Back in September, Disney announced the long-running nighttime show, IllumiNations, would come to end in 2019. As part of Epcot's larger overhaul, a brand new fireworks spectacular is coming to World Showcase in 2020 and will be inspired by music from around the globe. And before that, we will get a limited run of another nighttime show called Epcot Forever starting in Fall 2019. So this first half of this year is your final chance to take in the almost 20-year-old classic fireworks show.
With that, Disney has 'conveniently' announced a new IllumiNations Dining Package exclusively at the Rose & Crown Pub Dining Room. It will be priced at $85 for adults and $35 for kids aged 3 to 9. Normally, entrées at Rose & Crown Dining Room range from $20 to $32 for adults and between $9 and $11 for kids. So to make this dining package worth it, you have to really adore IllumiNations and be the type of person that would eat the more expensive dishes and eat all three courses to break even. If you're on any of the Disney Dining Plans, this dining experience is not eligible for any meal credits.
The good news is that the dining package will guarantee you a table out in the patio that surrounds the restaurant. Prior to the announcement of this package, I know that it was often a 50/50 chance that you would be lucky enough to sit outside and get a good view of the show while dining.
If the menu at Rose & Crown is not your favorite, remember there are alternatives. The Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party comes with a reserved viewing area at the front of the lagoon for IllumiNations and a special private chance to ride Frozen Ever After in Norway after the park is closed to normal guests. This dessert party is priced at $79 for adults and $47 for kids 3 to 9. Reservations for this are available on select dates between now and March 31st. It is very possible that future dates will be added to this.
And I still continue to recommend and believe that Spice Road Table is the best restaurant with a view of IllumiNations. The ambiance is beautiful and relaxing, and the food is exquisite. This is the only dining location in World Showcase that is easy to get a last minute reservation for or do simply as a walk up. If you dine here, try and sit in the interior dining room. The design inspired by Moroccan architecture is stunning.
Reservations for the IllumiNations Dining Package at Rose & Crown Pub Dining Room will be available from Friday, January 18th, 2019 to Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. No word yet if this will continue over the show's final few weeks over the course of the summer. These reservations can be made starting on Thursday, January 17th, 2019. Just click here.