California Grill-A great place for WISHES!

California Grill is a top spot for foodies at Walt Disney World. Perched atop the Contemporary Resort, this Signature Dining experience provides breathtaking views of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. And the food? Don’t even get me started on the food…because this is not a restaurant review. But, I will tell you the food is fantastic. It’s fresh, its tasty, its one of a kind recipes prepared by some of the best chefs in the world. And the sushi is to die for.

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But, like I said, this is not a restaurant review. This is a plea for you to experience one of the most magical (and romantic) evenings at Walt Disney World. California Grill is a great date place or family place. If you decide to dine here, take my advice and tell your travel agent you would like to dine during the fireworks. We will do our best to get you in so that you can experience the Magic Kingdom Fireworks show, Wishes, from the top of Walt Disney World. Whether you eat before, during, or after the fireworks, you want to be there at this time!


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Your server will let you know before you order when the fireworks will be and when you can go to the observation deck. You will be able to let them know if you prefer to go ahead and get your food or wait until the show is over. You may even time it just right and come back to your table to find your dessert waiting for you.

About 10 minutes before the show starts the lights will dim and you can make your way to the outside observation deck with unobstructed views of Cinderella’s castle. The music from the show is piped in so you don’t miss a thing. The ambiance is really magical, even watching from afar. I promise this will be the highlight of your trip!

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Remember you can make advanced dining reservations 180 days ahead of time. Please note that California Grill is currently closed for a refurbishment. The web is a buzz with excitement for the updated décor and the updated menu. Their famous sushi chef has retired but she left a protégé behind who is preparing new ideas even as we speak! And the other chefs are updating favorite dishes as they also create brand new recipes to debut when they open back up in late Summer. A specific re-opening date has not yet been announced but be sure to sign up for the Travel with the Magic Newsletter to stay up to date on all the latest news-Including the California Grill refurbishment.

I would love to help you plan your next Disney Vacation and especially a magical experience like watching Wishes from the California Grill. Contact me today for a free quote or to answer your questions! See ya real soon, Aleshia