California Grill
  • On Jun 15, 2022
    Vicki from South Yorkshire Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hey, I have a reservation at California Grill at 9:50pm (it is a birthday celebration). Can you please confirm if we are able to arrive early and watch the fireworks on the balcony which I believe start at 9:20pm and then go inside for our meal afterwards?

    Hiya Vicki,

    Welcome to planDisney! I may be a little biased, but Disney dining questions are the best! Every vacation, I spend most of my planning time researching which foods I want to eat and carefully locking in my reservations for some of Walt Disney World’s most delectable locations. On my most recent vacation, I had a chance to enjoy Disney’s California Grill, and it has stolen my top spot for an all-time favorite dining location. The special 50th Anniversary menu is out-of-this-world, and the House-made Artisanal-style Duck A L’Orange Pizza and the EARidescent Grand Marnier Crème Brulee are the stuff of dreams. Whatever you decide to dine on during your dinner will be absolutely incredible.

    To answer your question, when you have dinner at California Grill, you also get the chance to experience the viewing of the awe-inspiring Disney’s Enchantment from the 15th-floor observation deck at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, even if you have a later reservation. Simply arrive at the California Grill podium 15-30 minutes before the showtime, and let the Cast Member know that you have a dining reservation and would like to watch the show from the special observation deck. Once they confirm your reservation, they will escort you to the special elevators and take you and your family to the restaurant so you can view Disney’s Enchantment! After the show, if your table is available, you will head to the additional check-in location near the elevators and be escorted to your table.

    I hope your evening at Disney’s California Grill is as magical as mine was. If there is anything else we can do to help, please come back and see us!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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