. Overall a fantastic stay, just not sure I can justify the high cost again.
First Family Disneyland Trip
We stayed in a one bedroom villa on the DVC side. It was amazing! We requested a high floor, park view — which we got. The view was obstructed by a tree, but it still felt as though we were inside of California Adventure. Our kids absolutely loved the small pull down bed. We also utilized the pullout sofa bed and a pack n play, but still had plenty of room for our small family. Having two bathrooms with five people was great! We also cooked a few meals in our room, since we had a full kitchen. Loved having access to the in-room washer and dryer, especially since it rained our first day. The location is fantastic! We’re Disney World people so being able to be THAT close to the inside of a park was magical. We were able to have a partial view of World of Color from our balcony, which was amazing! We loved using the entrance to California Adventure each day. The walk to Disneyland wasn’t bad at all, either. We were able to get inside Disneyland quickly and score a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance on two different days. The pool area was a lot of fun, too. We were able to enjoy swimming with our kids and have a cocktail. I am surprised it’s not as themed as the Disney World resort pools are. But, we still had a great time!