• On Jul 1, 2016
    Sarah from IL 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 am planning our FIRST trip for November!!! I have been trying to get into Coral Reef Restaurant and finally got in at 8:20 pm. Illuminations starts at 9:30 pm. Would we make Illuminations? Where is the best place to view in Epcot? Thanks.

    Hi Sarah,

    How exciting that you are planning your very first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort - you're going to have so much fun!

    I, personally, feel that you will be cutting it a bit fine.

    As a general rule, I would always suggest allowing at least an hour to enjoy a meal at any Table-Service Restaurant. Coral Reef Restaurant is located in Future World at Epcot and whilst you will be able to have a good view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from all around the World Showcase Lagoon, you will need to allow 5 minutes or so to walk from Coral Reef Restaurant to the World Showcase, as well as a few minutes to find a spot to watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from, which isn't too crowded.

    My best advice to you would be to arrive at Coral Reef Restaurant by no later than 8:00 PM on the day of your dining reservation and ask if it would be at all possible for you to be seated early. If possible, this should give you adequate time to enjoy your meal and Illuminations: Reflections of Earth during the same evening.

    Wishing you a magical trip filled with memories which will last a lifetime!

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