We are staying at Disneyland for just one night, arriving early afternoon from the airport, and hitting early magic hour the next morning for California Adventure. I'm struggling to decide whether to stay at Grand Californian (where it appears that the pools will be closed this spring and I think my kids will want to swim the afternoon we arrive since we're not doing a park that day) vs. Disneyland Hotel which has the pools open, but is a farther walk in the morning to get to California Adventure.
I haven't been to Disneyland in 30 years and have no conception of how far apart things are. MouseSavers made it seem like the walk from Disneyland Hotel to California Adventure is a pain? Looking for firsthand recommendations based on wanting to both swim AND be at CA first thing in the morning. We're coming from Central Time so guessing we'll be up early. My kids will be 6 and 9.
Any help is much appreciated! The cost isn't that different between the two so I'm really looking at what is the most convenient for both swimming and California Adventure. Thanks!