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  • On Jan 15, 2011
    Angela from CA Asked

    We are a family of 4, & I've heard that you can't participate in the Epcot International Dinner & Illuminations Dessert Reception unless you are a party of 8. Can anyone recommend a full service restaurant where we can watch the fireworks during d

    Hi Angela! I'd much rather view the fireworks while sitting at my dinner table than standing in the midst of a crowd, and thankfully there are a few restaurants in Epcot where you can view Illuminations while you dine. The best spot to have a table-service meal while watching Illuminations is the Rose & Crown, where a portion of the tables are on an outside patio with a view of the World Showcase lagoon. The outdoor tables are in high demand, and unfortunately you aren't guaranteed to get one. The best way to snag one of the coveted patio tables is to make your reservation one and a half hours before Illuminations. When you arrive at the Rose & Crown, tell the castmember that you'd like to have an outside table so you can view the fireworks during your meal, and be willing to wait a bit for a table. If you aren't seated on the patio, you can still walk outside to the patio to view Illuminations during your meal.
     
    La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion has huge windows overlooking the World Showcase lagoon and has a nice view of Illuminations if you're seated at one of those window-side tables. You can make advance reservations here, but like Rose & Crown, you're not guaranteed a table with a view, so arrive early and make a request for one. (Between La Hacienda and Rose & Crown, I personally prefer the view and the food at Rose & Crown.)

    There is an International Dinner & Illuminations Dessert Reception for Grand Gatherings, which are groups of 8 or more guests. The dinner is actually inside, but you are escorted to an Illuminations viewing area where you can stand and watch the fireworks while eating desserts. You could join with another family traveling at the same time as you to have a group large enough to participate, but I think you'll find that the restaurants above offer great views of the fireworks at a more affordable price than this special event.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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