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Old 05-06-2011, 01:45 PM   #1
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Viewing Illuminations from La Hacienda de San Angel

Hello! Since I haven't been to Disney World since this restaurant was built/opened, I can't imagine how the setup is. I've seen pictures but it's never the same as seeing it with your own eyes. I've been told the views of Illuminations are great. But I have a question. Can you only see Illuminations from a window table? Is there outside seating or is that only for the CS restaurant next door? I have an 8:15 ADR and am hoping to be able to see Illuminations (showing at 9:00) from the table. Just wondering how difficult this is going to be to accomplish. Thanks!
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Hello! Since I haven't been to Disney World since this restaurant was built/opened, I can't imagine how the setup is. I've seen pictures but it's never the same as seeing it with your own eyes. I've been told the views of Illuminations are great. But I have a question. Can you only see Illuminations from a window table? Is there outside seating or is that only for the CS restaurant next door? I have an 8:15 ADR and am hoping to be able to see Illuminations (showing at 9:00) from the table. Just wondering how difficult this is going to be to accomplish. Thanks!
There is no outside seating it is glass windows all along the wall facing out. I have been against the window as well as at a table in the back and was able to watch from both locations with no problem. It is a wonderful experience to sit and have a great meal and enjoy the show. It was an excellent place to watch the show. Highly recommend. hope that helps.
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:14 PM   #3
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We went during a very slow week in November, but this place is popular for the chance to see Illum. However, just an FYI: totally different experience is possible there...about 1/3 of the seats are in a side room with NO view at all (and there are "window seats" in there, too...but the view looks at the walk-way going towards China...no view of the lagoon at all, so no Illuminations view.) We checked in at 7:40 and requested a window table...we were thrilled when they said "sure, no problem"...then we were seated at the window in the side room . Whoop tee doo, what a thrill. We expressed our dismay at this table: the hostess said it could take an hour or more to get a table in the other room...basically they'd put us on the bottom of the walk-up list--IF they were still taking walk-ups, which she wasn't sure about. When seated at 7:45 the hostess told us they basically seat the last tables in the main room at about 7:30 and those people all tend to stay until Illuminations is over. We've seen Illum. many times so we kept that table . The food & service was good.

Anyway, when Illum. starts, they dim the lights in La Hacienda (to the point you cannot see your plate to eat, even in the room with no view) If you're seated in the side room, you are allowed to get up and stand in the back of the other room where you have a so-so view (you're at the back of the room)

At 8:15, I'd say you have very little chance of getting a table with any view.
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Thanks for the info - just rebooked it for 7:15!
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