A warmly lit quail lamp greeted me at the check-in desk of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. To my back the Great Hall welcomed my family with its massive fireplace, over-sized couches, rocking chairs and stained glass light fixtures all saturated in rich hues of yellow, green, orange and brown. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is an architectural beauty, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1900s.
The Craftsman theme and Disney’s celebration of California’s grand natural beauty can be found in every corner of the hotel.
The Villas at Disney’s Grand California Hotel mirror the same Arts & Crafts motif as the original hotel rooms, but depending on the size of the villa, Villa rooms also provide guests with additional in-room amenities. There are four types of Villa rooms, Deluxe Studio, 1 Bedroom, 2 Bedroom and Grand Villa. Here’s a look inside, and outside, of my family’s “home away from home” during our stay at the hotel. The room is categorized as a Deluxe Studio room.
This is the headboard of the queen-size bed. Notice the Craftsman theme continues in the Deluxe Studio furnishings .
The couch is a queen-size sleeper sofa and the window to the left is actually a door leading out to the balcony. I LOVED the light fixtures in this room!
The kitchenette provides a sink, microwave, toaster, instant coffee maker, ice bucket, four drinking glasses, four coffee mugs, an under-the-counter refrigerator, a variety of disposable utensils, travel-size dish washing liquid, paper towels, garbage can and pantry storage. Use this convenient space and be prepared to save some money!
The bathroom at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is themed after one of Disney’s most beloved films. Can you see what character is hiding out in the forest print shower curtain?
There’s no detail that’s too small for Disney. Even the complimentary bath products carry the nature theme with sea marine scented Disney Resorts SPA H2O brand shampoo & conditioner and sea salt body wash, body lotion and facial soap.
Each Deluxe Studio room has a balcony that provides exquisite views. Our room had a view of one of the hotel’s three pools. The pool pictured above is the Mariposa Pool.
My parents also stayed in a Deluxe Studio at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. I like to describe the view from their balcony as an obstructed view, but I think it gave them a nice view of two pretty amazing sights! When standing on the balcony and looking to the left guests can see obstructed views of the Fountain Pool and the Redwood Pool, as pictured above.
Standing on the same balcony, when looking to the right, guests can watch the “Screamin’ Over California” roller coaster. Cool, right?
Want a closer look at the pools?
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is conveniently positioned a few steps away from the Downtown Disney District and has an exclusive entrance into the California Adventure Park. Due to potential non-hotel guest visitors walking by the pools, guests of the Grand Californian that are eager to jump into the glistening pools can do so by using their room keys to open this beautiful gate.
Looking for the slide? Redwood Pool is ready to deliver!
After some hard-core playing hours at the pool, hunger is bound to set in. There are four themed dining options that deliver guest experiences which continue to pay tribute to the beauty of California and Craftsman art motif.
Although, I’m not going to review the restaurants in this post, I will say that White Water Snacks is the perfect place to stop by for a quick snack after a dip in the pool. Or if you’re looking for a special place to eat with your spouse, try Napa Rose.
All Disney restaurants are “kid friendly.” However, if you and your spouse would like to plan a “date night” at Napa Rose, Pinocchio’s Workshop is ready to help make your wish come true. Located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Pinocchio’s Workshop is a child care facility that offers a variety of fun activities to keep kids active while Mom and Dad play.
As each night concluded during our five night stay, the soft glow provided by the Craftsman designed lobby area welcomed us home as we waited for the elevator to take us to our room. It truly was a beautiful sight.Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers its guests more than just its beautifully themed hotel and pools. Experiences at the hotel is what truly makes a stay at the West Coast’s “Grand” magically GRAND.
Visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/hotels/grand-californian-hotel/ to find out more about the outstanding spa services, award-winning restaurants and magical experiences just ready for your family to experience at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
I hoped you enjoyed this look inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and thank you for stopping by the blog today!
Have you seen Disney Vacation Club’s newest addition?
My family is full of devoted Disney Vacation Club members. My parents became members in 2001, while I worked for Disney Vacation Club. My husband and I were next to purchase points, soon to be followed by both of my brothers and their families. There has never been a DVC point among us that has had a chance to expire. When we reach the midpoint day of each vacation, we start planning our next trip to Walt Disney World.
Each family has their favorite DVC resort, my husband and I, along with our monorail-loving kids, refer to Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort as home. The resort offers everything we could dream of needing or wanting in a resort. So to say the least, when I curiously walked up to the new villas at “The Grand”, I didn’t expect to be overly impressed. My heart already belonged to BLT. Knowing that The Villas at the Grand were essentially part of “The Grand” Resort, I did anticipate they would be nice. However, The Villas were nothing short of phenomenal! That’s all I can say. I’m not an interior designer. I know little about building materials, fabrics, and hardware, so I’m not even going to try to “Review” the resort. Instead, I’ll share with you the photos that I took while touring the Studio, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Villas. Unfortunately I didn’t have my good camera with me and it was in the evening, so I apologize for the quality of the images.
The Disney décor touches were themed primarily Mary Poppins. This Mary Poppin’s Penguins fountain is located in the heart of the lobby.
In the center of the lobby, located directly above the fountain, there are two of these enormous chandeliers.
Above each of the glimmering gold elevators, you can find Miss Poppin’s Parrot Umbrella ready to help you fly to your room’s floor.
Studio Villa Pictures
These photos are of the bathroom area located within a Studio location. When facing the vanity, there is a free-standing shower at the right and at the left is the bathtub and toilet. In the photo of the vanity area take note of the mirror. You can see in the bottom right hand corner of the mirror there is a TV. Talk about a great distraction to use when trying to get a toddler’s teeth brushed!
Queen-size bed located in the Studio Villa.
Above the queen-size sleeper sofa is Mary Poppin’s themed artwork.
This Dumbo-themed twin-size sleeper is a great addition to the DVC studio format. It allows for five people to sleep in the Studio Villa, instead of the traditional four people.
I fell in love with the understated color scheme of The Villas at the Grand. Here is a close up of the material used within the Studio Villa.
Here’s some photos of the One-Bedroom Villa.
The One-Bedroom also sleeps up to five people.
Notice to the right of the stove is a large white cabinet. This is actually the refrigerator. To the left of the sink, in an other large white cabinet is the dishwasher.
In this photo you can see the kitchen’s eat-in dining area. The wall behind the nook is the division wall for the living area.
Aren’t the Minnie and Mickey Mouse silhouettes on the wall adorable? The couch is a queen-size sleeper sofa and the chair is a twin-size sleeper sofa.
In the master bedroom there is a walk-in closet, equip with a personal safe. If you have an infant who needs a pack-n-play, this is where you’ll find it.
This photo of the master bath tub does not do it justice. The tub is a claw-foot tub.
This vanity is in the Master Bathroom.
As you tell from this photo, the toilet area is separate from the bath tub and vanity.
After existing the toilet area into the common area, you’ll find the hallway to take you back into the kitchen on the left or if you have booked a Two-Bedroom Villa, this hallway will lead you to the door you see opened. When walking through that door you’re entering into a Studio room, which is considered the second bedroom in a Two-Bedroom Villa.
The Two-Bedroom Villa sleeps up to ten people.
What I haven’t shown you in these photos is my absolute favorite thing about this resort- the view! Since I toured the villas in the evening I couldn’t get a good photo of the balcony attached to the rooms. The view of the Magic Kingdom was, in fact, GRAND. In all the times that I visited the parks and gazed at Cinderella’s Castle, I’ve never seen it so picturesque. I wish I could have captured the view with my camera. It is one that I won’t soon forget and I wish I could have shared it with you!
Regardless, I hope you enjoyed my little tour of The Villa’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. If you’ve stayed there, I’d love to hear about your experience! Please feel free to tell us about it in the comments below or connect with me on Facebook.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope you have a happy Sunday!
Have you ever visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort?
This week on the blog I tried to help you extend your summer vacation a little bit longer, by showing you creative ideas to remember your summer beach vacation with a touch of Disney. Today I’d like to close the week by telling you about a beautiful pearl of a Disney vacation resort, that is sandwiched between fields of orange groves and the foaming blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? Well, it truly is.
The Walt Disney Resort is my family’s favorite place to vacation. So much so, that we call it our home away from home. For how much fun it is to vacation at Disney, it’s also equally exhausting. Adding a couple of days before or after our WDW vacation is a relaxing treat. The resort sincerely exemplifies all that I love about The Walt Disney Resort. The cast members are some of the most “Disney” people I have met. The resort’s cleanliness is exceptional and the beauty of the resort is breathtaking. There are even Hidden Mickeys you can find! The difference is Vero Beach is quiet. Unless you are visiting in the summer months, it’s possible that there will be times that your family may only be sharing the beach or pool with a few other people. These photos were taken in the month of April. As you can see, we were the only one’s on the beach! One of the best features of the resort is it’s literally right on the beach.
Your trip can be as relaxing as you’d like, or full of adventure with fun family activities that are organized and run by the resort’s cast members. Here are some of the resort’s amenities that your family can use during your stay.
- Soccer fields
- Tennis courts
- Port Holes miniature golf course
- Bocce ball court
- Campfire pit
- Horseshoe pit
The Tiger Lily Wet Play Area was my son’s favorite place to play. I think it had something to do with the water canons!
The accommodations at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort can sleep parties as large as 12 in their beach cottages. The smallest rooms are referred to as Studios and there are two different types, an “Inn” or a “Villa” room. Although the “Villa” room is an additional 15 square feet, we prefer to stay in the “Inn” rooms, otherwise known as in the Main Building. It’s nice to be close to the store, restaurants and guest services. Since the resort is part of the Disney Vacation Club family of resorts, each room offers at kitchenette or a full size kitchen and a bunch of other features. You don’t have to be a DVC member to stay at this resort. Check out the link below to Disney’s site to learn more about the resort’s accommodation offerings.
Here is the view from an “Inn” room. The buildings in the photo are the three bedroom cottages.
There are four different types of dining offerings at the resort and they are all delicious! They even offer a character dining experience on Saturday mornings, Goofy’s Beachfront Breakfast.
If you’re one for dining in, of course they offer in-room dining, complete with Mickey shaped butter!
If you’ve ever visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, what’s your favorite thing to do there?
Disney Vacation Club’s Newest Resort is Almost Done!
As some of you may already know, at one time my husband and I worked for Disney Vacation Club and we are also very happy Disney Vacation Club “Members”. We own points at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and also own points at our favorite place to stay, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. On August 8th, DVC members were offered a special on-line “First Glimpse” to see “Behind the Grand Design” with Samantha Brown. After viewing the video, now I want stay there too! It’s simply stunning. I’m not going review the resort at this time, as I haven’t stayed there yet, but I do want to tell you about a couple things that really stood out during their presentation.
The Disney character touches found throughout the resort feature Dumbo or Mary Poppins.
Located in the Grand Atrium Lobby of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, you’ll find this Mary Poppins’ Penguin Fountain. I can’t wait to see it in person! I found this image on WDW News Today. They have a few other images you could see of the fountain. This link will take you to their site to view the other photos.
The sleeping arrangements are a bit unique in this DVC resort. They sleep an additional person! There is a pull down bunk size bed in a studio, so it sleeps five and the 2 bedroom sleeps 9 people. Check out Disney’s website to see their floor plans.
The Villa’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are scheduled to open October 2013. Here are some additional photos of the current state of it’s construction. My friend, Jodi Diamond, took these photos a few days ago and she so kindly said that I could share them with you!