Announced via the Disney Vacation Club website, Disney will be reopening Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for Disney Vacation Club members starting on December 6, 2020. For now hotel stays will be available for DVC members only.
The villas will be the only part of the hotel that is open in December. As part of a phased reopening process, Disney will be following the guidance “of government and local health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in addition to the U.S. Travel Association and the Disney team of health professionals” throughout.
Alongside the announcement, Disney again said that upon reopening (when that occurs) that certain parks, dining experiences, attractions, and other offerings would be modified or unavailable. No mentions of specific restaurants like Napa Rose were included in the announcement, though guests will be able to visit Buena Vista Street at Disney’s California Adventure. Disneyland Resort has also implemented social distancing protocols to ensure the health and safety of guests and cast members alike.
Room Availability at the DVC Villas
In terms of booking stays at the DVC villas, when the announcement was made on November 9, 2020, rooms went very quickly. This is pretty par for the course with Disney hotels, even during non-pandemic times. Disney Vacation Club members are currently the only ones allowed to book stays with non-DVC guests unable to book a room at any Disneyland hotels or resorts for the rest of 2020.
Availability of rooms at the DVC villas seems pretty sparse, with several rooms being waitlisted.
Deluxe Studio: From December to late June, these rooms are primarily waitlist only. Days that aren’t available open up in July, 2021!
One-Bedroom Villa: December and January are waitlist only. March will see more open availability.
Two-Bedroom Lock-Off Villa: Completely waitlist only from December to June. June to August is seeing more availability.
Three-Bedroom Grand Villa: Seems to be mostly waitlist from December on with some more availability in March.
More information on what to expect at the Villas will be shared soon! Look for more reopening news here on Perfecting The Magic!