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Exploring Disney’s Grand Californian

June 28, 2023

With a prime location near Disney California Adventure, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is an ode to California from its Craftsman-style architecture to the seasonal cuisine and regional wine served at its restaurants.  The hotel is cozy and inviting while still exuding a certain grandeur.  Here’s what you will love about staying at the Grand Californian.

Location and Views

Disney California Adventure (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

The Grand Californian has a prime location near Disney California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District.  In fact, guests at the Grand Californian can use an exclusive entrance to Disney California Adventure!  With this proximity to the park, some of the hotel rooms have beautiful theme park views, especially at night when you can view the attractions all lit up.

Award-Winning Dining

Napa Rose (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

There are several dining options at the Grand Californian.  At the signature restaurant Napa Rose, you will find an award-winning list of wines, and à la carte selections or a prix fixe menu of California fare.  Storytellers Cafe offers a character buffet with Mickey and friends for breakfast and brunch, and a non-character buffet for dinner.  For quick service, head to GCH Craftsman Grill for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The Grand Californian has two lounges for drinks and appetizers: Hearthstone Lounge and GCH Craftsman Bar, the poolside lounge.  You can even enjoy in-room dining for breakfast and dinner.    

Villas with an Additional Full Bathroom

One of the four bathrooms in the Three Bedroom Grand Villa (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Like the villas at Bay Lake Tower and Kidani Village, the One Bedroom Villas and larger units at the Grand Californian have an extra full bathroom compared to other DVC villas.  The One Bedroom Villa has two full bathrooms, the Two Bedroom Villa has three full bathrooms, and the Three Bedroom Grand Villa has four full bathrooms.  This means that there is plenty of space for everyone to get ready for the day.

Tenaya Stone Spa

Treatment room at Tenaya Stone Spa (Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog)

Althought many guests stay at the Grand Californian for its proximity to Disney California Adventure, their visit doesn’t have to be all about the parks.  A treatment at the hotel’s Tenaya Stone Spa is the perfect way to spend a relaxing resort day.  Tenaya Stone Spa offers massage, skincare, and salon treatments.  You can also enjoy their relaxation lounge and steam rooms.  

The Grand Californian can be very difficult to book due to limited availability, but you can find some great confirmed reservations through the DVC Rental Store.  Enjoy all that the Grand Californian has to offer, and save big on your reservation compared to rack rates!

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