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Disneyland Resort Opens New Tenaya Stone Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

  • Designed by Disney Imagineers, Tenaya Stone Spa offers guests a haven to dream and recharge with customized treatments

  • New boutique retreat is inspired by the spirit of nature, indigenous cultures of California and design principles of the Arts & Crafts movement

Photo Credit: Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

Tenaya Stone Spa, an all-new boutique retreat designed by Disney Imagineers, opened September 16, 2021, at the Disneyland Resort. The upscale spa is nestled in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and reservations are now available for Disneyland Resort hotel guests. The spa will be open for non-hotel guests at a later date.

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Inspired by the spirit of nature and California heritage, this full-service spa is a rejuvenating haven where guests can choose from an array of luxuriating body treatments, massage and salon services, all performed in this serene setting. The spa features eight treatment rooms, two for couples massage, four manicure/pedicure chairs, a relaxation lounge, men’s and women’s changing rooms, and a retail boutique.

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“The spa name Tenaya (pronounced ten-eye-a) can be interpreted ‘to dream’ in the indigenous culture of the Yosemite Valley,” said Dawn Jackson, a Native American cultural advisor within Disney, who began working on the project as an Imagineer on the Story Development team.

“For modern-day travelers seeking a respite to dream and recharge, the spa provides an opportunity to relax into a dream-like state, a reverie of being lost in one’s thoughts, regaining balance within themselves,” Jackson added.

Brett Perkins, Tenaya Stone Spa director, shared this insight: “Tenaya Stone Spa’s distinctive setting and experience encourages relaxation, revitalization, and restoring balance. Our customized treatments are designed to be stress-relieving, pampering and purposeful, combining a blend of therapies and products.”

An Unparalleled Setting

Tenaya Stone Spa is a new 6,000 square-foot facility designed by Disney Imagineers who gathered inspiration from the spirit of nature, indigenous cultures of California and the iconic Craftsman design of the hotel. While it is just steps from the hotel’s entrance to Disney California Adventure Park, Tenaya Stone Spa is a hideaway that feels like it’s worlds away.

“Tenaya Stone Spa embraces the concept of the natural order of four, found throughout many indigenous cultures of the world. There are four directions, four colors, four elements, four points of wellness. These bring balance and harmony to the mind, body and spirit,” said Katrina Mosher, art director, Walt Disney Imagineering.

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“In developing the spa, we aspired to create a fresh take on the principles of the Arts & Crafts movement by honoring nature. We drew inspiration from the foundation of the hotel, literally in the stones, the earth, and the trees, and figuratively in the promise of a place to relax and to dream,” Mosher said.

Laid out according to the four directions of north, south, east, and west, and aligned with the four colors of white, red, black and yellow, the spa is thoughtfully designed. Guests will notice several special touches such as wood flooring cut in rounds, a chandelier designed from a tree root, stained-glass doors and windows, rocks and minerals, and art pieces crafted by regional artisans.

Within the spa, guests will discover an actual Tenaya Stone, a focal point and a place to pause and set intentions. This intimate nature-themed arbor then leads to a softly sunlit relaxation room with a stained-glass window of a rising sun and a trickling water feature. The stone was a gift from a Miwok Elder and her family who are descendants of Chief Tenaya in Yosemite Valley. With blessings, the stone now resides at the heart of the spa, offering inspiration to all visitors with its peaceful energy.

Soothing Massage

Massage therapies include the customized Tenaya Signature Massage, and the Tenaya River Stone Massage that incorporates heated river stones to help soothe and relax the body. Guests may slip into nirvana with the Head, Hands & Feet With Heart Massage or unwind with their significant other with a side-by-side Tenaya Signature Couples.

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The Aromatherapy Massage is also pure bliss, using plant-based aromas made from essential oils infused with gem elixirs and flower essences. The Herbal Poultice Massage uses warmed poultices designed to melt away muscle tension by combining pressure with steamed compresses of wild crafted herbs. The Mother-To-Be Massage uses pre-natal techniques, organic products and pre-natal cushions designed to create comfort for the expecting mommy in mind.

Herbal Body Treatments

The Purify & Refresh Body Treatment hydrates and exfoliates, beginning with a warm milk nectar wrap, followed by a sea salt exfoliation with notes of clove, a purifying mud wrap and an oil-infused ginger and grapefruit extract designed to promote skin rejuvenation.

The Wild Honey and Mud Body Renewal is a four-step treatment including red clay and micro-pumice exfoliation, a peat mud nutrient mask, fruit serum and an oil massage crafted to give the skin a moisturized, radiant glow. The Nourishing Avocado Body Treatment is designed to refresh the skin with dry brushing, a whipped shea sugar exfoliation and a nourishing mask, along with a scalp, shoulder and foot massage.

A Treat for the Feet

After a fun day running around the theme parks,* hotel guests can enjoy a calming foot soak and lower leg massage with the Step in Time Foot Massage, or sink into pure relaxation with the Mindful Traveler Foot Treatment, an exfoliating foot soak and energizing massage designed to help increase circulation, reduce lower leg muscle stress and leave legs and feet feeling silky smooth.

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The Avocado Lime & Honey Foot Treatment caresses the skin with antioxidant oils, smoothing exfoliation, hydrating avocado butter mask, honey-based fruit serum and skin-glistening agave nectar oil for a ready-to-go finish.

Salon Services

Next, spa goers can add a sprinkle of magic with manicures and pedicures designed to make guests look and feel fabulous whether strolling through the Disneyland Resort or attending an enchanting special occasion.

The spa is located near GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill where spa guests may enjoy a bite to eat before or after their spa treatment, just steps from the hotel’s entrance to Disney California Adventure park.

For more information, a complete list of services** and to make spa reservations, please visit Facials and make-up applications will be offered at Tenaya Stone Spa at a later date.

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