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Disneyland reserved spots for shows and events. How to get the best viewing 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 view available with Disneyland reserved spaces.
Disneyland Resort likes to combine two popular elements into one when talking Disneyland reserved viewing: 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 viewing for evening events and other shows around the resort. This article outlines dining options along with their current entertainment counterpart.
Disneyland Reserved Viewing: 60 Days in Advance
The first thing you need to know is reserved space is in high demand. Mark your calendar for 60 days out so you can grab that coveted reservation as soon as its available. During rare holiday events, reservations may not open until closer to the date.
- Reserve your spot and dining package online here or call (714) 781-3463.
- You will need a credit card to hold your reservation. Some reserved areas require immediate payment.
- If you don’t see any openings online or are booking multiple dining reservations, call (714) 781-3463.
Disneyland Reserved Viewing: Christmas Fantasy Parade (during Holidays)
This parade runs seasonally during the Holidays at Disneyland Resort. For more information about planning your holiday visit, check out our Holiday guide here.
Christmas Fantasy Parade reserved viewing and meal 39.99 for adults, 24.99 for kids.The long running Christmas Fantasy Parade returns to Disneyland Park during the holidays and new in 2018, you can secure reserved space for the second parade of the day with dining from Plaza Inn. The fare will be similar to the Plaza Inn offering during Pixar Play Parade with a picnic lunch enjoyed at Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A. under the pink umbrellas or take your meal to eat on the go. Featuring a “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.” Vegetarian options are available upon request. Your space will be in a reserved area on Main Street, U.S.A.
Another way to see Christmas Fantasy Parade with reserved space is by booking the holiday tour; read more about the guided tour is at Disneyland Resort here.
Note Fantasmic will be down from mid January 2018 through March 8. 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 space, and it’s really the only way I recommend watching it. The crowds and packed person-to-person just isn’t enjoyable. Disneyland reserved viewing for Fantasmic! is the only way to go.
Fantasmic! and Blue Bayou $65. 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 space 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. River Belle Terrance reserved viewing 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 table 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 space will be along Rivers of America or at your seat if you choose the 8:00pm upgraded option.
Fantasmic! and Hungry Bear Restaurant $30. 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 60 minutes before the show begins. More budget friendly, priced at $30 for ages 10+, 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 and children’ menu are the same and include 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
- You may substitute regular menu items while still paying the reserved dining fee. This is subject to availably and may not be offered every time.
- Fountain or bottled drink
- No dessert
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.
What time do Disneyland fireworks start? Between 9:00pm and 10:30pm, depending on the season and schedule. You can check Disneyland’s daily schedule here for exact times. Fireworks do not run every night of the year, and can be cancelled due to weather or wind.
How long do Disneyland fireworks last? Disneyland Resort fireworks last about 15 to 20 minutes.
Are there fireworks every night at Disneyland? No, fireworks do not run every night. Typically, they run every night during summer months, reducing to Halloween Party nights only during Halloween Time. Fireworks show more frequently during Holiday season, and often weekends only in the winter months.
Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Review I love when my readers chime in with their Disneyland experience. Reader Hortencia P. had this to say about Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge:
“If you are thinking of booking this or are on the fence like I was go ahead and book it! I wasn’t too sure going into it but it turned out to be a great experience. The Cast Members were super attentive. The view was excellent. The couches were comfortable. They give you blankets to keep warm if you want and phone charges to use if you need them. Each table has Connect Four or Jenga and there are also large versions of each game.The dessert pack was yummy and they even gave us one for our 2 year old. Minnie comes by to each table to visit and take pictures. She also came back and played a round of Jenga with the kids. One of the Cast Members comes around and asks if you want to play Hangman (we did of course) too! The drinks are unlimited and you can take as much as is available on your way out. Both my husband and I walked away feeling very pleased and glad we decided to do it because it ended up being a great end to our trip.”
Only offered during the exclusive, after hours event, you can dine at Blue Bayou $72 for adults and $29 for children. Your 3 course meal includes reserved seating for the Frightfully Fun Parade which only shows during Mickey’s Halloween Party. “Our dreadfully delish menu will satisfy centuries-old ghouls and pumpkin lovers alike! Sink your fangs into 3 crypt-astic courses that include appetizers as well as entrees to die for—pan-seared salmon, roasted chicken breast, bone-in rib eye and herb-crusted rack of lamb, to name a few. And don’t forget to save some room for our devilishly divine desserts!” -Disneyland Resort
VIP seating for Frozen — Live at the Hyperion.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).
Disneyland Reserved Viewing: Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade returns in early 2019. I would love to see a dining package similar to the one offered during Pixar Fest for the Pixar Play Parade. Stay tuned for details on reserved viewing for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade in 2019. This parade normally runs twice a day.
Note: Paint the Night Parade is no longer running at Disneyland Resort. 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 returned to Disneyland Resort, this time at California Adventure Park during Pixar Fest and beyond .
Paint the Night Parade VIP Viewing Package $249 (offer ended 2018) If the $99 price tag wasn’t enough for you (see Carthay Circle option below), there’s now a $249 per person VIP viewing available on select Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm. This 5-course meal with wine pairings begins on the second floor of Wine Country Trattoria, then enjoy desserts and drinks on the balcony of Bourdin Bakery. See booking details here. You will also enjoy prime viewing of Paint the Night Parade. Paint the Night and Carthay Circle $99 (offer ended 2018) As I reported in early 2018, Paint the Night dining package with a premier viewing location along the parade route as a partnership with Carthay Circle has been announced.
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 (offer ended 2018). Sonoma Terrace is a wonderful evening event.
Begin by checking in around an hour before the parade. There are seats and tables along the parade route, this space is reserved just for Sonoma Terrace diners and no one will be sitting in front of you on the ground. When I checked in, I could choose from front table or a second row bar height table.
Along with the plate of food they serve both alcoholic (limit 2) and non-alcohlic drinks (unlimited). Includes a truffle assortment to take home for a late night sweet snack.
Paint the Night and Wine Country Trattoria $38-49 (offer ended 2018). 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. 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!)
Note Pixar Play Parade is not currently running. 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.
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.”
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. 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 biscuits.
World of Color Dessert Party $80.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. 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.
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