Grand Californian Refurbishment Update

Guest rooms and pools are currently under the knife at the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

There are 3 certainties in life:  death, taxes and winter pool refurbishments at Disney resorts.  The Grand Californian is the latest victime of the latter with pool closures planned through April 2017.  The Fountain Pool, Mariposa Pool and Redwood Pool are all impacted, including hot tubs, slides and other features.  

During the closure, Grand Californian guests are invited to use pool at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.  Note that pool hopping to these other resorts is normally prohibited at Disneyland.  

Meanwhile, guest room refurbishments are also under way around the resort.  The soft goods refurbishment of the Disney Vacation Club villas was scheduled to be completed in late 2016.  However guests may experience some disturbance from renovations under way throughout the resort.  Most noise will be limited to the hours of 9am - 5pm daily.  

No anticipated end date has been provided for the guest room updates. 

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: Grand Californian Refurbishment Update -- dwelty
2017 Feb 08 10:53:08 AM
In My opinion the villa refurbishment was long overdue. We stayed there in August and the rooms were in pretty bad condition including frayed carpeting, a sagging couch and water stains on the coffee table. I think they should have started this refurbishment in 2015.
Re: Grand Californian Refurbishment Update -- denlo
2017 Feb 08 11:59:04 AM
In 2015 DVC decided to shortened the refurbishment schedule that every 7 years resorts would get a soft goods refurbishment and every 14 years a hardwoods. I cannot remember what the old schedule was though. I'll look for TimK's recap of that annual meeting and see if says. Whatever time period, I agree it was too long between refurbishments.

Here is what the 2015 meeting recap says:
DVC has increased the frequency of these full renovations from every 24 years to every 14 years. According to budget projections, making this change resulted in an impact to member dues of less than 1%.
Between these full renovations are lesser updates to "soft goods" and "hard goods" which are scheduled about every 7 years. Soft goods typically consist of design materials including bedding, wall, window and floor coverings and upholstery. Hard goods refurbishments include updates to appliances and furniture.

So hopefully with this new timeline the rooms will not get so worn.
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