Grand Californian owners review the DVC studios, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, and Grand Villas at the Grand Californian. The studios are fairly typical DVC. The 1 and 2 Bedroom villas have an awesome kitchen with a space-efficient booth-style kitchen table, a third bathroom with a walk-in shower, and the Grand Villas include a billiards table. The general consensus is that the room's decor and design elements are slightly elevated above most DVC rooms; however, the real “star of the show” is the proximity to Disney's California Adventure theme park and a quick walk to Disneyland. Episode 214
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Grand Californian is the smallest DVC resort in terms of bookable rooms. Once you understand the size aspects, you'll start to understand why it is so difficult to book and why the resale price is so high. DVC experts believe there were only 5,000 initial contracts sold at Grand Californian. To understand the size of Grand Californian, we'd ask you to consider just one of the eighteen buildings that make up Saratoga Springs Resort. SSR has 18 identical buildings within the resort. Grand Californian has a partial addition of a single wing. In the net difference, VGC has 2 extra two-bedroom units.
|Room Types within the Resort Building||All of VGC||A Single SSR Building|
|Studio Lock-Off Units||23||24|
|One Bedroom Lock-Off Units||23||24|
|Dedicated Two Bedroom Units||23||20|
We cannot emphasize the importance of understanding this chart when using a waitlist or 7-month booking. You may need to save up more points and book a larger room just to get a room at VGC.
Studios – ample size. The large boxy style mission furniture may take up a bit of extra space in the room compared to most DVC studios. This has everything you've come to expect for a standard DVC room. Single bathroom. Kitchenette (sink, toaster, flatware, plates, cups, microwave, and mini-fridge).
One and Two-Bedroom Units – They're large. DVC spent more money on the tile in these rooms than most. There's a pull-down murphy bed in the living room. What's spectacular is the extra bathroom and extra storage in the room. You can easily park a scooter in the room. The bathroom has a pedaital-style sink (which is fancy but not practical for a vacation home) and a walk-in shower.
Grand Villas – These accommodations are huge. There are only two. One has a pool view, and the other has a theme park view. Both units have a billiards table.
Produced by: Brian Flock
Audio Editing: Derek Sassman and Chad Pennycuff
Audio Mastering and Show Notes: Chad Pennycuff
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