Great Fun at Disney Moms Panel Fan Luncheon #disneymp

by Carrie with Children with 26 comments

On Saturday, my friend Jennifer and I took a day trip down to Walt Disney World for the Disney Mom’s Panel Fan luncheon at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill.

Disney Moms Panel Fan Luncheon Cupcake

We enjoyed a delicious lunch and visited with new and old friends.  I loved meeting some of my online friends in real life – that’s always exciting! You could feel the  magic in the air – being surrounded by fellow Disney fans.

I loved seeing Chip and Dale dressed up in their little tuxedos.  Aren’t they just the cutest?!

Disney Moms Panel Fan Luncheon

Located on the 15th floor, the views from the California Grill are breathtaking.  We ended up with a fantastic view of the Magic Kingdom. I could have stayed there all day just enjoying the view!

When we finished lunch, our server showed us to the balcony – offering even more amazing views.  It was truly breathtaking to see Walt Disney World from the top of the Contemporary Resort.

Walt Disney World's Cinderella's Castle at Magi Kingdom

Disney's Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain

What really made our view of the Magic Kingdom unique was that the California Grill is not typically open for lunch, dinner only.  So seeing these views in the day time was extremely special.

The California Grill will close in January for a few months to complete a refurbishment.  I’m already looking forward to visiting there again…  I can’t even imagine what it must be like to see the fireworks from the restaurant!

View from Disney's California Grill

A special thanks to Laura Spencer and the wonderful folks on the Disney Parks Moms Panel for a fantastic day.  I hope the Moms Panel fan luncheon is an annual event – it was a great day connecting with new and old friends!

Have you been to the California Grill?  Tell me about your experience…



  • Andrea Kruse

    Wow! Truly beautiful views. Looks like a fun luncheon.

    • Carrie with Children

      The views were truly breathtaking. Amazing to see the park from up high!

  • Melissa

    Looks like you had a great time! What a view – so glad you got to enjoy it before the refurbishment too! I’d love to have dinner there sometime and see the fireworks.

    • Carrie with Children

      It was a great day! I’m putting dinner at California Grill during fireworks on my bucket list! I think it would be so beautiful!

  • Alicia

    Wow! It looks like you had an amazing time! What an awesome opportunity!

    • Carrie with Children

      It was a very magical day. So thankful to be able to attend. Thanks for reading, Alicia!

  • Alissa @ Fun Finds for Families

    Looks like you had a great time! P.S. My daughter (aka pink-and-purple fan) would LOVE those cupcakes. So pretty!

    • Carrie with Children

      Those cupcakes were SO pretty!! They were strawberry cake with lemon filling inside – how cool is that?!

  • Kristina Vanni

    What a great experience! Being in the park is always so much fun, but how neat to be part of a panel! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading, Kristina! I was thankful to be a part of it!

  • Amy

    I had a lovely birthday dinner with my husband at the California Grill a few years ago. The food was heavenly and the view unbeatable!!

    I hope the lunch is an annual event. I’d love to go next year!!

    • Carrie with Children

      Oh Amy, that sounds like a fantastic birthday dinner! I’m hoping to go back sometime at night!

      I really hope they make the luncheon an annual event too – it was really a lot of fun!

  • ConnieFoggles

    I’ve never eaten in the California Grill, but the view is outstanding! What a magical day for you and your friend. So happy that you were able to go and a bit jealous too! I was offline for a while and read about this event after the list was full.

    • Carrie with Children

      Connie – So sorry you missed it! It sounds like this may be an annual event. Keeping my fingers crossed, it was a fun day.

  • Lolo

    Sounds like such a wonderful day! Jealous you got to hang out with Chip and Dale when they were all decked out!

    • Carrie with Children

      I loved Chip and Dale’s little tuxedos – so cute! Such gentlemen 😉

  • Emily @FamilyNLifeLV

    Looks stunning and delish all at the same time!!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks, Emily! It was a fun afternoon filled with magic and good food!

  • Annie @ Mama Dweeb

    that looks like sooooo much FUN!! My kids loved the pic of Cinderella’s castle 🙂

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Annie! The views of the castle from the restaurant were so fantastic! I didn’t want to go home!

  • Samantha @ Lillian McKay Designs

    Oh what a view! That is amazing, looks like a great time to be had at Disneyland. I totally now want a cupcake though. haha

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Samantha! Those cupcakes were so beautiful.. almost too beautiful to eat! 🙂

  • Kerri

    I have not been to this restaurant but while there a few weeks ago, I was thinking that the Contemporary would be where I would want to stay the next time we go.

    • Carrie with Children

      This was my first time at this restaurant… and it certainly won’t be my last! It was fantastic! One day I hope to stay there too!

  • Tiany


    It looks like it was a wonderful event, the cupcakes and the moms panel cakes looked amazing! Love the ladies on the Moms Panel!!

    • Carrie with Children

      The Moms Panel folks are such a fun group! So knowledgeable, I loved meeting them!