Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On May 19, 2013
    Kimberley Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    To watch the Illuminations show at Epcot, I am going to try to make dining reservations at either the Rose and Crown or La Hacienda de San Angel and hope for the patio seat. What time should I make reservations to help make this happen?? Thanks!

    Hi Kimberly!

      You have picked two incredible Epcot World Showcase Restaurants that provide a great view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth!  Typically, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth begins at 9:00 pm so I would recommend that you make your reservation sometime between 7:30  pm and 8:00 pm.  When you check in you can request a window seat at La Hacienda or a patio seat at Rose and Crown.  You will have to wait longer for a window or patio seat because they are quite popular, but it is definitely worth the wait.  You may want to get an Advanced Dining Reservation at 7:00 pm to factor in around a 30 to 45 minute wait for a window or patio seat and then dinner usually takes 1 to 2 hours so you should just be eating dessert about the time Illuminations: Reflections of Earth begins!

    I hope that your next Walt Disney World vacation is truly magical in every way!

    Keep Dreaming Big!
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Meet the Panelist: Marc, New York

I am a single Father to one incredible boy.  I would love nothing more than to provide people with Disney vacation planning that will enable them to have a new experience or make their Disney vacation just a little more magical! Learn More About Marc

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