• On Aug 19, 2023
    Laura from MO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Friends! Can Epcot fireworks be seen from Topolino’s Terrace in much the same way as MK fireworks are viewed from the California Grill? Just from indoors or an outdoor viewing area? Thank you!

    Hi Laura,  

    Welcome back to planDisney! It’s wonderful to see you return for additional guidance on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation – thank you for trusting our advice! A special dinner with a fireworks view sounds absolutely dreamy, and I’m happy to help you plan a magical, sparkly evening out.

    You’re correct in that California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort has a special set-up and plan in place for viewing fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park each night. They have a policy where you may show your receipt or dining reservation planned for any time that day and still be granted access to their special viewing area just outside the restaurant with a direct theme park view. If you’re lucky with table assignment and timing, you can also see the nighttime spectacular from your dinner table inside California Grill.  

    Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riveria is such a special treat for dinner (I always order the chicken rigatoni). Located at the top of Disney’s Rivera Resort, this restaurant offers a stunning view from most tables and an outdoor terrace for even better vantage points. Yes, you can see fireworks nightly from this restaurant, but they do not have a formal program in place akin to California Grill. If your dining aligns with the timing of EPCOT’s nighttime spectacular, you may be lucky to see it from your table or you are welcome to go out to the terrace to enjoy. This is not a direct, full-on view in the way California Grill faces Magic Kingdom but it’s still incredible to see the sky light up with magic. If Disney’s Hollywood Studios is offering a seasonal, evening fireworks show at the time of your visit, they should also be visible from Topolino’s Terrace. The architecture of this Deluxe Resort was mindfully designed in that the resort rooms go to the 9th floor, but the restaurant sits on the 10th floor, so while on the terrace you won’t have other parts of the building blocking your view. Semplicemente magnifico! 

    Another hidden gem that offers spectacular fireworks views is Toledo - Tapas, Steak & Seafood located on the 16th floor atop Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This gorgeous restaurant also boasts views of evening events at EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (You can also see Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, but they don't offer evening fireworks to protect the animals and their habitat.) It’s quite an amazing vantage point over a delicious meal with impeccable service. The neighboring bar, Dahlia Lounge, has a similar view and an outdoor terrace for snacks and drinks.

    Please note that in my experience, the music from any one nighttime spectacular is not played inside these restaurants the way it is on the terrace at California Grill. Even without the soundtrack, seeing the sky light up never gets old and somehow reignites the imaginative spark of wonder in all of us!

    Thanks again for bringing your great question our way; please let us know how else we can help you make the most of your special vacation.

    Wishing you a magical evening,  
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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