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California Grill 50th Anniversary Celebration Menu

Keepsake menu from California Grill In honor of Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary, the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort is offering a special, limited-time menu to celebrate. The special menu revisits some past favorites from the original Top of the World restaurant that opened in 1971 to new market-fresh creations. It's a dining experience "50 years in the making" and in my humble opinion, is a must-do for Disney foodies out there! The 50th Anniversary Celebration menu is a 3-course meal so you'll want to arrive to your reservation hungry! Guests can choose one appetizer from the Market Inspirations, one entree from the Chef's Journey, and one dessert from the Sweet Creations section of the special menu. For our dining experience, we dined with four adults and one child so we were able to try a nice assortment of the different menu options.  For our appetizers, we ordered two of the California Grill Sushi Classics Trio, a Lobster and Pa
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Artist Palette at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

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Private Events at Disney Springs - Homecomin'

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Il Mulino at the Swan Resort

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Mears Connect Shuttle Service

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