During your next visit to Disneyland, be sure to set aside time for a rejuvenating visit to the Tenaya Stone Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Inspired by California’s nature and indigenous cultures, it is one of two Disney-run and Imagineer-designed spas in the world. Pat yourself on the back if you know that the other is located at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

You will enter through the beautifully-designed reception area and boutique. Be sure to look up at the tree root chandelier. Before entering the spa itself, guests will select a stone from a basket made by a Miwok artist. The stone that you select imparts a purpose for your visit, and there are four types to choose from. You’ll see repeated references to the natural order of four, which is found throughout many indigenous cultures (four directions, four colors, four elements, and four points of wellness).

When the guest enters through the spa’s doors, they will return their stone to the Tenaya stone, symbolizing that what you take from the land you give back. Tenaya translates as “to dream” in the indigenous culture of the Yosemite Valley. The stone was found with the help of a Miwok family, descendants of Chief Tenaya.

The Tenaya stone rests under a brush arbor, a traditional ceremonial arbor. The brush arbor opens into the relaxation room. Guests can help themselves to baked goods, fruit water, and hot tea while they enjoy this peaceful space. Be sure to take a moment to hunt for a hidden Mickey in the water feature.

The thoughtful design aspects continue throughout the rest of the spa. Be sure to look down. Rounds of trees, found in the spa’s flooring, represent the goal of looking down and within yourself, into the earth, into your roots.

On the walls leading to the treatment rooms on the north side of the spa is white magnesite, imported from Chalk Mountain with permission. It’s a precious stone once used as currency by some tribes.

Choose from various treatments, including some signature services exclusive to Tenaya Stone Spa, such as the Tenaya River Stone Massage. There are eight treatment rooms, including two for couples massages. There are four manicure and pedicure chairs. The locker rooms offer steam rooms and an assortment of complimentary toiletries.



Be sure to book early for the best availability so that you can take time to recharge and recenter on your next visit to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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