BACKSTORY (Feb. 8, 2001 —Present): Adjacent to DCA and Downtown Disney, it was designed by architect Peter Dominick, with an Arts and Crafts theme. Inspired by the National Park Service lodges of the Western United States (The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and The Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park). The reception hall is based on the interior of the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco, increased in scale to accommodate the large reception desk. The central lobby is a gigantic living room with a massive fireplace and vast arching beams overhead, and furnished with comfortable chairs and sofas arranged around small coffee tables. The cavernous fireplace nook features rocking chairs, while live piano music is often played nearby, adding to the homey atmosphere. Genuine antique Roycroft items are on display in the lobby as well as pieces that have been handcrafted by modern practitioners of the Arts and Crafts movement using traditional techniques. The hotel also has a restaurant, The Napa Rose, which is a Daveland favorite! The Storytellers Cafe is next door and caters more towards families; probably the best character breakfast at the entire Disneyland Resort. The hotel's name is based on Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, its sister resort at WDW. In 2009, a 2.5 acre expansion of the hotel increased accommodations by more than 30% and included the first Disney Vacation Club villas in Anaheim. The new expansion is known as The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
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