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January visit

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January visit

We are visiting Disneyland in January 2014 - seeking advice?

a) We've been told we cannot book directly through Disney until September, however we're concerned we may not get our choice of accommodation - Grand Californian? Any tips?

b) we have 2 families - 1 with 4 members and 1 with 5 members - are Grand Californian rooms suitable for this size?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: January visit

Hi,

It might help us to know if this your first visit to Disneyland Resort and if you have your heart set on staying on the DLR property.

I'm not sure on the answer to your first question, but from what I have heard the Disney owned hotels in DLR do not guarantee that your choice of room (with possible exception to how many beds in the room). You can request a certain view or location, but they do consider that to be just a request. With regards to booking in advance, perhaps you can add where you were given that information. It seems reasonable to assume an area hotel would not book 10 months in advance, but I don't see why you would need to wait until September.

The answer to your second question is according to everything I have read here the rooms at the Grand Californian Hotel are not spacious. Four might be okay, but 5 would be really tight. There are suites at the Disneyland Hotel that might work better for you and have a price point that is around the same.

Edited: 23 February 2013, 20:46
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2. Re: January visit

Hi DebbJ,

we are in the throws of planning a xmas / new year trip too and I have an email from DLR stating the same thing. The email read "Our 2014 rates and brochures are expected to be ready in early August or September 2013. Please note: This is an estimated date and is subject to change. You are welcome to contact us again closer to that date, we will be happy to assist you with a price quote via email."

In light of that response we have decided to book elsewhere as we are not prepared to take the risk of booking accomodation that late in the year to find out prices have gone up enough that we can not afford it and that we can not get in anywhere else. I really find it bizarre that they release January dates so late but that said we are having the same problem with Legoland. There online calendar indicates the park is closed for all of January.

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3. Re: January visit

DebbJ

When in Jan would your visit be? That may make a big difference whether or not waiting till Sept would be an ok option to book.

outlawwa,

In regards to Legoland, you are just trying to look too far out on the Legoland Calendar, it should be open in January, but there are some days of the week it would not be open. They wont usually show hours yet that far out for 2014. Legoland was open for all of Jan of 2013.

…legoland.com/en/plan/opening_hours/…

Edited: 25 February 2013, 01:47
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4. Re: January visit

We are visiting January 18 through to January 24th...it seems that this is Disney policy so guess we either wait until August or consider alternative accommodation - this is our first visit to California Disneyland and we are keen to stay at the resort. Thanks for the replies everybody.

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5. Re: January visit

Honestly in my opinion at Disneyland staying at the resorts really isn't worth it. (It is, in my view, at Disney World).

Ducking in and checking out the main lobby of the Grand Californian is worth it, though.

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6. Re: January visit

Note, as are many periods in January, you are picking a busy School holiday weekend in the USA (Martin Luther King, Jr.), and also Disney hosts a Tinker Bell Half Marathon that sells out and brings in tens of thousands of guests. Also Angel Stadium hosts a large Motocross event that weekend. Then you have the largest convention on the West Coast, the NAMM Show, starts January 23rd.

So Hotel costs will more than likely be higher than normal, and the parks will be quiet busy during your stay (The Tuesday and Wednesday should be the lightest, with maybe Wednesday being a bit busier).

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7. Re: January visit

If you avoid going on the dates that Darkbeer has mentioned in Jan, you should be ok booking in Sept for a visit in January Imo.

If you dates are set for that time period, I would forget about being able to get into one of the Disney owned Hotels and pick something else as the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend bring in large crowds.

Also you should be aware though that Jan and Feb are common month for refurbushments, and the weather can be unpredictable for that month, so you may want to consider altering your dates if thats an issue for you.

You should also be aware that alot of the non Disney owned Hotels are in closer walking distance to Disneyland than some of the Disney owned ones.

Most of those would be standard Motels that are the closest, but some are well rated such as the Best Western Park Place Inn..... which is a short 5 min walk across the street, through the Disneyland Main Entrance and to the Turnstiles that go into either Park.

If you are looking for a nice Hotel with those amenities, you can also pick something like the Sheraton Park Hotel .....which is about a 15 min walk and has Disney view rooms and also has Art Shuttle service to and from the Park if you dont want to walk.

Residence Inn Maingate..... is also a nice Hotel and about a 15 min walk with Art Shuttle and has full kitchens and free full breakfast and some weeknight light suppers.

Doubletree Guest Suites....... is also well rated, but farther from Disneyland, so you may want to take the Shuttle.

Howard Johnsons........ is more of a basic Hotel with limited services but is well rated and about an 11 min walk to the Turnstiles with Disneyland Views.

Heres a Map of Hotels in the Disneyland area so you can see where things are located. The Disneyland Main Entrance is off of Harbor Blvd near where it says "East Shuttle Area" on the Map.

printfreemaps.com/maps/freedisneylandareamap…

Edited: 25 February 2013, 16:20
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