I am taking my wife and 7 year-old daughter to the Disneyland Resort in late August. We usually stay at the Disneyland Hotel and have been there over a dozen times. For a change of pace my ladies both said they'd like to stay at the Grand Californian Hotel this time.
We stayed at the Grand Californian once about five years ago and noticed that the theming is much more subdued but overall we don't recall too much about our stay there.
I will be booking with Disney Vacation Club points so I won't be going with anything in the Concierge or Suite range. I'm most likely going to try for something with a Park or Downtown Disney view.
I have a few questions regarding what room location and extras to request. Any and all help, advice and anecdotes are appreciated.
A.) We always love watching the Disneyland fireworks from the Park View rooms of the Disneyland Hotel with the fireworks soundtrack playing on the TV. Do any of the Downtown Disney or Park View rooms have a view of the Disneyland Fireworks?
I've noticed that some of the rooms overlooking Grizzly River Rapids and Condor Flats are slightly angled toward Disneyland as can be seen at this excellent aerial view: Disneyland Resort at maps.live.com I know the hotel wing above the World of Disney store probably blocks the fireworks from all but the highest rooms but I'd love to hear about anyone's experiences watching the Disneyland fireworks from GCH.
B.) I've heard conflicting stories on whether guests at Grand Californian can use the Neverland Pool at the Disneyland Hotel. Since we remember the Redwood Pool at GCH was unbelievably dull we'd love to still use the Neverland Pool. I know that the Neverland Pool gate is often finicky about accepting room keys even from Disneyland Hotel guests so Cast Members there are used to having to open the gate for hotel guests to get in, so I can probably use that technique if I have to but I'd like to know we're allowed.
C.) We're thinking of taking advantage of having a room with bunk beds for our daughter but haven't made up our mind. Anybody have input on this? Are these beds comfy for the kids? Does it make the room seem a bit bigger since I've heard the GCH rooms are bit smaller than the Disneyland Hotel.
Thanks. Sorry if this was lengthy. Any and all input, advice and shared experience is appreciated!