Thursday, May 21, 2015

60th Anniversary Trip, Pt. 7: Lunch at Carthay

The Carthay Circle Restaurant is located at the end of Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. What a fitting climactic landmark, making it the DCA counterpoint to Disneyland's Castle. The interior is even more impressive than the exterior. The design team perfectly captured the era and made this a place of taste that is appropriately restrained.

In the display case up front you can find a plaster bust of humorist Robert Benchley:

A 1941 edition of "The Reluctant Dragon," also a Disney cartoon utilized Benchley in its live-action sequences.

The lobby also contains a reproduction of the painting "Crossing Donner Lake" by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) which was created for the Drop Curtain on stage at the original Carthay Circle Theater:

The 60th Anniversary bedazzlement can be found on the light fixtures:

One of the upstairs dining rooms:

I LOVE this mural overhead:

A photo of Julie Andrews can be found in this dining alcove:

My delicious lunch, which was a chicken and spinach ravioli:

After Carthay, we ventured to Pacific Wharf to see the newly spiffed up Boudin Bakery.

A vintage looking automobile greets guests out front; wonder if it works?

A friendly cast member was handing out samples of the tasty Boudin sourdough bread.

Mercifully Rosie O'Donnell was nowhere to be found.

Instead, guests can peek around at their own pace, look at the photos, and read the informational displays without Rosie chiming in.

NEXT UP: Ariel's Undersea Adventure!

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