Final Thoughts: We’ve come to love DCA and the GC gives you such great access to it. We’ve also learned that, for us, we must have the park view since part of our fun is sitting on the balcony and watching the park activity. But on both stays, we noticed how tight the area around the GC feels. Disneyland does not have the expansiveness of WDW, obviously, and we do notice that. On our next stay, we may book the Disneyland Hotel, again, just for the space, but who knows? When it comes right down to it, we do love the GC.
We had a fabulous vintner’s dinner at Napa Rose last year, but we enjoyed the Napa Rose Lounge just as much – if not more because of the more pesonalized service. The outdoor patio and firepit was a great discovery. We also really love the vibe of Downtown Disney and the musicians who play there – we discovered a new one on this trip, David Wayne, and enjoyed playing his CDs last night sitting outside on our patio with firepit. It was like bringing a bit of Downtown Disney with us back home.
We were so happy to catch all of the DCA attractions, snacks stops, and restaurants we had missed before. We didn’t get to revisit a few of our favorite things, but having made 6 trips to Disneyland over the past 16 months, we really feel like we’re all caught up. We don’t know what’s next for us, but we’re ready for something different.
After staying at the Grand Californian with a park view during the Food & Wine Festival last month, we decided two things when we returned home: (1) we hadn’t had enough park time, and (2) we may not be able to enjoy the Disneyland Hotel after staying at the GC.