On The Road |Reviews by Judy @ 5:43 PM

We didn’t really have any plans for the second day, and I’m not one of those vacationers who tries to wring every penny out of my surroundings. So I let #1 Son sleep in while I took a shower — wicker basket for the used towels, another nice touch — and read the paper over a pot of coffee.

When #1 Son woke up, we headed out to find some lunch (he sleeps late) and decided to try Storyteller’s Cafe, the in-house “family” cafe that serves the character breakfast earlier in the day.
Mom’s take on Storyteller’s Cafe: What can I say? The decor was a rather strange mixture of cowboy and fairytale. The food was overpriced for what it was — typical family fair, a la Denny’s. The service was slow. Bottom line: There are better places to eat in the area. Go to Storyteller’s Cafe only if you can’t stand to miss the character breakfast.

The Grand Californian has two other places to eat: Napa Rose, a “fine dining” establishment serving Californian cuisine for dinner, and White Water Snacks, a deli and snacks shop near the pool that’s open all day. We ate at neither, so I can’t comment on them.

After lunch, we headed over to Disney’s California Adventure. I remember reading about it before it was built. The concept of going to a theme park in order to experience California seemed strange to me. If you want to see San Francisco or the Napa Valley, why not just go there? But various areas of California turned out to be just vague themes rather than real experiences. Farming in California, for example, appeared to be represented mostly by a 3D film and various rides around the A Bug’s Life theme. Hollywood and the film industry were represented by a Trompe L’Oeil street scene, a Disney Animation Museum and the Hollywood Tower Of Terror thrill ride.

There were several attractions and several fast-food type eateries that were closed. I’m guessing it was because of the time of year. Crowds were thin, and we never waited more than 15 minutes for an attraction. Most rides we just walked directly on. The fastpass times were actually slower than the ride lines. So as far as that goes, it was definitely the right time of year to come.



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