• On Feb 22, 2019
    Sydney from OR 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.

    The Illuminations dinner package was booked, but I was able to get a reservation at 7:55pm! If we get done with dinner by 9 (when it starts) do you think we could step out onto the patio to watch?

    Hi, Sydney! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thanks so much for stopping by with your question. I am so sorry to hear you are so far unable to grab a spot for the IllumiNations Dining Package at Rose & Crown Dining Room during your upcoming visit. This is such a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious way to end your Epcot day. The package offers guests a delicious meal before that evening's showing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. The meal includes your choice of appetizer, entree, unlimited alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages, and dessert from a designated menu that includes many of the most popular items from Rose & Crown Dining Room's regular menu. However, that 7:55 p.m. dining reservation is definitely a spoonful of sugar to sweeten your evening!

    Sydney, when you check in for your dining reservation, you may ask the Cast Member to seat you at a patio table if available. In my experience, they have frequently been able to accommodate this request when I have had a reservation time similar to yours. You may have a short wait, but the wait is definitely worth it for the view! If you do happen to be seated inside for your meal, then the Cast Member serving you will give you a heads up shortly before IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth begins. You will be welcomed to stand in a designated area outside during the show, after which you can return easily to your table and finish your meal. Those dining with the package utilize the lower patio for their event and that area will be sectioned off. However, there are other areas that you will be directed to for viewing.

    I do want to encourage you to keep checking for package availability. Guests' plans change often, especially in the few weeks leading up to their vacations. You never know when one may open for you! Thanks again for stopping by and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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