One of the time-honored hacks for getting the most from a performance of IllumiNations at Walt Disney World's Epcot is to snag a waterside patio table at for a late dinner at the Rose and Crown in the United Kingdom pavilion.
Hang on to your table through show time and you will enjoy one of the best seats in the house for Epcot's nightly lights and fireworks spectacular. Disney is closing IllumiNations after this summer, replacing it with a new as-yet-unannounced production next year, and Disney is also now shutting down the "free" ride that many fans used to get these choice seats for the show.
Starting January 18, if you want to watch IllumiNations from the Rose and Crown's patio, you'll need to pay extra. The Rose and Crown seats will become the setting for Disney World's latest dining package, with an $85 per adult charge ($35 for kids) for dinner and your seat for the show.
Frankly, I am surprised that Disney didn't convert this to an upcharge experience years earlier, given the resort's fondness for such things. But at least this new package offers what could work out to be a great value for some visitors. The fixed price dinner includes an starter, entree, and dessert, as well as unlimited beverages. That's unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, so I imagine that there will be some fans out there who will take this new package as a challenge to make these seats for the show an even better deal than they were before.
As for the food, Disney's press release lays out the options:
Start your meal off with a Scotch Egg or the United Kingdom Cheese Platter, and follow up with popular entrées such as Rose & Crown’s signature Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Pan-roasted Scottish Salmon, or Bangers and Mash. And for dessert, you’ll love this Pudding Platter Trio featuring Sticky Toffee Pudding, English Trifle, and Chocolate Nougat Bar. Kids can enjoy a soup or salad with their choice of Cheese and Turkey Flatbread, Turkey Meatball Pasta, Cheesy Pasta, or Fish and Chips as well as either Fruit Salad or Trifle for dessert.
Reservations are available starting January 17, via the Disney World website or the resort's dining reservations number, +1-407-WDW-DINE [407-939-3463].Tweet
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