Update: After June 14, 2012, World of Color Dining Packages will no longer be offered at Ariel’s Grotto.
Here’s how lucky I am:
1.) I was traversing facebook the other day and randomly found Heather Sievers, who just happens to be a Disney food expert;
2.) Heather and her family also just happened to have a reservation for the World of Color prix fixe dinner at Ariel’s Grotto a couple of days later; and
3.) Heather generously put together this awesome blog about her experience.
Lucky, right? I know. Seriously, I should play the lottery.
(By the way, Heather is the brilliant inventor of Time Out Spots. Don’t know what they are? Check ‘em out! Personally, I like the t-shirts.)
July 18, 2010: Born and raised in Orange County, California, I’ve been lucky enough to have had regular visits to Disneyland since my first time on my 5th birthday. Over 15 years ago, my boyfriend (now husband) bought me my first annual pass for Christmas. We’ve renewed over & over and two kids later, our family has never skipped a year.
This means we’ve been closely watching the construction of World of Color since the Paradise Pier Lagoon was emptied nearly a year and a half ago. I knew I wanted to see the show as soon as possible, but I also knew that it would be nearly impossible to get near it…. Fans of all food Disney, I knew they had to have some dinners lined up that would include reserved seating for the show. So what did I do? I called Disney Dining every single day for about 6 weeks straight to ask about it. I know a bit extreme, but guess what? I got my reservation the DAY they started taking them.
We all know that the show opened on June 11, 2010, but we had company coming the following week that wanted to join us, so I waited out one week and made the reservation for Friday, June 18th. (I’m sure you are thinking, “get to the food part, get to the food part;” I promise I am almost there.) My options for in-restaurant dining were Ariel’s Grotto or the Wine Country Trattoria. I’ve dined at Ariel’s Grotto several times and have never been disappointed, so we chose the Prix Fixe World of Color Menu there.
Our dinner reservation was at 7:00 for the 9:00 show. You must check in, eat, and then pay before they fork over the reserved tickets for the show. Dinner is not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. We literally ate for about an hour and a half straight, so pace yourself.
The meal starts with a beautiful bread basket accompanied with a trio of spreads (ranch, butter & pesto).
You then have a choice of antipasti for the table: cured meats and shellfish or grilled vegetables and cheeses. We went for the veggies and cheese and it was not only beautiful, but also delicious. The endive cups with blue cheese, apples, walnuts and dried cranberries were my favorite. Their house citrus-tarragon vinaigrette is also very tasty.
The children were brought an appetizer of apple gelatin sticks, watermelon and some mozzarella cheese, a perfect kid friendly dish.
Each member then chooses their main entree. There were 6 in all to choose from: Santa Maria Style Tri-tip, Fillet of Redfish, Spinach and Ricotta Agnolotti, Herb Crusted Chicken Breast, Mafalde Pasta with Italian Sausage, and a mixed seafood dish called Cioppino. Really something for everyone. Two of us chose the chicken and my husband went with the Tri-tip. Again, there were no complaints.
The kids menu had 4 entrees to choose from: Glazed Chicken on a Bamboo Skewer, Kid’s Cut Tri Tip, Seashell Pasta (mac n’ cheese) and Meatball Lollipops (turkey). My boys both chose the tri-tip. The portion was just right for my 6 year old, but my 8 year old was left wanting more. I think he’s really close to ordering from the adult menu, which means he’d better get a j-o-b!
Dessert consisted of a colorful (no pun intended, but I’ll roll with it) platter of treats. The Chocolate Molten Cake was my favorite and I also really enjoyed the Passion Fruit Quenelles. My boys loved the white chocolate World of Color Film Strip, which I hated to see them break and munch up, it was SO cute.
World of Color Prix Fixe reservations are booked up to 30 days in advance, and due to the overwhelming demand at this time, there are no “walk ins.” We saw several people being turned away. Adults (ages 10 & up are considered adult) are $36.99 and children ages 3-9 are $20.99. If you have an annual pass, don’t forget to use your passholder discount: 15% off for Premium and 10% off for all other annual passes.
Thanks again to Heather Sievers for this incredible review — the pictures are awesome, aren’t they? While I’m not sure how long it will be before I’m in Disneyland again to see World of Color, I’m pretty sure I’m booking one of the dinner packages; seems like a great deal!
Have you had a World of Color table-service dinner or picnic, yet? Are you hoping to? As always, we’d love to hear your comments and thoughts below!