Okay so I'm actually going to stay on-property for the first time. I've always wanted to try it, at least once anyway. With my AP discount it tempted me too much especially over a holiday wknd. I actually booked at Paradise Pier but would love to stay at the Grand Californian, but it's $300.00 more in total. I know the "Grand" is the closest of the resorts, but is it really that far of a walk from the "Pier"? I've read mixed things about it on here and on tripadvisor.
Isn't there still a private entrance from the "Pier" to the "Grand" where you walk across the street and down a side path into the "Grand"? Or is that closed off because of construction or the villa expansion??
I did also consider the Disneyland Hotel so I could hop on the monorail into the park. But I read mixed reviews their also with the construction going on and the noise from that, and the fact that it's dated unless you get into one of the newly refurbished rooms.
Just trying to weigh all my options and make the better choice. I'll be staying at one of the properties for sure.