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The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the perfect Holiday getaway!

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As the festive spirit descends upon Disneyland Resort, the Grand Californian Hotel comes alive with a magical charm that captivates every visitor. Nestled in the heart of Disney California Adventure Park, this luxurious haven exudes an enchanting aura during the holiday season. As you step through its welcoming doors, a symphony of twinkling lights, fragrant garlands, and beautifully adorned Christmas trees greets you, transporting you into a winter wonderland of joy and wonder. The warmth of crackling fireplaces, the aroma of freshly baked treats, and the melodic sounds of carolers create an unforgettable holiday ambiance, making the Grand Californian Hotel an idyllic retreat to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is all dressed up for the holidays! The Grand Californian is of course the perfect place to stay when you are planning a trip to Disneyland, but even more so during the holidays.  We recently enjoyed the Festival of Holidays and spent an evening at The Grand Californian. We are delighted to share the highlights of why a stay at The Grand Californian is extra special during the holiday season.

gingerbread grand californian

Step into a holiday wonderland at the Grand Californian Hotel, where the time-honored Grand Gingerbread masterpiece awaits, delighting all your senses with its captivating charm. A true labor of love, this extraordinary creation is an awe-inspiring replica of the hotel itself, crafted meticulously from over 500 pounds of aromatic homemade gingerbread. The moment you step into the lobby, the air becomes infused with the sweet, spicy scent of gingerbread, enveloping you in the spirit of the season. If you’re fortunate, you may even witness the magic firsthand, as skilled baker elves work their artistry, bringing the gingerbread house to life before your very eyes. This cherished holiday tradition at the Grand Californian Hotel promises an enchanting experience like no other, where cherished memories are woven into every delectable detail.

christmas tree grand californian

At the Grand Californian Hotel, holiday enchantment abounds, infusing the air with the spirit of Christmas. In the beautifully adorned lobby, a magnificent Christmas tree stands tall, bedecked with twinkling lights, glimmering ornaments, and whimsical decorations that evoke wonder and joy. The hotel’s ambiance exudes the charm of a luxurious mountain lodge, and during this magical season, it becomes an even cozier retreat, inviting guests to bask in the warmth of holiday cheer. Beyond the splendor of the tree, delightful holiday touches fill every corner – from the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread cookies to the inviting crackle of fireplaces that encourage gatherings and festive merriment. Amidst this haven of wonder and delight, cherished memories are woven with every twinkling light, making the Grand Californian Hotel an unparalleled destination to experience the true magic of the holidays.

Disney hotel entertainment

Seasonal live entertainment makes relaxing in the lobby feel even more inviting.

From the moment you drive up to the entrance you are greeted with festive decor!

Disney resort entrance

A stay at a Disneyland Resort property is undoubtedly a splurge, but let me tell you, the perks it brings to your Disney vacation are absolutely unmatched. I mean, seriously, there’s no other hotel or Resort property that can get you as close to Disneyland Park as the Grand Californian can. Being steps away from all the magic is an experience in itself! And get this – guests of the Grand Californian (or any Disney Resort Property) get to enjoy the incredible “Magic Hour.” That means you can enter one of the parks an entire hour earlier than the general admission crowd. Imagine the advantage that gives you during the bustling holiday season! You get more time to play, and hey, you can even snag a fast pass for a popular ride while others are still lining up at the gates. It’s pure genius, really. Oh, but that’s not all! The Grand Californian has exclusive activities and entertainment right in the hotel. Picture this – cozy movie nights by the pool, delightful cookies in the lobby, and – wait for it – a chance encounter with a Disney Character strolling through! I mean, where else can you experience such Disney magic up close and personal? From the lobby to the rooms and even the pools, the hotel is sprinkled with special Disney touches that keep the vacation enchanting from start to finish.

christmas tree at the grand

Oh, and here’s another fabulous benefit of staying at The Grand Californian – swimming in December! Now, I know what you might be thinking – it’s winter, and the weather might be a bit brisk. But fear not! The magic of Disney extends to the hotel’s heated pools, and with the ever-watchful lifeguards on duty, you can still splash around and have a blast! Water slides and a Jacuzzi are also up for grabs, adding an extra dose of fun and relaxation to your holiday vacation. It’s like having a mini-water park right at your doorstep! I can’t think of a better way to unwind after a day of adventure in the parks than to take a dip in the warm waters of The Grand Californian’s inviting pool area. So, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds – the enchantment of Disneyland Park and the joy of swimming, even in December! It’s the kind of experience that truly makes your stay unforgettable and sets The Grand Californian apart as the ultimate holiday escape.

Disney Resort Pools

We missed the pool the last time we stayed at The Grand Californian and so many people do.  We are always so excited to spend as much time as possible in the parks that we don’t carve out time for the pool.  We knew we had to check it out this time and we are so glad we did!

grand californian pool time

Ready to dive in!  They were the only kids in the pool at 10 am and they were in heaven!

Grand Californian Water Slide

One large twisty water slide and a little one for the less adventurous our kids had a blast.  Several life guards attentively watch swimmers and life vests are provided at no additional cost.

little slide

Disneyland is undeniably a whirlwind of fun and excitement, but having luxurious cabanas to unwind in takes the experience to a whole new level of relaxation and comfort. After all the exhilarating rides, character meetups, and magical moments, having a serene retreat to retreat to is a true treat. Imagine stepping into a cozy cabana, complete with plush seating, shade from the sun, and all the amenities you could wish for. It’s like having your own little oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the park.

Whether you want to recharge with a refreshing drink, take a leisurely nap, or simply soak in the enchanting atmosphere, the cabanas provide the perfect escape. It’s a delightful way to take a break, unwind, and gather your energy for even more Disney adventures. So, amidst all the excitement, having access to luxurious cabanas adds a touch of indulgence that elevates your Disneyland experience, making it all the more memorable and enjoyable.

cabanas by the Disney pool

A special thank you to The Disneyland Resort for the special memories!  See ya real soon!

grand californian room

For anyone looking forward to experiencing the magic of Disneyland Resort during the holiday season, don’t forget to explore all the wonderful details about The Grand Californian Hotel on their website! It’s the perfect place to find out about all the enchanting amenities, luxurious cabanas, and other delightful offerings that will make your stay truly special.

And hey, if a trip to Disneyland isn’t in the cards for you this year, no worries at all! Make sure to save this post for later, as you plan your dream Disney vacation for next year. It’s never too early to start dreaming and planning for that magical adventure that awaits you in the future. With The Grand Californian Hotel as a top-notch option, you can rest assured that your future Disney experience will be nothing short of extraordinary.

So, whether you’re all set for this year’s holiday escapade or eagerly looking ahead to your future Disney dreams, The Grand Californian Hotel is the place to be. Here’s to making cherished memories and immersing ourselves in the enchantment of Disney, whenever the time is right for you!


Until Next Time ~ Kate
Categories:  Disney Travel, Travel
  1. It truly is my dream to stay here over the holidays one of these years! Teach me your ways 😉

  2. Kristene Hanson says:

    This hotel looks amazing. We stayed at the DIsney hotel but did walk through the grand. Was in October though. The holidays look magical there!

  3. Joyce says:

    Don’t think we will chance to go this year but definitely will keep this in mind for next!

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