One sure way to feel like you’re on vacation is dining poolside – the cool breezes, the California sunshine, beautiful blue water, a stunning setting and an amazing menu. That’s what you’ll find at the new GCH Craftsman Bar at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort. This gorgeous new poolside lounge is open to all guests,* so you can be on vacation almost anytime you’d like!
Disney’s Grand Californian’s hotel design is inspired by the Gamble House in Pasadena and GCH Craftsman Bar continues this story by embracing many of the unique Arts & Crafts details and materials. The signature clinker brick, stone columns and shady trellis set the stage for al fresco dining amid plush, residential-style patio seating. The venue’s structure is inspired by the Gamble House’s original garage and current book store with its exposed rafters, shingled walls and wood accents.
Throughout the lounge, you’ll notice the motif of wisteria vines and blooms, a prominent design element in the Arts & Crafts movement, which is a symbol of welcoming and good luck. The Craftsman Bar celebrates this lovely, delicate vine on the light fixtures, the trellis and many of the artisan-crafted elements around the bar. A custom tile mural features a wisteria vine that was hand-carved and glazed by a local artisan in Pasadena. The Craftsman Bar marquee is a mix of stained glass, metal and wood, with the wisteria vine seamlessly woven across these multiple materials.
The new pool gate, made by the same artisan who originally created the Sun Gate, the Moon Gate and the Arbor Gate when the hotel opened, has created the Meadow Gate featuring a variety of creatures, celebrating nature in California, including a quail, butterfly, honey bee, grasshopper and ladybugs.
Previously on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared the wonderfully delicious menu selections! A few highlights are the shareable dishes, such as Double-Baked Beef Nachos, the Maine Lobster Quesadilla, the Black Truffle-Charred Cauliflower Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Artisanal Pizzas and Shawarma Chicken Skewers. The kids’ meals have six different choices little ones are sure to love. Which dessert? Try them all! A Root Beer Float, the Waffle Churro Sundae and the Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Fingers are all sweet-tooth satisfiers.
Over at the bar, enjoy a signature cocktail, California wine or local craft beer. Innovative, garden-inspired drinks garnished with fresh fruit and herbs include the Craftsman Garden Cocktail, the Prickly Pear Rose, the Pineapple Ginger Margarita and the Kombucha Cocktail.
Nearby, White Water Snacks has been renamed GCH Craftsman Grill. Nourish your appetite throughout the day with a hearty array of selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re in a hurry to get back to the parks, consider this restaurant’s grab ‘n’ go fare, such as beverages, salads, snacks and sweets.
The GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill are both located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and ready for your next visit. See you there soon!
*The GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill are open to the public. The hotel’s pool area is available only to resort guests with a designated wristband.