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Happy Haven: Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

We all know Disneyland Resort is the Happiest Place on Earth. But did you know that many people call the Mandara Spa the happiest spot inside the Happiest Place on Earth?

Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

After a long day walking the parks and riding attractions, you might also want to check out Mandara Spa atDisney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Like most of the magic at Disneyland Resort, it’s the little things at Mandara Spa that make all the difference. The greeters at the front desk are all smiles, and they’re happy to answer questions. The aromatherapy is soft and pleasant, adding to the relaxing atmosphere. Therapists utilize Balinese practices, massaging the left side of the body and then moving to the right to achieve optimal results.

Be sure to ask an attendant which treatment might be best for your sore spots. Attalia Alverdes, the new manager at Mandara, said the hot stone massage is very popular. The smoothly rounded stones are heated to just the right temperature to make knotted-up muscles give a big sigh of relief.

Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Facials also are very popular at Mandara and it offers a wonderful selection. To test it out, I chose the “Visibly Brilliant Facial.” The therapist suggested this one after we had chatted about how I wanted to feel when I went home: relaxed and hydrated. I also recommend the scalp treatment and the seaweed wrap massage. Next time, I want to try the “Thai Poultice Massage.”

One surprise was also one of my favorite things: The therapists are trained to wash a guest’s feet at the beginning of each treatment. It’s not just to soothe feet that may have taken 10,000 steps that day; it’s the theory that clean feet are necessary for the body to fully relax.

I thanked the staff profusely for their service, but I never got to give them the best compliment possible: When I got home that evening, I still felt like I was floating on a cloud and I enjoyed one of the most restful night’s sleep in a long while.

Lights…Camera…Magic Tour – Adventures by Disney

This one-day, guided adventure begins when guests meet two Adventures by Disney guides in the lobby at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

Then, it’s off to Hollywood for a walking tour that includes visits to the Dolby® Theatre℠ at the Hollywood & Highland Center (home of the Academy Awards®) – or, based on the tour date, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, best known for its extensive collection of celebrity footprints and handprints. Both are located on vibrant Hollywood Boulevard.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

The exterior of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is impressive! The theatre faces Hollywood Boulevard – and in the promenade, guests will find the footprints, handprints and signatures of motion picture celebrities from the ’20s to present day.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

Seeing the inside of the Grauman’s Theatre is a real treat – the theatre has been home to many star-studded movie premiers since it opened in 1927 and is rich with Hollywood history.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

Many visitors to the theatre stop to take a photo of their favorite celebrity’s imprint.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

Guests will see the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where stars honor excellence in: motion picture, radio, recording, television and live performance. There are a few Disney stars…even one for Disneyland!

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

Across from the Hollywood & Highland Center, guests will see the famous El Capitan Theatre that opened in 1927 and is now home to many of the Walt Disney Studios’ premieres.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

From Hollywood, the tour continues through Beverly Hills (that would be the famous 90210 zip code!) and on to Rodeo Drive, the ultimate designer shopping district!

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

For lunch (which is included in the tour), guests visit the original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax – take in some shopping over the break, and keep an eye out for a star or two as this is a local favorite!

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

The selection of fresh produce is fantastic!

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

After lunch, guests hop aboard a trolley and explore the shops at The Grove. Or, catch a glimpse of the television show ‘Extra’, which shoots live at the center.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

Later in the afternoon, guests depart to The Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank for a guided tour. An Adventures by Disney tour is the only way for the general public to experience the Studio Lot – this is truly an exclusive experience that’s only available to the public on the rarest of occasions. Our guests love this behind-the-scenes adventure!

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

The Walt Disney Studio Lot is filled with history and original buildings where many Disney Classics came to life – guests will get to go inside the Animation Building.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

Once inside the Animation Building, guests will find original sketches and story boards that served as the foundation for many Disney animated films.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

The intersection of Dopey Drive and Mickey Avenue. Imagine what this must have been like back in the ’40s, walking in Walt Disney’s footsteps.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

The tour wraps up with a special reception in Legends Plaza, where Disney’s many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders have been honored.

Backstage Magic Tour - Adventures by Disney

This one-day tour provided by Adventures by Disney is a perfect add-on to a Disneyland vacation. Guests will explore Southern California’s iconic locations and star-studded sites. Learn more by Clicking Here or call 1-866-972-6244 for pricing and details.

 

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