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Disneyland reserved seats for shows and events. How to get the best seats at Disneyland’s Fantasmic!, parades like Paint the Night, Frozen—Live at The Hyperion and more.
Spend less time saving seats for Disneyland shows and events. Don’t wait a minute longer than you need to or camp out for hours. Here’s how you can get the best seats available with Disneyland reserved seating.
Disneyland Resort likes to combine two popular elements into one when talking Disneyland reserved seats: food and entertainment. This is truly the best of both worlds because you get to enjoy a nice meal, often times at premier dining establishments, and secure prime seating for evening events and other shows around the resort.
This article outlines dining options along with their current entertainment counterpart.
Disneyland Reserved Seats: 60 Days in Advance
The first thing you need to know is reserved seats are in high demand. Mark your calendar for 60 days out so you can grab that coveted reservation as soon as its available.
- Reserve your seats and dining package online here or call (714) 781-3463.
- You will need a credit card to hold your reservation. Some reserved seats require immediate payment.
- If you don’t see any openings online or are booking multiple dining reservations, call (714) 781-3463.
After an extensive closure to re-route the Rivers of America and create access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Fantasmic returned to huge crowds on July 17, 2017. See my live video getting Fantasmic FASTPASS that morning. You can now view Fantasmic! with reserved seats, and it’s really the only way I recommend watching it. The crowds and packed person-to-person just isn’t enjoyable. Disneyland reserved seats for Fantasmic! is the only way to go.
Fantasmic! and Blue Bayou $65 (currently available)
This is a premier dining experience at $65 for ages 10+ and $25 for children. Includes a starter (salad, gumbo, shrimp cocktail), an entree (eight choices, similar to the Blue Bayou regular menu) and dessert (Sorcerer Mickey “Fantasmic!” Dessert, Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlèe with fresh berries or 8-Layer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake).
Children’s menu (3 – 9) is $25 for veggies and ranch, and entree choice of salmon, roast beef, chicken breast or mac and cheese, plus a Mickey chocolate cake for dessert. Kids ages 2 and under are free but must be included in the total party number when you make reservations, and this assumes they will share a meal with a parent. Drinks, tax and tips are all in addition to the above rate.
You’ll find your reserved seat front and center along the Rivers of America; your dining package also comes with a souvenir cushion to sit on during the show.
Fantasmic! and Cafe Orleans $45 (offer ended November 2017)
Cafe Orleans was a temporary reserved seating option in fall of 2017 when River Belle Terrace was undergoing renovations. While it’s no longer an official reserved area for Fantasmic!, many people have reported successful viewing here with a late dining reservation.
Fantasmic! and River Belle Terrace $45 (currently available)
River Belle Terrance reserved seats offers two options: dine anytime during Fantasmic! dining options for $45 for ages 10+ and $25 for children or upgrade to 8:00pm dining and enjoy the show from your seat for an extra $15 per person. Includes a starter (house salad, corn chowder), an entree (eight choices, similar to the River Belle Terrance regular menu) and dessert (Maleficent Dragon “Fantasmic!” Dessert, strawberry shortcake, butterscotch pudding). Reserved seats will be along Rivers of America or at your seat if you choose the 8:00pm upgraded option.
Fantasmic! and Hungry Bear Restaurant $30 (currently available)
This on-the-go package can be eaten anywhere in the park, and even at your reserved spot along Rivers of America. If your reservation is at 4 pm, you eat anywhere in the park and return to your spot at the Rivers of America about 30 minutes before the show begins. More budget friendly, priced at $30 for ages 10+ all meals come with mixed green salad, dinner roll, marbled cheesecake and a drink. Entree choices are: chicken breast, lasagna, vegetarian lasagna. Children ages 3 – 9 are $20. Kids ages 2 and under are free but must be included in the total party number when you make reservations, and this assumes they will share a meal with a parent.
Adult menu includes these options:
- Cedar Salt Roasted Salmon, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
BBQ Chicken, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
- Blackberry BBQ Pork Ribblettes, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
- Mushroom and Leek Frittata, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
Many guests report they were able to substitute regular menu items while still paying the reserved dining fee. This is subject to availably and may not be offered every time.
Most of the reserved seats (benches in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle) you see are set aside for special visiting guests of the Disney company. Sometimes someone might magically get selected to sit there, but pretty much these aren’t the seats you’re going to get :(.
Fireworks and Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge $45
Beyond scoping out areas along Main Street, U.S.A, in front of “it’s a small world” or one of the many areas to watch fireworks at Disneyland Resort, you can secure an elite area in Tomorrowland for fireworks viewing. Above it all in Tomorrowland, you’ll get access to an exclusive area featuring retro décor and desserts as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Access is available from 8-10 p.m.
At California Adventure Park you can secure reserved seats for Frozen—Live at the Hyperion with a dining package. The dining package is NOT a princess dining package, you simply dine with your party and no Frozen characters are present.
This is probably the only dining package I would not consider because seating is never hard to find during this incredible stage production. During the show you’ll see your favorite Disney characters from Frozen perform, but you can also meet Anna & Elsa in person at California Adventure Park at a different location (check the Disneyland app for place and times).
Paint the Night debuted at Disneyland Park in 2015 for the Diamond Celebration. It concluded it’s first run at Disneyland during the 2016 Holiday Season. Paint the Night will return to Disneyland Resort, this time at California Adventure Park during Pixar Fest which kicks off April 13, 2018 .
Paint the Night and Carthay Circle $99 (begins April 13)
This 4 course meal starts at $99 for adults and $45 for children. You will sit in prime viewing area on director chairs for the parade.
No meal is complete without dessert right?
Sonoma Terrace Paint the Night Reception $80 (begins April 13)
Similar to the World of Color Dessert Party (as pictured above), this Paint the Night Reception has actual seats above the parade route (second floor overlooking). Sonoma Terrace will provide a tray of desserts along with both alcoholic and non-alcohlic drinks. Includes a truffle assortment to take home for a late night sweet snack.
Paint the Night and Wine Country Trattoria $38-49 ( begins April 13)
Enjoy a meal and then find your reserved seats along the parade route for Paint the Night Parade. Choose from a lunch option starting at $38 for adults; $21 for kids or a dinner option starting at $49 for adults; $25 for kids. Each meal is a 3 course prix fixe menu, details coming soon.
Paint the Night and Aladdin’s Oasis $23 (offer ended 2016)
This on-the-go package can be eaten anywhere in the park, and even at your reserved parade spot near “it’s a small world”. If your reservation is at 4 pm, you eat anywhere in the park and return to your spot at the parade about 30 minutes before the show begins. More budget friendly, priced at $22.99 for ages 10+ all meals come with mixed green salad, dinner roll, marbled cheesecake and a drink. Entree choices are: chicken breast, lasagna, vegetarian lasagna. Children ages 3 – 9 are $13.99. Kids ages 2 and under are free but must be included in the total party number when you make reservations, and this assumes they will share a meal with a parent. All meals come with vegetables, fruit, dinner roll, Mickey cookie and a drink. Entree choices are: chicken breast, spaghetti and sauce, mac and cheese.
Paint the Night and Blue Bayou $62 (offer ended 2016)
This is a premier dining experience at $62 for ages 10+. Includes a starter (salad, gumbo, shrimp cocktail), an entree (eight choices, similar to the Blue Bayou regular menu) and dessert (lemon creme brûlée, chocolate hazelnut cake, pear almond galette). Children 3 – 9 are $25 for veggies and ranch, and entree choice of salmon, roast beef, chicken breast or mac and cheese, plus a Mickey chocolate cake for dessert. Kids ages 2 and under are free but must be included in the total party number when you make reservations, and this assumes they will share a meal with a parent. Drinks, tax and tips are all in addition to the above rate. You’ll find your reserved spot on Main Street near Carnation Cafe (a great spot to dine for breakfast!)
You can now get reserved seating for the daytime parade, Pixar Play Parade while it runs at Disneyland Park. I’ve never had a hard time finding seats for daytime parades, so I am very on the fence about paying extra for this experience. Especially since Pixar Play Parade has had a long run at California Adventure.
However, having a picnic lunch from one of my favorite Disneyland restaurants does have me curious. Curious enough for the up-charge? We’ll have to see about that.
You’ll dine at Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A. under the pink umbrellas, and according to Disney Parks Blog, “Here you can savor a delicious picnic-inspired meal with a chicken breast and leg, white cheddar macaroni and cheese, lemon green beans, watermelon salad, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. The kid’s meal will include chicken tenders, choice of side, fruit, pudding dessert and your choice of beverage. In addition, vegetarian options are available upon request. When you book this dining package, you will also receive Disney FASTPASS for special reserved viewing areas for Pixar Play Parade.”
I expect reserved seating to be along Main Street, U.S.A. You can begin making these reservations on March 13th.
At California Adventure Park, World of Color has been the night time entertainment staple since 2010. Dining packages abound for reserved seats during World of Color.
World of Color and Carthay Circle $62 (currently available)
Premium dining and reserved seats at World of Color, standing room only but front and center viewing area. This three course meal comes with a variety of options from Carthay’s regular menu. Whatever you do, be sure to try the signature fried busicuts.
World of Color Dessert Party $80 (currently available)
The World of Color Dessert Party is the only option to actually sit during World of Color. You will be guided to a seat at either a bar-height table or regular height table for your dining experience. To-go boxes are available and this service gets rave reviews. At press time, you do need to pay in full at time of reservation.
World of Color and Wine Country Trattoria $50 (currently available)
This three-course meal has a variety of Mediterranean options on your plate. I went with the Italian Insalata (love olives on a salad!), Salmon (the sauce is to die for!) and a chocolate dessert I couldn’t pronounce. The atmosphere at Wine Country Trattoria is perfection. I sat outdoors in the pale moonlight with a heat lamp nearby to keep me nice and warm.
There are a lot of reserved dining options to choose from, so don’t get overwhelmed! Leave your question in the comment section and I am happy to help you narrow it down.