- 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
ANAHEIM, Calif. (September 16, 2021) – 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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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 Massage.
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.
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.
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 Disneyland.com/TenayaStoneSpa. Facials and make-up applications will be offered at Tenaya Stone Spa at a later date.
About Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa
Capturing the spirit of early California through inspiring design and daring architecture, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property. It features 948 guest rooms and 71 Disney Vacation Club Villas.
The flagship hotel of the Disneyland Resort celebrates the romantic Arts & Crafts movement of early 20th century California. As an artistic exploration of California’s coastlines, graced with Monterey pines and redwood forests, the hotel is layered with the memories of the Arroyo craftsmen, the mission pioneers and the plein air school of painters. It is also the first hotel in the United States to be built inside a Disney theme park, with its own private entrance to Disney California Adventure park, making stays at this deluxe hotel a uniquely themed experience.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa offers three swimming pools, and five dining locations: Storytellers Café, Hearthstone Lounge, GCH Craftsman Bar, GCH Craftsman Grill and the award-winning Napa Rose restaurant.
For more information, visit Disneyland.com.
Visit Disneyland.com/updates for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland Resort, including the latest information on required face coverings.
*Separate theme park admission and theme park reservation for same date and same park required to enter a theme park, and a hotel reservation does not guarantee theme park access. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability and not guaranteed. Certain experiences and offerings may be modified, limited in capacity or unavailable.
**Salon treatments are for ages 18 and older; children (ages 14-17) receiving salon services must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. At this time, all spa guests are required to wear an approved face covering during their entire visit.
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About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955.