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 aleshia@travelwiththemagic.com

Signature Dining at Disney – A Must

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When you think of a Walt Disney vacation I’m sure that fine dining is not the first thing that comes to mind. Mickey Mouse has a way of appearing in all of our minds at the mere mention of anything Disney. When my family started our addiction of Disney traveling we never imagined that our trips would start to revolve around our dining options. This is the thing we all look forward to as we prepare for our trip. The 180 day mark is visible on every calendar in our house.

Our last visit was just a few weeks ago and we made this trip all about food. We upgraded our dining plan to the deluxe which is something I recommend to everyone that enjoys food and want to have an incredible dining experience while still on vacation. With the deluxe dining plan you get and appetizer, main course and dessert with every meal. Let me fill you in on my favorites.

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LeCellier is a Steakhouse inside the Canadian Pavilion at EPCOT. I had the pleasure of a first visit last spring and now make it a standard reservation for every visit. The setting is gorgeous, as you enter the restaurant the gardens are stellar and very inviting. I started this meal with the tomato and mozzarella salad, I can honestly say the is exceptional, I have never tasted tomatoes’ with such flavor, when mentioning it to our server she informed me that the tomatoes are grown right at EPCOT inside the Land, the only downside is that I can never again eat this salad at another restaurant, it just cannot meet the same standard. There are many choices for the main course but I cannot seem to order anything other than the Mushroom Filet Mignon. This incredible piece of Canadian AAA beef is paired with the most amazing flavored mushroom risotto that is severed with a white truffle butter sauce. You will definitely have to hit the gym before this meal so you can take it all in without guilt. It is my favorite meal at Walt Disney World. I can’t go on without mentioning the Ribeye and the New York Strip they definitely get an honorable mention. This meal is always finished with a fresh cup of coffee and the Maple Crème Brulee’.

Flying Fish is centered at the Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, it specializes in sea food. The restaurant will take you into the old days of the Atlantic Boardwalk, with décor representing old roller coaster tracks as well as a Ferris wheel and if you look close you’ll see funhouse mirrors. The open kitchen is also a plus. You can dine at a chef’s table which includes wine and dinner or just sit back and relax at a table of your own where the service is impeccable. You will definitely be treated like a celebrity while dining. Let me add that Flying Fish is known as a celebrity favorite and has been known for many celebrity sightings.

You can treat your palette to an incredible steak or seafood dish. We started our meal with the Calamari and Mussels. The Calamari was the best I’ve ever ordered and could have taken the place of my meal. For the main course I enjoyed the Signature Flying Fish Duo which is a New York Strip with Potatoes wrapped Red Snapper, who knew food could be so heavenly. The night finished with a caramelized Banana Napoleon and the Trio of Concession Sweets. We have already made another reservation for our next visit!

Remember that signature meals count as two meal credits so when planning make sure you calculate correctly. The two meal credit cost is more than reasonable for what the signature restaurants have to offer.

If you are a Steak and potatoes kind of eater do not let signature dining scare you away, take the plunge and enjoy more than just characters and attractions. Dining can be the best attraction on your vacation.

Keep your eye out for part two of this blog, Jiko, Hollywood Brown Derby and Artist Point will be the feature.

For a magical dining experience contact me Amy Blades – amyb@travelwiththemagic.com