One of my favorite things about facebook these days is the feeling of community in the groups I am involved in, especially Team #runDisney. These online forums become more than just places to share information about upcoming events and training updates, but excellent venues for creating new connections as well.
A fun new feature that a member proposed recently was a link-up of blog posts about a variety of Disney-related topics. I missed the first link-up postings, but I am jumping in now with the most recent blog prompt today…
10/20 – FAVORITE WDW OR DL RESORT
This was definitely a challenging prompt for me! As Disney Vacation Club members, hubs and I have the unique opportunity to choose from a variety of world-class Disney vacation destinations: from Walt Disney World, to Disneyland, Aulani and beyond! Our contract “home” resides at The Villas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is a lovely destination all on its own, but if I had to choose just one resort as my absolute favorite, it would have to be The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
While the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World is fancy and fabulous (we stayed there on our wedding night!) its West Coast counterpart is certainly a sight that has to be experienced to be believed! In the image above, look to the left and compare the scale of the people to the gigantic boulders that form the great fireplace! AMAZING! The resort draws its inspiration from National Park lodges from the early 1900s and features the timeless arts and crafts look into each and every detail, from the outside facade to the lobby, common areas and guest rooms.
I really love this resort and could quite possibly go on about it for days and days – but in the interest of space, here are my top 3 reasons why TVDGC is my favorite place to stay and play:
3. The feeling of comfort and luxury all wrapped into one.
Like all DVC resorts, TVDGC feature well-appointed rooms with plenty of space for extra family members, luggage and souvenirs – but the incredible attention to detail definitely kick that concept up more than a few notches! With the latest kitchen appliances and high end interior decorating features, staying here feels like home…but even better! When I stayed here with my mom and sister back in 2010, I think each of us remarked, “I wish I could live here!”
2. The incredible convenience.
Although finding accommodations at the Disneyland resort close in proximity is not a challenging task, TVDGC does what no other resort does in California OR Florida: it offers its own special entrance to a park! Guests may enter and exit Disney California Adventure through a separate turnstile near the parks Grizzly Peak section!
1. Staying in the heart of the magic.
With world-class restaurants, character dining experiences, rooms with prime viewing of firework shows and nighttime spectaculars, TVDGC amps up the Disneyland experience in a way I cannot put into words! After two stays here and an upcoming one planned for Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend, I cannot recommend this resort enough for anyone!
What is your favorite Disney Resort?