Guest Review: California Grill at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort

Join us in welcoming guest author Corey Patterson with his first review on the Disney Food Blog. Corey starts off at the top of the world with his experience at the California Grill. Take it away, Corey!

Location, location, location. Every one knows these are the three most important aspects in a successful property. However, in the case of California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the food outshines even the outstanding location and takes top billing.

For a few years, I had heard that if I couldn’t eat dinner at Victoria and Albert’s (which is on my bucket list), then California Grill was a great alternative. So, when I attended a recent conference in Orlando, I made sure that eating at the top of the Contemporary was on the agenda.

And, I must say, after my first Cali Grill experience, I would wholeheartedly agree with the high praise.


As we arrived at the Contemporary Resort, we were a little unsure of how to get to the restaurant. But signage and friendly cast members quickly pointed out the reception desk on level 2. We checked in and were whisked away in the elevator to the 15th floor at the top of the Contemporary Resort.

Check In Desk

I purposefully made our reservation at California Grill at 9:20 so that we were sure to be there during Wishes, but I was still surprised to see the restaurant so busy at that late hour. I most likely underestimated the crowds for the week and really shouldn’t have been shocked since WDW is getting busier as summer approaches.

Since we made a reservation, we walked right in and didn’t wait more than 10 minutes for our table (which was enough time to grab something from the awesome bar!). A very nice young lady named Sam greeted us when our table was ready and made it a point to explain everything about the restaurant (such as the location of the Terraces and the restrooms,) and even slowly walked us by the open kitchen on the way to the table so we could witness the magic happening there.

Open Kitchen

While Sam was wonderful, we were a little disappointed when we learned [Read more…]

24-Hour Dining Option at WDW: A Tip From the DFB Guide

Disney Food Blog’s own The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2013 e-Book — offers great insight into dining at WDW! Today, I’d like to share one of my favorite late night dining tips from the DFB Guide!

If you find yourself in WDW needing to refuel late at night (this happens a lot with late flights!), there are actually a few locations around WDW that are open late, or even 24 hours!

For example, the Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is open all day and all night! It’s also a convenient stop on your way out of the Magic Kingdom. Take the resort monorail or a boat launch to the Grand Floridian before heading back to your parked car at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Late night options include a 16″ pizza, which you can customize with toppings! Or choose from individual flatbread pizzas and sandwiches. Dine in or take your food outdoors to a table overlooking the marina (and Cinderella Castle).

Want to know more about late-night and 24 hour dining in Walt Disney World?

Find it all here in the The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2013! Don’t forget to use code 2013 at check-out to get $4 off the price TODAY!

Where do you curb your late night hunger? Let us know in the comments below!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 2, 2010

Via Napoli Pizza Window

Happy New Year! The first Disney Food Post Round-Up of 2011 is here! But first — two important bits of news:

And now, on to the round-up!

WDW for Grownups has a piece about late night eating in Disney World.

Laughing Place reviews Tokyo Disneyland’s Club 33.

Main Street Gazette, in one of my favorite posts ever, reminds us of Disney’s former partnership with McDonald’s with a series of photos of old Happy Meal Epcot World Showcase toys!

Yesterland looks at Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant in Disneyland.

Everything WDW has updated info on using adult and child counter service credits from the Disney Dining Plan.

Cooking With Mickey shows us how to make Chef Mickey’s Breakfast Pizza!