• On Oct 10, 2019
    Rachel from OR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is it acceptable to only order desserts and cocktails at California grill to watch the fireworks? Our reservation isn't until 9:45 and there is no way my family, one of whom is special needs, can wait that late to eat dinner.

    Hello there, Rachel! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We appreciate you taking the time to stop back by and ask your Walt Disney World Resort vacation question!

    The California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort is one of the best and most popular places to catch Happily Ever After from outside the Magic Kingdom! Being located on the 15th floor of this resort makes it the perfect spot for taking in the sights and sounds of Happily Ever After! In addition, the dishes available at this dining location are exquisite! The cuisine at the California Grill is fresh and seasonal which means the menu is tailored to what items are in-season. Regardless of what you order, you simply can't go wrong!

    That being said, it is perfectly acceptable for you and your family to order dessert and drinks during your visit! My family and I have done this during our own visits actually! It can be incredibly difficult to find reservations for the California Grill so reservations times are not always at the best time for standard meals. Fortunately, Cast Members are very understanding of this and are not judgmental of your order at all! 

    I hope you and your family have a magical time viewing Happily Ever After at Walt Disney World Resort! Please be sure to let us know if we can help you with anything else!

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Meet the Panelist: Wyatt, Colorado

Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

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