The Villas at Disney's
Grand Californian Hotel and Spa
Grand Opening: September 23, 2009
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2060
Years Remaining: 37
2023 Dues per Point: $8.04
Direct from Disney Sales Summary
Direct Cost per Point: $310
Direct Cost per Point per Year: $8.38
Minimum Points for New Members: 150
Minimum Points for Existing Members: 25
Resale Summary as of Sept 2023
Average Cost per Point: $257
Resale / Direct Savings: 17.10%
150 Point Blue Card Premium: $7,950
Free Moonlight Mickey Bars to Break Even: 1,397
Open listings at DVC Resale Market Listings
Our Team's Shows About the Grand Californian
What are the three best studios in DVC? We asked our panel of studio staying experts to give us their top 3 studio choices. We asked them to focus exclusively on the room as we've discussed the resorts in numerous other shows. The themes that ran in our show were colors, bathrooms, and decor. Episode 224
Brian Flock from DCL Duo hosts our Villas at the Grand Californian resort and amenities and activities review show. We discuss everything from dining options to pools. Episode 214
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
Jeff Barnes, Ph.D., also known as “Dr. Disneyland,” joins the podcast to discuss Disneyland history circa the 1990s and early 2000s when Disney's California Adventure and the Grand Californian Hotel opened up. Disney wanted to transform Disneyland from a single-day park to a multiple-day destination in Southern California. DCA and Grand Californian were essentially built in the parking lot for Disneyland. After Disney acquired the land for the current Mickey and Friends parking lot, the City of Anaheim paid to have the parking structure built to revitalize the 2-mile area surrounding Disneyland. The city wanted to transform the area into a tourist and convention district. The city used hotel taxes to fund the clean-up efforts. Disney was also considering building a second gate a few miles away in Long Beach. The city successfully kept the second park within its city limits and was able to meet its revenue goals.
Are you considering buying a DVC contract at the upcoming Disneyland Hotel Tower? Join the conversation with four Disney podcasters as we discuss VGC vs what we know about the new Disneyland Tower Hotel.
DVC Members love their home resorts for a variety of reasons. Chad, Valerie, Brad, and Sandy are back to discuss the three main factors people use when picking their home resort. Some people buy them because they love the resort. Others buy specifically for the 11-month booking window advantage. Yet other members are more influenced by the financial, economic, and deed expiration dates. We believe every resort is unique, and there's something for everyone to love in DVC. Join the conversation as we discuss these three factors across all of the DVC resorts.