• On Jul 14, 2019
    Donna from KY 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.

    We are dining at California Grill later this month and will have the regular Disney Dining Plan. We would rather have an appetizer instead of dessert...can we do this with our dining plan at California Grill? Also, are all entrees included? Thank you!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Donna!

    I'm so glad you came here to ask about one of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort: California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The view from the top of the Resort Hotel is pretty spectacular, and if you time it right you can eat your dinner from one of the best seats in the house for the Happily Ever After fireworks show at Magic Kingdom Park. They even pipe the music into the dining room so you can enjoy the full experience!

    As you know, when you use the Disney Dining Plan, your Table Service credit, or two Table-Service credits if you're eating at a signature restaurant like California Grill, entitles you to a beverage, an entrée, and a dessert. Typically, it is not possible to swap the dessert for an appetizer of your choice, but at some signature dining locations, I have been able to exchange my dessert for one specific soup on the menu. This varies from restaurant to restaurant, so ask your server if you're able to do something like that when you place your order. This was how I was able to try the legendary Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot, so it never hurts to ask! Of course, you're always welcome to order whatever appetizers you want and charge them to your Resort Hotel room when you tap your MagicBand to redeem your Dining Plan credits.

    Have a magical day, Donna!

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I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our three rescue animals. We are Disney Parks-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World Resort instead! I'm thrilled to be on the planDisney Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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