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Old 04-21-2013, 11:21 PM   #3121
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They let us in a bit early so that we got to the Carsland rope drop at about the same time as the front people from the main gates. It was just easier and more convenient for us to use the hotel entrance, since it's shady and there were benches to sit on.

We upgraded on checkin. I asked if anything was available (and said that I would pay for it -- can't stand it when people ask for free upgrades). I was told yes and that it was $150 plus tax. Pricey, but it was really convenient.

We really didn't regret it, but someday we may try it out. This was a really short trip for us. Every time we walked back and forth we were happy with our choice. My DD grew up going to the GCH so she actually prefers it anyway. Plus I really like the pool area there. I booked a courtyard/woods view room and I kept that view but was up on the 6th floor with concierge. I believe they said that there were standard views available. Neither was available online when I checked (just park view CL).
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:07 PM   #3122
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Just booked the GCH for three nights to celebrate our Five Year Anniversary! We stayed for one night on our one year anniversary in 2009 and were upgraded to a corner suite overlooking the pool and DCA. We stayed a couple nights again later in 2009, but I was sick.

Just got APs again and we are ready for a great year ahead with them! Such great, great memories and we are so excited to return.

Does anyone know where I could find a list of the activities that are offered to hotel guests, like the yoga/pilates class or the early morning walk around DCA?
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #3123
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Does anyone know where I could find a list of the activities that are offered to hotel guests, like the yoga/pilates class or the early morning walk around DCA?
The Grand Californian Super thread front page (page 1) has the info about activities and such, check it out:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....nd+californian

you should be able to find a schedule under the misc. tab
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:07 PM   #3124
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The Grand Californian Super thread front page (page 1) has the info about activities and such, check it out:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....nd+californian

you should be able to find a schedule under the misc. tab
Oh I must have missed that link. Thanks so much!
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:59 PM   #3125
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My husband and I have booked our first visit where we are staying at the Grand Californian Hotel. We booked a premium view and I am wondering what the chances are of getting one with the king bed? It is just the two of us so we wouldn't need 2 queens or the bunk beds.

Are the king rooms located in a certain part of the hotel?

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Old 05-15-2013, 04:14 PM   #3126
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Are the king rooms located in a certain part of the hotel?
King beds are spread throughout the hotel and are available for all view types, but it is a rare room type. I always request a king bed, but have usually been unsuccessful.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #3127
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I would call and have them put a "note" on your reservation. I know that I have arrived more then once and been assigned a King when i requested and needed double queens and had to fight to get out of the King. I would suspect that the doubles are a higher demand.

The fact that they can not guarantee room types...or at least number of beds is absolutely ABSURD and has caused me to stay off site more then once as I have been on trips with friends that I am willing to share a room with..but not a BED!...and they would not guarantee double beds.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:34 PM   #3128
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What times do the pools typically open/close? And do they have food/beverage services? And...are there plenty of loungers or is there a urgency to claim one?
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:48 PM   #3129
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What times do the pools typically open/close?
Oddly, the hours are not listed on any paperwork from a recent visit

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...are there plenty of loungers or is there a urgency to claim one?
I don't use the pool, but had a room overlooking the pools in May. It was surprising to see how busy the pools were, even though the parks were not too busy and it was not very hot. During the summer, it would be a good idea to "claim" a lounger early.

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Old 07-03-2013, 07:38 PM   #3130
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What times do the pools typically open/close? And do they have food/beverage services? And...are there plenty of loungers or is there a urgency to claim one?
During my stays at the Grand Californian, I remember the pools closing at 10 pm. I think they open at 8 am.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:37 AM   #3131
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Hi! I am planning one night on a Thursday mid-September. I would like to check in asap so that we may make the EMH that day. I understand that our room will not likely be ready that early, but that I may still get the key to access the park for EMH. Is this correct?

Also, how busy is the check-in desk that early in the morning? For example, if the park opens at 9am, EMH is at 8am, what time should I plan on being at the check-in desk to then get in line about 30 minutes before park opening? If park opens an hour earlier, would the same general time rules apply, or would it likely be less busy the hour earlier?

I know that front desks can be quite busy in the morning, and I don't want to lose the EMH by standing in line at the hotel!

So, when staying one night, I can use EMH for two mornings if I get there early enough the day of check-in, correct?

Is parking still $15/night?

Finally, what time is check-out?

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Old 07-10-2013, 11:21 AM   #3132
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Hi! I am planning one night on a Thursday mid-September. I would like to check in asap so that we may make the EMH that day. I understand that our room will not likely be ready that early, but that I may still get the key to access the park for EMH. Is this correct?

Also, how busy is the check-in desk that early in the morning? For example, if the park opens at 9am, EMH is at 8am, what time should I plan on being at the check-in desk to then get in line about 30 minutes before park opening? If park opens an hour earlier, would the same general time rules apply, or would it likely be less busy the hour earlier?

I know that front desks can be quite busy in the morning, and I don't want to lose the EMH by standing in line at the hotel!

So, when staying one night, I can use EMH for two mornings if I get there early enough the day of check-in, correct?

Is parking still $15/night?

Finally, what time is check-out?

Thanks!
yes you can access the park with the EMH both days - the day you arrive and the day you depart. we did this a couple of months ago. our EMH was at 8am. i was in line by 7 but wish i had been in line at 6:30. check-in took FOREVER. there were only two people working check-in and each person/group took about 20 minutes. we didn't get to go into the park until 8:30 which means we missed about 1/2 of our EMH. parking was $15 per night in may. check-out, if memory serves, was at 11am but we were granted a late check-out of 1 without a problem. ENJOY!
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:23 AM   #3133
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yes you can access the park with the EMH both days - the day you arrive and the day you depart. we did this a couple of months ago. our EMH was at 8am. i was in line by 7 but wish i had been in line at 6:30. check-in took FOREVER. there were only two people working check-in and each person/group took about 20 minutes. we didn't get to go into the park until 8:30 which means we missed about 1/2 of our EMH. parking was $15 per night in may. check-out, if memory serves, was at 11am but we were granted a late check-out of 1 without a problem. ENJOY!
Thank you so much for the information! I will definitely get there early early!
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #3134
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I am thinking that a woods view room would be perfect for our Christmas holiday. Does anyone have any photos? On another thread, someone posted their shot. It was of the tree area around Grizzly. It was practically the same view we had with our premium theme park view last year.
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I am thinking that a woods view room would be perfect for our Christmas holiday. Does anyone have any photos? On another thread, someone posted their shot. It was of the tree area around Grizzly. It was practically the same view we had with our premium theme park view last year.
while i don't have any photos we have LOVED our woods view. we have stayed twice and had this view both times. it's quiet and sitting on the balcony in the morning or evening is just peaceful. you can hear some of the distant noises from the park or downtown disney but it's great after the sensory overload all day.
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