• On Apr 8, 2020
    Candace from OH 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 have the dining plan and are planning our first signature dining experience at the California Grill. What’s included in our dining credits for a signature meal?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Candace! Thanks for stopping by with your question.

    Just like Princess Tiana, my love of food runs deep. I'm excited to hear that you're planning your first Signature Dining experience AND at one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World... California Grill! Candace, you won't be disappointed. From the food to the service to the views, this place is something special. I hope you enjoy dining atop Disney's Contemporary Resort

    Since you'll be using the Disney Dining Plan, don't forget that as a Signature Restaurant, California Grill will use 2 Table Service entitlements. As part of your meal, you'll be able to order an appetizer, entree, dessert and drink (this can be alcoholic if you desire, and you're over 21).

    Candace, there are so many delicious choices, but if you're a steak-lover, I can personally vouch for the Oak-fired Filet of Beef. I also encourage you to tell your server in advance that you're using the Disney Dining Plan and that it's your first visit. On our first visit, our server took extra time to walk us through the menu, make recommendations and help us with decisions. 

    Candace, I'll also offer up two additional tips to make your visit to California Grill the best it can be. First, make sure to check the dress-code in advance (especially if you're coming right over from Magic Kingdom Park). Things such as tank tops, flip-flops and hats are not permitted. Second, even if you aren't dining during the fireworks, you may save your receipt and come back later to watch Happily Ever After from the outside observation deck. It's a great way to enjoy the fireworks show if you aren't going to be in the park. 

    Candace, I hope this helps as you are looking ahead to September and dreaming about California Grill. Please come back and see us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with any other questions you might have. 

    Best wishes for a vacation that is delectable down to the last bite. 

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Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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