• Dining Reviews
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    Dining Review: White Water Snacks

    A quick review by Mark Hickson: White Waters Snacks is a little hidden gem at the Grand Californian Resort. Located past the resort’s DCA park entrance and past the Spa, it serves as the pools snack bar and a great place to have a quick breakfast or lunch. Oh, and it is never crowded! Today […]

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    Dining Review: Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

    Review by Mark Hickson: OK, Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel is suppose to be a “tropical” venue. So let’s see how they do with the classic Hawaiian Aloha Burger. Many places think they know how to serve a “Hawaiian style” burger, without ever going there. So let me set you straight, I lived in […]

  • Disney Stories
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    Disneyland Hotel Waterfalls

    Story by Mark Hickson: Way before I worked for Disney my family and I had a special treat. After dinner we would drive from our home in Los Alamitos and do the “$6.75 tour of Disneyland.” It involved driving to the Disneyland Hotel and visiting the wonderful waterfalls in front of the Bonita Tower, taking in […]

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    Dining Review: Storytellers Cafe

    Review by Mark Hickson: Storytellers Cafe is located at the Grand Californian Resort and is the main restaurant, serving three meals a day. The cafe is a warm and inviting place with rustic wood carvings, backlit silhouettes of men working the land and seven hand-painted murals, each depicting classic California stories like Mark Twain’s “The Jumping […]

  • Disney's Grand Californian Resort
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    The ‘Grotesque Birds’ of the Grand Californian Resort

    If you visit Disney’s Grand Californian Resort you will find wonderful artworks reminiscent of the craftsman style that was popular at the turn of the century. The “California Natives” ceramic series at the Grand Californian were created by Susan Dannenfelser and were inspired by the “Grotesque Birds” produced by the Martin Brothers in England between […]

  • Dining Reviews
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    Dining Review: Storyteller’s Cafe

    Review by Mark Hickson: Storyteller’s Cafe is located at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort. The cafe is a warm and inviting place with rustic wood carvings, backlit silhouettes of men working the land and seven hand-painted murals, each depicting classic California stories like Mark Twain’s “The Jumping  Frogs of Calaveras County” and Scott O’Dell’s “Island of […]

  • Grand Californian Hotel Lobby

     Photo of the Week: Allen Rappa captures the Grand Californian lobby as few of us have seen it before. From the detail of the ceiling joinery to the inlaid stone floor this shot conveys a welcoming warmth few lobbies can pull off. Click it to enjoy! Tweet