Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels owned by the Disney company. It is located adjacent to the two theme parks of Disneyland, and is, in fact, the closest of the three Disney hotels to the two theme parks.
It is so close that the Grand Californian has its own entrance into the California Adventure theme park. That entrance is officially only for the use of the hotel guests, although it is typically open to all valid theme park ticket holders.
The Grand Californian officially opened on January 2, 2001. It was built in the early 20th Century Arts and Crafts style and evokes a feeling of the National Park lodges of the western United States. The interior of the hotel continues that theme, albeit on a larger scale than traditional Arts and Crafts structures.
This hotel is the third of three to be owned and operated by the Disney company adjacent to Disneyland. The first hotel affiliated with the theme park was the Disneyland Hotel which actually opened under separate ownership in 1955 along with the theme park itself. It was attained by Disney in 1989.
Also preceding the Grand Californian was Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. This location opened in 1984 under separate ownership. It was bought by Disney in 1995 and re-branded to its current name in 2000.
Accordingly, the only one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels to be built and originally owned by the Disney Company is the Grand Californian. Likely owing to that and its grand appearance, the location is considered the flagship hotel of the resort.
The Grand Californian includes over one thousand rooms, with fifty of those being considered suites. Also found on property is a Disney Vacation Club wing housing the villas.
Guests staying on property are able to utilize the spa facilities as well as several other amenities. Examples of this include pools, restaurants, shopping, etc.
For those willing to spend a little extra money, the Grand Californian is an excellent option close to the action of the two Disneyland theme parks and Downtown Disney.
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