Updated 11/22/18. Take a seat with my family of four at the River Belle Terrace Restaurant and take a sneak peek at the Fantasmic! Dining Package 8pm Upgrade! This was my family’s first time experiencing this very special dining package! Was it worth it? Yes! But you decide after joining us for dinner!
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What are the River Belle Terrace Fantasmic! Dining Packages?
The River Belle Terrace Restaurant is located directly across from the Rivers of America and has two great options when it comes to Fantasmic! Dining Packages. For the first option, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner at the River Belle Terrace and choose seating either inside the restaurant or outside on the patio. There is limited seating inside, so arrive early if you choose this seating option. Each three-course meal includes a starter, entree, and dessert.
With each dining package, guests are provided a voucher for a designated performance of Fantasmic! that night. The viewing location (separate from the restaurant location) is located right in front of the Fantasmic! stage off centered where guests will be seated on a first-come, first serve basis within that area. Cost for the dining package for both lunch and dinner is $45 per adult; $25 per child (ages 3 to 9). Tax and gratuity is not included. Lunch begins daily at 1pm and dinner starts at 4pm.
If you are interested in a more elaborate dining experience than upgrade to the 8pm seating at the River Belle Terrace Restaurant for this special Fantasmic! Dining Package. There is no other viewing location available that allows guests the pleasure of enjoying a nice dinner and guaranteed spot to watch a front-row viewing of Fantasmic! Every seat on this patio has prime viewing of Fantasmic! but the ideal option would be to get a table right against the edge of the patio along the railing for the best view.
As with all Fantasmic! Dining Packages, you have the option to book 60 days in advance. For this specific upgrade, guests have to reserve by calling (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 between 7am and 7pm daily. Although Disneyland’s website states that guests are able to upgrade to the 8pm Fantasmic! Dining Package at the restaurant, chances are the package will be sold out due to its popularity. I reserved this dining package by calling a month in advance and the Cast Member told me I got one of the last tables available. If I would have booked this reservation earlier, chances are my family would have been seated closer to the railing for a better view.
The price tag for each meal is a hefty one, but I felt it was a nice treat, especially after a long day playing in Disneyland. Each three-course meal (your choice of a starter, entree, and dessert) costs $45 each, plus the $25 per adult and $15 per child (ages 3 to 9) for the reserved viewing. Gratuity and tax not included.
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The River Belle Terrace Restaurant Atmosphere
Located on the corner of Frontierland and New Orleans Square, this classic table-service restaurant offers guests the comfort of meals that are savory enough to feel like they are home-cooked. For the Fantasmic! Dining Package Upgrade Option, dining is restricted to the outside patio under the dark night sky. But don’t fret; the patio is illuminated by the light of lamps dotted around the outer edge of the patio.
Fantasmic! Dining Package! 8pm Upgrade Experience
My family and I were relieved (and a bit surprised) when we arrived 15 minutes early to our 8pm dining reservations. For this seating, guests must line up at the exit of the River Belle Terrace Restaurant right next to the entrance to Tarzan's Treehouse. Cast Members checked us in and within 5 minutes we were being seated and served our drinks. Our table was located against the far back of the patio and we felt welcomed by the reserved signage with our last name displayed on the table. Each place setting was set up with lanyards, light up Mickey figurines, straws, and menus. Our attentive waiter took our three-course meal options as soon as we were ready.
For starters, guests have a choice of a house salad or corn chowder. My two daughters and myself chose the corn chowder. The creamy blend of corn and potatoes garnished with crunchy bacon bits was a delicious starter to what was to come. My husband ordered the house salad which was a delicious blend of arugula, apple, Gorgonzola, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and apple vinaigrette.
My family and I ordered four different meals: Oven-Roasted Half Chicken with BBQ sauce, baked beans, and roasted carrots; Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ sauce, seasoned tator bites, and baked beans; Beef Brisket Sandwich with smoked provolone, fried onions served on a toasted hoagie roll with house sauce, seasoned tator bites, and baked beans; Mac and cheese with tator bites. All meals are served with their signature baked beans and guests have a choice of coleslaw, seasoned tator bites, or seasonal vegetables.
I ordered the beef brisket sandwich and was pleasantly surprised! The soft hoagie roll is filled with a generous helping of tender brisket that melts in your mouth with every bite. And the garnishes – the smoked provolone cheese, a light portion of fried onions, and a mild and savory steak sauce just add to all the wonderful flavors. The only downside to this sandwich that I found because I truly loved it, was how greasy it was.
My husband ordered the half chicken and had good things to say about it. Although it technically was not a half chicken, the portion size was plentiful. The roasted chicken was cooked to perfection and melted off the bone. The seasoning and light BBQ sauce crisped the crunchy skin yet left the white meat tender.
My oldest daughter ordered the pulled pork sandwich and loved it! The blend of savory BBQ sauce and seasoned pulled pork garnished with a nice helping of coleslaw on a crisp ciabatta roll was “absolutely delicious!”
My youngest daughter got the adult-size mac and cheese and thought it was super cheesy!
With three out of four meals my family ordered, we got the seasoned tater bites, which are just your basic tater tots. However, the seasoning on these tots was an excellent addition to their taste. My youngest daughter is a very picky eater; however, she devoured these special tots!
Baked beans were also served with each of our meals and this small side was served in a small cup and had a mixture of beans swimming in a dark, rich and creamy sauce. Delicious addition to all dishes served here!
For dessert, guests have the option of two delectable desserts: Maleficent Dragon (which consists of a crunchy milk chocolate base and a dark chocolate-blackberry ganache center with caramel mousse and orange-vanilla sauce) or a seasonal parfait (which is a salt caramel parfait layered with sugar cookies, garnished with Chantilly cream, chocolate pearls, and chocolate twigs).
My family each indulged on the Maleficent Dragon dessert and that did not disappoint! The presentation was befitting to the spectacular Fantasmic! show! The rich explosion of flavors of the blackberry and chocolate ganache and caramel mousse tasted like a dream. Also hidden in this flavor-packed dessert was the hint of cayenne pepper that tickled our throats as if we were blowing fire like Maleficent herself.
Viewing Fantasmic! from the River Belle Terrace Patio
Our view of the show was good. We were able to clearly see Mickey on the stage directly in front of us. It was a bit tough to catch the scenes playing against the sprays of water from where we were seated, but not bad enough to feel any different of our experience.
Stay Seated for the Fireworks Show After Fantasmic!
An additional bonus to this experience was our view of the Remember… Dreams Come True Fireworks show. We were allowed to stay seated and watch the fireworks from our seats. The view was a bit obstructed by trees, but nonetheless spectacular!
River Belle Terrace Restaurant Fantasmic! Dining Package with the 8pm Dining Upgrade: Is it Worth it?
Is spending the extra money on this upgrade worth it? Well, it depends.
For guests who have already seen this fabulous show and are looking for a more intimate experience, then I say this package is definitely worth the money! My family and I have seen Fantasmic! numerous times and we wanted a different experience. This dining package allowed my family the pleasure of knowing we had a guaranteed spot to thoroughly enjoy the Fantasmic! show – away from the clutter and away from the crowds. Having a chair to sit on was a much better alternative than sitting on the hard ground. As I have noted above, the viewing is not as good as it would have been if we would have got the River Belle Terrace dining package seating right in front of the stage.
For guests who have never seen Fantasmic!, I say go for the dining package minus the 8pm upgrade to see the show better.
Another thing to keep in mind when booking this upgraded dining package is the dining time. An 8pm dinner is pretty late to be dining, especially for little ones. With older kids, this may not be such a big issue. My children are older so this was not an issue for us.
Check out our Dining Review: The Blue Bayou Fantasmic! Dining Package to see how this experience compares to the River Belle Terrace Restaurant Fantasmic! Dining Package with the 8pm upgrade.
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