Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Oct 8, 2011
    John Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am coming to wdw from April 28, my wife will be celebrating her 30th birthday. I want to surprise her with a California grill and wishes firework display on Thursday may 3. What time should I book a table so we can enjoy the show from the restaurant.

    Hi John,

    As of today, the park hours are not available for May 2012 yet; however, I did check the last week of April 2012 which has Wishes at 10:00 pm.  So my first thought would be that that time would carry over into the first week of May.  If that is the case, I'd opt for a reservation between 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm which provides you plenty of "cushion" time to be able to enjoy your birthday celebration dinner.  But I do want to share with you that as a guest at California Grill, you can dine earlier in the evening then return for the fireworks that same day (they'll ask to see your receipt). 

    So, I'd mark your calendar to make your dining reservations on October 31, 2011, if you are a Disney resort guest (you'll be able to make 10 days worth of reservations when you are 180 days away from your arrival date -- you'll need your confirmation number to do this).  They can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online by clicking here.  If you aren't a Disney resort guest, you'll be able to make the reservation on November 5, 2011. Make sure and include a notation about your wife's birthday.  On October 30, 2011, I'd also click here to see if the May 2012 is available yet. If it is, you'd simply need to click on the specific date to see the time when Wishes is scheduled (subject to change, however). 

    Wishing you a wonderful trip as well as a fantastic dinner; I LOVE the California Grill!  Please let us know if we can help again.  ---Kara
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I’m a high school teacher with a family of 3 sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.

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