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  • On May 9, 2023
    Jamie from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I want to do the Chef's Counter dinner experience at Napa Rose for my birthday. Different internet sources say to make a reservation, I should call the restaurant directly at midnight OR 6am on the 1st of the month 2 OR 3 months prior. Can you confirm?

    Jamie, I am so excited to welcome you back to planDisney! Thank you so much for bringing your question to us. This one is particularly special to me because Napa Rose is my favorite dining location at Disneyland Resort and the Chef's Counter experience is simply second to none!

    I just spoke with a Cast Member to get some clarity on the reservation practices for the Napa Rose Chef's Counter experience because it does differ from the typical dining reservation policies. Most table service dining locations accept reservations through the online booking tool (or the Disneyland mobile app) up to 60 days in advance of your visit. However, the steps to book the Napa Rose Chef's Counter are a bit more extensive, so I'll be happy to review them here for you:

    • The Cast Member I spoke with shared that the current practice is to open Napa Rose Chef's Counter reservations on the first day of the month, two months prior to when you plan to dine. For example, if you wish to make a reservation for a date in the month of December, you will be able to make a reservation beginning October 1st.

    • You may call the front desk at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and ask to be directed to Napa Rose, or you may call the restaurant directly at (714) 300-7170.

    • I suggest calling precisely at 12:01 A.M. on the day that reservation availability opens for your intended date and leaving a detailed message. This should include your name and contact information, the dining party size, your desired reservation date, and preferences for a seating time.

    • The Napa Rose team will arrange dining reservations in the order that they receive voicemails and confirm with you using the contact information you have left in your message. The Cast Members advised that they receive a fair number of messages on the 1st of each month, so it may take a few days for them to make their way through those messages and return your call with a confirmation of your dining reservation.

    • As you may know, the seating is quite limited for the Chef's Counter experience, so if you have some flexibility in your plans, it may be helpful to let the Cast Member know at the time of booking.
    I hope this is a helpful start, Jamie! I think you're going to absolutely love your time at the Napa Rose Chef's Counter, and I think it is the perfect place to celebrate something as special as your birthday! As you begin your dining experience, the chef will ask you about any tastes, preferences, food allergies, or special requests, so don't be afraid to let the team what would make your dining experience exceptionally memorable. Then, they will select an array of fresh, seasonal courses that tell a story through their culinary artistry! I have experienced the Chef's Counter at Napa Rose twice now, and I've never received the same dish, so there truly is an epicurean adventure awaiting you!

    As Chef Gusteau from Ratatouille says, "Good food is like music you can taste, color you can smell. There is excellence all around you." I think you'll find this to be particularly true at Napa Rose, and I wish you a birthday celebration that you'll remember for a lifetime! If we can help you with any other recommendations as you plan your next visit to Disneyland Resort, I'd love to see you come back and visit us again here at planDisney.

    Magically Yours,
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Meet the Panelist: Tishra, Washington

From my casita to yours, welcome to planDisney! I'm Tishra, a Spanish-speaking Colombian American living in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a college professor, a happy wife, and a mom to two little girls who hold magic in their hearts as much as their parents do! Our family believes in celebrating every milestone, from life's biggest moments to all the details in between. If you want to commemorate something special with a Disneyland Resort vacation, I'm here to help you out in English or Spanish. Learn More About Tishra

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