25th Wedding Anniversary at the Grand Californian, Day 1 (#Disneyland Resort)

Like so many, we’d had big travel plans for 2021. A Med cruise, for example. To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in August. Cancelled, of course. And then we scrambled to come up with some place special we could go to celebrate such an occasion. Disney World was open so we booked a trip but not until October because we really didn’t want to go to Florida in August.

We kept our eyes open for Disneyland’s reopening but by June, it was open to California residents only. When Napa Rose opened, we jumped on it last June just in case it closed again.

By then, it looked as if Disneyland would open to out-of-staters so we booked the Grand Californian, bought 2 tickets to Disneyland, made reservations, bought special anniversary T-shirts and masks and we were off – to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on the actual date.

It felt so good to drive up to the gate and announce we were checking in, valet park the car, and leave our luggage with bell services to wait by the pool for our room to be ready. We missed our favorite pool area, as it once was, replaced by Craftsman Grill. But even our second favorite place across from the Craftsman was now available for cabana rentals only (we checked but nothing was available). So there would be no seating near the main pool.

We sat at a table near the pool gate and Rich went up to the bar (bar service for cabana people only now) to bring us back a couple of drinks. I had a Pineapple Ginger Margarita that wasn’t my favorite (I am a Margarita connoisseur) and Rich had the Grand Mai Tai (Rich is a Mai Tai connoisseur).

Pineapple Ginger Margarita
Patrón Silver Tequila, Nostrum Pineapple Turmeric Ginger Shrub, Cointreau, and Lime Juice available frozen or on the rocks

Grand Mai Tai
Bacardi 8 Yr Aged Rum, Myers’s Dark Rum, Orange Curaçao, Orgeat (Almond), and Lime Juice

And, btw, the table was not clean nor did a CM come by to clean it, which would be a theme for this trip. And while some will defend the CMs due to a shortage, we kept seeing groups of CMs standing around talking amongst themselves.

A bit later we got our text that the room was ready so we headed up, unpacked, rested, and then grabbed dinner at Hearthstone Lounge. I’ll post room pics in a separate post.

We each ordered a glass of our favorite Coppola Malbec and the “Charcuterie Pizza,” which was… AMAZING!

In the past I haven’t been a fan of charcuterie (I like some bread with my meat) so making it into a pizza was perfection. And then Disney would prove to me again on our most recent trip how yummy a well-done charcuterie plate can be without any type of bread.

Charcuterie Pizza
Premium Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Salami, Italian Sausage, Arugula, Fire-roasted Tomatoes, Grana Padano, and Aged Provolone