The Best Restaurants to Watch Walt Disney World Fireworks

Hooray! The fireworks around Walt Disney World are back and ready to dazzle us once again!

They’re back!

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

Over at Disney’s Contemporary resort, you can take an elevator up to the 15th floor and dine at one of our favorite Signature restaurants, California Grill.

When fireworks are running, California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers spectacular views of the show!

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!)

Grill Oak Fired Filet of Beef at California Grill

But that’s not all! During the show, California Grill’s lighting will dim, and the fireworks’ soundtrack will be piped through the restaurant.

Happy tears!

It’s a magical experience that combines fantastic food and fantastic views.

Toledo

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 at Coronado Springs Resort

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!

That view!

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!

Toledo at Gran Destino Tower

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!

Narcoossee’s

Want a fine dining experience at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort without having to take out a loan (*cough* Victoria and Albert’s *cough*)? Narcoossee’s is the place to be!

Narcoosee’s

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.  

Views from Narcoossee’s

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.

Lovely!

The waterfront view of the castle is the cherry on top. *Siiiigh*

‘Ohana

We’re so happy to see ‘Ohana over at Disney’s Polynesian resort reopened on July 9!

‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

‘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.

Nope! Not a good view over here!

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.

Can’t wait to see you again soon!

‘Ohana also has dimmed lighting and a piped-in fireworks soundtrack during the show — just like California Grill!

Check out any Disney World menus before your trip HERE!

EPCOT Restaurants

Rose and Crown

In EPCOT’s United Kingdom pavilion, you’ll find a cozy little Table Service restaurant with some of the best British comfort food around at Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room.

Rose and Crown Dining Room

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.

Epcot Rose and Crown Backside
The Rose and Crown Pub restaurant in the United Kingdom

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.

Rose and Crown Patio

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

Let’s take a hop, skip, and a jump from the United Kingdom over to the Mexico pavilion and get a perspective from the other side of World Showcase Lagoon — La Hacienda de San Angel.

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.

La Hacienda de San Angel Giant Tostada

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).

Inside La Hacienda de San Angel ©Disney

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.

La Cantina 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. 

With Nutella!

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.

La Cantina de San Angel

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.)

Monsieur Paul

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).

Monsieur Paul

This is a peaceful restaurant, with a quiet, sophisticated atmosphere and a prix-fixe menu chockfull of French cuisine.

Monsieur Paul © Disney

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.

Monsieur Paul © Disney

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 

Looking to enjoy a plate of sushi while watching the EPCOT fireworks? Then head into the Japan pavilion and on over to Tokyo Dining.

Tokyo Dining

Tokyo Dining is a modern-and-hip restaurant with sleek design and a delicious array of sushi, sashimi, and nigiri.

Tokyo Dining in EPCOT

The windows of the restaurant overlook the World Showcase Lagoon. That being said, the window seat tables in this restaurant are very limited.

Balcony view

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.

Check out YOUR rankings of the EPCOT restaurants HERE!

Magic Kingdom Restaurants

Casey’s Corner

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.

It’s back!

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.

Yummmm

However, don’t bank on securing one of these tables — they’re usually snatched up quickly.

Seating

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

Cinderella’s Royal Table gives you the opportunity to dine on the second floor of Cinderella Castle.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

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.)

Cinderella’s Royal Table

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.

Before you see the show, learn more about Happily Ever After HERE!

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