As a traveler who is always looking for ways to travel more frugally, why would I pay the money to stay at the Disneyland Grand Hotel? This may seem like an oxymoron.
Staying at the Grand was a dream of mine for a long time. When I finally graduated with my Doctorate of Education, I decided to treat myself to that dream. Anyone familiar with Disneyland Resort hotels knows that each of the three hotels (Grand Californian, Paradise Pier, and Disneyland Hotel) are considered in the “deluxe” category. This means they are costlier than the average hotels in the area.
Even though I was fulfilling a long-held dream, I could not go against the side of me that is always looking for a more frugal way to do a trip. Therefore, I started researching what times the room prices were at their lowest price. I took advantage of one of these times.
I loved my stay there for a multitude of reasons.
8 compelling reasons to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel.
1. Wake up Calls
A wakeup call can be scheduled with the Concierge Desk, for each morning of your stay. This wakeup call will have one of your favorite Disney characters on the other end of the line. The kids loved answering the phone and finding Mickey or Goofy on the line.
All three hotels have amazing pools. There are water slides, hot tubs, spas, saunas, and lounging areas. Fresh towels, swim diapers, and life vests for toddlers, are all supplied.
Notice where my focus was? The comfortable lounge chairs.
By staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, you can use a Key to the Magic card for shopping and dining. You can charge your meals and merchandise right to your hotel room with the card while you are in Disneyland Park, California Adventure, and even Downtown Disney. A Cast Member can help you with this when you check into your room.
4. Package Delivery
I love this service. You can shop all you want and not have to carry the bags around all day. As you buy something in Disneyland Park or Downtown Disney, you can ask the Cast Member to have it delivered to your hotel room. In the evening, when you get back to your room, all your purchases will be there waiting for you.
5. Exclusive Entrance to the Park
At the Grand California Hotel, there is a private entrance for quests into California Adventure. We used this entrance multiple times a day. We did have to show our hotel key and our park ticket each time we entered. This saved us so much time each day.
6. Extra Magic Hour
Guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel receive an Extra Hour each morning of their stay. The extra hour rotates between Disneyland and California Adventure. This means that for each day of your resort stay you are able to enter the park (with a valid ticket) one hour before the general public. This is HUGE!! This is what the parks look like during that magic hour…
This and the Exclusive Entrance were probably the biggest reasons I loved staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel.
7. Preferred Reservations
Guests of a Disneyland Resort Hotel receive preferred access to reservations for popular eating-places throughout Disneyland. They also can book one preferred transformation at Biddidi Bobbidi Boutique or Anna and Elsa’s Boutique.
8. Experience Disney Parks from your hotel
You might be able to see the parade from your room. At Paradise Pier, the guests are able to watch Disneyland’s fireworks show, from the rooftop pool area, with the narration and music piped into loudspeakers.
Will I do this again? YES. Will I look for deals? YES. Will I post the deals I find here on Traveling Wease? YES.
See Ya Makin Memories!