California Grill Opening Later This Summer – Some Reservations Available for November

As fine dining fans eagerly wait for the date for the reopening of the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort, there is some exciting news to report about reservations for later this year.

First, let's talk about the renovation. The initial plan was for a kitchen refurbishment, but that soon turned into a grand vision to reimagine the entire restaurant. Disney partnered with the Puccini Group - a California-based design firm - to create a space that is nostalgic and modern.

For example, the carpet pattern is inspired by the works of Mary Blair while the design of the restaurant will evoke a mid-century modern look that includes sleek lighting, clean lines, and "hip" furnishings. There will also be two "communal" tables seating 10 guests each with a view of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks.

In addition to the new decor and seating, there will be new entrees added to the menu including a 24-hour braised beef short rib and a holistic duck dish.

Now, if you just can't wait to dine at the new California Grill we have some news for you. Our friends at the Disney Food Blog have told us that reservations are currently available on November 18 and there are booking times available after that date as well. This means, if you have a Disney resort reservation and you're calling at exactly 180 days out and use the chance to book 10 days after your check-in date, you may be able to get a reservation.

Reservations prior to November 18 are not yet available due to the fact that a date for reopening has not yet been announced.

Please let us know in the comments if you've had a different experience when trying to make a reservation at the California Grill for a date post-renovation.

Story by Traci C., Source

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 13:07:

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I am so looking forward to going back to California Grill and everything I hear about the reimagining is just awesome!

JoAnn C wrote on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:40:

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I can't wait to try it. I was so excited when I got an ADR for my trip in November.

Felicity J wrote on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 20:07:

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I work at WDW at a Deluxe Resort and we as a company have NOT been given the dates for opening. November 18th is the only date available at this time. NO OTHER RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN! Keep checking back!

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