• On Sep 17, 2017
    David from MN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We made reservations for the California Grill in order to watch the fireworks for for 9:15 PM But I understand the fireworks now only last 15 minutes and start at 9 PM i'm guessing we should try to reschedule our resrvation?

    Hi David,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Congratulations to you for securing a dining reservation at California Grill. The view from atop Disney's Contemporary Resort is just spectacular!

    Yes, I would definitely suggest that you try to change that reservation to an earlier time. Typically, we do 8:30 p.m. or 8:45 p.m. when the fireworks show starts at 9:00 p.m. We have started a tradition of celebrating my husband's birthday at California Grill, so we always request a window table and have been lucky enough to get one each time.

    If you cannot change it to an earlier time, just check in about 30 minutes early. If they can seat you early, they will. As long as you are upstairs in the restaurant's lounge, you should be able to see the Happily Ever After fireworks show. You could also potentially watch from the observation deck if your reservation is after the show. 

    We always review the menu prior to our dinner reservation so when we arrive, everyone knows what to order. Our service and food have both been outstanding on each visit. The desserts are just scrumptious!

    David, I am sending pixie dust your way hoping you can change that dinner reservation to a slightly earlier time!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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