California Grill
  • On Feb 17, 2022
    Robert from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Wondering if anyone has firsthand experience with 50th-anniversary dinner at California Grill? Looking for recommendations on what to order. Also, I have a picky 13 yr old. Can he order off kids menu, or are there items on adult menu that can be altered?

    Hi Robert!

    Welcome to planDisney! Soon, you'll be headed to the Most Magical Place on Earth and ready to take part in the year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration! All four theme parks are taking part, transforming their respective icons into Beacons of Magic, beckoning Guests to come and join the fun! The Disney Resorts Collection hotels offer guests unique sweets and treats, their own way of getting in on the celebration festivities!

    Congratulations on booking one of the iconic dining experiences at Walt Disney World, dinner at California Grill. Views of Magic Kingdom are breathtaking, and there's something incredibly special when the music from Disney Enchantment begins to play. You can enjoy a birdseye view of the fireworks spectacular either from your table or from the rooftop platform, exclusive to guests of the restaurant. Having recently dined there with my besties, I'm happy to give some recommendations based on their 50th Anniversary Celebration menu. As for appetizers, we truly enjoyed the Braised Beef Short Rib Wontons. They were very soft and delicious, and the sauce that accompanied them was mild yet flavorful. If you have someone who loves sushi, as I do, the California Grill Sushi Classics trio combines the best of California Grill sushi offerings into one fantastic appetizer. My personal recommendation for an entree selection is the Oak Fired Filet of Beef. It was cooked to perfection, and the potatoes and accompanying sauces were just incredible. The Cast Iron Grilled Pork Tenderloin was fabulous! Tender, and juicy, it was complemented by the polenta and figs, which really added to the flavor profile they accomplished here. We raved about it!

    Dessert is always a tough spot for me, as I end up being full that we usually skip it. Don't skip the dessert here! The EARidescent Grand Marnier Souffle was delicious (though not listed in the online menu, it was offered during our dining experience), but the Valrhona chocolate torte really took the 'cake' for us.  It was smooth, creamy and a chocolate lover's dream! Unfortunately, as the menu is prix fixe, no substitutions are allowed. We attempted, as I am not able to consume some foods, to have a side exchanged for another, and we were unable to do so. You may speak with your server to see if that may be a possibility when you arrive, or if you can pay the adult price, but allow him to select from the kids' menu.

    Hope this helps you plan your magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Malanie, New York

Hi there! The Disney Parks have been a part of my life since I was a little girl. Introducing my children, husband, and family to all the magic that Walt Disney World can offer has led to countless moments with Mickey and Friends, Disney Vacation Club membership and fun on the high seas with Disney Cruise Lines! Our vacations are usually centered around a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth, and I am super excited to help you plan and create magical moments for you and your families! Learn More About Malanie

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