Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Aug 26, 2013
    Andrea 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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    We are going to WDW Oct 6-12 with our girls ages 4 and 7. We have a 7pm reservation for CA Grill on Oct 11, but will have to give up dinner at Hollywood Studios and Fantasmic. Worth it?

    Hi Andrea,

    Thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question!

    My husband and I have eaten at California Grill many times over the years.  It is positively delicious, and we love it.  It is also reopening soon after some enhancements, so we cannot wait to eat there again.  Notice; however, that I said my husband and I have eaten there.  Our daughter is 8 years old, and she is only now just getting to an age where I think that she could truly appreciate a meal at California Grill.  A meal there can be many courses, which is how we like to enjoy it.  Children are more than welcome at California Grill, and we have seen many there in our times there; however, for us, we have chosen to keep this as an adult restaurant.  If your 4 and 7-year old are accustomed to slightly fancier and more elegant restaurants, they may truly enjoy a meal at California Grill.

    When my daughter was at the age your children are, if I were faced with this decision, I would have stayed at Disney's Hollywood Studios and seen Fantasmic!  It is a truly wonderful and dazzling spectacle.  My guess is that years from now, your girls would remember seeing Fantasmic!, but maybe not an evening at the California Grill.

    I hope that these thoughts help with your decision, Andrea.  Have a great time planning your Walt Disney World vacation, and please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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