At Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Storytellers Cafe offers a World of Color Dining Package, which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and a soft drink. This also includes a voucher that reserves your spot in the World of Color Favorite Viewing Area at Paradise Gardens Park in Disney California Adventure Park. We took a look at the entire buffet as well as our take on World of Color.
Storytellers Cafe – Check-in and seating
Our meal reservations were at 5pm, but we got there a bit early. Good thing we did, as there were already guests lining up to enter.
The Storytellers Cafe is located on the outdoor trail of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
After checking in, you are directed to a table by a host.
Classic California folklore comes to life on the walls of the Storytellers Cafe.
The paintings, quotes and features were elegant to examine inside the restaurant. The atmosphere at Storytellers Cafe is very comfortable and welcoming.
Storyteller Café – Buffet Dinner
The buffet begins with two different plates of sliced fruit. Some of the offerings were watermelon, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, and melon.
The sliced fruit was fresh and well presented.
They offered many types of salads. In the photo above, chopped romaine lettuce.
The dressings you can choose from are Ranch, Caesar, Blue Cheese and Italian.
On the left you can see a kale salad. This salad had currants, aged Parmesan, almonds, bacon crumbs and garlic vinaigrette.
On the right, there was a mesclun salad. This contained butternut squash and grilled pepitas. There were also additional salad toppings such as cheese, eggs, cucumber and onion.
Another option was this orzo salad. The ingredients include feta, lemon, Greek olives, pine nuts, cucumber, and herbs.
This offer includes roasted potatoes with zucchini, carrots, shallots and Brussels.
A creamy seasoned mashed potato sat right next to the roasted veggies on the buffet.
This creamy Parmesan polenta included a vegetable stew.
This is a citrus salmon with lemon quinoa, tomato and asparagus.
The lemon quinoa, tomato and asparagus sat between the salmon on both sides.
It was a creamy squash chicken poblano.
Soy and Caramel Ribs
Another protein offering is the soy caramel baby back ribs with broccoli.
Kid’s Roasted Corn and Broccoli
For a more kid-friendly option, roasted corn and steamed broccoli were available.
Kids’ Chicken Nuggets and Mac and Cheese
Two other options for the kids are these chicken nuggets and mac and cheese.
Artisanal Pepperoni and Cheese Flatbread
Two kinds of flatbread were available.
Bacon and corn come together in this soup to make a hot side. This is very similar to the corn chowder that is served in the park.
Bacon and cilantro are available as toppings.
Chocolate and salted caramel cupcakes
These cupcakes have dark chocolate cake and light brown frosting and sprinkles.
Chocolate Caramel Tarts
This pie is a chocolate filling with a little frosting on top.
This is a refreshing dessert option with a crumble and a small citrus orange.
These cheesecakes are topped with frosting and an edible red decorative square.
The last dessert option is a bread pudding, which can be accompanied by vanilla frosting.
Cutting station – Roast turkey and beef
At the cutting station, you have two options for meat. On the left, a beef option and on the right, a garnished turkey option.
Your waiter also brings you a bowl with two different bread options to your table – a standard white bread as well as a muffin.
Here is a look at the plates we built at the buffet. As you can see there were a lot of options so we had to go up a few times.
On this plate we had mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, kale salad, poblano chicken, and turkey and beef from the carving station. We thought the mashed potatoes were pretty standard, hot, chewy and buttery, but nothing too extraordinary. We also tried some of the roasted vegetables; they were well cooked and had a tasty crunch. While the kale salad might not be the most convincing option on the buffet, it was quite tasty. We were delighted to try the poblano chicken, but it ended up being a bit dry. The turkey at the carving station was excellent; it was juicy, with a deep flavor and exceptionally well seasoned. The beef was good, but not great, a bit oily, but had a rich aroma.
On this plate we have the same things. You see the mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and poblano chicken again. The salmon is one of the best offerings on the buffet, however. It tasted refreshing and was very well cooked. Although grilled corn is considered one of the kids’ options, it was a nice addition to this plate.
In this plate, we tasted the corn chowder as well as the soy caramel short ribs. The ribs were good, but also a bit oily. We wish the quality of the meat was a little better. The soy caramel sauce was the best part of this option. The corn chowder was the perfect soup to complement the rest of the food options. It was hot and the perfect creamy consistency. The bacon added a sweet, hearty flavor to the classic corn chowder.
We had one of each of the desserts. On the far left is the Chocolate and Caramel Pie. It was not something unique, but still tasty. We found the interior to be very rich, but for anyone with a sweet tooth, that would suffice. The salted caramel chocolate cupcakes weren’t too prominent either. They were chewy, but we didn’t taste too much of the salted caramel, mostly chocolate. The cheesecake was our least favorite. It was dry and didn’t have much flavor. We found ourselves not going back for a second bite. The orange pie was one of the best options. It was silky with a hint of citrus, not too sweet but not bitter. Our favorite choice was the bread pudding. This sweet treat was warm, chewy, and had the perfect cinnamon aftertaste.
Overall the offerings at this buffet were delicious. There was a wide range to choose from, as almost anyone could find something to enjoy. While there were a few weak food options, we felt the other items made up for that. Starting at $ 50 for adults and $ 25 for kids, we think this meal is reasonably priced for dinner and viewing World of Color. Discounts are available, such as cast members, annual pass holders, and Disney Visa card holders.
The world of color visualization
We had the option of choosing between the 9:00 p.m. show and the 10:15 p.m. show. We chose the 10:15 am show anticipating fewer people. They tell you to arrive at the entrance of the favorite restaurant around 9.45pm, but ended up letting us in before 10pm.
We ended up being the first to enter the Paradise Gardens area.
There is a sign indicating where to start queuing.
We were placed in an area on the second level of the ramps overlooking the water.
This place ended up being perfect. Being on the second level, you only feel a slight pinch of water.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a link showing video coverage of the latest World of Color: Season of Light show from our viewing area. Overall, this meal package was designed for a mouth-watering and entertaining evening. If you are willing to spend the cash, this is one of the best options in the parks. Let us know if you will try this meal plan at any point!