• On Apr 14, 2024
    Kaylene from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are a party of 8 that arrives on 7/4 & we want to eat at Cali Grill & see the fireworks. Should I try to get 1 reservation for 8 or 2 reservations for 4 & hope they can seat us together? Also want time should I try to book it for?

    Hello, Kaylene! Looking for some extra sparkle on your vacation to celebrate the Fourth of July? Walt Disney World Resort is booming with fun. I am so glad you popped back by planDisney with this question. 

    Watching the fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park while dining at California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort is absolutely dynamite. I was bursting with joy, watching them with my panelist friends from the planDisney Class of 2024. I can only imagine just how dazzling Disney's Celebrate America fireworks spectacular would be.

    California Grill books quickly, and I would imagine even more so for the Fourth of July. Since this is the beginning of your trip, I would suggest logging in at 5:45 am Eastern 60 days before your resort reservation, and start refreshing the availability calendar to be ready the moment your booking window opens. I would try for 2 parties of 4 as close as possible; I just think the odds would be better. I tried a few dates in June (as far out as I could book) for a table of 8 and had no availability, but I had some options when selecting for 4. If you can get 2 reservations close to each other, let the Cast Members know when you check in for your reservation. There is no guarantee they can seat you close to each other, but I am sure they would accommodate you as best they can. 

    The schedule for the Fourth of July fireworks has not been released yet. The Happily Ever After fireworks schedule has the show at 9:20 pm. While waiting for updates, this may be the best guess. You can check the Hours & Events Calendar for updates to the information on all the happenings at the theme parks. 

    Did you know you can watch the fireworks from the California Grill observation deck even if your dining reservation is not at the same time? If you enjoyed California Grill earlier in the day, Cast Members at the check-in location on the second floor can verify your reservation (or you can bring your receipt) and they will escort you to this magical location.

    To completely celebrate Independence Day, I hope your trip includes Muppet*Vision 3D for a "salute to all nations, but mostly America!" The holiday can only shine brighter when Sam Eagle is invited to the party.

    Please come back to planDisney with any other questions. We are happy to help your plans to twinkle brighter!

    I hope your trip is bursting with magical memories!

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Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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