California Grill
  • On Nov 11, 2017
    Sammy from VA Asked

    Coming end of December for first visit with two teenagers. Any suggestions for a restaurant to celebrate a 16th birthday?

    Hi Sammy,

    How fun to be planning a first trip to Walt Disney World! There are so many wonderful restaurants at Walt Disney World that accept reservations. Since you are planning a special celebration, I do suggest that you choose a restaurant that accepts reservations so that you can be sure to dine when and where you would like to. Let me offer you a few of my favorites for a special celebration.

    California Grill is a modern location serving California cuisine. The location is atop Disney's Contemporary Resort, so the view is amazing. If you time it right, you can even watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from this unique viewpoint - there are even outside spaces from which to watch the fireworks! If your birthday teenager loves steak, give Yachtsman Steakhouse a try. This steakhouse offers delicious steak and seafood in a lovely setting at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. If your family is up for something a little more adventurous, consider Jiko - The Cooking Place. This restaurant is located at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and offers upscale dining with flavors from Africa. After a meal here, you can go see animals on the savanna at the resort.

    Those are just a few of my favorites, Sammy. I suggest that you take a look at the list of restaurants I linked early in this answer to see what appeals to you. In order to make reservations at the restaurant you choose, you can either use the restaurant's website, or call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463). 

    Please do let us know if you have any further questions, Sammy!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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