Review: Celebration at the Top at Disney’s California Grill at the Contemporary Resort


Back on February 21st, in this Parks Blog post, Disney announced that a new event centered around food, alcohol, and fireworks would be taking place at California Grill. The event is currently scheduled on Sunday evenings through April 16th, with the exception of March 5th due to a previously scheduled event. You can catch up on Disney’s official word, in addition to being able to check availability and book the event, here.

At a cost of $123.26 per person with mandatory 18% gratuity and 6.5% sales tax, Disney promised “canapés, a selection of sushi rolled by the expert California Grill sushi chefs, a selection of flatbreads and other small plates” in addition to “a complimentary bar offering craft beers, California wines, cordials and coffee” located inside ” intimate and secluded banquet rooms.” After that, “guests will be lead to their private observation deck, which offers stunning views of Magic Kingdom park and the fireworks. After taking in the breathtaking sights and sounds, guests can return to the private room for petit four desserts including decadent chocolate confections and fruit tarts.”

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Walt Disney World 2017 Dated Merchandise

Here’s a look at what should be most or all of the 2017 dated merchandise available at Walt Disney World.

Most or all of it is available via the Disney Store or Shop Disney Parks app, in addition to the major stores on property:

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Taste of Tiffins Review and Rivers of Light Pictures

The website has published two sizable reviews of Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The first dinner review includes pictures and descriptions of every single appetizer, entree, and dessert on the menu, in addition to 30+ pictures of the three dining rooms. I followed that up with a Taste of Tiffins review, which took a look at the $28 lunch offering which includes a choice of two items alongside a jade blend rice. Today, we return to the Taste of Tiffins and check out the newish lamb entree, in addition to an update on what’s going on with Nomad Lounge. And I conclude with a lot of pictures of Rivers of Light.

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Coronado Springs Resort Building Demolition Begins with Las Ventanas Lunch Review

Last week, Disney made a pretty significant announcement that construction was already underway on a new 15-story, 500+ room tower at the Coronado Springs Resort. That tower will contain some number of “regular rooms,” in addition to suites and “concierge level services.” And perhaps most interestingly, a rooftop restaurant that promises “panoramic views of popular nighttime fireworks from nearby Disney theme parks” will be added. New bridges will be constructed to better connect other guest areas with the tower and new “floating gardens” will also be added to brighten up the landscape. You can read the full announcement here in case you haven’t already read 75 different versions slightly reworded.

The construction is immediately noticeable as you approach the gate as the Cabanas building that’s being torn down is just inside the resort’s main entrance on the right.

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Epcot Festival of the Arts Review

Back on November 21st, 2016, Disney announced that a new Festival would be arriving at Epcot. Running on Fridays through Mondays from January 13 – February 20, I thought the event fit Epcot’s theme perfectly and added a lot of fun and interesting things to do.

Now that the Festival is over, I’m not sure if this post is more or less useless than it would have been had it turned up a couple of days after the Arts debuted.

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