The Villas at the Grand Californian
I’m a very big fan of the staycation where every few months the mister and I toss a weekend bag in the car and drive the single digit miles to spend the weekend at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa just because. Are you surprised? Don’t be. Disneyland is just as fun, if not more when you are sans the wee ones. Adults can partake in grown-up conversations, dinners, relaxing spa time and even go nuts and enjoy a few libations while watching the World of Color from our balcony.
Disney Grand California Hotel and Spa resort is really wonderful. Rated a four diamond from AAA, the moment you walk in, you are submerged the 20th Century Arts & Crafts era, showcasing Northern California’s natural beauty. After grabbing some coffee inside the magnificent lobby and check-in, we spend as much time as possible in one of the cabanas at the Mariposa pool. (Since many families come specifically for the parks, the pools are rarely crowded and you can avoid splashing around and screaming for the most part.) I’ll also try to sneak in a little pampering at Mandara Spa because the Balinese inspired services are out of this world.
Our home for the weekend is decorated to compliment the style of the Grand Californian and sleeps up to nine guests (which is great when brining the fam!) This particular unit has two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room, living room and veranda overlooking Disney California Adventure Park. The very clean accommodations came equipped with a washer/dryer, jet tub, high chair and pack & play. One of the best advantages of staying at this property is the easy as well as early entry to California Adventure theme park. This perk is fantastic because not only do you get priority pick for a World of Color Fast Pass, but you get to skip the lines and walk right on selected attractions and the super fun California Soarin’. Otherwise you could be waiting in lines for up to 120 minutes!
If you would prefer not to cook yourself during your stay, I recommend making reservations at either Napa Rose or the new Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure Park. And make sure to check out Beth’s review of her favorite places to eat and drink on Buena Vista Street and the new Cars Land!
I have to say, the Disney Villas (regardless if you are visiting California, Orlando, or Hawaii) are the best way to go when you are staying at the parks. Having that space, multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and outdoor area makes the stay enjoyable and eases the stress off of
tired & cranky little ones – I mean your husband. You can tour the parks, or swim in the pools, then when the growls and cries start to kick in, easily retreat back to home base where you can snack, eat lunch, shower or nap in the comfort of a cool air-conditioned home.
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