Grand Californian Super Thread Updated 11/7/13

Rayray650

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Thank you for the detailed review. We are staying there for four nights in a couple of weeks and can’t wait 😀 Will definitely plan to find out about story time.
 

dmar

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Ok, just got back from GCH today.

A few things for some peeps (I'm sure it's been mentioned before a lot but I'm a bit lazy and don't want to go back and re read all the pages of this thread).

White water snacks is renamed Craftsman Grill. The free coffee in the morning also includes Hot tea and Hot cocoa. The coffee is the normal drip coffee and tea was just get hot water and grab the assorted tea bags by the cashier. Hot cocoa was from the machine as well and tasted fine, kids enjoyed it. You can get a tray for your cups and was located below the table that had the creamers (they also had assortment of milk, skim, low-fat, whole, half-half). One cm asked for my room key but didn't take any info down, the other days they didn't even bother, just asked what I got and jotted down on a piece of paper (I guess quantity?). There was quite a few patrons that were surprised the hot drinks were free still. Also the free drinks were till 11 am which the breakfast menu is over

We did a split stay and had one night in Paradise Pier, three nights in GCH (had to modify our dates/plan) The bell desk moved our bags over from there to GCH without a hitch.

At check in, small candy canes were by each cm checking you in...

Gingerbread house was amazing, even better was the Chip and Dale right along side it.

Stayed at room 4311. Had a slight view of downtown Disney (close to Starbucks). and monorail... was upgraded from standard view to that one with a little pixie dust as they tried to move us closer to our friends on that side. That was a bonus,

Also we were able to request late checkout today. Normal checkout was 11, but they added another hour so we left by 12. You can request late checkout depending on availability and occupancy rates no earlier than 6pm the night before.

The morning it was raining today, coming back housekeeping staff gave us clean dry towels to dry off when walking the hallway from Downtown Disney before entering the lobby and had umbrella bags as well. That was a nice gesture.

Only complaint with the room as always is the toilet paper... wish they would use something softer and thicker but that's just me lol.

Just a little tidbit I wanted to share
 

soopermummy

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I didn't know you could get free coffee/tea at white water previously - missed out there!! 6 of us going next year (4 nights) so we will really make use of those extra hot drinks in the morning - I assume just help yourself and show key card if needed?
Thanks for the tip
 
  • Kittyskyfish

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    We arrive in a couple of weeks! We have been blessed to stay at GCH before, but not since the refurb. Are there coffee pots of any sort in the rooms? Mini fridge?

    Thanks!
    There is a Keurig machine and coffee supplies in the rooms, as well as a mini fridge. I use Starbucks instant packets instead and use the Keurig for hot water. Works out well for me!
     

    gerilyne

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    We arrive in a couple of weeks! We have been blessed to stay at GCH before, but not since the refurb. Are there coffee pots of any sort in the rooms? Mini fridge?

    Thanks!
    I think the mini fridges are smaller after the remodel just FYI (at least how it felt when we were there in Aug).
     

    dmar

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    Yup just in the mornings till 11 at the Craftsman Grill (previously known as White Water Snacks). Just go to the machine and then walk to the line with the cashier. They may or may not ask for your room key but one day they did and the other two days we did not. They were different cm's manning the cashier, so bring your key just in case. They also told distomers in front of me that it was complimentary to guests. I also saw some people walk in and walk out after serving themselves coffee but don't think that is the protocol. If you're not sure, just ask the cm there.

    Yeah it's a little trek to get there (and cold) since you have to go out of the hotel towards the pool. If you're close to the elevator by Napa Rose, it makes the trek that much better and closer. Wished they would just put the coffee/tea in the lobby similar to other hotels that we've been too. They could've done that at Hearthstone Lounge.
     
  • Aurora0427

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    I’m trying to decide between staying at the GCH or the DLH in late April for my birthday. We’ve stayed at the DLH and loved it, but I’ve always wanted to try the GCH. However, after several visits to the lobby, common areas and restaurants, I find the hotel to be very dark and the lighting is yellow. My question is this.... are the rooms bright and airy or dark like the lobby and the rest of the hotel? With the room discounts offered we could get it for a “reasonable” price and we’ve always wanted to try it!!!
     
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    DLgal

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    I’m trying to decide between staying at the GCH or the DLH in late April for my birthday. We’ve stayed at the DLH and loved it, but I’ve always wanted to try the GCH. However, after several visits to the lobby, common areas and restaurants, I find the hotel to be very dark and the lighting is yellow. My question is this.... are the rooms bright and airy or dark like the lobby and the rest of the hotel? With the room discounts offered we could get it for a “reasonable” price and we’ve always wanted to try it!!!
    They were renovated and are now pretty bright. There is a LOT of accent lighting, including along the ceiling border and it offers plenty of lighting options. Not sure what you mean by "yellow" light in the lobby. It is a warm color palette, but I never felt like it was yellow. I find the DLH rooms to be pretty drab lately. They just look tired, worn, and depressing. They desperately need a refurbishment. I'd go with GCH.
     

    jfk4

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    I haven't been impressed with the upkeep of the DLH based on my recent stays. The furniture and carpets in the rooms have seen better days and frankly need to be refurbished. Even with the price differential I'd much rather stay at the GCH.
     

    Aurora0427

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    They were renovated and are now pretty bright. There is a LOT of accent lighting, including along the ceiling border and it offers plenty of lighting options. Not sure what you mean by "yellow" light in the lobby. It is a warm color palette, but I never felt like it was yellow. I find the DLH rooms to be pretty drab lately. They just look tired, worn, and depressing. They desperately need a refurbishment. I'd go with GCH.
    I think overall the lobby just feels super dark. But as long as the rooms aren’t, great. We’ll definitely go with the GCH, we’ve been dying to try it!
     
  • Aurora0427

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    I haven't been impressed with the upkeep of the DLH based on my recent stays. The furniture and carpets in the rooms have seen better days and frankly need to be refurbished. Even with the price differential I'd much rather stay at the GCH.
    We really had a great experience when we stayed at the DLH in October, but I do agree with you regarding the rooms. Disney could do a really cool mid century modern decor in those rooms and it would really go with the hotel. The furniture they have in there now just doesn’t go. It’s big and clunky and tired. Hopefully they do a refurb soon!
     

    gerilyne

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    We just stayed at the GCH in August (and the DLH last year) and I really liked the Grand rooms over DLH. There was a lot of worn spots in our room at the DLH and we were in an end room which was smaller than the GCH ones. I've stayed pre-remodel and now post and where the rest of the hotel is darker the rooms seem much brighter and quite airy than they were before. I think if you can afford to give it a try you should.
     

    Carrie in AZ

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    We just stayed at GCH last week for three nights and I thought our room was very bright. I love that hotel SO MUCH. There isn’t one thing I dislike and it would always be my first choice. Have a great trip no matter what you decide!
     

    Geemo

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    Here are a couple of pics I took during one of our stays at the GCH
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    I love the storage under the beds. There was also a day bed that isn't in the pic.
     

    OKW Lover

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    My question is this.... are the rooms bright and airy or dark like the lobby and the rest of the hotel?
    Our experience in ~5 stays there over 5 years is that the rooms are not bright and airy. The most recent renovation did brighten up the rooms significantly, but its still not "bright and airy".
     

    Aurora0427

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    Our experience in ~5 stays there over 5 years is that the rooms are not bright and airy. The most recent renovation did brighten up the rooms significantly, but its still not "bright and airy".
    Yeah, that’s just not the vibe of the hotel. I’m a Grand Floridian lover- we’ve stayed there so many times, and what I love about it is how bright and airy everything is. I think I don’t jibe as well with the woodsy theme. Wilderness Lodge has always been my least favorite deluxe resort at WDW. But I think given our choices at DLR for onsite, GCH is worth trying once at least!!!! People on here seem to love it.
     

    Aurora0427

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    We just stayed at GCH last week for three nights and I thought our room was very bright. I love that hotel SO MUCH. There isn’t one thing I dislike and it would always be my first choice. Have a great trip no matter what you decide!
    We are going to try it! We are going for my 40th birthday in late April and I think it’s the best choice!
     



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