Is Viewing Wishes from the Cali Grill deck a "can't miss"?

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Is watching Wishes from Cali Grill deck great and a cannot miss?

  1. Yes! watching Wishes from CG deck is GREAT and it's worth re-arranging other plans around it

  2. No, not worth re-arranging other plans/ADRs around it

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  1. vinotinto

    vinotinto Just Keep Swimming

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    I need to re-arrange my ADRs to fit Jiko in. I think Jiko fits best on our AK day. Currently, for our AK day I have an ADR for Cali Grill (5:45 pm). We were planning on eating early and then returning to CG to watch Wishes at 8 pm from the viewing deck. This is only 1 of 2 nights during our trip that Wishes is early enough for my kids to watch. We will probably try to watch Wishes on the other early night, from our resort (Poly).

    So, my question is:
    1) Should I move Cali Grill to a night that does not have an early Wishes, which means we would NOT see Wishes from CG? That would allow us to eat at Jiko on our AK day.

    2) Keep CG on our current AK day/early Wishes day. Watch wishes from CG. But, we would have to eat at Jiko on our MK day, which means driving to the AK area simply for the purpose of eating at Jiko.

    Basically, is watching Wishes from the CG viewing deck really great? A must-do? Because otherwise, it does not "gel" well with the rest of our plans.

    Thanks for the input!
     
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  3. jamstew

    jamstew DIS Veteran

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    Although viewing Wishes from CR is really nice, for me there's no comparison to watching it from Main Street :goodvibes Would I trade Jiko for Wishes from CR? No way!
     
  4. GeorgeG

    GeorgeG <font color=blue>Stumped for 2005<br><font color=r

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    There are many places to get a good view of Wishes. I wouldn't change any plans just to see them from the deck on the Contemporary.
     
  5. prncess674

    prncess674 DIS Veteran

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    There is no way I would rearrange my schedule. The restaurant is clogged with people thinking there is some magical hidden view. Go to CG if you really want the food offered not to watch a fireworks display.
     
  6. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

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    Nope. If you want to see Wishes from a less-crowded venue than Main Street/anywhere inside the park, there's
    • The fourth-floor deck at the Contemporary
    • The dock area at the Contemporary
    • The TTC (but NOT the ferry dock! :))
    • Inside 'Ohana if it fits with your plans
    • The Polynesian beach
    • The Grand Floridian dock
    • The GF waterfront
    • The deck outside Narcoossee's (ideally with a dining reservation :)).
    • If you don't mind spending an outrageous amount of money - a Fireworks Cruise
    • For a slightly less outrageous cost but shared with many more Guests, the nightly Pirates-something Cruise from the Contemporary
     
  7. B-Ride

    B-Ride Getting My Disney Fix

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    I'm with you 100%. We stay at the Poly and I often jump on the monorail at night just to go to MK and watch Wishes from Main Street.
     
  8. vinotinto

    vinotinto Just Keep Swimming

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    Yeah, that's exactly what I need to know. We're eating there anyways, as the menu is appealing to us, but you have answered the question of whether it is worthwhile to schedule our dinner on an evening that allows us to return to watch wishes from viewing deck.

    Nice list! :thumbsup2

    Most have indicated that it's not worth fussing over wishes at CG. So, I will change our ADR for early on an evening that Wishes is much later and we will not go back to see them from the viewing deck. That makes it easier logistically.
     
  9. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

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    Oh, well - if you're eating there early one night and you hold on to your receipt, AND if you want/it's convenient - you'll be allowed back up to the fifteenth floor and can watch Wishes from one of the outside decks!
     
  10. Tara

    Tara Bad Influence

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    Honestly, I love CA Grill, but I'm getting a little tired of fireworks from a distance, and not from the right angle. I'm not going to go out of my way to book for fireworks time for a while, I think - and I certainly wouldn't rearrange plans for it. Lots of good tips here already for viewing Wishes, though!
     
  11. raidermatt

    raidermatt Beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression

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    Not worth it. It's a fun experience if you can make it work without too much trouble, but it sounds like it's too much trouble in your case.

    The view from the CG is neat even without the fireworks.
     

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