Dinner during Illuminations at Epcot

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by hunteraub, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. hunteraub

    hunteraub Earning My Ears

    Feb 2, 2013
    Is there only one restaurant at Epcot that is a good viewing area for Illuminations? I've read about Rose & Crown being a great place for dinner right before Illuminations but no other restaurant. Please advise.
  2. disnut8

    disnut8 DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2005
    La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico is also lagoon side.

    Please understand that with both of these restaurants, you are not guaranteed perfect seating to view Illuminations. With the Rose and Crown, you might be seated inside and have to leave your table to see Illuminations. You cannot pick and choose your tables.
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  4. Tpiejg

    Tpiejg Disney Nana

    Mar 28, 2012
    There is no guarantee at any restaurant you will be able to see Illuminations. At the rose and crown they do let you go out on to the patio to see the show. I have heard that If you have a table on the patio it doesn't mean you will be able to see. There are awnings that can get in your way. The only other restaurant that is on the water is La Hacienda, but it has very limited views. You can ask for one of those tables but are not guaranteed one.
  5. AngiTN

    AngiTN DIS Veteran

    Mar 7, 2011
    We've booked both Rose and Crown and La Hacienda de San Angel with hopes to see Illuminations. I made our reservations at 7:30 or 7:45 both times

    We were able to both times. Luck played in to it as much as anything, I realize that. La Hacienda de San Angel is the one that gets a slight nod as being better, in our opinion.

    First time, at R&C, we got seated right on the rail overlooking the lagoon. We had good seats though the smoke from the fireworks tended to linger so we ended up with some obscured views. Those who didn't have good seating from their dining locations were told they could move to where they could see.

    This last time we were at La Hacienda de San Angel. The lay out of the dining room is such that most everyone in the inner ring can see the lagoon clearly, even if they are not at the window. We were 3 tables away and saw the entire thing clearly. Again, there was an announcement that if someone couldn't see they could move to an area where they could see. The smoke did not linger over this side of the lagoon as much so we had a better view for the entire show.
  6. cheer25mom

    cheer25mom DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2013
    We have done illuminations at La Hacienda and really enjoyed it. We did not have a window table, but were able to see fine. Most of the dining room did not have to move to see. Those that did need to move were easily able to do so. The best restaurant for fireworks, IMO, is Cali Grill for wishes. We did this last year for DD's birthday and it was AMAZING!!!!!
  7. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    I think you are meaning La Hacienda de San Angel. The San Angel Inn is the one inside the pyramid at Mexico. No view of the fireworks from there!;) Just to make sure whoever reads this doesn't book the wrong San Angel.

    And of course we can't forget La Cantina de San Angel, the quick service place on the lagoon.
  8. AngiTN

    AngiTN DIS Veteran

    Mar 7, 2011
    That's true. I used a short version of the name that would be confusing. I do mean the outdoor TS location.
  9. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Seeing isn't Believing, Believing is Seeing.

    Aug 8, 2000
    Illuminations restaurant viewing
    . . . Rose & Crown (UK) - Excellent Patio View
    . . . La Hacienda (MX) - Excellent Window View
    . . . Spice Road Table (MA) - Excellent Water-Side View (coming soon)
    . . . Tokyo Dining (JP) - Good Window view, Good Patio View
    . . . Chef de France (FR) - Obstructed Window View
    . . . Bistro de Paris (FR) - Partially Obstructed Window View
    . . . Liberty Inn (US) - Obstructed Patio View
  10. MyTwoPrincesses

    MyTwoPrincesses DIS Veteran

    Sep 1, 2009
    This is really helpful. Thanks! I booked a 7:45 dinner at La Hacienda de San Angel in the hopes of viewing Illuminations at the restaurant.
  11. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

    Feb 11, 2009
    True. We were seated on the upper patio at R&C and had an obstructed view. Also, R&C seats on a first come first served basis for seating. If a table with a view is available, they will give it to you, but they won't allow you to wait for one. You have to take what's available.

    We were seated about 40 minutes after our ADR time when we went to R&C. They were extremely busy due to Illuminations, and this was in September. I'd imagine most nights are like this. Took us 20 minutes in line just to get up to the podium to check in! To me, it wasn't worth the hassle and I will just find a spot to watch Illuminations next time.
  12. GoofySon'sMom

    GoofySon'sMom DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2007
    We had a window table at La Hacienda and it was a truly amazing view of Illuminations ...


    We have also eaten at Tokyo Dining and did not have a table with a good view but we went out on the balcony to watch. It was an obstructed view but because we have seen the show so many times it was an interesting angle.
  13. ZoZo

    ZoZo DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005
    this is what happend to us. We were excited to be seated on the patio at R&C, but seated next to th wall under an awning. I couldn't see at all and ended up having to get up and stand at the railing. That was okay, but sort of defeated the purpose of ating at R&C. Plus I thought the food was only okay, so looking back, I wouln't do it again. I would just time my meal at another restaurant (that I like better than R&C) to watch the show, and then stand at some other place at the railing around the lagoon.

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