Hooray! The fireworks around Walt Disney World are back and ready to dazzle us once again!
This means it’s time for us to book reservations for these Walt Disney World restaurants (because what’s better than dinner and a show?)
(Note: These dining experiences may still be temporarily unavailable. Make sure to check back with AllEars and DisneyWorld.com before you book your reservation.)
Disney Resort Restaurants
California Grill serves up a nice selection of American and seafood options — but if you go around the time Magic Kingdom’s fireworks are lighting up the night sky, you’ll be able to head out onto the Observation Deck of the restaurant to enjoy the show. (Pro Tip: If you weren’t able to book dining during the show but ate there earlier in the day, you can bring your receipt back to the restaurant for entry to the Observation Deck, too!)
But that’s not all! During the show, California Grill’s lighting will dim, and the fireworks’ soundtrack will be piped through the restaurant.
It’s a magical experience that combines fantastic food and fantastic views.
Is the 15th floor not high enough for you? Perhaps taking an elevator up to the 16th floor of Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs Resort for an evening at Toledo — Tapas, Steak, and Seafood will be more up your alley.
Toledo has a variety of Spanish-inspired options for you to choose from. It also features not just one, but two epic views of Disney fireworks!
First, you’ll be able to see EPCOT’s fireworks display. In meals past, we’ve been able to watch Illuminations from the 16th floor. Now we can watch the temporary fireworks spectacular, EPCOT Forever.
We say “temporary” because EPCOT Forever only be around until September 28. Then, EPCOT’s brand-new show, Harmonious, will take its place!
The second fireworks view you can expect from Toledo is for Hollywood Studios, where we’ve previously watched Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. There’s no word (yet) on when these fireworks will return to Hollywood Studios, but we can’t wait to make a reservation at Toledo upon their return!
Much like California Grill, Narcoossee’s has a tasty selection of American and seafood options. Unlike California Grill, you don’t have to take an elevator to the 15th floor to enjoy their Magic Kingdom fireworks view.
You can either watch the fireworks from the comfort of your table through those giant windows surrounding the restaurant, or you can take a trip outside to the wraparound porch.
The waterfront view of the castle is the cherry on top. *Siiiigh*
‘Ohana is a family-style restaurant (meaning you have prix-fixe options brought out to your table for the entire group to share) that features an array of Polynesian-inspired foods. You can also see the Magic Kingdom fireworks, depending on where you’re sitting.
If you’d like to watch the fireworks from your table, make the request ahead of time when booking your reservation. Not every table has a good view — but the tables by the windows have *excellent* views.
‘Ohana also has dimmed lighting and a piped-in fireworks soundtrack during the show — just like California Grill!
Rose and Crown
Inside the restaurant isn’t going to give you that view of the fireworks you’re looking for. The patio, on the other hand, has a fantastic view of EPCOT’s World Showcase Lagoon.
Once upon a time, you could make a reservation for Rose and Crown Pub around the same time as the fireworks to try and get a seat by the waterfront. Though it wasn’t a guarantee, it was worth the gamble.
Pre-closure, though, guests could secure a patio seat by purchasing the EPCOT Forever Fireworks Dining Package, which came with a prix-fixe menu of Rose and Crown favorites and a guaranteed table by the lagoon. Each dining package ticket was $89 per adult and $39 per child. No word yet if this option will return.
La Hacienda de San Angel
This is a comfy/cozy Table Service restaurant that serves up authentic Mexican dishes. They also serve up a gorgeous view of EPCOT’s fireworks.
For fireworks-viewing purposes, you might have a better chance of getting a reservation here than over at Rose and Crown (where you may still be required to purchase a dining package for those prime show seats).
Also different from Rose and Crown: you can see the entire show from inside the restaurant (especially if you get seated by one of the elongated windows).
La Cantina de San Angel
Don’t want to pay a hefty fee for Mexican food? Consider Cantina de San Angel — the Quick Service option attached to La Hacienda de San Angel.
Cantina de San Angel has a tasty variety of traditional Mexican options (tacos, churros, chips and guac, etc.). Plus, it offers up another great view of the World Showcase Lagoon.
La Hacienda de San Angel might still be the best option for you if you want a guaranteed seat and a fireworks view with air-conditioning.
However, if you don’t mind an outdoor seat around the lakefront and want to pay less for your Mexican-inspired dinner, give La Cantina de San Angel a try! (Note: You may want to get there early — tables are first come, first serve.)
In EPCOT’s France pavilion, you can make reservations at Monsieur Paul — a Signature dining restaurant that, despite being inside a theme park, requires a dress code. You don’t need formal wear, per se, just a resort casual ensemble (i.e.: no bathing suits, no tank tops, no flip-flops, no torn clothing).
This is a peaceful restaurant, with a quiet, sophisticated atmosphere and a prix-fixe menu chockfull of French cuisine.
If you’re lucky (and you schedule a reservation during the fireworks) you may be sat at one of the restaurant’s window seats — which provides a head-on view of World Showcase Lagoon.
It may not be the clearest fireworks view you could get around the park, but, hey, you’ve got a great meal with your show. Hard to complain.
Tokyo Dining is a modern-and-hip restaurant with sleek design and a delicious array of sushi, sashimi, and nigiri.
The windows of the restaurant overlook the World Showcase Lagoon. That being said, the window seat tables in this restaurant are very limited.
Unfortunately, even if you *do* get a window seat, those seats are right next to the restaurant’s balcony — a popular area for guests to watch the fireworks from (only slightly blocked by trees). The crowd on the balcony may mean an obscured view for those inside the restaurant.
Magic Kingdom Restaurants
Now that Casey’s Corner (AKA: Our favorite hot dog Quick Service ever) is back open on Main Street, USA, it’s time for us to grab those corn dog nuggets and settle in to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks.
If you’re able to grab one of the (very) few Casey’s Corner outdoor tables, you’ll get a not-too-shabby view of Cinderella Castle.
However, don’t bank on securing one of these tables — they’re usually snatched up quickly.
Worse comes to worst, you grab a hot dog before the show and eat it nearby. Main Street, USA, has plenty of great castle viewing areas to go around.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
There really aren’t many dining options available in Magic Kingdom with prime viewing of the fireworks, but Cinderella’s Royal Table sure does give you a unique perspective of the show!
Cinderella’s Royal Table gives you the opportunity to dine on the second floor of Cinderella Castle.
The only windows in this fairytale-come-to-life dining experience look out over the back of the castle. Meaning you’re not going to see the traditional view of the fireworks. (Which makes sense. After all, you’re directly IN the castle where the projections are going to be shown.)
But you can see the fireworks shooting off from behind the castle, which is lovely.
If you’ve seen Happily Ever After before, this might be a nice and different change of pace. After all, you get to be in the castle during the spectacular, and that’s pretty cool! However, this is definitely not an angle first-time guests should witness the Magic Kingdom fireworks from.
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