Disneys Grand Californian

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, California, 92803, United States

4 Reviews

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
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Satisfaction Excellent
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 160% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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  • Couples79
  • Solo90
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  • Dymphna1's Profile Photo

    They do all they can for you.


    I have never known a better crew for looking after guests. You are their priority and you feel it. From the front desk that is trying to answer all your questions to the maids who will stage the stuffed animals on the bed for you to come back to.

    The pool has a slide, so the kids are entertained for a long period while the adults try to recover.

    If needed the spa staff is really good, they can really get the kinks out.

    Don't miss the hidden Mickey in the carpet in your room.

    Unique Quality: There is a direct entrance from the hotel into California Land. You will also be afforded an extra hour early into the parks as part of your stay here. This makes the lines much shorter and you can actually get a couple of rides in before the crowds hit.

    We also did this as a package deal. This means that our hopper pass into the parks was attached to the room. It also came with the food paid for. We had coupon books that we could pull out at most of the places in the parks or the hotel and give for food. It was more than enough food for the days we were there. (These do not cover alcohol and so beer stands are not covered.) I have to say that the food in the parks has gotten much better than it was 15 years ago. It is no longer the bland, tasteless, stale diet.

    Directions: Right next to California Adventure Land

  • rmlopez74's Profile Photo

    Worth the Money...


    Total, Disney has about four hotels in and around the Disneyland Resort. But out of them all, Disney's Grand Californian is far and away the best. By best, I in no way mean cheap. Standard rooms are a minimum of $280 a night. But the decor, location, and staff make it worth the expense, even if for just a night. Spring for a night here, and then stay the rest of the time and one of the cheaper hotels along the Disneyland strip.

    Unique Quality: Rocks and trees evoke an old California feel. Quite a few of the balconied rooms face Downtown Disney and it is a great place to people watch. Tons of restaurants in the immediate area.

  • chrisgerke's Profile Photo

    Grand Californian


    Probably about $250 a night

    Unique Quality: What a beautiful hotel! For me, it's the most beautiful hotel in all of Southern California!

    Directions: Disneyland Resort, next to California Adventure and Downtown Disney

  • Grand Californian if you have...


    Grand Californian if you have the money.
    $US250 - $US300 a night,

    Unique Quality: Nice lodge atmosphere, great views from the rooms on the park side or the side overlooking Downtown Disney, and you're own entrance into California Adventure

More about Disneys Grand Californian

Moderate Dining at Grand Californian

by chrisgerke about Storyteller Cafe

The Storyteller Cafe is a wonderfully relaxing place to eat, and has one of the nicest atmospheres of any restaurant in Southern California. It is located in the Grand Californian hotel next to California Adventure and Downtown Disney.

The food is moderately priced, and there are usually Disney characters there to keep the little ones entertained while Mom and Dad take a break. The prime rib au jus is great, but the corn chowder is enough to keep you going for the day.

Had a great time

by TripAdvisor Member tequila/ginger

We recently returned from a quick four day trip to the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. My teenagers loved the hotel. We travel alot and the kids found the hotel safe, clean, and extremely convenient to Downtown Disney, Disneyland and the Californian Adventure. The price was steep but worth it. The room was nothing special but our room over the Downtown Disney provided lots of entertainment all day long. My 13 year old son (!!!) took advantage of the "Build A Bear" an hour before the store opened to the public. We discovered this option from a brochure that was on our bed. We enjoyed the piano player in the lounge. Finding a place to eat meals at regular times was a challenge as everything was full. We usually ran across to the take out pizza place in Downtown Disney.My son took very ill during the trip and the hotel staff went above and beyond to ensure that we had lots of "Canada Dry" and crackers. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. We took full advantage of the delivery service from the parks and as advertised the items we purchased on the grounds were available at the concierged at 7:00 A.M. We arrived at the hotel a few minutes before 10:00 P.M. as our flight was delayed in Calgary, and the staff served us in the Storyteller Cafe. They said we couldn't have buffet, which was no big deal, and we had a great meal from the menu.We definately will go again for a longer period of time. We stayed in a non Disney hotel seven years ago, and it was not enjoyable. Being able to walk in and out of the Californian Adventure from the hotel was awesome, the pool was good, not spectacular but we are considering taking a week and going to the Grand Californian again. We did find the lineups in both parks loooooong. We had fast passes for both parks on the go all day and night. We walked alot.Overall for the convenience it was worth the $$$$$.


by TripAdvisor Member Yvonne De Carlo

We just visited the Grand Californian - it is SO awesome. We were treated wonderfully from the minute we drove up - everyone was very courteous and helpful. It was great being able to walk right into the park everyday. We had a balcony room facing downtown Disney and got to people watch and listen to musicians every night. They stop playing at 10pm so you can sleep. The rooms are very sound proof and very clean.
Thanks for a wonderful stay!

Spoiled me for staying elsewhere

by A TripAdvisor Member

My hubby and I just spent five nights at the Grand Californian. We visited both parks, Disneyland and California Adventure. The hotel was awesome. The beds were comfy, the turndown service was surprisingly nice. Maids tidy the room when they turn down the bed, so if you've used coffee cups or towels, you get clean ones when they turn down the bed and leave chocolate coins on the nightstand. Our room overlooked the courtyard, which was nice and quiet. The monorail glides through every little while, but wasn't disturbing at all. The monorail stop at DTD straight to Tommorrowland was convenient, as was the private entrance to California Adventure from the hotel. We found food everywhere in the parks and hotels to be very costly, and the best deal was the White Water Snacks at the Grand Californian. It was a good place to grab breakfast before going to the parks. One small complaint about the hotel and the parks...the coffee is dreadful. Disney must have an exclusive contract with Nescafe, because that's all they serve.
That's not coffee, it's...something else. If you like good coffee like we do, bring your own, there's a coffee maker in the room. The La Brea Bakery in Disney uses Starbucks coffee, so that's where we went when we weren't in our room.

Lovely Hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

Just back from Grand Californian, it was a lovely hotel, the rooms were of a nice standard, very clean, but the decor and room size a little disappointing. As a couple we did frind (not surprisingly) disney very child orientated; which was fine, but after 10pm there really isn't anything for the adults to do! The food in the hotel is very good, but quite pricey, especially for breakfast! Much cheaper to eat in Downtown Disney. Overall we had a great stay, staff were very courteous and friendly and would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to sample the Disney experience!

If you love disney this is the way to go!

by TripAdvisor Member jamwilson

The Grand Californian is a terrific hotel in the midst of all the Disney fun! We grew up in So. CA & HAVE to go back to Disneyland at least once a year to get our dose of Disney magic. We usually stayed at the Paradise Pier so that we could still be in a Disney hotel but not pay the big prices. Last year we splurged for the Grand Californian on the advise of friends & were we ever glad we did! The hotel is beautiful, the staff friendly & helpful, the rooms are decorated perfectly with great little amemities added & you are sooo close to all the Disney fun. Having 2 teenagers we usually get 2 rooms but decided since we are not in the rooms very much when at Disney we would go with just the one. It was a little tight at times but everyone agreed the one room was big enough to accomodate us & we all enjoyed being together. If you can afford the prices I would highly recommend the Grand Californian. It is an easy 3 minute walk to Disneyland & you have your own entrance into Disney California. Having Downtown Disney right outside your door is also a great plus. There are great restaurants, fun shops & plenty of other attractions to keep everyone happy in Downtown Disney. We will never stay another place when visiting Disneyland. One more tip - if you can go anytime other than summer or the holidays it is well worth it. November is our favorite time to visit. The lines are short & the weather is usually still warm & sunny.
Although last year we were there in Nov. & it rained 3 of the 4 days of pur trip but we didn't mind as we do live in Seattle now & are used to the rain. It made the lines very short, we only waited 10 minutes for any ride in Disneyland that day! We actually walked on most of the rides. If it rains, get a poncho (all the gift shops have them either under the counters or in the back), have a good attitude & head for the best rides! One other good thing about those ponchos, you can ride the water rides like Splash Mountain & Matterhorn & not get your clothes wet!

Forum Posts

Disneyland, Anaheim

by annaliesew

We are staying at The Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland next month.
Does anyone know of anywhere good for breakfast/dinner??

RE: Disneyland, Anaheim

by southofla

Where to go would depend on if you want in the parks or outside of the parks and how much you want to spend. The whole resort has several places with a lot of different selections to select from.

For Breakfast if you want a Character breakfast there is the Lilo & Stitch Aloha Breakfast in the Paradise Pier Hotel. I felt it was a bit better than the one at Goofy's kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. Inside of the Grand Californian they have Storytells Resturant which is also very good but not much in the Character Interaction. Inside Disneyland there are a couple of places for breakfast but you will probably have a better one outside the park.

If price is no object then Napa Rose in the Grand Californian is probably the best place in the resort, but expect to spend at least $100 for 2 people. The other Resort hotel resturants are also pretty good, they will be pricy but no as expensive. If you want to eat in the parks then for atmosphere the Blue Bayou is probably the best, but also the most expensive in the park. You might also like Cafe Orleans right next to it. In California Adventure the Vineyard Room is probably the best one in that park.

These are only the ones run by Disney. There is also Downtown Disney which has several resturants but service and food quality can be hit and miss. Also, there is Harbor Blvd about a 10 minute walk that has your standard chain resturants such as Denny's, IHOP.

For any of the table service resturants in the Resort you can make priority seating reservations. The number is 714-781-DINE, and you can call up to 60 days in advance.

If you need more detailed information you can e-mail me.

Hope this helps.


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 Disneys Grand Californian

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Address: 1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, California, 92803, United States