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Limited-Time Menu Items Coming to Disney’s California Grill for 50th Celebration

As Walt Disney World prepares for its 50th Anniversary Celebration, one of the most beloved Disney Resort restaurants is getting a special menu for the occasion! With stunning views of Magic Kingdom Park and the Seven Seas Lagoon, it’s no wonder this 15th-floor restaurant within Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a Disney fan-favorite. And now, if you’re visiting during Walt Disney World’s 18-month long celebration, you’ll have a chance to enjoy a special, limited-time menu that is as enticing as ever!

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California Grill will offer a limited-time three-course menu with dishes inspired by past favorites as well as new market-fresh creations. Check out the yummy menu additions below as shared by Disney Parks Blog.

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Including sushi on this special menu was a given! The California Grill Sushi Classics Trio – Blue Crab California Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Spicy Kazan Roll – brings together three of the most popular rolls on one plate. I love the Spicy Kazan Roll with blue crab, yellowfin tuna tataki, and sweet shrimp. But what makes this sushi roll unique is the Fireball Sauce with bay scallops, avocado, and mango, bringing the flavor to another level.

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The House-Made Artisanal-Style Duck á la Orange Pizza has a fun backstory. Long Island Duckling with Orange Sauce was on the original Top of the World menu, and with artisanal flatbreads and pizzas from the on-stage wood-fired grills being a guest favorite, it made perfect sense to marry the two!  Enter this delicious pizza with duck prosciutto and confit, orange-black mission fig jam, pickled shallots, aged blue cheese, and arugula – an homage to the classic from Top of the World and a California Grill staple. 

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The Oak-Fired Filet of Beef with Black Truffle-Brown Butter Château Potatoes, Golden Raisins Vinaigrette, Cauliflower, and Black Garlic Butter has layers of incredible flavors. I LOVE a great filet (and the chefs top this one with roasted tomato butter – yum!), but these Château Potatoes are beyond fabulous – slowly cooked in brown butter and topped with freshly shaved black winter truffles. Delicious!

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And of course, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” deserves a classic dessert that never goes out of style, and this delectable EARidescent Grand Marnier Soufflé is perfection. Served table-side with macerated Florida citrus and a delicious house-made Creamsicle Ice Cream. A sweet ending, indeed.

Check out the full menu as pictured below:

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The experience is listed as follows on the Walt Disney World website: “Sit down to a 3-course tasting experience offering dishes designed to bring this celebration to life. You may choose”:

  • One Appetizer
    Begin your meal with tasty starters like the California Grill Sushi Classics Trio, Braised Beef Short Rib Wontons or Artisanal-style Duck à l’Orange Pizza—inspired by a popular entrée on the menu when Top of the World first opened in 1971.
  • One Entrée
    Choose from delicious dishes, such as the Oak Fired Filet of Beef served with Chateau Potatoes, the Cast Iron-Grilled Pork Tenderloin or the Florida Coast Black Grouper.
  • One Dessert
    To top off your meal you may choose from delectable desserts such as the 50th Anniversary Celebration Dessert Grand Marnier Soufflé served table-side with a delicious Creamsicle Ice Cream, the 5 Magical Bites 50 Years in the Making dessert that features a tasting of 5 favorite flavors from California Grill Chefs through the years or the Chef’s Selection of California Cheeses.

Plus, get a taste of something truly spectacular to go with your delicious meal—a special viewing of Disney Enchantment. Watch this all-new nighttime extravaganza from the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This fireworks spectacular takes you on a journey beyond the ordinary and to a land of magic. Dining before the fireworks? Bring your receipt to the check-in desk on the 2nd floor for reentry to California Grill. Then, enjoy the show either from California Grill Lounge or the outside observation deck. Guests with a dining reservation after the fireworks are also invited to watch the show from the lounge or observation deck. Price: Adult: $89 per person (ages 10 and up), plus tax and gratuity; Child: $39 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity.

Ready to experience this limited-time three-course menu? The special menu will be offered starting October 3, with reservations available September 23. To make reservations, visit the Walt Disney World website. Happy dining, Disney fans!

About Jamie

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.