Planning Your Trip – Disney’s Grand Californian Resort

As we shared earlier this week, Disney recently announced as part of the phased reopening of Disneyland Resort that Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will begin welcoming Disney Vacation Club members starting December 6. Earlier today, DVC released some additional information for those guests planning to visit the Grand Californian during its initial reopening period.


Here are a few key takeaways we thought you’d be interested in:

– All Disneyland Hotels, including the hotel side of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, will remain closed for the foreseeable future. This reopening currently only pertains to the Disney Vacation Club portion of this resort.

– Face coverings are required for guests ages 2 and up and must be worn in all public and common areas.

– Guests are encouraged to download the Disneyland App on their mobile device before arriving at the resort. This will allow you to take advantage of mobile ordering, among other digital services.

– Enhanced cleaning measures are being implemented throughout the Grand Californian, similar to what we have seen at other Disney Vacation Club properties since their reopening.

– During the reopening period, only the Mariposa Pool and two whirlpool spas will be available. These will have reduced hours and reduced capacity to facilitate physical distancing.

The following will NOT be available during the resorts initial reopening:

  • Tenaya Stone Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • All hotel dining including Napa Rose, Napa Rose Lounge, Storytellers Cafe, Hearthstone Lounge, GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill, and character dining
  • Acorns Gifts & Goods
  • In-room dining
  • Art of Craft Tour
  • Children’s lobby entertainment areas
  • Instructor-led fitness classes
  • Special classes and programs
  • Character experiences
  • Fountain Pool, Redwood Pool, and waterslides
  • Disney Floral & Gifts
  • Dry-cleaning and valet laundry services
  • Shipping services
  • Valet parking

All in all, it sounds like not much is going to be going on at the Grand Californian for a while. However, guests visiting the resort will be able to enjoy food and merchandise locations in Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street inside Disney’s California Adventure.

Would it be worth a trip to California to stay at the Grand Californian with so little open? Let us know in the comments below what you think!


Source: Disney Vacation Club

3 thoughts on “Planning Your Trip – Disney’s Grand Californian Resort

  • November 13, 2020 at 11:48 pm
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    We have a reservation for March. We’re so desperate to be in Disneyland that we’re still planning on going even if the parks aren’t open. We’ve already started looking at what else is in the area that we can do on our trip. We need the Day 6 activities that the Disneyland team used to discuss on the Disneyland podcast.

  • November 14, 2020 at 4:40 pm
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    Do you think there will be a DVC entrance into DTD & Buena Vista Street from the hotel?

  • November 14, 2020 at 9:17 pm
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    “Would it be worth a trip to California to stay at the Grand Californian with so little open?”

    You serious Clark?

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