About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over nine years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

Reader Interactions


  1. Heidi

    I have very much enjoyed your review, Mike. I think I would choose this resort over its Sister Resort at WDW – the Grand Floridian. It always intimidates me with all its white everywhere – while this one seems much more comfy with its warmer tones and subtle lighting. I truly hope we can one day afford to visit. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mike Ellis

      Thanks, Heidi! One thing I forgot to mention in the review is that the monorail goes right through it — but it doesn’t stop. Still cool to see, though!

  2. Betsy

    We LOVE the GCH, especially during the holidays. They have a tree that fills the main lobby. Plus, entrance to DCA right in the hotel is an added bonus! For us locals, if you eat at either Storyteller’s Café or Napa Rose, you get five free hours of valet parking. A nice perk if you want dinner and a few hours at the park.

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    Roxana Martinez

    I absolutely LOVE The Grand Californian Hotel! It’s such a beautiful hotel and I have always had a good experience staying there. I have never been to Mandara Spa though so I hope I get to do so in the future!


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