• On Jul 26, 2021
    Jennifer 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.

    How strictly does California Grill enforce their dress code? We were lucky enough to score a reservation! We are planning to come after a day in the park. Can we wear sneakers, denim or basketball shorts and t-shirts or tank tops?Thanks!

    Hi Jennifer, and welcome back to planDisney!

    Dining at California Grill is an exceptional experience. The views of Cinderella Castle and the sunset are absolutely stunning, and the food is a “culinary cabaret” fit for a princess. I am so excited that you were able to land a dinner reservation for your Walt Disney World vacation! 

    The times that my husband and I have had dinner at California Grill, we have planned an early park day, returned to our resort to shower and change, and then gone to dinner. This is an upscale, signature dining experience, and it should be treated as such. 

    That being said, the published dress code for California Grill is:
    “Guests are asked to adhere to the minimum dress code requirements at this Signature Dining experience. Dressier attire is also welcome. Please explore the minimum dress code requirements:
    Men must wear khakis, slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition. Sport coats are optional.
    Women must wear Capri pants, skirts, dresses or dress shorts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition.
    Not permitted are tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.”

    So, seeing the dress code, and for the enjoyment of your fellow guests and diners, it is appreciated that you follow the published dress code. While gym shoes could be acceptable, basketball shorts and tank tops really are not. Perhaps you could plan to bring a second set of clothing with you and store it in a locker while you enjoy the theme park. (Last time we did this is was around $7 for the day) You could arrive to Disney’s Contemporary Resort a bit before your dinner reservation, and use the restroom to freshen up and change before dinner. The restrooms near the Conference Rooms are usually very clean and quiet. 

    If you would rather go to dinner in more casual clothing, might I suggest looking for an alternative location. Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen has wonderful food and a delightful atmosphere, and it’s located right within Adventureland in Magic Kingdom! 

    Happy Traveling,
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GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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