Storytellers Café – A Tribute to the Art of Story

posted by Sharon January 14, 2018 26 Comments
Storytellers Cafe, Downtown Disney

Do you have a restaurant where you feel instantly relaxed and immersed in the atmosphere? One of my favorite restaurants is the Storytellers Café in Downtown Disney Anaheim. It’s part of the Grand Californian Hotel that borders Disneyland. Not only is the food delicious, but also the setting and theme make me want to settle in the comfy booth and take it all in. Storytellers CafeStorytellers Cafe

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The waiting area is decorated with this quotation from author Geoffrey Chaucer to get you thinking about reading and stories before you even sit down to eat. Storytellers Cafe

The large wall hangings depict scenes from California folklore. This one is from Mark Twain’s The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. It’s about miners training frogs to jump and betting on which could jump highest and bilking each other out of money. Storytellers Cafe

 

The painting on the end shows the young woman from Island of the Blue Dolphins. This suspenseful and uplifting adventure by Scott O’Dell won the Newberry Medal. Storytellers Cafe

 

Recently I was delighted to connect with one of the artists who helped create this place. Diane Winters did some of the letter block tiles above the open kitchen, as well as other parts of the décor. Diane designed these lovely tiles.  Storytellers Cafe

Storytellers Cafe She knew the people who worked on the massive mural of a young boy with an open book. Storytellers Cafe

Storytellers CafeDiane has good memories of her time working against deadlines to open the café. She writes:

“You know, Disneyland calls itself the happiest place on earth. The folks who were overseeing the construction of the hotel and grounds could not have been more patient and helpful and gracious under what must have been enormous pressure and stress just before the hotel was to open in January 2001. Work was going on round the clock in three 8-hour shifts, workers dealing with every different element navigating around one another like a three-ring circus – large cranes going in and out of the lobby to hoist up the giant light fixtures, Mexican stone setters in cowboy hats laying pathways, a huge number of full-grown evergreen trees being brought in and planted in a single day between the hotel and the pool plaza. Downtown Disney was still being finished too. A thousand or so people were regularly on site.

“And the Disney Imagineering people were as calm and kind as could be.”

Diane’s artistry can also be found in the pool tile design outside the café. Storytellers CafeStorytellers Cafe

You’ll also find her friend Susan Dannenfelser’s delightful dancing bears in the hotel lobby. Storytellers CafeStorytellers Cafe

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, plan a meal at the Storytellers Café. Breakfast features Disney characters and Mickey Mouse waffles to charm the young at heart, and dinner is complete with homemade breads, a buffet laden with all manner of food, and scrumptious desserts. You’ll want to write a story all about your experience! Storytellers Cafe

Linking up with Image-in-ing, Monday Escapes, Little Things ThursdayWednesday Around the WorldThe Good, the Random, the Fun, Through My Lens, Seasons, Our World Tuesday, Photo Friday, Travel Photo Thursday, City Tripping, Weekend Wanderlust, Faraway Files, The Weekly Postcard, Wanderful Wednesday, and Weekend Travel Inspiration.

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26 Comments

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Jesh StG January 15, 2018 at 2:30 am

What a delightful meeting with the artist! Hearing all the hard work put into it, that is when art becomes alive! Love the Storybook reader in tiles (that must have been quite a feat to make this!) and I love mosaica flooe by the swimming pool. Where was I – I don’t know this restaurant and I lived so close!
Thanks fo much Sharon for bring this to our attention at All Seasons. Have a beautiful week!

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Mersad January 15, 2018 at 9:11 am

A wonderful place, been there myself. Loved seeing your images from it. Thank you for sharing with “Through My Lens”

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 15, 2018 at 10:18 am

Wow! That looks so amazing!

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tanya breese January 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm

what a great restaurant…i haven’t had the chance to eat there or see it…we are from san diego originally but now in virginia…moved shortly after this was finished…gosh how i miss disney! what a great experience to talk with the artist!

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup January 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

What a cool concept! I love it! I would certainly go if a place like this opened nearby!
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-few-feathery-visitors.html

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Kelleyn Rothaermel January 15, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Incredible detail! Love it all! Have a great week!

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Lucy Corrander January 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm

The picture with the boy reading above the people serving food gives an idea of the extraordinary scale of the enterprise.

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Pat January 16, 2018 at 4:49 am

What a delightful cafe! I have not yet traveled to Disneyland, but I’ve been to Disneyworld in Florida a few times and hope to go again soon with grandchildren. I know if it has a cafe like this I would be drawn to it as I love the classics in children’s literature

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Lady Fi January 16, 2018 at 6:25 am

What a great place – a slice of heaven.

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Katherine January 16, 2018 at 4:48 pm

This will definitely be on my Bucket List now. What an amazing place, and I’m a sucker for anything involving classic books! Dianne’s tiling is pretty special as well. #CityTripping

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Usha January 16, 2018 at 5:42 pm

What a brilliant post and thank you so much for writing about this. Being an ardent reader , this place sounds so magical to me. Stories are integral part of our society and childhood. Amazing Cafe!!!!

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beatravelling January 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Got curious when I saw the post on the link-up. Seeing the photos I realise I’ve been there, twice, at least 🙂 I’ve had breakfast there, and a insanely delicious chocolate fondant in a mug, I think it was, for dessert. Worked for Disney at the time, and was there for work.

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Angie January 17, 2018 at 5:01 am

I remember reading “Island of the Blue Dolphins” as an elementary student. Why is it those books stick with me more than today’s novels? So glad to hear that the Disney folks were calm and collected – so many Big corporations push their weight around, but Disney has always seem to maintain their culture. Impressive!

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Patrick Weseman January 17, 2018 at 5:05 am

That is pretty cool.

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) January 17, 2018 at 7:22 am

What a delightful, inspiring place with so much detail – thanks for pointing it all out! Looks the perfect spot for a quiet lunch and a read. Thanks for linking #citytripping

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Amanda M January 17, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Wow, that place looks amazing! There is so much detail. Have a great week!

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Katy January 18, 2018 at 11:05 am

My son has just discovered Disneyland – yay! I would love to eat Mickey Mouse waffles in these literary surrounds one day. Adding to the list! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Hilary January 19, 2018 at 7:59 pm

I go to Disneyland all the time, but haven’t been to the Storytellers Cafe in years! Thank for sharing this on #farawayfiles I think it looks like the perfect place for our next family celebration, which just happens to be coming up!

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California Globetrotter January 20, 2018 at 8:38 am

Love how all the decor in the cafe encourages storytelling! I don’t remember this cafe, but I generally never stopped in Downtown Disney very often, because I went more for the rides! Will have to pay attention next time! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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Jill January 20, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Perfect timing – I haven’t been to Disneyland in years but have a trip scheduled for May. I’ll definitely be visiting The Storytellers Cafe -it looks so interesting.

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A ShutterBug Explores January 20, 2018 at 3:21 pm

What a creative and somewhat unique place ~ wonderful post and photos ~

Happy Weekend to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

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Ruth | Tanama Tales January 21, 2018 at 7:47 am

It is the first time I hear about this cafe even though I have lived in Anaheim and have tons of friends there. I need to make plans to visit. I have enjoyed reading since I was a child. It would be great to visit a place that celebrates books and stories. #TPThursday

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World January 23, 2018 at 1:21 pm

The Grand Californian is a dream place to stay if you visit Disneyland and I can imagine how charming the Storytellers cafe has to be. I love the focus on California history and lore. Those tiles are just beautiful and so creative. Thank you for sharing a little bit about the artist and design. So interesting! #FarawayFiles

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budget jan January 25, 2018 at 9:45 am

I love this Cafe also – through your story telling eyes. The photos are wonderful too and if I am ever in the neighbourhood I’d love to experience it for myself.

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Ball and Chain Travels January 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Oh, how lovely! We are always looking for little places like this! Just lovely! I feel like Disney has so many great unique spots that are not part of the main attractions that a lot of people, ourselves included, don’t even realize they exist. Thanks so much!

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Ball and Chain Travels January 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Oh, how lovely! We are always looking for little places like this. Just lovely! I feel like Disney has so many great unique spots that are not part of the main attractions that a lot of people, ourselves included, don’t even realize they exist. Thank you so much for sharing this cafe, it’s another place we never knew existed.

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