Grand Californian Super Thread

CO2CA

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We usually stay 7 nights at the GCH, and 4 years ago, we were given room 5253. That is a VERY long walk, and with me having a bad hip, by the end of the day in the park the first day, I went down and pleaded to be moved to a room closer to the lobby/front entrance (stained glass door). For me, it was a difference of night and day of room locations. We were put in room 3207 for the rest of our vacation. I would suggest searching for the Grand Californian Hotel super thread and look at the hotel map. It will show you the layout and locations of rooms.
Wishing you the best vacation!
That is really good to know! My mom has a bad knee right now, so that would definitely do her in. Obviously there is a lot of walking in the parks, but any little bit of step savings is good. I appreciate your tips!
 

azdisneylover

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That is really good to know! My mom has a bad knee right now, so that would definitely do her in. Obviously there is a lot of walking in the parks, but any little bit of step savings is good. I appreciate your tips!

Here is the link to the GCH Superthread. I think I have it on the page that shows the layout of the hotel. The number of the building is the first number of the room (example - 235) and the floor is the first number of the room (example - 4235). I hope the maps help you see the layout so you can make the best reservation for your family. For me, I like staying in the rooms above the lobby, close to the entrance doors (001) because we are close to the elevators and path to DTD. It is a little walk to DCA entrance, but for standard rooms, two out of three isn't bad. There are a lot of places in this hotel and people watch, enjoy music, etc.
Have fun planning!
 

azdisneylover

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Here is the link to the GCH Superthread. I think I have it on the page that shows the layout of the hotel. The number of the building is the first number of the room (example - 235) and the floor is the first number of the room (example - 4235). I hope the maps help you see the layout so you can make the best reservation for your family. For me, I like staying in the rooms above the lobby, close to the entrance doors (001) because we are close to the elevators and path to DTD. It is a little walk to DCA entrance, but for standard rooms, two out of three isn't bad. There are a lot of places in this hotel and people watch, enjoy music, etc.
Have fun planning!
I was so excited to have something of value to post, I forgot to link it here! Sorry, here it is,



This thread is full of great information as well as tips, ideas, and pictures. If you have any other questions, please ask away.
 
  • CO2CA

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    Uhhh...FYI, you just posted a link to THIS thread...
    I had created a separate post asking which room views had the best value, which was merged with this Superthread. It's easy to confuse threads which have been merged. I understood what they meant and appreciated the very helpful tips and info they provided, since it seems like once something gets moved into a superthread the question gets lost.
     

    Goofy4Pooh

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    DH and I are planning our second trip to Disneyland in Sept 2021 for our 40th Anniversary. Our last time was in 2011 for our 30th. Our son and daughter and their spouses will be joining us so we are hoping to score a 3bedroom Grand Villa. Since its been 10 yrs I was curious if the view had changed due to tree growth. Does anyone have pics of the view from the GVs or any of the Paradise Pier view rooms on the 5th floor? I have been looking in the thread but have had no luck finding any.

    TIA😎
     

    Jperiod

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    DH and I are planning our second trip to Disneyland in Sept 2021 for our 40th Anniversary. Our last time was in 2011 for our 30th. Our son and daughter and their spouses will be joining us so we are hoping to score a 3bedroom Grand Villa. Since its been 10 yrs I was curious if the view had changed due to tree growth. Does anyone have pics of the view from the GVs or any of the Paradise Pier view rooms on the 5th floor? I have been looking in the thread but have had no luck finding any.

    TIA😎
    The trees have grown A LOT. If I remember right, you can't see the water from the 5th floor anymore (I think we had 5th in 2017). We had the 4th floor in Dec 2019. You can see the taller fountains of WoC and we still enjoyed the music and lights every night.
    2017 on top and 2019 on bottom. I think the roof in the left side of the photos is actually the GV? We were in 1 bedrooms both years.
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  • Goofy4Pooh

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    The trees have grown A LOT. If I remember right, you can't see the water from the 5th floor anymore (I think we had 5th in 2017). We had the 4th floor in Dec 2019. You can see the taller fountains of WoC and we still enjoyed the music and lights every night.
    2017 on top and 2019 on bottom. I think the roof in the left side of the photos is actually the GV? We were in 1 bedrooms both years.
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    Thanks :wizard:
    Wow, the trees really have grown a lot!
    I may rethink the Grand Villa and get a one bedroom and a two bedroom instead. Less points and if I can get them across the hall from each other we can enjoy the views on both sides.
     

    Goofy4Pooh

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    I have heard you can see the Disneyland fireworks from some of the upper floors pool side. Is this true? And does anyone have pictures?

    Also we want to do a Fantasmic package. Last time we were there they had the Fantasmic Dessert Package and there was reserved seating (with chairs). From what I'm reading it's now a dining package. Does anyone know if there is still seating in chairs or just seating on the ground?
     
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    SeaDis

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    I have heard you can see the Disneyland fireworks from some of the upper floors pool side. Is this true? And does anyone have pictures?

    Also we want to do a Fantasmic package. Last time we were there they had the Fantasmic Dessert Package and there was reserved seating (with chairs). From what I'm reading it's now a dining package. Does anyone know if there is still seating in chairs or just seating on the ground?
    Sorry no pics. You may be able to Google some, but as mentioned trees have grown up everywhere. And there are tall trees on the pool side also (at last check). There is a thread here with VGC room views, but many links are now broken and the views are outdated due to trees anyways. The Grand Villa on the pool side may be the best bet for fireworks if you can view upstairs(?).

    Either way I think you can count on only seeing the high stuff and maybe the upper part of some castle stuff, due to the north wing of the GCH blocking the lower view. You should have fireworks music available on your TV each night.

    Is your goal to stay in the room, or just get a decent fireworks view and avoid the crowd/wait? If the latter, two ideas: 1) Short walk from VGC to Paradise Pier. You can watch from the 3rd floor pool deck with the music playing. The angle from PPH deck is a little better so it looks "around" the GCH. Unless this has changed, they don't consider this pool hopping at night and it was open in the past without a PPH room key. 2) Use the GCH entrance to DCA and watch outside Carthay Circle (and some areas down toward Carsland). It's a narrow view and again some low obstructions, but you are straight on, in line with Main Street. And the area is largely empty due to crowds going to fireworks/WOC. Go through the airfield to avoid the WOC crowd both ways.

    There is also a Fantasmic Superthread that details the dining packages Pre-Covid. There are no more director's chairs like the desert party. The only seating option is the Riverbelle package with the upgrade to Fantasmic seating. The Blue Bayou gives you seat cushions for the ground. The others are seating on the ground only; bring your own blanket, etc. No one knows yet if things will change after reopening. Hopefully we know soon!
     

    Goofy4Pooh

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    Thanks much. Awesome information!:thanks:
    Last time we were there was 2010 and the views were amazing. Since our kids and their spouses will be with us this time we were deciding between getting a 1 bedroom + a 2 bedroom or going with a 3 bedroom Grand Villa.
    I will check out the Fantasmic Superthread.pooh:
     
  • Jperiod

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    Thanks much. Awesome information!:thanks:
    Last time we were there was 2010 and the views were amazing. Since our kids and their spouses will be with us this time we were deciding between getting a 1 bedroom + a 2 bedroom or going with a 3 bedroom Grand Villa.
    I will check out the Fantasmic Superthread.pooh:
    Depending on how well you all get along, I think it would be more fun/practical to be altogether in the grand villa. The adults can hang out together after kids go to bed, cousins can "sleep over," some adults can go back to the room to rest with kids, etc.
     

    Goofy4Pooh

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    Depending on how well you all get along, I think it would be more fun/practical to be altogether in the grand villa. The adults can hang out together after kids go to bed, cousins can "sleep over," some adults can go back to the room to rest with kids, etc.
    We are definitely leaning towards the Grand Villa but since there are only 2 and I have to book at the 7 month window (not all pts being used are GC home pts so I cant use the 11 month window) there is a chance neither will be available so I have backup plans.
    We are a very close family but no grandbabies yet.... unless you count the furry four-legged kind LOL:dogdance:
     

    limace

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    Perhaps rent GCV points and rent out some of your other points to cover so you can get 11 month window.
     

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