Grand Californian Super Thread Updated 11/7/13

Discussion in 'Disneyland (California)' started by DmaxHawk, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. ttfn2u2pooh

    ttfn2u2pooh Mouseketeer

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    Yeah! Thank you for posting this. The Concierge Level does add a ton to the price but I think this may be my mom's last trip. DL holds a special place in her heart. She's taken all of her grandkids (8 in total) to DL as something very special between her and the grandchild. With her being 72 and health issues starting to make life harder I figured I wanted her to just enjoy herself to no end. These trips were just her and a grandchild but with my youngest (and her last grandchild) my mom has realized she could not do it alone so I was asked to go along. For that I am so thankful. I might just go ahead and upgrade to the DTD view just for that little bit of special. No fireworks at night, and that's okay. But we love to "people watch" and I can't think of a greater place to do so.
     
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  3. LisainCalifornia

    LisainCalifornia DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for the information! I have heard so many people say they enjoyed their downtown disney view, so we are very excited to try it out. I am glad you didn't have a problem with noise. They probably use some kind of supersonic glass to block it out.

    The wine with concierge sounds great! I don't think we will ever be able to afford concierge at GC, but I can always dream!:goodvibes
     
  4. KCmike

    KCmike Never have fallen asleep on any

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    Have a great trip Lisa!
     
  5. DmaxHawk

    DmaxHawk Watcher 3

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    Usually people don't find noise to be an issue when the door is closed. Many enjoy leaving their doors slightly open when they want to hear the music but once they are closed, it shouldn't bother you.
     
  6. jlindley9

    jlindley9 Permanecer sentados, por favor

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    We're potentially going in July for a conference at GCH. We might be bringing 2 of our nieces, so we would have me, DW, DN18, DN17, DD5, and DS0. DS will be 8 months for the trip. DD likes to say his age is 0.

    Anyway, given that crew, could we get away with a single standard room? I would expect the sleeping arrangement to be the nieces in 1 queen bed, me, DW, and DD in the other bed and DS in a pack-n-play.

    Thanks!
     
  7. disneyfan67

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    I'm looking forward to my trip in August and wonder what view the dvc 1 bedroom villa I booked, will have. I have been trying to figure out from the map the location where I will be at, so that way I know what I'm in for walking wise, location to pool, etc.
     
  8. boiseflyfisher

    boiseflyfisher <font color=red>I'm curious, too<br><font color=ro

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    I don't believe they will allow 6 people in a room, even if one is an infant, due to fire codes. You would probably have to book the 1br parlor suite for that many people.
     
  9. evedein

    evedein Mouseketeer

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    Does anyone know if you can see WOC from the Villas at the Grand Californian? If so, what rooms should we request? We've booked a one bedroom.
     
  10. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

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    You can see the show from many rooms, but you will not be able to see the projections well at all, for the most part. The same goes for the viewing area on the 6th floor, but still a nice experience. I'd say see the show from DCA for sure, then just request a PP view to watch it in a more mellow way on other nights. BTW..the show music is on the tvs in the room and is also piped in at the viewing platfrom.
     
  11. Nonsuch

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    Both of you should visit this thread:
    The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Owners & Lovers Group - 2.0

    A quick review of the 1-bedroom villas:
    5 villas are on the ground floor with a patio rather than a balcony.
    10 villas face paradise pier with a view of WOC, higher floors are better.
    4 villas face the Redwood Creek Trail.
    4 villas face the pool.

    Pool access is very good from the villas, since the elevators are close to a pool entrance and the area is not busy.
     
  12. momtoatink

    momtoatink Earning My Ears

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    Hi,

    Quick Question....

    Has anyone taken the "How to Draw Mickey Mouse" class at the GC? I am trying to determine if this class would be good for my 6 year old, but I don't know what to expect.

    We are also signed up for the Build A Bear class through GC....anyone gone to that? I am trying to get a feel for what you get.

    Thanks.
     
  13. happymomof1

    happymomof1 DIS Veteran

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    With the weather lately in the 70's, how busy has the pool area been? Just wondering if we can count on swimming sometime soon, or if it's just too chilly and deserted. Thanks!
     
  14. blackjackdelta

    blackjackdelta <font color=darkorchid>Uncle had an "in" with Walt

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    Maybe I am reading this wrong but don't you need a room number to accomplish this?

    Jack
     
  15. blackjackdelta

    blackjackdelta <font color=darkorchid>Uncle had an "in" with Walt

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    You are totally correct, max 5 no matter what age. If some says different, get it in writing.

    Jack
     
  16. IUTBAM

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    Can someone tell me if the safes in the rooms at the GCH are large enough to store a 15" laptop? I'm not sure what to do with our laptop during the day while we are at the parks if it's not. I guess I could leave it with the front desk every day....?
     
  17. BunnieGene

    BunnieGene Mouseketeer

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    It's just a small inwall safe...I think an iPad might fit in it, but not a laptop.
     
  18. blackjackdelta

    blackjackdelta <font color=darkorchid>Uncle had an "in" with Walt

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    I leave my laptop either in its case in the closet or justleave it sitting on the table and yet to have a problem at the GCH. Just my experience.

    Jack
     
  19. helenb

    helenb Wishing for the World...

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    I haven't done this at GCH, but I did it on the Disney Cruise Line. There weren't many people in the class, but it still felt rushed. The adults were going faster than the kids, and the CM had a hard time dealing with the different paces. She had also just memorized some basic instructions and wasn't really able to help when people had problems. I wasn't impressed at all.

    However the class at the GCH might be better. You have to pay extra for it, right? That means they would (hopefully) have someone good teaching it, otherwise they'd get complaints and asking for refunds. But dont expect to leave and be able to draw Mickey Mouse. You'll just get a series of about 20 'step by step' instructions that you do together as a group. You probably won't remember them all when you're done.
     
  20. Nonsuch

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    The hotel safes are key operated, and too small for a 15" laptop.
    The VGC are the electronic combination type, and will hold a 15" macbook.
    The 200 hotels rooms added during the VGC expansion might also be larger (only my guess).
     
  21. momtoatink

    momtoatink Earning My Ears

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    It is a free class so we might just skip it. Thank you for your thoughts.
     

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