May 7, 2012

Daily Photo Tour - The Grand Lobby

This photo has been a long time coming. I had put it on the back burner after learning that one does not simply walk into the Grand Californian and start taking photos. There is a bit of a difference regarding the comfort of guests in a hotel as compared to a theme park. Some of my fondest memories of visiting the Disneyland Resort are staying here with my family. What I really love about the Grand is that you never feel like you leave the magic present in the parks. Staying at other hotels in the area, there is a definitive moment at which you know you've left. Not here. Here you remain immersed. The Grand is saturated with Disney magic and detail. Fortunately for me, our friend Dave was a guest at the Grand this weekend, making it much easier to wander around and take pictures.

What I envisioned in my head for a picture was something that would capture and communicate the enormity and well, grandness of the Grand Californian lobby. At ground level you have to be careful not to hurt your neck from attempting to drink in the view to the ceiling, with the amazing craftsmanship and light fixtures. As we wandered about, this view from a few floors up really seemed right for what I was hoping capture. I was so excited about it, I couldn't wait to post it.

If you've never heard of our friend Dave's site, Daveland, we highly recommend you head over to his blog and check it out. Be prepared to spend some time there. He has incredible vintage photography from Disneyland that he posts regularly as well as incredible photography and art of his own. Thanks Dave!

The Lobby at the Grand Californian Hotel
Photo by Michaela Hansen

Comments (5)

On May 7, 2012 at 7:35 PM , Lisa said...


On May 7, 2012 at 9:34 PM , Michael in Phoenix said...

Ms. Hansen, you've absolutely made my day! I LOVE the Grand and to see this stunningly beautiful and lovingly described photograph brings me right back into this amazing hunk of Disney Magic. THANK YOU!

On May 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM , Davelandweb said...

Gorgeous photo! You really captured the beauty of the GC at night. It just feels so peaceful and relaxing at night.

On May 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM , Michaela Hansen said...

Lisa, thank you

Michael, thank you so much! :D

Thanks Dave!

On May 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM , unitedstyle said...

You can walk around the upper levels if you're not a guest. They do frown upon going into guest rooms though.

I took similar shot with my iPod last year, though no where near as beautiful. We love the lobby and the relative peace compared to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Disney.