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California Grill at Contemporary Resort to Re-open on September 9

The California Grill at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is scheduled to re-open on Monday, September 9, 2013 after completing months of renovations. You can begin making reservations for this signature dining experience on August 26, 2013.

A major re-imagination has transformed the restaurant into a sleek, contemporary dining experience inspired by mid-century modern California design. The space was designed with warm oranges and yellow hues, reminiscent of the 1950s. Although you may not recognize the dining room, the amazing views of Walt Disney World Resort won’t have changed one bit.

The California Grill menu will offer fresh, seasonal ingredients. For example, their popular flatbreads are back, but Chef Brian Piasecki will also be using the wood-burning oven for creations such as baked prawns with lemon and savory meatballs with orzo. You can also look forward to updates to longtime favorites, such as the Grilled Pork Tenderloin or the oak-fired filet of beef . The sushi bar is expanding with a new omakase menu, 12 courses of seafood without a menu, just chef’s choice. The menu could include ama ebi tempura, lobster sashimi, crunchy Japanese bone marrow with sesame beef tartare and red onion marmalade, or spicy-crusted oysters. California Grill features 250 wine choices as well as 10 varieties of sake and eight kinds of crafts beers and ciders. Plus, you can enjoy one of their signature cocktails, unique to California Grill.

The restaurant will have two new communal tables for 10, which are expected to be prime seating as they are positioned at the north end of the dining room for optimal fireworks viewing. Plus, there are now two outdoor fireworks viewing there– one on the northwest side and another new deck on the southwest side.

The restaurant opens for dinner every evening at 5 p.m. As always, advanced dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance. Plus, when you book your Disney World vacation with me, you can sit back and let me do the work of making your dining reservations for you!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist who would love to help you plan your next Disney vacation at no cost to you! You can request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information! 

Candlelight Processional Dinner Package Now Available

The Candlelight Processional is an annual tradition at held Epcot every December, leading up to Christmas. The Candlelight Processional is a beautiful reading of the story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator who is accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra and mass choir.

Here is the schedule of celebrity narrators participating that has been released so far:

  • 11/29-12/1-To Be Determined
  • 12/2-12/3: To Be Determined
  • 12/4-12/5: Ashley Judd
  • 12/6-12/7: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/8-12/10: To Be Determined
  • 12/11-12/13: Dennis Haysbert
  • 12/14-12/16: James Denton
  • 12/17-12/19: Edward James Olmos
  • 12/20-12/22: Trace Adkins
  • 12/23-12/25: To Be Determined
  • 12/26-12/28: Blair Underwood
  • 12/29-12/30: Amy Grant

You can enjoy reserved seating, a delicious lunch or dinner at Epcot, and VIP Illuminations fireworks viewing when you purchase a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package. Advanced dining reservations for the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package will be available beginning tomorrow, July 9, 2013.

Here is a list of the participating restaurants:

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Chefs de France
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • The Garden Grill
  • La Haceinda de San Angel
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times per night throughout the holiday season, November 29–December 30, 2013. Please note, park admission is required and not included with the Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages.

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and would love to help you plan your next Disney World vacation. Plus, when you book your vacation with her, she can make all of your dining reservations for you! Contact her at spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information!