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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Fireworks That Fascinate

Happy (slightly belated) 4th Of July to one and all! I hope you all were able to relax, enjoy a bit of time off, maybe have a BBQ, and take some time to reflect on how amazing our country is!

One of the “Traditional” things to do on Independence Day is to check out some fireworks – and that is one thing that Disney does not only on this holiday, but on every day!

TGIF FIreworks 1 Like this nightly “Wishes” display at the Magic Kingdom

TGIF Fireworks2Or this spectacular “Illuminations – Reflections Of Earth” show at Epcot that celebrates all that is great about our planet

TGIF Fireworks WOCOr this amazing laser light spectacular at Disneyland’s California Adventure Park – which doesn’t technically have any fireworks – but it does have some pretty cool effects, and you can even buy awesome Mickey ear hats that light up in time to the show’s music!

While the local fireworks shows we are checking out this 4th of July may not be quite as showy as these Disney versions, they are still fun and a great way to celebrate our country and all that makes it great!


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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – Fireworks + Dessert? Sign Me Up!

The last few times I have been at the Magic Kingdom during their nightly fireworks show, I have seen an area of the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant roped off, with happy looking people sitting and enjoying the fireworks show.

And I asked myself…What was this, some kind of VIP program, why do they get to sit at some of the best fireworks viewing spots in the whole place while I am stuck standing half behind a pillar and can barely see anything?

The answer, as it turns out, is even more amazing then I could have ever imagined – they were guests at the nightly Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party! It’s a private party with limited spots each night, where guests come and eat desserts and watch fireworks!


And these aren’t just any old desserts, they are DISNEY desserts, so they might look something like this…

So these people were happy not only because they were sitting, not only because they had some of the best seats in the house optimized for fireworks viewing, but they were also happy because they were full of delicious desserts!

The party is an additional cost on top of a park ticket, and advance reservations are required. Get more (official!) information here

I can’t think of a sweeter way to end a day at the Magic Kingdom, and I will DEFINITELY be getting some tickets to this event for my next Walt Disney World trip!


Categories: Disney Food, Disney in Pictures, Disney Restaurants, Disney Special Events, Disney Vacation Planning, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Review of Disney’s California Grill Restaurant

I was so excited to dine at the California Grill last week while we were in Disney World, I had heard so many good things, and couldn’t wait to see what the restaurant had in store!

It’s located on the 14th floor of the Contemporary Resort, which means it offers great views of the Magic Kingdom, and it’s nightly fireworks show. There are a few observation decks that you can go out on and take in the views and the fireworks, which is a huge perk in my opinion!

The restaurant itself is nice, it’s bigger than I was expecting, but upscale in it’s decor, and I loved the open kitchen and getting to watch the food being prepared. However….it does have its drawbacks, one being size (it is so big that it feels less intimate), and another being the noise level – it was super loud in there! Another negative, I am sad to have to say, was the number of children at the restaurant. I wasn’t expecting NO children (after all it IS Disney World, and they are everywhere!), but there were a TON of families with children dining at this restaurant, which only increased the noise and chaos levels

As for the food, I honestly was slightly disappointed by the selection. Since we were on the Disney Dining Plan, we were each allotted a drink (non alcoholic, I chose a Shirley Temple!), an entree, and a dessert. California Grill is a Signature Restaurant, meaning that it takes 2 Table Service credits for 1 meal (for those of you who don’t know what that means, it basically boils down to it costing more, it’s one of the ‘fancier’ restaurants at Disney World, so the cost is much higher than that of other sit down restaurants). The entree selections were sparse, only like 8 choices, and 2 were fish and 1 was pork so those were out for me (nota big fish or pork fan), so I ended up ordering the Oak Fired Filet Mignon, which came served on potatoes and Asparagus (which I don’t care much for so I had green beans instead). I didn’t much care for the filet, it tasted slightly burned on the outside, but the inside was cooked a perfect medium as requested. Overall the taste just didn’t stack up for me (which stinks because I DO love a good steak!)

My father also had the Filet, which he enjoyed, and my mother had the Halibut, while my husband opted for the Pork Tenderloin (which came with some AMAZING goat cheese/garlic polenta, it was awesome!). Everyone seemed to enjoy their food, but no one was going nuts over how amazing it was, which is how I wanted to feel about it

The dessert is another story though – it was AMAZING – I had one of those molten chocolate cakes, and it was so rich and delicious….I know that will happily dance in my dreams for many months to come! My husband had a chocolate croissant bread pudding, and my parents opted for a creme brulee. Dessert was definitely the bright spot to the meal!

There was a large wine and drinks menu, which my parents thoroughly enjoyed, so if you’re a wine lover, this might be a perfect spot for you, as they also have a bar/lounge area where you can enjoy some drinks

Overall, California Grill did NOT live up to the hype, and I probably won’t go back. Maybe I expected too much, but the food seemed overpriced, and the restaurant which I perceived to be “exclusive” felt the exact opposite – crowded, loud, and too big.

That being said, people love it here, so if you are unsure, you just might have to try it youself next time you’re in Walt Disney World!

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