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Disneyland's World of Color Dining Package

Updated on July 31, 2015
Disneyland's World of Color Dining Package at Ariel's Grotto
Disneyland's World of Color Dining Package at Ariel's Grotto | Source

As a surprise for my niece's birthday I decided to treat her to a day at Disneyland with a dining package deal for World of Color. I personally have had this package before but I know for a fact that she has not only not experienced the package but has never seen World of Color. I thought it would be really fun and a really nice surprise. I was also super excited to take her to Ariel's Grotto because Ariel is one of her favorites!

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The birthday girl sitting in front of the Ariel window waiting to be seated.
The birthday girl sitting in front of the Ariel window waiting to be seated. | Source

How To Make Reservations

In order to do the dining packages you must make a reservation. You can either make reservations through the hotel (if you are staying at a hotel) or you can call to make reservations through the number below. You cannot just walk into the restaurant and expect to receive the package. Be prepared to put a credit card number on file. They will not charge you and you do not get charged on this card at the end of your meal. They just want a card on file in case you don't show up to your reservation. If this does happen you are charged $10 per person.

You Have A Few Choices

Not every restaurant offers this deal. For California Adventure (World of Color package) you can choose between the Carthay Circle Restaurant, the Wine Country Trattoria, or Ariel's Grotto. If you are interested in the ones at Disneyland for Fantasmic you can choose from the Blue Bayou and the River Bell Terrace.

Reservation Number

(714) 781-DINE

Passholders: (714) 781-PASS

The Menu

You are given a three course meal which includes an appetizer, main entree, and a dessert. We went to Ariel's Grotto and received bread, a choice of soup or salad, we choose our own main entrees off of a menu, and were given a dessert sampler platter. Since I have a food allergy; when I made the reservations I let the reservationist know that I will need a gluten free option. They were more than happy to accommodate me and even took my name down so the waiter knows exactly who requires this option. Also since we were celebrating my niece's birthday early they made a note to bring out a special dessert with a candle. When we arrived at the restaurant the hostess confirmed everything which was great!

The sourdough bread was shaped like a shell.
The sourdough bread was shaped like a shell. | Source

Kids Menu

If you are dinning with a child that is under the age of 10 they are given a kids menu. The menu itself is inside of a little activity book and they are given a pack of crayons. The appetizer for the kids menu is veggie sticks with ranch, they get to choose their main entree, and are given a dessert sampler.

The Allergy Menu

So the menu I received was not just for gluten, it also included nuts, wheat, dairy, and a whole bunch of other things I can't remember. Underneath each menu item it specifies the allergy that it applies to. This was really neat because there were a lot of options for a lot of allergies. I didn't feel like my meal was inferior to anybody else's at the table. There were also two choices for dessert: raspberry sorbet and a fudge brownie. I was very impressed with the options and was super impressed that they even had fresh gluten free rolls for me.

The gluten free bread.
The gluten free bread. | Source

What We Ordered

We all ordered different things and I wanted to share with you guys because it looked so pretty and tasted so good!

For our appetizers:

I ordered the tomato bisque soup and everyone else ordered a salad.

The tomato bisque soup.
The tomato bisque soup. | Source
The salad.
The salad. | Source

For our main entrees:

I ordered the honey whiskey bbq tri tip, my cousin ordered the lobster tail and tri tip, and my mom ordered the pork chop. My niece ordered the pasta off of the kids menu that came with a dinglehopper!

The honey whiskey BBQ tri tip served with rice and vegetables.
The honey whiskey BBQ tri tip served with rice and vegetables. | Source
The lobster tail and tri tip served with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
The lobster tail and tri tip served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. | Source
The pork chop with a pineapple sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.
The pork chop with a pineapple sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. | Source

For dessert:

My mom and my cousin received the sampler plate which included a chocolate covered strawberry, a mini creme brule, and a gourmet smore. I ordered the raspberry sorbet.

The dessert sampler for the adult meal.
The dessert sampler for the adult meal. | Source
The raspberry sorbet.
The raspberry sorbet. | Source

For the birthday girl she received a kids dessert sampler plate which included a chocolate cupcake with a birthday candle, a chocolate chip cookie, a chocolate covered strawberry, and a jello cup with whipped cream.

The kids sampler dessert plate.
The kids sampler dessert plate. | Source

When Do You Get The World Of Color Passes?

You receive your passes at the end of the meal when the bill comes. Also at the end of the meal, if you are a pass holder, you can present your annual pass and you will receive a discount for your meal.

World of Color passes.
World of Color passes. | Source

My Overall Experience

As I stated before this was a surprise for my niece. She had no idea we were going to Disneyland, doing dinner, or seeing World of Color. This was an early celebration because her birthday is in September but she goes back to school in early August. We knew we had to do it in her summer break because of her school schedule. Unfortunately by the time we made it to dinner she was tired, hot, and starving. Not a good combination for a nine-year-old. Regardless she still enjoyed going to a place she hadn't been too before; especially since it was Little Mermaid themed (one of her favorites). We had a very little wait time until we headed downstairs into the restaurant. On the way down the spiral staircase there was a gorgeous view of Paradise Pier.

View of Paradise Pier from the staircase inside of Ariel's Grotto.
View of Paradise Pier from the staircase inside of Ariel's Grotto. | Source

Once we were downstairs we were seated outside. When I came before I was seated inside and was a little disappointed that we were outside. Don't get me wrong, outside is great but inside was air-conditioned and really cutely decorated. Everyone else was super excited about being outside because we were right on the water and had a really nice unobstructed view of the pier. As their excitement grew, so did mine. We actually got very lucky with the weather because it wasn't as hot as it normally is this time of year.

Making a birthday wish!
Making a birthday wish! | Source

The food was amazing and we all were extremely full by the time dessert rolled around. This is a gourmet meal but they do not skimp on the portions. I think that it is a great price for how much you get and the quality of food. Everyone was so happy about what they ordered and loved this experience. My only regret was not ordering the brownie. I wish I had so I could have taken it to go and munched on it while waiting for World of Color.

World of Color view with the premier seating.
World of Color view with the premier seating. | Source

World Of Color

With the dining package you get premier seating for World of Color. The seats are amazing! You cannot get closer unless you are in a boat in the water. I love getting this seating during the summer because you do get wet. Now, it's not like a water ride wetness. It's more of a constant misting with some rain every once in a while. I enjoyed it, my cousin did not because she is not a fan of getting wet. My niece had never seen world of color before and she loved it, especially getting wet. She was dancing in the rain the whole time.

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    • Mike Nolan profile image

      Michael Nolan 22 months ago from Sarasota, FL

      We did the box picnic dinner at the Wine Country Trattoria. It was a fried chicken dinner with slaw, and we had a great location for the show. It's the only way to do it!

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 22 months ago

      Sounds like a sweet, sticky rainbow dream fit for a kid!

    • Chantelle Porter profile image

      Chantelle Porter 22 months ago from Chicago

      I only I were closer I'd go on a heartbeat.

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      Lyndsay Gamber 22 months ago from California

      Hi Chantelle Porter!

      I know that Disney World also does special dining packages; it's a little closer =)

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      Lyndsay Gamber 22 months ago from California

      Hi Mike Nolan!

      That is definitely on my list next! I love that restaurant.

      Hello Poetryman6969!

      It really is! My niece loved the theme and the food (especially dessert) =)

    • Chantelle Porter profile image

      Chantelle Porter 22 months ago from Chicago

      I'm hoping to go for Food and Wine. Nice to meet another Disney lover!

    • Lyndsay Gamber profile image
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      Lyndsay Gamber 22 months ago from California

      I've always wanted to go to Food and Wine! It's just so far =( Us Disney lovers gotta stick together.

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