3 weeks ago I decided (fairly last minute) that it would be fun to take a quick jaunt over to Disneyland for the long weekend at the beginning of my girls’ spring break. One of the only room options left was a club level room at the Grand Californian...twist my arm. We’ve never stayed club-level (also referred to as concierge) before with Disney and I thought it would be fun but frankly I didn’t think we’d get much use of the Craftsman Club lounge. Boy was I wrong!
The Craftsman Club is located just to the left after you exit the 6th floor elevators. It’s a large lounge room with lots of tables. There’s a TV that was on occasionally and a small computer work area that had games for kiddos. The lounge was open most of the day with a short time it was closed as they changed out the types of food available:
The best part of the lounge was the outdoor balcony which was rarely in use much to my surprise and delight. It overlooks part of the resort and the Monorail track. The weather was beautiful and it was a great place to enjoy the resort. It’s also a hidden little gem of a place to watch the fireworks from Disneyland during the evening. Grab some cake pops, chocolate covered strawberries and a Baileys, sit back and enjoy the fireworks complete with the music piped in. It was a great way to relax and unwind without the crazy rush of Disneyland.
We found that getting up early for breakfast at 6:30 before the Extra Magic Hour worked well. We got in tons of rides during that hour and shortly after the park opened. Later in the day we went back and grabbed some lunch during the Tea Time and then we relaxed/napped at the resort for a bit. We grabbed a bite to eat of the appetizers as we headed back in to the parks for the evening and then popped in a couple times for dessert late in the night. We found that we ate little in the actual parks and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of the Club with the yummy treats. And it was so easy to pop in and out of the Grand Californian.
We also enjoyed *renting* a couple of complimentary DVD’s from the Concierge desk and their assistance with a little hiccup during our stay.
After this stay we HIGHLY recommend The Grand Californian AND staying Club-Level. If I can help you with your stay, I’d love to do so! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your personalized trip planning!