Disneyland’s World of Color + dining package at Ariel’s Grotto


So yesterday’s post got me thinking more about my upcoming trip to Tokyo…  I don’t know when this happened, but it’s only 106 more sleeps until I’m off to Japan! Yay! And one of the things I’m a little excited about doing there is Disneyland – I can’t believe that its the third Disneyland I’ll get to tick off the list since 2013, that’s crazy!

One of the things I was most excited about doing in California’s Disneyland last December was the World of Color light and sound show, something I’ve wanted to see for as long as I can remember. The World of Color show is a half hour spectacular held in the Disney California Adventure Park, where clips of Disney’s favourites are projected onto an absolutely mammoth water “screen,” complete with music and light/water effects; we were in for a double treat, visiting a week and a half before Christmas! They use somewhere around 1,200 fountains to shoot water up to 200 feet into the air, to create an almost 20, 000 square-foot projection screen – only at Disneyland, hey? I’d also heard that viewing the show could be difficult, and had recommended the Dining Package; basically, you’re paying for dinner and priority viewing area, which we figured was worthwhile seeing as we had to eat anyway.

Three options are available, restaurant-wise – the Italian Wine Country Trattoria, the fancy Carthay Circle Restaurant, and the only option I was ever going to choose being a lifelong Little Mermaid fan: Ariel’s Grotto. I grinned like an idiotic, sugar-hyped child on my way down the spiral staircase to the dining room, and happily took my seat in a very “under the sea” themed restaurant. The service was, as one expects in Disneyland, second to none. We were seated with a smile, the fanciest complimentary bread basket I’ve ever seen (below, top right), and a patient explanation of how the dining package menu worked. For USD$45.35 each, we were entitled to three courses, our choice of entrée and main, as well as a dessert platter each. After dinner, we would be directed to the priority viewing area.


The food, like the service, was amazing. I went with:
– Entrée: salad with apple, walnut and blue cheese (above, top right)
– Main: grilled lobster tail and red oak-smoked tri-tip with mashed potato and vegetables (above, bottom left)
– Dessert: platter of crème brulee, chocolate s’more slice and chocolate dipped strawberry (above, bottom right)

The grilled lobster tail and tri-tip were such a big highlight for me, they were cooked perfectly, both tender and soft, and the smokiness of the tri-tip was fantastic! I’d highly recommend the dining package, particularly to first time visitors like us; it makes a fun night a bit more special, and it’s nice to know that you don’t have to rush or get involved in the push and shove of finding a spot.  And our priority viewing was quite literally front and centre, we couldn’t have possible asked for a better vantage point! The show itself was fantastic, Christmas themed with all the Disney favourites both old and new, and some Christmas carols led by Frozen’s Olaf. Beware, though; these amazing viewing spots should come with a warning – you will get a little wet, because that’s how close you are to the action!

3 thoughts on “Disneyland’s World of Color + dining package at Ariel’s Grotto

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