California Grill
  • On Jun 16, 2023
    Natalie from West Midlands Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a reserv at California Grill at 8:55pm on a Tuesday, mid Aug.It looks like the fireworks start at 9:30pm on this day.I'm wondering how likely we will be able to watch the fireworks at this time?Can we stand on balcony even though have reserv

    Hello Natalie, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you for asking us a question about my absolute favourite Disney Dining location: California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

    Aside from the fabulous food, wine list and service, one of this restaurant’s most unique features is unquestionably its amazing view of Magic Kingdom Park. When the sun sets, seeing the Park’s lights shimmering in the distance is obviously a big draw, but when the lights dim and the music from Happily Ever After starts playing? I honestly can’t think of a more magical way to end a Disney Day. 

    Based on my experience, you should be allowed up to the California Grill’s observation deck about 20 minutes before the show starts, even if you haven’t been seated for your reservation yet. Just ask the host or hostess at the restaurant’s podium (located on the second floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort) when you arrive. And, if you are seated prior to the show but you’d like a better view, you can always head out to the restaurant’s observation decks when the show does start. 

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions… or if you want any menu recommendations? I’m always happy to talk about food!

    Have a Magical Day, 

    Lynne
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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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