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Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip


Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

First, if you couldn't find it here, I would appreciate it if you would click on this link and send me a message to tell me what's missing.  I'll do my best to "fill in the blanks" as soon as possible.


Grand Californian Hotel

Click here to view Al Lutz's photo tour of the Grand Californian Hotel


The newest of the Disneyland resorts is the Grand Californian Hotel. It's the first North American Disney resort hotel to have a view into one the parks (guests staying here can look into Disney's California Adventure).

The original artwork for this lovely hotel showed that it would be a cross between Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (in terms of its' amenities) and Wilderness Lodge (in it's rustic atmosphere).  As it turned out, the Grand Californian has it's very own atmosphere.  The appearance is a bit rustic, a bit mission, and a bit art deco.  My own favorite description is "Frank Lloyd Wright does Yosemite."  In any case, the hotel is a lovely one that will be very much enjoyed by the guests that stay here.

Food and Drink

The Hotel has three restaurants to choose from. Napa Rose is the premier restaurant of the resort featuring California cuisine and wines.  The Storyteller's Cafe is the resort's family restaurant, but it's even a bit pretentious compared to Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel next door.  White Water Snakes provides a snack and fast food alternative to the other restaurants.  Finally, at breakfast time Hearthstone Lounge serves pastries and coffee.

Concierge Service

Lani Tashima wrote a fantastic column about the resort's concierge service.  If you're thinking about upgrading, check this out!  Feel like Royalty on Your Next Disneyland Visit.


The Hotel  has recreational activities (swimming, and an arcade) as well as a health club. Shopping for themed merchandise is fun. The themed redwood pool, of course, is a great place to expend some excess energy.  Downtown Disney, right next door, is a great place to shop or visit some clubs in the evening hours.

Disney Transportation

Disney's California Adventure is right next door, no need for transportation there at all!  Disneyland Park is also so close as to be within a short walk.

Guest Reviews

Note:  If you're willing to submit some comments about your visit to a Disney Resort, please fill out the Disney Resort Review Submission !

Resort Address: 1150 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 92802
Resort Phone:

(714) 956-6425

Resort Fax: tbd
Number of Rooms: 750
Resort Category: Deluxe
Check In Time: 3:00pm
Check Out Time: 11:00am
Room Types (maximum capacity): Standard Room (4-5), Suites (4-8)
Room Service: Yes
Valet Parking: Yes
Laundry Service: Yes
Fully Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Semi-Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Wheelchair Roll-In Showers Available: Yes
Hearing Impaired Conveniences: Yes
Non-Smoking Rooms Available: Yes
Room Safes: Yes
VCR Available: Yes
Data Port Available: Yes
Coffee Maker Available: Yes
Microwave Available: Yes
Refrigerator Available: Yes
Full-Kitchen Available: No
Concierge Service: Yes
Monorail Service: Yes, But the closest monorail station is Downtown Disney, not right at the hotel
Table Service Restaurant(s): Napa Rose, Storyteller's Cafe 
Character Meals: Storyteller's Cafe hosts a character breakfast daily.
Counter Service Restaurant(s): White Water Snacks
Lounge(s): Hearthstone Lounge
Services (Salons, etc.): Yes
Shopping: A shop sells character merchandise, souvenirs, and sundries and provides film developing service and is usually open from 7:00am - 11:30pm.  A clothing boutique is also open.
Pool Description: The main pool is themed as part of a redwood forest.  A fallen redwood is the pool area's slide.  The "quiet" fountain pool is less boistrous.
Children's Clubs, Programs:  Pinocchio's Workshop is a child care center available to children of all resort guests.
Fitness Center: 4000 square foot facility has Weight and Aerobic Exercise Equipment, massage and sauna are also available.
Other Recreational Facilities: Arcade

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