• On Apr 16, 2020
    Brenda from MN 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.

    Hi, Can you tell me about the Contemporary viewing area? We have 6:00 reservations and realize we can go to viewing area with our receipt on the same day. Does the viewing area have tables and chairs? Can you have a cocktail?

    Greetings Brenda! It's great to see you again at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Thanks for stopping by with another great vacation planning question.

    It sounds like you will be dining at my very favorite restaurant in all of Walt Disney World: the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The panoramic views! The incredible food! The impeccable service! Everything about the dining experience here is magical, and it is the ideal place to celebrate a special occasion. During a recent meal, our server shared with us that he witnesses at least one marriage proposal here each night!  

    When I have an opportunity to spend an evening in Walt Disney World with my Prince Charming, we love to enjoy a meal at the California Grill while watching the Magic Kingdom Park's nighttime spectacular. Since your dinner will take place well in advance of the fireworks, you are correct that you should keep your receipt and it will grant you admission to the restaurant's outdoor viewing deck. While the area is standing room only, you can certainly stop by the California Grill lounge for a cocktail on your way out to enjoy Happily Ever After. I recommend arriving in plenty of time to take in the sweeping, breathtaking vistas of the Most Magical Place on Earth before the show. 

    Brenda, I am so excited for your evening at the California Grill. To make the end of your night as relaxing as possible, I recommend using Disney Minnie Van™ Service Connected by Lyft to whisk you back to your resort after the fireworks. While I enjoy the Walt Disney World Transportation System, when traveling between Disney Resort Hotels, a Minnie Van is my preferred method to get around. It will conclude your evening in the most magical way possible, and unlike Cinderella's coach, it won't turn into a pumpkin at midnight; this service is available until 12:30 AM. 

    Thanks again for stopping by with your question. If there is anything else we can help you with before your fall vacation, come back and see us again. We love to help, and we're all ears!

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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