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- Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa enjoys the best location of the 3 on-site Disneyland hotels.
- Next to Downtown Disney and Californian Adventure, this is the most upscale and the rooms have balconies.
- After closing for a year due to COVID, the resort reopened and I checked in to see what it looked like.
I have lived in Southern California all my life and Disneyland has a special place in my heart. So not being able to visit because of COVID was a big loss.
When it finally reopened this summer, I immediately made a reservation for my family to return to a favorite stay: Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa.
The Grand Californian was the first of three Disneyland hotels to open. Since our stay, Paradise Pier and Disneyland Hotel have also reopened. The Grand Californian is the most luxurious of the three and the closest to the parks. It’s quite large with 948 rooms and 50 two-bedroom villas and is also the most expensive. Standard rooms start at around $ 584 per night.
However, it might be worth it if you plan to spend a lot of time at Disney’s California Adventure, which is connected to the hotel. Guests of the Greater Californian can bypass the insanely long general admission line and go straight in. Likewise, the hotel has direct access to Downtown Disney, which leads to Disneyland.
I wasn’t sure what to expect in the midst of COVID. But Disney manages a notoriously tight ship, and while the stay was different from previous visits, it was such a fantastic experience that we are already planning our next trip.