Grand Californian Super Thread Updated 11/7/13

sgrap

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so I inquired with a cast member this morning and they said I could have amazon fresh deliver there but only non perishable foods. Anyone one have other experiences? I just want some fruit and milk along with snacks....
We had a vons delivery last Saturday and they stored all perishable items in frig for us.
 

mousemagicz

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There are microwaves in the vending room near the main lobby (GREEN).
There were no microwaves in the other locations (RED)
Note: I checked several, but not all floors
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The refrigerator seems cold enough to store milk (I did not check for a temp control)

Rooms have Samsung LCD TVs. Wall mount allows TV to be pulled away from the wall to access inputs.
There are no DVD players (might be available on request).
I have used Amazon Fire TV to stream (Roku and Apple TV have issues).

No grab bars.
You might want to call and book a Handicap Accessible room. There are several different HA configurations, so you can book what you need -- these are guaranteed.
Thank you so much for replying and the helpful map!
 
  • Buson808

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    I had order thru Vons delivery the past 3 years. I notice when I log in to Vons it now goes to Pavillions.

    Is it the same?
     

    bluecruiser

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    so I inquired with a cast member this morning and they said I could have amazon fresh deliver there but only non perishable foods. Anyone one have other experiences? I just want some fruit and milk along with snacks....
    If you're a member of Amazon Prime, you can also order fruit, milk, etc. through them.
     
  • AmyJamer

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    If you're a member of Amazon Prime, you can also order fruit, milk, etc. through them.
    Thanks! I had planned on that til they said they wouldn’t take non perishables but from other responses I’m going to just chance it. Not like I’ll be ordering much!
     

    AliciaS

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    We will be arriving at GCH Monday December 3, leaving Sunday morning on the 9th. I have a few questions for you GCH experts!

    1) We have a garden view booked. Do we want to ask for something near the Napa Rose elevators? What floor? Is the Napa Rose area good because it is centrally located between the lobby and California Adventure?
    2) We have 5 in our party. Will we automatically get 2 queens and a day bed? We don't want the bunk beds!
    3) Any guess as to when White Water Snacks will reopen?

    Thanks so much!
     

    Nonsuch

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    Some answers:
    1) We have a garden view booked. Do we want to ask for something near the Napa Rose elevators? What floor? Is the Napa Rose area good because it is centrally located between the lobby and California Adventure?
    Are you sure you have "garden view"? I think that view type was eliminated.
    The elevators adjacent to Napa Rose are near the DCA entrance, which is convenient. I like to request high floors, but those tend to be Club Level near the Napa Rose elevators.
    2) We have 5 in our party. Will we automatically get 2 queens and a day bed? We don't want the bunk beds!
    5 adults on your reservation, should automatically cause a daybed to be assigned (based on some posts). You might want to call GCH and make a specific request, and certainly verify when you check in. Unfortunately bed assignments are not guaranteed (an ongoing issue with DLR onsite hotels), but you will not get a bunk bed -- they no longer exist after the remodel.
     

    AliciaS

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    Some answers:

    Are you sure you have "garden view"? I think that view type was eliminated.
    The elevators adjacent to Napa Rose are near the DCA entrance, which is convenient. I like to request high floors, but those tend to be Club Level near the Napa Rose elevators.

    5 adults on your reservation, should automatically cause a daybed to be assigned (based on some posts). You might want to call GCH and make a specific request, and certainly verify when you check in. Unfortunately bed assignments are not guaranteed (an ongoing issue with DLR onsite hotels), but you will not get a bunk bed -- they no longer exist after the remodel.

    Thank you, Nonsuch!

    And you are right about "garden view." I am used to staying at the Poly, and I think that's what we call it there. We have "Wood-Courtyard" view at the GCH.

    When I call to make the room requests I will ask them about White Water Snacks.

    I want to give a HUGE "Thank you!!" to Mario at the GCH. He totally saved us when our reservation, that I made in JULY, was cancelled without our knowledge. There was a panic-stricken hour about 10 days ago where I swear I nearly passed out upon hearing our reservation had disappeared. Mario somehow magically found a room after saying there just were...no...rooms. My guess is he took a room from the convention that wasn't being used, but had been blocked out. He saved the trip! So, caution to those using your Disney Chase Visa to pay the deposit. They may not have ACTUALLY paid your deposit?! You need to check up on it the next day. Ugh.
     
  • julesann

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    This may have already been posted as I haven't been checking the thread since I got back in early November or missed it prior to my stay at the GCH. I want to let you know that you need to pay your account in full at the DLR hotels when you check in. I'd had all my luggage stored at check-in and had to get it retrieved to find my gift cards. This slowed down our park entry for quite some time as things were busy.
     

    sky13

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    Here now - arrived today (well yesterday now)! Checked in super early at around 6am, there was no line at check in, and the CM at the front desk was amazing and found a room that was ready for us - so we had our room from 6am! He even got me pretty much my exact room request - we’re in the hallway that’s between the entrance hall and the DCA entrance so super close to everything.

    EMH was pretty awesome - we got on so much during that hour. Thanks all for the tip about going around to DTD and then the DCA main entrance for EMH - we did just this when I saw the really long line waiting at the GCH DCA entrance, and there was almost no one at the main DCA entrance when we walked around there for EMH.

    This is my first stay at a “park entrance” hotel (I guess the others would be the DLH in DLP and Mira Costa in TDR). Love being so close to the parks. It was so easy to just pop in and out. Especially before/after riding Grizzly - I was able to head back to the room and change to flip flops then go on the ride, saved me from having wet shoes! I even popped back to leave jackets/etc behind as it got warmer during the day.

    Oh and the room itself is amazing! The decor is amazing, the beds are super comfy. We have an awesome view of the monorail. Love all the dimmer switches and how you can have the room anywhere from dim to really bright. The Keurig coffee maker is great (though we had to go ask for more pods - we kinda drank a lot of coffee/tea since we had our room from the morning - I’m on my 3rd or 4th cup of tea right now). Only downside is the lack of a curtain or door that can close off the sink area, and the lack of hooks in the bathroom.

    One other (minor) downside - a planned power outage that’s happening right now - they did tell me about it at check in and gave me a letter about it, it’s supposed to be from 1-5am. Unfortunately I stayed in the park right until closing at midnight which is why I’m still awake now! Oddly wifi is still working pretty well... I guess most people wouldn’t be affected by this since it’s 1-5am?
     

    sky13

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    So to follow up on my above comment - I'm home now, some 24+ hours after checking out from the GCH (I live really far away).

    I love love loved this stay at the GCH. Not my first time in a Disney deluxe-type hotel within walking distance of parks (previously stayed at WDW BC/BCV and club level at SDL DLH) but this experience was so much better.

    I can't overstate how convenient the location was. In the mornings we'd head out with jackets, and as the day turned warmer I'd pop back to the room and leave jackets there. One time when I did this I felt a bit thirsty in the room so made myself a cup of tea using the coffee maker... then decided to just make a cup of coffee too and bring it into DCA for my parents who were still inside the park. I'd buy stuff in the parks/DTD and just pop back to the room to leave it there. Before every Grizzly ride I'd pop back to the room to change to flip flops and grab a poncho, then after the ride I'd squelch back to the room to change. And when it rained on my last night there, it was such a short distance to walk back to the hotel (via World of Disney for some last minute shopping). It was easy for my parents to pop back to the room for a break during the day too.

    The lobby was fantastic. That smell of gingerbread just walking into it was awesome. The fireplace, the tree, the handbell choir... All super amazing.

    I did the Art of the Craft tour and it was fun - the CM who ran it pointed out so many design elements in the hotel that I would have missed otherwise. So much thought went into the hotel design and architecture!

    Also did the 6am power walk through DCA one day. I could easily keep the 15 minute mile pace, but will say that walking that pace is much harder than jogging at a faster pace! It was cool to be able to see the park before it opened. Only did it once though, as didn't really want to wake up so early after that.

    Swimming pool - went swimming once. Somehow I wasn't a huge fan of the area - I guess because if I really wanted to go and have fun swimming or splashing around it's more fun if I just go to a proper water park (there's one near me).

    We went to Storytellers for brunch once, and it was amazing. We took a later seating (around 12.45pm), and it worked out great. The restaurant was only about half full at that time, which meant the characters had more time to spend with each party and they went around and around and around. We must have seen each of them about 3-4 times! And towards the end there was a CM going around tables checking to make sure that all the characters had come around. The character interaction was so much fun. Food was decent too.

    The room itself was amazing and I loved how well the entire room design was thought out. You could dim the lights at the sink area, the main room lights, and each of the 4 little lanterns by the bed, and have the room anywhere from complete darkness to super bright. So if someone was sleeping, the bed area could be dark - but the rest of the room (coffee maker area, sink area, desk area, and even the other bed areas) could be bright enough for people who were awake. Our room was particularly awesome as we happened to get a great view of the fireworks - one room down and the view would have been blocked by a tree and a hotel building.

    Wow this ended up being kind of long! (At 2am in the morning local time no less...)
     

    Elliki

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    Hi all, long time lurker, first time poster here. I will be staying here in a couple weeks and am wondering if anybody could tell me if a DSLR camera and lens would fit in the in room safe in a regular room? I've stayed in some hotels where the safe's were sort of wide but shallow and some where we were able to store 2 iPads and the camera and lens. I've only been able to find photos of the outside of the safe online. I'm not sure I want to lug the camera and camera bag around the parks everyday. Thanks in advance!
     

    RE1333

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    Hi all, long time lurker, first time poster here. I will be staying here in a couple weeks and am wondering if anybody could tell me if a DSLR camera and lens would fit in the in room safe in a regular room? I've stayed in some hotels where the safe's were sort of wide but shallow and some where we were able to store 2 iPads and the camera and lens. I've only been able to find photos of the outside of the safe online. I'm not sure I want to lug the camera and camera bag around the parks everyday. Thanks in advance!
    My safe was tall and wide, but shallow as you guessed. I could see a DSLR maybe fitting with the lens off or pointed upwards, but it would be close.
     

    sgrap

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    Hi all, long time lurker, first time poster here. I will be staying here in a couple weeks and am wondering if anybody could tell me if a DSLR camera and lens would fit in the in room safe in a regular room? I've stayed in some hotels where the safe's were sort of wide but shallow and some where we were able to store 2 iPads and the camera and lens. I've only been able to find photos of the outside of the safe online. I'm not sure I want to lug the camera and camera bag around the parks everyday. Thanks in advance!
    I was just there in November with my Nikon DSLR. We were in a DVC room, but if the safes are the same (sounds like they are by what RE1333 said above), I don't think mine would fit. It fit a couple of ipads sitting upright. Perhaps if you took the lens off, but it would depend on size and angle. I would make another plan. Personally, I just take mine with me, but it is kind of a pain I admit. But I like the pics I get with it so much more than my phone.
     

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