Disney’s California Grill is one of my new favorite on property signature restaurants! It’s hard to get reservations around Wishes (Magic Kingdom’s fireworks), and it’s easy to see why. The view! I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to eat here! It’s so good!
Truth be told, I’ve never had the desire to stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort before. Since dining at Disney’s California Grill I’ve changed my tune. It’s ALL ABOUT THAT THEME PARK VIEW! However, it’s expensive, so we shall see.
Anyway, if you’re not a Contemporary Resort guest, the easiest way to get to Disney’s California Grill is to take either a Disney bus, ferry, or monorail to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
From there, you can WALK.
There’s a path that takes you around the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom, and straight to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Another check in the why we need to stay at this resort in the future.
I find Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s history completely intriguing. I mean, it’s Disney’s flagship hotel first and foremost, not to mention, it was built and then assembled by individually placing the hotel rooms into the shell. Crazy!
The one thing that hasn’t had me running to stay here is the inside. It’s not super attractive. While the monorail running through the hotel gives it MAJOR wow factor, the decor itself is pretty blah.
Nevertheless, this resort is home to some fabulous restaurants. Mainly, Disney’s California Grill, which is located on the very top floor. Of course, we were a little late for our reservation because I spotted these plates (below) and had to stop. How freakin’ cute!
We actually had a pretty horrible experience checking in, but as bad as the check in desk crew was, the waitstaff and food totally made up for it!
What sets this place apart from most Disney restaurants is the fabulous view. From your table. While you eat. I mean, WOW!
There’s also a balcony. Enough said. If it’s not the most perfect place to watch the sunset (and fireworks) then I don’t know where is.
This is THE prime Wishes viewing spot, hands down. Even if you don’t dine around Wishes, don’t worry. Keep your receipt and you can return when it’s showtime. This makes the balcony crowded, so be sure to get there early! It’s something you do NOT want to miss, especially since this is one of the restaurants that pipes in the Wishes music!
We ate slow, because we didn’t want to have to leave and then come back. We dined right around that “iffy” time (our reservation was for 7:35, and we were probably seated close to 8). Fireworks were at 10pm. It worked out AMAZINGLY. We each started with a salad, and then shared the three-meat signature meatballs.
For the main course we each had the Oak-fired Filet Of Beef, and this is where the pictures stopped because of this:
Drinks. Lots of them.
It was SUCH a fun and delicious meal! We laughed and stuffed our faces. Then came time for Wishes.
We snagged THE most perfect location on the balcony. I was in AWE.
What a great night, and definitely a Disney restaurant you don’t want to miss!