Because I live in the greater L.A. area, I have never thought to stay at one of the DL resorts. A few days ago I got a postcard teasing a "special" rate at a Disneyland hotel. So I called just now and booked two nights at the Grand Californian (almost wrote Floridian) for $229+taxes a night in early October. Is this a good rate or is there a better rate out there for CA residents and/or AAA members? I'm very new to DL resorts. How does this resort compare to the resorts of WDW? I'm much more familiar with them having stayed at the Poly many times, Contemporary, and the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I wonder if it has the immersive feeling or not? What's your opinion of the pool and poolslide? My children are 5 and love the WDW poolslides they've experienced so its a major reason for selecting this hotel over offsite possibilities. I forgot to ask about dining also; does the same dining plan reservation mayhem take place at DL? Do I need to make reservations 180 in advance or risk 2 nights of chicken tenders? Thanks for your insights.