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Old 10-06-2012, 07:28 AM   #16
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I love the DLH for Disney-ness but still will pick GCH every time for a normal park visit (I have VGC DVC so makes sense that way also) I stayed at DLH for 5 nights during Destination D and it was super hot. I found I was much more likely to just stay in the room than brave the trek to the parks multiple times (kid-less trip). While staying at VGC it is so easy to get to DCA you can literally be in the park in a minute or two and if I'd been staying there would have gone to the park much more often. We did take the monorail to DL for dinner at the Plaza Inn and that worked great, but still..the walk from DLH does seem quite a bit more when you are used to the Grand.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:42 AM   #17
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I think the replies to this point have captured the issues quite well. Based on what you've written, the Grand is certainly the hotel that meets your needs.
Perhaps you might want to stay just one night at the DLH on one of your upcoming trips to check it out.

My children (DS 10, DD 9) spent more time in the Redwood Pool than on the monorail slides, which surprised me. While they liked the view of fireworks and the light-up headboard at DLH, nothing beats the bunkbeads. DLH has more overt "Mickeyness" so if your kids love that, then it will seem more magical.

When we stay at the DLH, we do get a locker as it really isn't as easy to just pop back to the room for something.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:47 AM   #18
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We've stayed at both within the past year. Honestly I didn't find the difference in distance to be that far overall if you are going to DL. However, if going to DCA then there is a big difference since there is an entrance right in GC.

As for comparing the two resorts, they are both nice. We loved the rooms at DLR, not that the rooms at GC weren't nice too, and would give them a slight edge.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:07 PM   #19
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IMO ... It's the kind of thing you have to try at least once to really know for sure. GCH is my favorite but there is just something about the "Original" DLH.
I agree. We usually make it to Disneyland once a year (though I'm always cautious to remind my kids (and myself, for that matter) when we are there that there is never a guarantee of getting to come back, so don't take it for granted!). For as many times as we've been, I wouldn't feel like we've completely experienced Disneyland without staying in all of the hotels at least once, but, having done that, we certainly keep GCH as our family preference.

Of course, if you don't get to Disneyland often, I wouldn't feel bad about any of the hotels, and, honestly, wouldn't feel bad about off property, either. Get me within shouting distance of Disneyland and I says its all good

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:17 PM   #20
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The only real complaint I have is about the laundry room is a hike from the front tower and a bit small for that size og hotel.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:25 PM   #21
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We have stayed at all three hotels several times. My issue with the DLH is that they no longer have the balconies. I found the rooms to be a bit stuffy now especially after everyone has taken a shower. I like the ability to open a window to get fresh air. I think GCH is a bit costly, but still our favorite.
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