May 15, 1995 – The California Grill Opens in Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort
“Savor the finest in Californian cooking, as you take in the sights of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Park.”
On May 15, 1995, the California Grill restaurant opened on the top floor of Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, replacing Top of the World. The restaurant features Californian cuisine, featuring specialty sushi, several seafood dishes, and unique desserts, including Peanut Butter & Peach Jam on Cinnamon Toast. Guests take a private elevator to reach the restaurant, and are able to have breathtaking panoramic views of the park, including Cinderella’s Castle and the Floridian woodlands. This view also offers guests one of the best views of the fireworks in the Magic Kingdom; when the fireworks show begins, the lights dim in the restaurant and the music for the show plays, giving guests a unique dining experience.