Updated August 15, 2017
***Beginning August 15, 2017, guests can make a reservation for Cafe Orleans instead of River Belle Terrace, as River Belle is going under refurbishment. Dates for dining at Cafe Orleans fall between September 5 – November 16, 2017. Pricing is the same as River Belle, however, I haven’t seen an Upgraded Option. I’ll update this post if it becomes available. More here.
I reviewed the River Belle Terrace Dining Package shortly after it opened. Lots to know about this and all of your other choices on how to see Fantasmic! at Disneyland.
River Belle Terrace is one of my favorite restaurants. I think it’s underrated, as most people go directly to Blue Bayou for higher end dining at Disneyland. I love Blue Bayou, too, but I encourage you to give River Belle a chance.
With a Fantasmic! dining package, you will pay for your meal and with it, you’ll receive a “FASTPASS” that saves you a spot in a great location to watch Fantasmic! later that evening.
I dined at 6:50pm for the 9:00pm show. I recommend an earlier dining time. This stressed me out, as I wanted to be claiming my spot for the show no later than 8:00pm. Next time, I’ll choose 6:00pm or earlier.
Take a look at all of your options for Fantasmic! within this post.
Now, let’s look at River Belle Terrace in detail.
In this article
***Tax and gratuity are not included.
Adults (age 10 and over) – $45
Kids (age 3-9) – $25
Infants (up to age 2) – FREE (children age 2 and under do not have to pay for the meal and do not have to have a FASTPASS to enter the viewing area; a meal will not be provided to your child; he or she can eat off your plate)
Dining times for River Belle Terrace start each day at 4:00pm. When you book – online or on the phone directly with Disney – you will learn which show your dining time is assigned to. The FASTPASS that you receive that allows you into your viewing location will state this show time, too. You may not attend a show other than the one your FASTPASS assigns you to.
Dining packages are always popular at Disneyland and with the return of Fantasmic!, these are in high demand. Do not hesitate to book your package now. If you change your mind on using it, cancel within 24 hours of your dining time so that your credit card on file is not charged the $10 per person cancellation penalty. These packages do not require pre-payment. All you have to do now is make the reservation. The app does not allow you to make these reservations. You must use the Disneyland site or call Disney directly at (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time) to book.
Annual Pass discounts and the Disney Visa Card discounts apply to the River Belle Terrace package, however you can’t use them together. And, the discount won’t apply to the upgraded portion of your bill. For example, if you booked the Upgraded River Belle Terrace package at 8pm, you will receive your discount on the $45 per person portion, but not the $15 upgrade per person.
Dining packages can be booked 60 days out from the day you plan to dine at Disneyland.
Book this package online here.
Here are the menus for River Belle Terrace Fantasmic! These menus differ from the regular dining experiences here, where you can order as you would at a normal meal. Dining packages include prix fixe menus.
The wallpaper at River Belle Terrace is my favorite in all of Disneyland. A solid reason to choose this dining experience? Maybe not. But, I love it. 🙂
I had the House Salad:
And, the Fried Chicken Sandwich:
If memory serves, side options included tator tots, green beans (as I chose) and maybe a cole slaw. Every dish gets baked beans.
And, the Maleficent Dragon Dessert:
Where the Viewing Location is & When to Arrive
After paying your bill, you will receive a “FASTPASS” that looks like this:
As directed, arrive near Haunted Mansion to find the entrance for this section. It looks like this:
Unlike as directed, arrive well before the stated time in the ticket. I would show up by 7:30pm – at the latest – to select your spot. When I arrived (at 8:00pm), the area looked like this:
I was able to find a good spot because I was solo, but a group of people would have a more difficult time. Here was my view. Just a few people back from front row.
During the show, I had this view. It was fantastic!
Depending on when you dine, you will have a Return Ticket or “FASTPASS” for one of two shows – typically scheduled for 9:00pm or 10:30pm.
If you are seeing the 9:00pm show, arrive by 8:00pm to claim your spot. A few minutes after the show ends, Fireworks will begin (if they’re scheduled and weather doesn’t deter them). Stay right where you are for Fireworks. Don’t try to make it over to the castle. It’s too hectic and you won’t make it in time. Stand up after Fantasmic! ends (you’ll be directed to on the loud speaker) and watch Fireworks from where you watched Fantasmic! (More details below.)
If you are seeing the 10:30pm show, watch Fireworks (if they’re scheduled and weather doesn’t deter them) from wherever you wish and then head over to the viewing section as soon as they end. The later show allows all three dining package guests to sit in the same section. So, you will want to grab a spot as soon as Fireworks end. You can watch them from the viewing area that you will sit in to watch Fantasmic! It’s open to everyone. Then, when the ropes go up to start reserving space for the dining packages, you can be right there ready to claim your spot.
Everything moves quickly here. 9:00pm Fantasmic!, 9:30pm Fireworks, 10:30pm Fantasmic! Cast members are great at keeping people moving. Know ahead of time where to go and you’ll have great views for all shows.
The Upgraded Option
A new upgrade to River Belle’s dining package is available for the first time for $15 per person, adult or child. To upgrade your experience, you must call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Time daily.
In order to upgrade, you must dine at 8:00pm. The $15 add on does not allow an Annual Passholder discount, but the actual dinner does.
With that dining time and a confirmed upgrade, you can enjoy dinner and then stay at your seat to watch the first performance of Fantasmic! – which begins at 9:00pm – from the outside patio (where you’ll be seated). With this upgrade, you will enjoy a charging station at your table, a lanyard, and continued drink service through the show.
Here are some photos from that experience, courtesy of my friend, Rose Keiser.
(Thank you, Rose, for the info!)
You get bread at your table with this upgrade:
You also have a charging station for your table:
And, you’ll receive a lanyard!
I’ve heard conflicting reports on where you get to sit, so I’ll keep this post updated as more information comes together. I was told by cast members that for the show – if your table isn’t front row or close to it in this section – you can politely move up a bit to stand if you wish to watch with a closer view.
This section is elevated, so the guests standing in front of you in the other sections shouldn’t block your view. River Belle Terrace does have lighting, though, so you’re not watching from darkness, as you would other sections, which can inhibit the experience a bit.
If fireworks are scheduled for the evening you watch Fantasmic! (with or without a dining package), and you’re slated for the first Fantasmic!, stay right where you are for the show.
You’ll be advised to stand (by the magical voice on the Disneyland loud speaker), but it’s a great place to watch fireworks, as you can see them shooting off in all the locations. Projections that accompany the show are visible on a water screen (like World of Color), in front of Tom Sawyer Island.
So, as you can see from this photo, fireworks are going off to the right and then the projections are in front of you. These are the same projections you will find on the castle and the it’s a small world facade.
(Fireworks are not part of the dining package and are never guaranteed.)
- The food here is good. I’m a big fan of it, but I hear other guests suggest it’s too pricey for “sandwiches”.
- All dining packages are new since Fantasmic! is newly returned. Be patient with the experience, as cast members are learning along with us.
- Disneyland is super accommodating with food allergies. If you have specific needs, share those when you book online in the section provided. If you call in to book, let the cast member helping you know your needs. Then, when you check in at your dining time, reiterate those details again.
- With that in mind, I recommend a dining time well before showtime. I booked the 6:50pm time and that felt too close to when I wanted to arrive. I would aim to be in the viewing section by 7:30pm; 8:00pm at the latest. Book your dining time for 6:00pm or earlier.
- Only Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace viewing sections should allow guests to sit on the ground during the show. The other sections require guests to stand, which fits many more people in one space.
- Watching both the show and fireworks from this area is a real treat. Recommend!
- You can find my review on the Blue Bayou Dining Package at this link. It’s more expensive, a fancier setting, and includes a parade cushion for you to sit on during the show.
- You can find my review on Hungry Bear Grab On-The-Go Dining Package at this link. It’s the least expensive option and has food you can take with you if you wish.