|The exterior is bright & beachy|
Since the restaurant is located on Paradise Pier, it's safe to assume that the timing is set in the late 1920's / early 1930's to fit the "new" theme of the area. As you walk through the automatic glass doors, you'll find an American flag to your left, and an Italian flag to the right. Neat, but nothing to ooooh & aaaah at, right? Let's take a closer look.....
|Standard Italian flag?|
|Did you notice the Royal Coat of Arms?|
Since the monarchy was still reigning in Italy during this time, WDI didn't skip a beat and included the coat of arms on the flag. Nice touch! Now, let's move over to the American flag:
|Notice anything here?|
|Just 48 stars!|
Did you also notice the frames hung around the flags? There are authentic photos hanging all over the place, all from various California piers. One of them even pays homage to Anaheim.
|It looks like some architectural inspiration for Paradise Pier was taken from that top photo|
|Some pretty nifty swimsuits|
|Is it just me, or does this kid take you straight to Spaceship Earth??|
Each item has it's own grab & go serving station - pizza, pastas & salads. These look nice, but there isn't much to see:
As you make your way out, this is where you really want to take notice. There are flyers from the *original* Mickey Mouse Club framed on the walls! Not the 1955 TV version of the Club, because obviously that would totally contradict the pre-depression era theme. These are from the very first clubs that popped up in local theaters starting in 1929. So stinkin' cool!
As you make your way outside to find a seat (all seating is outdoors), you might just find yourself lucky enough to take in the delights of the Ellis Island Boys band. This is a FANTASTIC swing jazz group that performs in the Paradise Garden Theater. Currently, they're scheduled on Sunday, Tuesday & Friday at 11:50, 12:50, 1:50, 3:15, 4:15, 5:30,
|Gotta love the washboard and steel guitar|
|These folks are not to be missed!|