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Review: Breakfast at White Water Snacks in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

We’re in Disneyland on this lovely Friday, and we’re heading to White Water Snacks for a quick tour and bite before venturing into the parks!

White Water Snacks

The counter-service and grab-and-go restaurant is located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and serves as a stop for a hearty, hot breakfast on the run.

But with lots of grab and go options, you’ll find all kinds of choices to fuel up for a fun day. Let’s head in for a look around.

Atmosphere

Enter White Water from the California sunshine, off of the hotel’s courtyard. The entrance is right off of the pool area, so watch for drippy kids and wet floors! ;-)

Entrance

Entrance

A menu at the entrance gives you some general information about what’s available here, and the hours during which you can order different meals. Handy!

Menu Board -- Click to Enlarge

Menu Board — Click to Enlarge

Once inside, you see the same wood and stone touches that are a familiar part of the rest of this hotel. The feeling here is slightly more rustic than Storyteller’s Cafe, however. It’s more like a posh camping outpost than a restaurant in a swanky lodge.

Seating White Water Snacks

Seating and Rustic Atmosphere

There is seating available both inside and outside. Both options are basic, but comfortable for a quick meal.

Seating and Atmosphere

More Seating

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Be sure to keep an eye out for the famous Disneyland cats! Fun little furballs roam Disneyland’s grounds freely, and they often stop by Whitewater as it’s one of five official Disneyland feeding stations for the kitties (others can be found at Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland and Taste Pilot’s Grill at DCA).

One of the famous Disneyland Cats

Back inside, you start to get a feel for your options, which range from hot, prepared entrees, to grab and go selections.

During our morning visit, we spied a small variety of pastries and bakery items. They’re not made here, so everything is individually wrapped for grab and go.

Pastry and Bakery Items

Pastry and Bakery Items

There’s also a full, self-serve beverage station (confusing), which includes both hot and cold options.

Cold Beverage Station

Cold Beverage Station

Soda pop is, of course, available.

Fountain Drink Machine

Fountain Drink Machine

But we also found help-yourself slushie machines! Flavors on tap included Cherry and Apple.

Soft Frozen Cherry and Soft Frozen Apple

Soft Frozen Cherry and Soft Frozen Apple

Cold coffee fans might be interested in the Frozen Mochas.

Frozen Mocha

Frozen Mocha

And of course, you can also choose from Coffee and Hot Chocolate as well.

Hot Beverage Station

Hot Beverage Station

Nearby condiment stations hold tea bags and other beverage necessities neatly.

Drink Condiments and Tea Selection

Drink Condiments and Tea Selection

And here’s something we haven’t seen before — a mini-fridge holding cold condiments, like Cream Cheese, as well as Milk, Half and Half — and Whipped Cream! I’m assuming this is for the slushie coffee drink, but don’t think I wasn’t tempted.

Refrigerated Condiments

Refrigerated Condiments

A nearby microwave and toaster aid with warming up foods or toasting bread and bagels. Feel free to bring your own stuff from your room to heat and eat.

Microwave and Toaster

Microwave and Toaster

If you don’t want to wait in line or aren’t in the mood for something hot, there are lots of fresh-looking options available in the prepared Grab and Go food cooler as well. Don’t those Yogurt Parfaits look awesome?

Grab and Go Prepared Foods

Grab and Go Prepared Foods

Thirsty? Choose from a wide range of bottled drinks, including Soft Drinks, Juices, and Bottled Water. There are a few Beer options here as well.

You can also buy larger, family-sized drinks, like half-gallons of milk, or even grocery items for preparing in your room since this is a DVC resort and many guests have full kitchens.

Grab and Go Beverages

Grab and Go Beverages

A freezer contains a few frozen entree options in case you’d like to skip a night in the restaurants. And for dessert, why not grab a Mickey Bar or frozen lemonade?

Frozen Foods and Snacks

Frozen Foods and Snacks

A selection of Chips stands nearby as well.

Grab and Go Chips

Grab and Go Chips

But I love this option — Mickey Pretzels, outside the park! You can even get a cup of plastic cheese to dip it in!

Soft Mickey Pretzel

Soft Mickey Pretzel

Fresh Fruit is also available for a healthy snack or to top your cereal.

Grab and Go Fruits

Grab and Go Fruits

A dry goods area is well-stocked with Cereal as well as Candy, Bread, and other Pantry Items. And you can pick up your Souvenir Mug at White Water, too. Note that these are NOT of the refillable mug variety you get in Disney World.

Dry Foods, Grocery Items, and Souvenir Mugs

Dry Foods, Grocery Items, and Souvenir Mugs

Now that we’ve looked around at the charming counter service spot, let’s take a closer look at some of the hot food items available.

Eats

The overhead board within the restaurant gives you more specific information, including descriptions of items and pricing.

Detailed All Day  Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Detailed All Day Menu — Click to Enlarge

There were also some additional sandwiches listed on this Specials plaque for lunch time (mmmm…pork carnitas burger!).

Hot Sandwich Specials

Hot Sandwich Specials — Click to Enlarge

But we were here for some breakfast. And this is where White Water shines.

We didn’t want a “fast food” approach to our morning meal that day; neither did we want the leisurely pace of a sit-down meal. So having the option of quick-but-real food was the perfect offering to kick off the morning.

My husband wanted a hearty beginning, and chose the American Breakfast. The platter comes with Eggs, Bacon, Red-Bliss Breakfast Potatoes, Toast, and a bit of Fruit for garnish.

American Breakfast

American Breakfast

This was a huge breakfast! And everything was served hot and well-prepared. It was served in a handy take-out container for easy transport back to your room if you’re getting breakfast for the whole crew.

American Breakfast -- Up Close

American Breakfast — Up Close

But, predictably, I could not resist the call of the Mickey Waffles. :-) Four mini waffles are dusted with a little Confectioner’s Sugar, and are served with a side of Maple Syrup and Fresh Fruit.

Mickey Waffles

Mickey Waffles

These were whole grain waffles, so when you break into them, you can see flecks of healthy within the fluffy inside. These are, as always, waffle perfection.

Mickey Waffle -- Inside

Mickey Waffle — Inside

Because we were staying in the hotel, we exited White Water, and were steps away from Disney California Adventure, via their convenient park entrance located nearby. Time to go have some fun!

Overall

Whenever we are visiting Disneyland and staying at the Californian, a visit to White Water usually figures into our plans. It’s the perfect stop for serious nourishment, especially if you’re wanting to save time, money, or both.

It’s also a great stop if you’re looking for something even lighter, or that you can take back to your room and enjoy. In addition, the pantry items come in handy if you are looking to supplement meals or spend the night in.

White Water is a solid choice — and you’ll be on your way to enjoy your day in a snap!

Have you dined at White Water while at Disneyland? Speak up and tell us all about it in comments below!

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5 Comments

  1. Logan says:

    The yogurt parfaits are amazing, and we discovered we could take them into the park with us. Was a great way to grab breakfast and go! :)

  2. Louisa says:

    I used to LOVE leaving the park to hit Whitewater Snacks for a break but I see that they’ve removed Coke Zero from their fountain soda options! Boo! They would always let us refill our drink cups so we’d rest and cool down but no Coke Zero? Say it ain’t so! I can second the vote for the yogurt parfaits, they are amazing. I’m also partial to the steak nachos. The portion is huge for $10 and can easily be split between two adults. Say “hi” to the cats for me!

  3. Matt says:

    Whitewater is such a great hidden gem of a place. I love their nachos. They used to serve a really delicious French Dip sandwich. Wish that item was back on the menu.

  4. Haily says:

    We grabbed breakfast from White Water the morning of our wedding as we were staying in the Grand’s DVC suites. I got the biscuit breakfast sandwich which was HUGE! I was only able to eat a couple bites (granted it was probably also nerves) but it reheated nicely the next day and was delicious. It was really convenient to be able to grab breakfast for everyone and bring it back to our room. I’m really forward to having it again in two weeks during our next vacation!

  5. Ruth says:

    The breakfast burritos are amazing! But the real star of White Water Snacks is the Carnitas Burger. AHHHMAZING. It’s never crowded for lunch either, so if you’re in DCA during lunch time, use the entrance to the Grand Californian from the park and take a left and you’re there! Save your receipt and the cast members will let you back into the park!

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