Grand Californian Super Thread Updated 11/7/13

McNs

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This was our woods view last month - room was (I think) 5347, 5th floor facing Grizzly, though the trees blocked the view. The location was AWESOME, so convenient.

I think I’m general that category of room is going to be in a good location, either close to the Napa Rose elevators or the main Libby elevators.

In terms of valet vs self park, I’m spending so much on the room I may as well pay for valet, plus it’s only a few dollars more per night vs self.

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DizMe

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I personally book the cheapest tier (which is sometimes a high category because of the specials they run, where the standard level is the same price as the better levels because it's not discounted), and I ask for a room close to the elevators, in particular I ask for the wing over or near Napa Rose. That elevator bank is just so convenient and much less used than the main elevators. It comes out in a tiny lobby right between Storytellers and Napa Rose, so it's convenient for pool, DCA, restaurants and the main lobby. I don't care at all about the view because I've been there a lot and there isn't too much of a view IMO, plus I don't spend much time looking out at this point. I'm much more picky about the actual room location because I don't want to walk a mile to get to an elevator, which is how some of the rooms feel.
 

GeneralTso

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We book this view all the time! The best is when the Monorail goes right under you. It's a very cool experience to see it approach directly in front of you.
Sorry, I can't remember the room numbers. There are also some not so great views in this category, they look directly into some trees. So, technically most definitely a "woods" view, but you can't see anything else.

A room near the Napa Rose elevators is great, really easy in and out. Keep in mind, there are also Woods/Courtyard view rooms inside the main lobby of the GC.
 

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  • dmar

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    We usually self park vs. valet. It's 25 dollars to self park in the lot across the street near Paradise Pier. Never had an issue with the parking lot being full. It's probably a five minute walk at most from the lobby entrance to crossing the street and waiting for the light to change.
     

    chrisaman

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    I think you don't want to be above the monorail. If you get that room you don't get a balcony I do believe
     

    twodogs

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    Apr 20, 2012
    This is the room type we always book, and we have overlooked the monorail many times. We have always had a walk out balcony.
     
  • twodogs

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    I mean the exact room over the monorail. It is only like 2 rooms that are like that
    Oh! I didn’t know that existed! Sounds sort of cool but I think I would rather have the balcony so I’m glad we have not received that room.
     

    traci

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    So we ended up doing valet because it was easy and I felt lazy. Our room was perfection too. Walk out balcony, above monorail (5th floor) and we even saw the fireworks! I was (magically) shocked by that!! Thank you all for the advice :)
     
  • danceanddisney2010

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    We will be at the GCH next weekend.. so excited! Last time we stayed at the hotel was a year ago, so we haven't experienced the new White Water Snacks. I saw video from when it first reopened and it looked like it was lacking some of the stuff it originally had. Is this still true today? We used to use it as our little "grocery store" and get our bananas, kashi cereal, bagels, and such. In the video I saw it looked as though the cereal was missing .. only saw oatmeal.. and no bagels.. and overall it was looking a little more counter service than usual. Hopefully that was just the reopening phase and since then it has returned to normal.
     

    franandaj

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    Nov 15, 2009
    In the video I saw it looked as though the cereal was missing .. only saw oatmeal.. and no bagels.. and overall it was looking a little more counter service than usual.
    I went in there this past weekend hoping it would be more like the BCV Marketplace and they had hardly anything for use/heating in a villa. There were some frozen pizzas, yogurt, I saw the oatmeal. I was looking for Chicken Noodle soup and they didnt have that either.
     

    Version 6

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    I have what is a completely random question.

    Say you are at DCA and wanting to leave the park for dinner. If you leave DCA via the main gate and head to Downtown Disney for dinner, and then back to DCA (or Disneyland Park for that matter), presumably you won't need to go through security again, because you haven't left the resort.

    But, if you were to leave DCA, head in to GCH for dinner, and then back into DCA will you need to go through security again? If so, are there security checkpoints at both the GCH entrance into DCA, and the Downtown Disney entrance from DCA?
     

    bluecruiser

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    I have what is a completely random question.

    Say you are at DCA and wanting to leave the park for dinner. If you leave DCA via the main gate and head to Downtown Disney for dinner, and then back to DCA (or Disneyland Park for that matter), presumably you won't need to go through security again, because you haven't left the resort.

    But, if you were to leave DCA, head in to GCH for dinner, and then back into DCA will you need to go through security again? If so, are there security checkpoints at both the GCH entrance into DCA, and the Downtown Disney entrance from DCA?
    Yes, there are security checkpoints at both, going from the hotel into DCA and Downtown Disney.
     

    Sunclytie

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    Jun 20, 2017
    A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to stay club level at the Grand Californian. My family had a tough year this year, it was both my and my daughter Dot’s birthday, so we decided to save up our pennies and splurge on three nights at the Grand — November 9, 10, and 11th. This coincided with the beginning of holiday season, so we were super excited.

    I was inspired by @Reepicheep's fantastic and detailed reviews of the Paradise Pier club level, so I decided to do something similar for the GCH club level.

    Day 1: Saturday breakfast

    My daughter, who was turning 5 years old today, and my husband wanted to go straight to the parks and start riding Big Thunder Mountain. So I got the exciting task of checking in! We’d stayed the night before at the Residence Inn so we could get 3.5 full days in the parks, so I caught a Lyft to take me and the bags over to the Grand.

    When we arrived, a nice man met me out front, asked my name, and helped me get my bags to bell services. Then he whisked me upstairs to the sixth floor and left me with the concierge ladies to check in. All the arrangements were made, and then she took me into the lounge to explain the offerings, and give some previews of what was to come. This day, she noted, they were having a live churro-making demonstration at 5:30 PM!

    Here’s what was offered that day for breakfast:

    Make your own donut bar (plain donuts with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, Mickey sprinkles, nuts, and bacon)
    Croissants
    Mini danishes
    Oatmeal
    Toast
    Cheddar biscuits
    Deviled eggs
    Yogurt
    Fruit
    Coffee
    Tea
    Hot chocolate packs
    Mickey Mouse-shaped marshmallows

    I ate a croissant (very good), a cheddar biscuit (meh) and some strawberries (good) and a cup of coffee (actually really good).

    I should note that I am two months pregnant so there were (disappointingly) a fair number of things I couldn’t eat. I was really disappointed that I couldn’t have any of the mimosas or sparkling wine which were basically available from the moment the lounge opened in the morning to the moment it closed.

    After the coffee, I wrapped some croissants up in a napkin to take to my family and went to join them in the parks.
     

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