California Grill
  • On Apr 30, 2023
    Shannon from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I have reservations at California Grill after the fireworks (9:40), can I go a little early to enjoy the fireworks before dinner? Thank you


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    The California Grill is, by far, our favorite fine dining restaurant in all of Walt Disney World! The food is exceptional, and the service is always both friendly and efficient. I also cannot think of many restaurants where the view is as good as the food!

    You absolutely are allowed to go up to the viewing area outside of the California Grill restaurant to watch the fireworks before your dining reservation comes due that same evening. While they only allow guests dining at the California Grill that evening to use the viewing platform to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks, they don't care if it is used before or after your meal.

    A lot of guests forget that the California Grill has a lovely bar with exceptional bartenders. We enjoy arriving early so we can sit down, have a drink, take in the view, and chat about our day. In your case, you may want to stop there to get a drink before going out to watch the show!

    Another one of my favorite little known lounges is the Outer Rim, also at Disney's Contemporary Resort. You can find it near the entrance to Chef Mickey's, and it provides some lovely lake views.

    Please feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

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