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  • On Jul 29, 2013
    Katie 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.

    I'm excited to see Illuminations on Jan 20 or 21. Might you recommend a restaurant our group (9) might enjoy that evening; and queue time and gazing spots for the show? Your answers are tops; wish we could tuck you in our pocket and have you join our fun!

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks so much for you kind words! I am so glad that you are finding the Disney Parks Moms Panel to be helpful. 

    It looks like Illuminations will occur at 9:00 p.m. on the nights that you mention. 
    You have a couple of options when it comes to dining and seeing Illuminations. The first is that there are some restaurants around World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot from where you can get a view of Illuminations. These include a window table at Tokyo Dining, or a patio table at Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room. I have never eaten at Tokyo Dining, but my fellow Moms Panelist Wilma tells me that she likes it very much. I do really enjoy a meal at Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room. At these restaurants, you could  an advance dining reservation at about 7:30 or 8:00 p.m., and then be sure that your meal takes long enough to see Illuminations. The issue with this is that you cannot specifically reserve a table with a view of Illuminations. You can only request one when you arrive at the restaurant. I worry that I will not get a table with a view of Illuminations since so many people want one. If you do this at Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room and do not get a table on the patio, you could head to the patio when Illuminations starts.

    I prefer to make an advance dining reservation for a restaurant around World Showcase Lagoon around 6;30 p.m. That way I can finish my dinner by about 8:00, and head out to find a spot from which to watch Illuminations. Since there are great viewing areas located all around the World Showcase Lagoon, it should not take you too long to get to one. I really enjoy a meal Les Chefs des France. Then, I head to my favorite spot to watch Illuminations: from the bridge between France and England. If you get there a little after 8:00 p.m., you should be fine. 

    Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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