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  • On Jan 30, 2022
    Samantha from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are a wdw family but we are going to DL Easter week because we are visiting family in Cali. We haven’t been in over 5 years and this time we want to stay at either the DLH or the GC. We’re only staying for 3 days and we love deluxe hotels.We need advice

    Hi Samantha, and welcome to planDisney!

    I'm so glad to hear that you will be returning to Disneyland Resort this year. There are so many new, exciting adventures to be had since your last visit, including three new themed lands: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland Park and both Avengers Campus and Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure Park. 

    Your question is definitely challenging because both hotels are incredible, but I have some advice that may help you finalize your decision.

    The Disneyland Hotel is perfect for those who love to feel nostalgia and enjoy bringing their inner child out to play. The theming of this resort hotel is centered on Walt Disney's original theme park, Disneyland Park. Even the pools have that special Walt-inspired touch with the Monorail Water Slide! I recommend staying at the Disneyland Hotel when you want extra pixie dust, as the rooms are heavy with Disney-theming. Did I mention the headboards yet? No??? Well, the headboards light up and look like fireworks. How magical! The Disneyland Hotel is an excellent location if you're visiting with kids, especially for dining options. The nearby Goofy's Kitchen has character dining options, and Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar has these super colorful kid-friendly drinks that are sure to impress.

    On the other hand, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is perfect for those who want to relax. The Disney-theming is there but very subtle. Instead, when you walk into the resort hotel, you feel as if you were just transported to an upscale wilderness lodge in the middle of a woodsy paradise. If your party is primarily adults, I find the Grand Californian Hotel ideal. It is just a wonderful place to chill after walking around the parks for multiple hours--not to mention, the food and wine at the Napa Rose are impeccable. 

    But honestly, whichever you choose, you will fall in love! It's truly a win-win scenario.

    Happy planning,
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