Back in December, when Matt and I were trying to get the most out of our annual pass before the winter holiday block out dates, we finally decided to reserve one of the show dining packages. For some reason, we thought that they were unnecessarily expensive and weren’t any good anyways. We were so very wrong. For World of Color, choosing the dining package means you don’t have to run for the FastPasses as soon as you get in the park. It also means you don’t have to start lining up and shoving through the crowds 2 hours before the show!
A Disney dining package has a set price and provides you with a delicious meal and also a ticket to a reserved viewing area for the show! If I’m correct, the only show that doesn’t have a dining option would be the fireworks, but they’re good for viewing almost anywhere in the park (and outside of it) so I can see why it’s not necessary. You can also choose either lunch or dinner for your dining package. It includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert plate. The only downside? You can only choose your meal from a prixe fix menu. What does this mean? If you were planning to enjoy one of the regular menu items and it isn’t on the set menu, unfortunately you’re out of luck. But it’s okay! The menu items available with the dining packages are still delicious and I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you love.
Lunch at Wine Country Trattoria
Matt and I chose to have lunch at Wine Country Trattoria. I’m so happy we chose to try out the dining package with World of Color. It’s my absolute favorite nighttime show within Disneyland. Our price was around $35 per person and included an appetizer, entree, and dessert plate to share. I chose to have a salad and Matt chose the daily special, Italian Wedding soup. Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of either, but the salad was the usual salad. The soup, however was so good I wish i had more.
For Matt’s entree, he chose the Beef Ravioli. It looks like a little, but those ravioli pieces were huge! It would have been enough to fill me up, but of course, not enough for Matt. :stuck_out_tongue: I didn’t get too much of a taste, but Matt thought it was quite good. The sauce was a bit too strong and salty for his tastes, but overall combined with the ravioli made for a great dish.
I chose the Potato Gnocchi for my entree. I was deciding between this or the lasagna, but I’m so glad I chose this! The gnocchi was so light and airy. The sauce was very creamy, but not so much that it made me feel sick. I was pretty sad when I finished eating because I realized that the deliciousness ended. :joy:
Since we were celebrating our 5.5 year anniversary anyways, we added on the California Country Wine Flight. Why not, right? Drinks are not included in the price of the dining package, so they are an additional cost.
For a second there, Matt and I thought we had to pick only one dessert for each of us. Luckily, we get a whole plate of small desserts. Hooray! Our dessert plate included: Ghiardelli Chocolate-Caramel Panna Cotta, Trattoria Tiramisu, Macarons, and Lemon Profiteroles. The tiramisu and the panna cotta were so good. We saved those for last. Now, I’m a macaron person and I did not like those macarons. Maybe it’s the flavor (I think it was raspberry and green apple?), but it wasn’t enjoyable. The profiteroles were also way too tart. I know it’s lemon, but where’s the sugar?! Well, 2 out of 4 is still good :stuck_out_tongue: the panna cotta and the tiramisu more than made up for what the other two desserts lacked!
Watching World of Color
There are two separate viewing areas for the World of Color reserved dining package. One for Carthay Circle Restaurant and one for both Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria. The only thing I can assume that separates the two is price. I personally feel like the Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria viewing area was a lot better than the Carthay Circle viewing area, but that’s just me. It’s a little further back from the center viewing angle of Mickey’s Wheel so the projections were much clearer.
I love the way photos of World of Color end up on my camera, heh. I only spend the first minute or so of the show setting up the camera and then I just keep it pointed there the whole time and snap away. It makes it so much easier to enjoy the show when I’m not looking through my lens the whole time. Plus, it’s always a nice surprise to see what I ended up capturing!
My camera is a little zoomed in, so here’s a capture (completely unedited) from Matt’s GoPro so you can see exactly how perfect our viewing angle was!
We only arrived 30 minutes before the show started for our viewing area. It wasn’t crowded at all and there was room to sit! Not having to wait and shove through a line 1-2hrs before the show was probably the best part. We just went around and rode rides until up to half an hour before. We probably could’ve gotten to the area 10 or 15 minutes before and still got the spot we had, but we didn’t know what to expect for the first time. It might be different if the park was more crowded, but I’m sure it’s still a significant improvement to waiting in the FastPass line!
So, if you’re going to watch one of the shows and you’re planning to eat in the park anyways, make a reservation for the dining package! It is still first come, first serve for tickets (and viewing times). I made my reservation online at Disneyland.com. If you’re doing the same, make sure you pick the reservation option for the show you want. It’s separate than just the restaurant reservation alone. I’m also told you can call in your reservation at: (714) 781-DINE. Just don’t forget to mention that you’re reserving a dining package with the show. :blush:
Oh, I almost forgot! Annual Passholder discounts do still apply for the base dining package and non-alcoholic drinks. As usual, doesn’t apply on alcoholic drinks.
I’m fairly happy with my experience this time around! The viewing area was superb. 10/10, would buy again. Next time, we’re going for the Fantasmic dining package at Blue Bayou. Although since Fantasmic will be temporarily shut down during the construction of Star Wars Land, it’ll be awhile til we get to experience this next one. It’ll give us time to save some money for Blue Bayou, anyways. Oh boy is it pricey, but I’ve always wanted to be one of those people you see eating while riding Pirates of the Caribbean. :joy: