• On Feb 7, 2017
    Theresa from OH 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 have a 9:15PM reservation at California Grill. The MK fireworks are scheduled for 9:00PM. Will they allow us to "use the view" before our reservation? In other words, will they allow us to see to go to the bar and/or allow us to see them?

    Hello Theresa! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort offers an unparalleled combination of sumptuous California cuisine and spectacular sights; especially during the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

    Theresa, my wife and I are in a similar situation as you for our upcoming Walt Disney World Resort Vacation. To celebrate her completion of the Star Wars Half-Marathon - The Dark Side run, we have booked reservations for California Grill. Due to some indecision, we did not get our Advanced Dining Reservations until well after the 180 day threshold for popular dining locations. This has resulted in a 9:20 p.m. reservation, well after the scheduled 9:00 p.m. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

    My first bit of advice to constantly check the My Disney Experience App for Advanced Dining Reservation openings before your Walt Disney World Resort vacation as some people do not change their mind or alter their reservations until just before their scheduled times and an earlier reservation may open up.

    California Grill provides options for viewing the fireworks for Guests not at tables, although they are on a first-come first-served basis, so views and experiences may vary. Guests with a dining reservation scheduled for a time after the fireworks begin are invited to watch the show from the California Grill Lounge or observation deck.

    In addition, California Grill also allows Guests that have dined at the restaurant earlier in the day to return to the lounge or observation deck by showing their receipt to the check-in desk for reentry to watch the fireworks.

    Bon Appétit and Happy Viewing!
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