We are traveling to Disneyland for the first time and have tried to get all the info we can. So far all i know for sure is we want to be close to the gates as after long days you want to get to your room and even mid day to relax. So we have looked at staying at the Camelot Hotel because of the big suite and its location. However becasue of a business reason we have been offered the Grand Californian at more than half price from regular price. We are so torn up ; do we stay in the park at the stunning Grand Californian or do we stay outside the gates at a regular hotel for more money than what we would pay for the over stunning grand californian for. I love pools and pool days which the grand has plenty of that....... also we are staying 8 days one child and plan to do things outside of the park like the beach, shoppping , and sea world or the zoo or universal?