Upgrade Disney Style


Early february is normally when BFF and I take our annual We-hate-the-superbowl trip to Disneyland but due to a special co-worker of ours getting married that weekend, we decided to go later in the month.  On perusing the hotels, we opted to try out the Disneyland Hotel for the first time instead of the Grand Californian, which is where we normally stay.  Lots of our friends have stayed at this original hotel on the property and raved about it, so we went ahead and booked the room.  When I called to book, I decided to try out their “Club Level” which is  a special concierge level at the resort.  All we could tell from the description was that there was a special “club” for guests that served food and since we like to eat, we were in.  The cast member that booked our room over the phone assured me that once we tried this service, although a little more expensive, we would never want to come and stay without it.  Not sure what to expect, we headed out for our next Disney adventure.

We pulled up to the hotel and were greeted well like always, leaving our luggage with the bellhop and our car to valet, we walked inside to check in.  Immediately, the cast member gave us gold room keys and told us that the concierge would be right with us.  Another cast member came right up to us with a folder full of information, checked us in right there super fast and made sure we had all we needed.  Then she told us she would give us a tour.  A tour?  Wow….we felt special.  She told us when the Club was open and what food was being served…oh yeah….a Fat Girl’s wet dream that different foods were offered at different points during the day all at no cost.  You had me at food.  No need to say more little cast member.  Just point me in the direction of a buffet and we are good to go.  I may never leave.  Our personal cast member took us over to the Adventure Tower, which she explained was where the Club was located and conveniently our room a couple of floors down.  She took us up to the top level, explaining that our room keys would get us in and that we were going to love this part of the hotel.  We entered the Club and were greeted by an impressive view of the park, two more cast members at our service and a buffet spread of food that was to die for…my mouth waters even now thinking of the word buffet.  Especially a Disney buffet.  Who are we kidding….we all know buffet is the Fat Girl’s favorite word.  Our personal cast member even pointed out a HUGE fridge filled with sodas, juice and even bottled water.  WHAT?  This was gonna save us so much money not having to buy bottled water.  SCORE!  BFF and I looked at each other totally excited and helped ourselves to some liquid beverages.  And bonus….you could get beer and wine as well.  Also, you can rent movies for free from the Club and not just the cartoon Disney movies but any of their parent companies.  This was the life!  We were then left to our own devices to go and play until our room was ready.

And play we did!  As usual, nothing stopped us from having fun even a bit of rain one day.  One draw back to the Disneyland Hotel is that is sits back further on the property than either of the other two hotels.  It made a difference as it added 3 miles of walking per day to our normally 10 miles a day since we came back multiple times to eat.  I mean there was continental breakfast, midday snacks, late day finger food like mini pizza and meatballs, and then a dessert time.  Trust me.  We did not miss dessert time.  ANY of the nights.  Would you?  It saved us several meals that we didn’t eat in the park, including breakfast which we normally do room service for and snacks…with a couple of exceptions like Dole Whip and popcorn.  Of course BFF doesn’t share her popcorn very well even though it was a HUGE tub of it.  Popcorn hoarder.  She even started shoveling it into her cheek like Chip or Dale (which one is which again?  I can’t ever remember).  Even though it rained, we got Dole Whip…because…Dole Whip is why.  And NO line in the rain!

Dole Whip is a must even in the rain!
Dole Whip is a must even in the rain!
Why won't you share? Popcorn hoarder
Why won’t you share? Popcorn hoarder
Eating midday snackage in the exclusive Club.  BFF loved their homemade chips and salsa...mmmmmm
Eating midday snackage in the exclusive Club. BFF loved their homemade chips and salsa…mmmmmm

But all the extra walking took a toll on us and really did make a difference.  I swear we felt like little old ladies and BFF even said “This hotel being further is a young man’s game.”  The rooms were super cute and all old school Disney but we just love the Grand.  One thing I wish the Grand had that this one had is the headboards on the beds.  They lit up and played music!  Insert dreamy sigh here.  I loved that headboard.  It was always lit up at night when we came back and I liked to turn it on to hear the music….something BFF got tired of quite quickly and she is probably glad they don’t have those at the Grand.  I believe she told me “If you turn that damn thing on one more time, I will hurt you.”  (Pssst…I still turned it on again.)  The room did have these amazing floor to ceiling windows that provided amazing views…we had a corner room as well so double the windows.  We even saw a bride doing photo on the grounds.  But the rooms not as sound proofed as the Grand.  We could hear the people next door quite clearly and the band playing in Downtown Disney like it was in our room.  But the magic was in all the details like usual and we had a glorious time.

The MAGICAL headboard the BFF regrets they had in our room
The MAGICAL headboard the BFF regrets they had in our room.  Ask her…I think I played it 20 times a day…
The magic is in the details....pillows on the beds
The magic is in the details….pillows on the beds
View from our room.  You can see parts of the park...so far away....
View from our room. You can see parts of the park…so far away….
The other view from our room.  See the taller hotel?  That is the Paradise Pier and the longer wider brown one is the Grand Californian.  See how far away we are?  SEE?
The other view from our room. See the taller hotel? That is the Paradise Pier and the longer wider brown one is the Grand Californian. See how far away we are? SEE?

The cast member who booked our rooms was right.  I doubt we will ever book a room that is not Club Level again.  We already cannot wait to try it at the Grand.  Don’t hate us Grand…we still love you and we are sorry we cheated on you with your counterpart.  We won’t do it again we swear.  Our bodies can’t handle the 3 miles a day extra in walking….although it is probably good considering I ate my weight in desserts alone.  EVERY day.

Oh yeah.  I didn’t die today.  I did try out an upgrade Disney style and ate my weight in free desserts because…buffet…but I didn’t die.  I am Fat Girl limping back to the Grand next visit hoping she doesn’t think we cheated on her Running.  The experiment continues…

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