Five things you need to know before you arrive at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

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The theme parks at the Disneyland Resort are reopening on April 30 and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa is reopening the day before, on April 29, 2021. Room reservations will be available to book starting April 15, 2021.

Related – Disneyland Ticket & Reopening Details

Five things you need to know before you arrive at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

If you’re heading to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, here are five things you need to know before your arrival!

  1. Check-in online before you arrive to the hotel to save time, while also promoting physical distancing (you can even check-in online up to five days in advance!). A link to use the online check-in service will be emailed to you before your visit. If you don’t have a Disney account, you’ll need to create one at to get started. 
  2. Review the new Health & Safety Acknowledgement prior to your arrival. This is located on the Hotels “Know Before You Go” webpage.
  3. Once you arrive, if you have used the online check-in service and have agreed to receive text messages, you can receive a text message when your room is ready. Just stop by the Front Desk to pick up your key. For easy and contactless payments throughout your stay, you can pay for purchases at Disney-operated locations throughout the Resort using your hotel room key with a valid credit card on file. Other forms of cashless payment include debit cards, credit cards, Disney Gift Cards and tap-to-pay cards. Please check locations for the types of payment accepted.
  4. Download the Disneyland app, which will play a more important role than ever during your stay. It’s strongly encouraged to plan ahead and utilize mobile ordering for food and beverage purchases from select locations, as well as to check park hours, view maps and other important resort updates. Be sure to download ahead of time, and have your notification and location services turned on your phone.
  5. The morning of check-out, there is no need to visit the Front Desk, unless you receive a message or if you have a question. You will be automatically checked out for your convenience.
Five things you need to know before you arrive at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Related – Theme Park Hours for Disneyland Reopening have been released

Just a reminder! If you are planning to visit a theme park during your stay, you will need a valid theme park ticket and a park reservation for the same park on the same date. Theme park reservations need to be made separately, and a Disney account is required. At this time, only California residents in party sizes no larger than 3 households may visit the theme parks, per state guidance. Here’s a tip: if you plan to visit the theme parks, make your theme park reservation first before booking your hotel room, as a resort hotel room reservation does not guarantee theme park access.

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