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Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian

I’ve been lucky enough to stay on property at Disneyland quite a few times, and each time I have  taken note of the spa services available at The Grand Californian but never taken the plunge to go and check it out for myself. I’ve questioned if it was worth the energy to leave the park for a few hours and worth the cost, despite being somewhat of a spa buff. On my most recent trip down to LA my mom requested that we to go do a spa day together, and I figured it was a good time to try it out.

The goal of my blog is to share experiences (both Disney & non Disney) that might be insightful when you are researching and planning a trip. Here is a list of the treatments/services I received, and my final thoughts on their overall value. I hope this is helpful if you are considering a visit or are staying at The Grand Californian in the near future! 🙂

Here are some “general thoughts” about the spa before we get into treatments.

Locker Room: The locker room is very small as far as spa standards go, there is an area for changing and locker storage and a back portion that has showers and a small steam room/sauna. I booked an appointment later in the day (5pm) so I found that I was the only one in there at the time of my treatment. Cucumber citrus water is available, and things like towels, robes, slippers, and sundries are provided for you during your time there. Everything was really nice, just on a small scale.

Discounts: If you are an annual passholder, cast member, or an active member of the military they do offer a 20% discount on services. I used my pass discount and it made a really big dent considering all the services my mom and I chose. This can be a huge factor in what you choose to book, so ask for the discount if you have one!

General Atmosphere: The atmosphere was very “spa” but the facility keeps the same theming as the parent hotel. Really cute woodsy touches were mixed with “zen-lyric-free” music and overall the treatment rooms were supremely relaxing. Absolutely perfect without being over the top.

Something I’ve been asked previously is if this experience was very “Disney” and I would say it’s 50/50. On the one hand, there isn’t a Mickey Mouse in sight (which I actually liked) but on the other hand I would say that the service was on par with any other Disney hospitality experience. Usually I am all about the magical theming but for this experience, I appreciated the removal from the park.

Products Used/Offered: The products used for all the facial treatments are Elemis, all of the nail treatments were OPI, and everything else was curated in house. The lady who did my facial was excellent and ended up recommending a fantastic facial oil and toner for me to buy at home, I loved the Elemis products used during that treatment. What was great about it was if I loved something I could easily purchase it at Nordstrom after I got home.

Facial: I chose the “Elemis Superfood Pro-Radience” option for my facial, and out of everything I did…this was my favorite! My esthetician was amazing, and my skin seriously glowed and was blemish free for days afterward. I included a selfie below because I didn’t wear fluid or powder foundation my whole trip which was crazy. The amino acid mask that was done after blemish extraction seriously worked some magic. This 60 minute treatment was 160$ and I would definitely do it again!

Manicure + Pedicure: We got a classic manicure pedicure combo and even though my esthetician was fantastic, this was the service I probably wouldn’t get again. Granted, it was my choice to opt for plain old nail polish instead of gel and I totally regretted it. The mani/pedi itself was great (the total for both w/o gel was $100) but everything started to chip that afternoon in the pool, which was such a bummer. If you are in need of some nail care at Disneyland I would recommend one of two options.

For a “quick fix” problem you can find nail polish, files, cuticle cream etc at the Sephora in Downtown Disney. Or, just get the gel polish upgrade at the spa so your manicure will last during your visit. I learned the hard way that it’s so worth the twenty bucks to keep your manicure fresh looking.

Massage + Scrub: The last treatment I tried was a massage and the ginger lime salt glow, both of which were amazing! I am a big fan of massages in general, but at Disneyland getting a massage is life changing. My sore feet and tiredness from a day at the park were completely wiped away, and the opportunity to shower and change into clean clothes before heading back into the park for the night was an experience I very much intend to replicate on my next visit. These two treatments came to a total of $275 which is pricey, but I would definitely do it again as a treat.

Overall, a really fun experience and a great way to celebrate if you are at Disneyland for something special or if you just want a treat. Almost nothing beats some self care…especially on vacation!

End Note: If your looking for some great skincare, I was really impressed with the Elemis products I tried at Mandara Spa and linked some below if you want to check ’em out. I especially love the serum!

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