The History of Disney’s California Grill at the Contemporary Resort

On this date in 1995, the California Grill opened in Walt Disney World at the Contemporary Resort.  Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center put together a little history lesson on the grill and we wanted to share it with all.  Have you ever been to the California Grill?  If so, what is your opinion?  Tell us about it in the comments below and on Facebook.

Today, back in 1995, the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort opened. This signature restaurant atop the 15th floor was recently reimagined and here is a look at the lobby in 1995 and today.

When Disney’s Contemporary Resort opened in 1971, the 15th floor was known as the Top of the World Restaurant and looked quite a bit different than it does today.

In June of 1981, the “Broadway at the Top” dinner show debuted at the restaurant and ran until September of 1993. Below is a look at the show and its performers in January 1985.


What’s my favorite part of the California Grill? It’s a toss up between the delicious food and the amazing view.




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