California Grill: A Bucket List Experience

One morning, we woke up and my husband had the genius idea of making a dining reservation that night at Disney. We were already planning on driving to Orlando that evening since we were headed to Animal Kingdom the next day. When we saw the 9:00 pm opening for California Grill, we knew it was destiny.

For those who are newer to Walt Disney World, California Grill is one of the finer dining options offered. The restaurant is on the top floor of the Contemporary Resort which is the closest resort to Magic Kingdom.  California Grill is so exclusive that you have to take a special elevator from the second floor just to access it. While the food itself is amazing (especially the cheese platter), its the experience that really makes dining here one of a kind.

Filet Mignon with Tomato Risotto



Pork Tenderloin



Blueberry Cheesecake



Cheese Platter


The view is spectacular, and there is an outdoor balcony so you can even see more of Orlando. However, the reason we picked the 9:00 pm reservation is because that is when Magic Kingdom’s nightly firework show occurs. The restaurant is very accommodating and they will wait while you watch the show, and the balcony even plays the music. It was spectacular!



Perfect view




If you’re Disney fan (and even if not), this should definitely be on your bucket list! It was a once in lifetime experience we will never forget.

What is your favorite Disney restaurant?







  1. October 27, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Now that I live in the Orlando area I have plans to visit the resorts and fine dining around the area. Especially at Disney! Everything you had looked delicious!

    • MadMea
      October 27, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Yes! Disney has so many amazing dining options!

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