We went in June with our three year old son and we had a blast! We stayed at the Paradise Pier Resort nad had a great room about a 10 minute walk away from the park gates. If you stay at the Grand Californian you can literally walk out into Downtown Disney and be less than 5 minute walk to the action of California Adventure.I would say that they are worth the price because you can have a character breakfast right in your hotel lobby. They have good room service and even offer nanny care if you need it. The food is good and the company of characters is even better. The also have photos that they take of the family together with the characters and you can pick them up on your last night and have a CD burned of the ones you want to keep. I would highly reccommend it as great family fun and would like to go again this fall! Go and enjoy it even if you decide to not stay on their property. Ask around at credit unions, costco and AAA for group and deal rate. We got our and it included alot of food vouchers for three days and nights for a family of three for $1450. HAVE FUN!!