• On Sep 8, 2018
    Betsy 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.

    If we want to watch Illuminations while dining at La Hacienda, what time should we make reservations for?

    Hello Betsy and a warm welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel where it's our pleasure to assist you.
    You truly won't want to miss the iconic IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth during your next visit to Epcot and to time it just right with an Advanced Dining Reservation at La Hacienda de San Angel would be practically perfect in every way and for certain would be a superb highlight of your trip as it was for my own family last yEar.
    In my own experience of making Advanced Dining Reservations to try and coincide with IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth I always firstly double check the schedule for my intended day of visit via Park Hours & Calendars to know the exact start time of IllumiNations.  After which I check for restaurant reservation times which begin around 1 to 2-1/2 hours prior although it must be said there is absolutely no guarantee your party will be seated at a table which benefits from an interrupted view of the show; it really does come down to availability on the night but it never hurts to mention to a Cast Member that you're more than happy to wait a little longer if a table with a better view may soon become available.
    As the current British Panelist I'd also like to recommend the Rose & Crown Dining Room as a wonderful alternative and you really should try the fish & chips and mushy peas there as they truly are authentically delicious!
    Have a great Disney day.
    ~ Jane

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Meet the Panelist: Jane, United Kingdom

As the UK "Mum" on the planDisney Panel I'm able to assist those lucky Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort from the United Kingdom who generally enjoy a whole 2 week magical stay. The planning and organising of resorts, Advance Dining Reservations and extra pixie dusted holiday fun for solo travellers, large or small family groups is my absolute pleasure! Learn More About Jane

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