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  • On Jun 1, 2011
    Bill from NY Asked

    Hi are there any restaurants in Epcot that has outdoor table service dining where you can watch Illuminations at night?

    Hi Bill! I find watching Illuminations while sitting at my dinner table much more relaxing than standing in the midst of a crowd, and thankfully there are a few restaurants in Epcot where you can view the fireworks show 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.

    The Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion is a quick-service eatery where you can dine at outside tables while watching Illuminations, but you can't make advance reservations here.  At the adjacent La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion, the dining area is not outside but it has huge windows overlooking the World Showcase lagoon and offers 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.)

    Have a magical vacation! Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions! We'd love to help!
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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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