You know when you walk through the park and you are struggling to keep a hand on your family because the crowds are so tight. Not on this day. It was January 10th, 2017 and there was a light rain. Not really enough to soak you but enough to scare people away. We packed some of the cheap rain ponchos and ran the park until our legs were tired. We got a little wet at times but we never hated it at all. We took our golf jackets that somehow let air through but not water. It was perfect.
I know we only live an hour away without traffic but we were lucky enough to spend the night at the Grand Californian hotel. It is my favorite hotel of anywhere I have ever stayed. Its on the pricey side but so worth it. It is in the heart of Downtown Disney and has its own private entrance to Disney's California Adventure. There is never a line to get in. You even get in the park an hour early to get on those rides that always have a brutal line. Its pure Disney magic.
Inside the Grand Californian hotel is a character dining restaurant that I think might be my dads favorite restaurant ever. The Storytellers Cafe is a buffet that makes a great Chip n' Dale Critter Breakfast complete with made to order omelets and mickey waffles. While you eat you get to visit with some of Disney's furry woodland type characters. They visit you at the table and make things extra fun. We reminisced about when we took Jer to the breakfast as a tiny guy and he was so amazed with the shiny noses that he thought he had to keep them. The place is beautiful and fits right in with the feel of the Grand Californian.
The Grand is also home to Whitewater Snacks. That is an awesome place to stop in and get dinner to bring back to your room.
One day we wont live close enough to drive to Disneyland for the day. For now we do and we are making the most of it. Making memories is my favorite thing to do.