I’m not the girl who dreams of Kate Spade purses or Jimmy Choo’s for Christmas. I don’t need a Tiffany bracelet or the latest Iphone. If I had to choose between an experience or more things, I’d always opt for the experience.
An experience means moments spent together. An experience means memories made with loved ones. And memories? They never end up in the garbage. No, memories will be with me forever. Truly priceless!
At the top of my travel bucketlist was a chance to stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort; specifically during the holiday season. When the opportunity presents itself during the middle of November, I couldn’t have been more thrilled!
Here’s a few reasons why a stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa makes the ultimate gift for Mom!
1. Location, location, location
There’s a reason they call it prime real estate! There is no other hotel, on-site or otherwise, that keeps you this close to the magic! Disney’s Grand Californian is literally at the park gates! In fact, you have your own private access to Disney’s California Adventure – bag check and all! Walk down another hallway and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Downtown Disney. We enjoyed fireworks from our room in the evenings and some rooms offer a view of Paradise Pier and World of Color!
2. Disney Level Service
There’s this thing called the Disney Bubble, and I love it! Disney Cast Members are a cut above the rest when it comes to service. From the moment you arrive at the hotel entrance to the last wave goodbye, they go above and beyond in every situation! You’ve worked tirelessly and spent your hard earned dollars on this vacation, and Cast Members get how special your stay with them is.
3. Stunning Decor
Oh, that lobby! I actually gasped upon entering it for the first time! The Grand Californian has a rustic feel to it with an over sized fireplace hearth, exposed wooden beams, and cozy chairs scattered all around. Everything from the carpeting, to the hallway lights, to the pool area incorporates the woodsy theme. During the Holiday season it becomes extra special, boasting a huge glowing Christmas tree and massive gingerbread house.
One of my favourite features of staying on site is Extra Magic Hours, which gives you access to select attractions within the parks before it opens to the general public! Feel free to lock your wallet away! When you stay on site you can use your room key to pay for all food and merchandise! Don’t feel like carrying that Mickey Mouse stuffie or breakable ornament around the park all day? You can have it sent directly to your room with their merchandise delivery service! Staying at one of the Disney Resort hotels also gives you access to preferred reservations – whether that’s a visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or dinner at the Blue Bayou.
5. Top Notch On Site Dining
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has some of the Resorts best dining options right on site! For a quick bite, White Water Snacks offers fast and delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! You can grab an all American breakfast, a Mickey pretzel, or a quick coffee at an affordable price. If a buffet is your thing, Storytellers Cafe does both a character breakfast in the mornings and an amazing spread at dinner! For those with a more upscale palette, Napa Rose cannot be beat in taste! Come hungry and trust me, you’ll leave happy!
Staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa allowed me to focus on the fun and leave my stress behind. The close proximity to the parks gave us the freedom to come and go to our room multiple times a day and rest comfortably when needed. We had the convenience of extra hours, the ability to store aware personal items such as wallets, and we knew a helping hand was always close by thanks to Cast Members.
They’ve really taken care of all the details and allowed Moms like me to enjoy every moment. That, my friends, is the ultimate gift for Mom!
ATTENTION BUDGET CONSCIENCE TRAVELERS! If you’re hoping to visit the Disneyland Resort in the near future, you should know that they’re offering a fantastic deal for Canadians right now! You can save up to 25% on 3-Day or longer tickets! To take advantage of this special offer, you must purchase your tickets in advance between September 16, 2016 and February 28, 2017, so book soon! Find our more information on the official Disney Parks website!
Although this post was not sponsored, I was invited to attend a special media event at the Disneyland Resort at no cost to me. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.