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California Grill

Savory Pacific Coast cooking with a view of Cinderella’s Castle? That’s what you get after taking the private elevator up to the 15th floor at Disney’s Contemporary Resort! California Grill is an award-winning restaurant that combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with the melting-pot culture of California.

The menu at California Grill changes seasonally and may include specialties such as handmade Sonoma goat cheese ravioli, Florida swordfish, and oak-fired filet of beef. Famous for their mouthwatering sushi and brick oven-fired flatbreads, you can’t possibly make a bad decision with whatever you order.

Brunch at the Top
Although dinner is the only meal served at California Grill, the restaurant is open for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy live musical entertainment and complimentary mimosas throughout brunch. Treat yourself to a menu of charcuterie, sushi, and seasonal brunch dishes that are made from the freshest ingredients. To pair perfectly with your meal is a Bloody Mary bar, cocktails, craft brews, and an extensive list of wines.

California Grill Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks in this first-come, first-served style seating. Stay a little longer for one of the best views of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the lounge or the outside observation deck!

You can get to Disney’s Contemporary Resort by the complimentary monorail and bus system, or you can valet your car. There is a recommended dress code and reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Ring in 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort with the New ‘Disney Countdown to Midnight’ New Year’s Eve Celebration

Are you headed to Walt Disney World Resort to ring in the new year? There are a variety of great options for fireworks and family fun on New Year’s Eve. But if you are a partygoer  you may want to consider “Disney Countdown to Midnight – A New Year’s Eve Celebration” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.


This ticketed event will take place Dec. 31, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. at the hotel’s Convention Center. There, you can ring in 2017 in the Fantasia Ballroom by dancing to music spanning from the ’60s to today, and trying “best-of-the-best” bites and wine pairings from California Grill, Flying Fish, Cítricos and Narcoossee’s.

Party guests can also enjoy the group Alter Ego as they perform their extravagant music- and dance-filled revue, then stroll outside to catch a unique musical act playing songs of today with a retro twist. The event will be highlighted with Magic Kingdom Park fireworks viewing and a champagne toast. There will also be themed photo backdrops and props to help you capture the memories of the evening and receive a souvenir to commemorate the night. Plus complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Tickets for this special evening are extremely limited. If you have a resort reservation, you can reserve tickets starting today. Reservations will open to all Guests on July 4.

To purchase or for more information, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner.

Ring In New Year’s Eve At Walt Disney World Resort

You can pop the cork on an all-new year with Walt Disney World Resort celebrations filled with music, spectacular fireworks and delectable culinary delights.


Here’s a look at some of the ways Guests can ring in 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort

Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort

Your can swing in the New Year at Atlantic Dance Hall as they enjoy the sounds of a live big band. Party hats and horns, a viewing of the Epcot fireworks at midnight and a champagne toast are included in the cost of admission. A VIP experience, which includes access to an exclusive VIP section with a bartender and dessert bar is also available.

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contempoary Resort

In addition to traditional buffet items, you can enjoy holiday favorites on New Year’s Day such as carved and smoked pork, collard greens, ham hock, black eye peas, corn bread and seasonal fruit cobbler.

California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

With spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks, this elegant gala is a dine-around style event with food stations set up throughout the restaurant.  A complimentary bar is available, in addition to wine poured by the glass until midnight. The dress code requires everyone to look their best – a dinner jacket is required for men (tie optional) and dress or pants ensemble is required for women

La Hacienda de San Angel at Epcot

Guests can celebrate a ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! with live music, premium tequilas, festive décor and a breathtaking view of fireworks – followed by a 5-course prix-fixe dinner featuring authentic Mexican cuisine and alcohol pairings.

Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot

Featuring Canadian cuisine, this special four-course meal includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Lunch will also be served on New Year’s Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monsieur Paul at Epcot

You can delight in the culture, flavors and elegance of France as they savor a special prix-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve.

Narcoosee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This glittering New Year’s Eve celebration offers delicious local and global seafood selections, mouth-watering steaks and brilliant views of the fireworks.

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Guests can indulge in a ten-course New Year’s Eve meal, featuring eight savory courses and two dessert courses. A nine-course wine pairing with eclectic and low-production wines is also available.

World ShowPlace at Epcot

At World ShowPlace in Epcot, you can enjoy a custom New Year’s Eve Dinner buffet. Photo opportunities and classic Disney tunes make this a great experience for the whole family!

For pricing and additional details contact you Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Beginning Aug. 26, 2013, you can book reservations at the re-imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which debuts Sept. 9, 2013.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Still featuring those spectacular views of the Walt Disney World Resort, the California Grill dining room has been transformed with a sleek, contemporary interpretation of mid-century modern California design.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The new menu features seasonal ingredients and lighter fare.  Guests will enjoy updated versions of longtime favorites, such as flatbreads, grilled pork tenderloin and oak-fired filet of beef. Plus, the sushi bar will offer a new chef’s choice menu.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

With 250 options on the wine list, there are 80 by the glass, 10 varieties of sake and eight types of craft beers and ciders. And, California Grill will feature its own menu of signature cocktails that you won’t find at any other Walt Disney World Resort restaurant.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Two communal tables of 10 are positioned at the north end of the dining room for optimal fireworks viewing. For outdoor fireworks viewing there are now two areas – one on the northwest side and a new deck on the southwest side.

Reservations Open For Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The re-imagined California Grill opens daily at 5 p.m. beginning Sept. 9, 2013.

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California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gets Ready for a New Look

We recently caught up with  Chef Brian Piasecki from California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort to talk about upcoming plans for one of our favorite Walt Disney World Resort restaurants.

California Grill Chef Brian Piasecki

Chef Brian, when will California Grill temporarily close?
Chef Brian: We’ll close on January 6, 2013, and we’re all so excited about the new look – I can’t wait to share the plans!

And when do you plan to reopen?
Chef Brian: Late summer 2013.

Are you making big changes to the menu?
Chef Brian: We’ll be tweaking the menu, but we’ll still focus on a fresh, seasonal menu with top-of-the-line sushi. You can still look for creative flavors and techniques, and sophisticated cuisine – I’ve got a great group of chefs in my kitchen and a great crew in the dining room, and we all plan to return.

We heard the private dining rooms may go away?
Chef Brian: No, we’ll continue to use the two private dining rooms for personalized catering for groups and parties.

Are you getting a new onstage kitchen?
Chef Brian: We’re so excited about enhancements to the interactive kitchen – we’ll be able to give a fresh spin to California Grill classics, and add some cutting-edge new selections to the menu.

Stay tuned for updates!


California Grill Celebrates 15 Years at the Top

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — From the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, California Grill has been, literally and figuratively, at the top since its opening on May 15, 1995.

Illustrious chefs have come and gone, and today Chef Brian Piasecki is at the helm in the kitchen, continuing the Walt Disney World restaurant’s run as an award-winning dining destination.

Aluminum, glass, marble and wood combine to create a sleek modern look, and the room has a spectacular view — diners can see Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon, and get a picture-perfect view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

Countless awards, including a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon, confirm the restaurant’s enduring appeal.

California Grill classics, like the popular roast pork and polenta, have been on the menu since opening day.  All meals are made from scratch in a stage kitchen divided into seven stations, including a sushi bar, a brick pizza oven, a wood-burning grill and a dessert shop.

Among staff there since the beginning is Yoshie Cabral, one of just a handful of female sushi chefs in the United States. Her creations are one of the most-requested menu items — on a good day she’ll make more than 2,000 pieces of raw fish and rice into pristine morsels for diners, and train her protégés to slice and dice.

The restaurant’s general manager, Bridget Sherren, is a graduate of the Advanced Course of the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently preparing for the Master level.

“Wine is an essential element in the dining experience at California Grill,” explains Sherren. “And education without intimidation is one of our major goals.” She updates daily a 100-item wine list, with every wine available by the glass.