Epcot’s Rose and Crown Pub with Fireworks Viewing

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Epcot’s Rose and Crown Pub is a table service restaurant located in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot. The restaurant itself is pretty popular and always seems to have a good number of people there enjoying the food and setting (updated September 15, 2021).

We wanted to try out the restaurant’s food, but we also tried out a strategy for Rose and Crown with fireworks viewing. ​

Great News: Harmonious, the brand new Epcot fireworks show is scheduled to open on October 1, 2021!

All of this means that Rose and Crown Pub is once again an excellent choice for prime fireworks viewing!

This post covers the strategy I’ve used in order to take advantage of Rose and Crown’s prime fireworks viewing location. This is separate from the Rose and Crown Fireworks Dining Package that Disney just announced.

However, I do include information for that package in this post too so you can determine which Rose and Crown fireworks viewing strategy you want to go with.

Sign for Rose and Crown Pub at Disney World

Epcot Rose and Crown Pub Information

As I mentioned already, Rose and Crown Pub is located in the United Kingdom pavilion of Epcot. It is a popular table service restaurant (meaning it’s a sit down meal, not fast food).

Due to it’s popularity, making Disney dining reservations ahead of time is highly recommended. Lunch reservations are much easier to get than dinner reservations.

If you want to take advantage of the prime fireworks viewing at Rose and Crown and need a specific dining time, you’ll face the most competition for reservations.

When the Disney Dining Plan is available, a meal at Rose and Crown uses 1 Table Service credit per diner.

Rose and Crown Pub at Epcot has seating for both lunch and dinner. The lunch seating runs from 11:30a to 3:30p, while dinner goes from 3:45p until an hour before closing.

Setting and Atmosphere

Rose and Crown offers seating outside on their porch or inside the restaurant itself. The lake views and nice atmosphere make the porch seating much sought after. Of course, if you are trying to view the fireworks, having a table out on the porch can be clutch.

There is a bar located inside, which is necessary in anything trying to be an English pub. There’s also a small to-go bar set up outside the restaurant for people who don’t have reservations.

Inside, you’ll find polished wood everywhere along with leaded glass touches. All in all, it evokes that English Pub feel. All it needs is a little stonework to complete the job.

Rose and Crown Pub with Fireworks Reservation Strategy

When trying to turn your Rose and Crown dining experience into a perfect fireworks viewing strategy, it’s all about the details. The first step is to secure an Advance Dining Reservation for a time that allows you to still be at Rose and Crown when the fireworks begin.

For a larger party, or one that generally takes their time, a reservation start time between an hour and a half to two hours prior would probably work. However, the closer you can get to an hour ahead of time, the better off you are.

When Doug and I used this strategy, we had a 7:45p reservation (for a 9:00p fireworks show) and it worked perfectly. If the fireworks show starts at a different time during your trip, adjust accordingly.

Because you are looking for such a specific time, you might want to bump Rose and Crown up on your priority dining reservation list.

Fireworks view from Rose and Crown Pub Epcot
Fireworks view from Rose & Crown

Since we currently don’t have an official date for the return of fireworks, you simply don’t know yet whether to try for this strategy by the time your 60 day window opens.

Again, there are rumors of a show at Epcot starting at some point this summer. This could be a complete lie. Or not. I’d probably hedge my bets and make a late reservation at Rose and Crown, just in case.

Rose and Crown Fireworks Dining Package

This is a whole separate Rose and Crown Pub offering from simply making a well timed reservation. Prior to lockdown Disney started this new offering, and now it’s finally making a return.

The Rose and Crown Fireworks Dining Package returns on October 1, 2021.

Guests who purchase the Rose and Crown Fireworks Dining Package receive the following:

  • One appetizer
  • One entree
  • Dessert platter
  • Unlimited beverages
  • A table on the patio for easy Harmonious viewing

How much will this set you back? Rose and Crown Fireworks Dining Package costs:

  • Adult: $89 per person, including tax and gratuity
  • Child: $39 per person, including tax and gratuity

Remember, Disney considers anyone aged 10 and above an adult.

In order to book this package, all guests on the reservation must have a valid theme park ticket as well as a valid theme park reservation. I’m not sure how they’re handling this if you plan to park hop from a different park earlier in the day.

Miscellaneous Details about Rose and Crown Fireworks Dining Package

Here are a few other important details to note. Advance dining reservations are highly recommended for this event. Reservations are available for booking starting on September 23.

You can check in 45 minutes prior to the start of Harmonious. In all, your dining experience is expected to last 90 minutes, ending when the show itself ends.

The seating area for this event is outdoors and uncovered. If it rains or the weather interferes in some other way, guests with the Rose and Crown Fireworks dining package will be seated in a covered outdoor area (likely the wrap around porch).

Comparing the Dining Package to My Rose and Crown Fireworks Strategy

The thing is, I don’t think there’s necessarily a right or wrong choice here. Either way, if you play your cards right, you’ll have a prime view of some amazing fireworks.

Personally, I wouldn’t book the dining package. This is mainly because I have two children who could never in a million years eat $89 worth of food to make the Rose and Crown Fireworks Dining Package worth it.

Do the math for your family to figure out whether you could have a cheaper meal by simply making a standard reservation during Harmonious.

If you aren’t able to get the time that you want, at least you know there’s a back up plan in place and you can try to book the dining package.

Rose and Crown Menu

As with all Disney restaurants, make sure you check out the most up to date menu on Disney’s official website, as the menu can always change.

On the website, the menu is broken up into a lunch menu and a dinner menu, but at this point they are exactly the same.

Rose and Crown Appetizers

  • United Kingdom Cheese Platter: A selection of Traditional British Cheeses with Accompaniments
  • Scotch Egg: Golden-fried Hard-boiled Cage-free Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
  • Coronation Salad: Crisp Salad with Madras Dressing on top of a Crunchy Grain Cracker
  • Soup of the Day

Rose and Crown Entrees

  • Fish and Chips: “Rose & Crown’s Signature Dish” Beer-battered and served with Tartar Sauce
  • Shepherd’s Pie: Ground Beef, Seasonal Vegetables, English Peas, and Mashed Potatoes with McCall’s Irish Cheddar
  • Chicken Masala Curry: with Seasoned Vegetables, Basmati Rice, and Raita
  • Welsh Pub Burger: Angus Beef Patty with Beer Cheese Sauce, Bacon and Beer-battered Leeks served with a side of Branston Mayonnaise
  • Bangers and Mash: Traditional English Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes, Mushroom, Onion, and Red Wine Demi
  • Savory Impossible Hot Pot: Seasonal Vegetables in a Plant-based Meat Casserole baked with a mashed potato topping (Plant-based)
  • Catch of the Day

Rose and Crown Desserts

  • Sticky Toffee Pudding: Steamed Pudding “Cake” served with Warm Vanilla Custard and Hot Butter-Rum Sauce
  • English Trifle: Layers of Strawberries, Vanilla Custard, Graham Crackers, and Whipped Cream

Kids’ Menu

Kids’ Appetizers

  • Soup of the Day
  • House Salad

Kids’ Create Your Own Entrees (Choose One)

All Kids’ create your own meals come with one entree and a choice of two sides. All meals also come with a beverage.

  • Butter Chicken
  • Fish and Chips
  • Cheesy Pasta
  • Turkey Meatball
  • Bangers

Kids’ Choose Your Own Selections (Choose Two)

  • Roasted Carrots
  • Brown Rice
  • Fruit Salad
  • Peas
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • English Trifle

Rose and Crown Pub Gluten Free Menu

As with most Disney restaurants, there is an allergy menu at Rose and Crown listing foods which are safe for the 8 common allergens. This used to only be found at the restaurant, but now you can find it posted on Disney’s website.

The following items are listed as gluten friendly on the Rose and Crown Pub menu:

  • Baked Fish and Chips: Baked Seasonal Fish with Lemon (For Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, Shellfish, and Soy Allergies)
  • Shepard’s Pie: Ground Beef, Seasonal Vegetables, English Peas, and Mashed Potatoes with McCall’s Irish Cheddar (For Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies)
  • Chicken Masala Curry: with Seasonal Vegetables and Brown Rice (For Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Milk, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies)
  • Savory Impossible Hot Pie: Seasonal Vegetables in a Plant-based Meat Casserole baked with a sliced Potato Topping (For Gluten/Wheat, Egg, Fish/Shellfish, Milk, and Peanut/Tree Nut Allergies)

Unfortunately or us, Rose and Crown Pub does not make a gluten free Fish and Chips. If you do want the rare treat of having Fish and Chips, head over to Cookes of Dublin or Raglan Road in Disney Springs.

Keep in mind that these are made to encompass ALL of the top 8 food allergies. If you only have a need for gluten free food, there is more leeway for you.

Speak with a chef and they can custom make a meal for you.

Rose and Crown Pub Blends

Rose and Crown has all of the drinks you would expect from an English Pub. This includes ales, stouts, and lagers, wines, mixed drinks, and scotch flights. But the pub blends are where it’s at.

  • Golden Imperial Pint: Half Harp and Half Bass Ale
  • Golden Fox Imperial Pint: Half Boddingtons and Half Bass Ale
  • Half & Half Imperial Pint: Half Harp and Half Guinness
  • Bass & Guinness Imperial Pint: Half Bass Ale and Half Guinness
  • Cider & Blackcurrant Imperial Pint (gluten friendly): Cider with a shot of Blackcurrant Juice
  • Bumblebee Imperial Pint: Half Boddingtons and Half Guinness
  • Shandy Imperial Pint: Half Sprite® and Half Harp Lager
  • Snake Bite Imperial Pint: Half Cider and Half Harp
  • Blacksmith Imperial Pint: Half Smithwick’s and Half Guinness
  • Black Velvet Imperial Pint: Half Cider and Half Guinness

Aside from these drinks listed, the drink menu is absolutely huge. I won’t include them all here or you’ll be scrolling for the next few minutes just to get to the review!

Epcot’s Rose and Crown Review

So, what are our official thoughts on the experience we had dining at Epcot’s Rose and Crown Pub? Here’s a deeper dive…

FYI, you’ll see me refer to Illuminations a lot, the old fireworks show. That’s the show running during this particular trip. We were supposed to do this again during a trip in May 2020 to review it for the Epcot Forever show, but I think we all know what happened…

Exterior picture of Rose and Crown Epcot

Seating Location and Atmosphere

Since we planned to request a table outside, we made sure to arrive early to our reservation. I let the hostess know that we didn’t mind waiting a little longer for a table on the porch.

We ended up with a table outside, but not one that would give us a good view of the fireworks. We were just fine with that as we discovered that Rose & Crown has a private viewing deck that ALL diners at the restaurant could use during the fireworks.

This means that you don’t actually have to sweat getting a table outside, unless you simply want to enjoy some outdoor dining.

Even with a less than ideal view at our table, sitting out on the porch is nice.

Unlike our experience with enjoying the porch seating at Nomad Lounge, this porch was not a quiet atmosphere. This is not to say it was obnoxiously loud or unpleasant, because it wasn’t. The Rose and Crown has a much higher energy, it is an English pub after all.

Our table was located very close to the entrance, as well as the street kiosk that is associated with the Rose & Crown. Because of this, combined with the general time of night, there were the sounds of people grabbing a pint and some of the outdoor tables by the kiosk enjoying the revelry.

Really, it all just lent itself to the atmosphere.​

There are plastic panels that can be lowered in the event that it’s cold outside. The night we were there a cold front came through with a decent breeze off of the lake that made it pretty chilly.

A Cast Member lowered our panel as soon as we made the request. It definitely helped to cut down on the wind and made us a little warmer. The clear plastic took away from the view, but it was worth it at that point.​

Food

Doug and I prepared to enjoy our meal as we tend to like British cuisine. I informed the Cast Member of my gluten sensitivity and they brought me the allergy menu right away. Once again I had a great experience with dining at Disney with a gluten-free diet.

There were enough options that it took us a decent chunk of time to figure out what we each wanted to eat. Additionally, we deliberately wanted a slower pace to this meal so that we would still be there when Illuminations started.​

I ordered straight off of the allergy menu so had no need to speak with a chef about modifying some other options. I chose the crock of potato leek soup as an appetizer and vegetable cottage pie. Both choices were delicious (and unfortunately, neither are still on the menu).

Creamy soups are often out of the question for me due to flour in them for thickening, so it was a nice treat. Plus, as mentioned above, it got super chilly during that meal and the nice warm soup hit the spot.

I also found the vegetable cottage pie to be a delight. Very different from what I would have imaged a vegetable cottage pie would be, but I really enjoyed it.

I enjoy goat cheese, but it can be very overpowering if not used well, and I found this to be the perfect balance. The light salad that came with it was perfect as the main dish itself was filling. That being said, between the soup and the cottage pie I was completely stuffed.

Cottage Pie at Disney Rose and Crown Pub
Vegetable Cottage Pie at Rose & Crown

Doug is a huge fan of meat and potatoes, so after much deliberation, he ended up going with the Bangers and Mash. He said the meal was very enjoyable, and again, quite filling. The meals were so filling in fact that we both declined dessert, which is saying a lot as I love a good dessert.

I also got a Cider and Blackberry to go with my meal, which was huge. Really just a pint glass I’m sure, but with all the food I ate, finishing the drink off was slow going. It was delicious though and I enjoyed all of it. Overall, both of us really enjoyed our meal here.​

That’s really good news, as even with subpar food, the fireworks viewing would make it work it to eat at Rose and Crown Pub. But when you add delicious food on top of the fireworks, you hit the jackpot.

Fireworks Viewing

Throughout the meal, we could hear Epcot’s periodic announcements over the PA system announcing how many minutes until Illuminations started. We could see other Rose and Crown patrons being escorted to the viewing area as time got closer.

The people seated outside in good viewing spots requested to have their plastic side panels raised for the show so they could see better. Those seats definitely looked like they were utterly perfect for watching fireworks.

Our waiter was nowhere to be found with only 5 minutes left before the show. I eventually flagged him down and he took us down to the private viewing.

A Rose and Crown cast member must lead you to the deck or you are not permitted entrance. There is another Cast Member there manning the gate and will only open it when you are accompanied by staff.

The viewing platform itself is a deck that sits below the seating deck of the restaurant. The deck gives you a clear shot to the center of the lake for the fireworks show. We found our spot right at the rail with only a minute or two to spare.

The view of the show is awesome from here. I was concerned about the wind as I had read that if the wind is blowing towards Rose and Crown you can get bogged down in the smoke, but this was not the case that day.

I think the wind was strong enough and slightly off to the side of us so it went on past us and gave us a superb view.

My pictures of the fireworks aren’t exactly the best, but what you can see is the fact that I had a completely unobstructed view of the show.

Bangers and Mash at Rose and Crown Pub Epcot
Bangers and Mash at Rose & Crown

Final Thoughts on Rose and Crown with Fireworks Viewing

The Rose & Crown Pub is an excellent dining choice in and of itself. The food was very good and we really enjoyed the whole experience of eating on the porch overlooking the water.

We were happy with the service, though might have considered it a little slow if we weren’t trying to wait until the fireworks anyway. But the CM might have simply been helping us along with that goal as I’m sure that’s what most people with 7:45p reservations are doing.​

The combination of a meal that we really enjoyed with such easy access for fireworks viewing was priceless. We didn’t have to deal with the crowds at all. At the most, there were 20 other people on that private deck with us. We just had to roll up on the private deck a couple of minutes before the show, instead of staking out a good spot.

I would highly recommend this strategy for anyone who wants a good fireworks experience. The 7:45p reservation time worked perfectly for a 9:00p fireworks time. It would probably work just fine for a 9:30p start time as well, you would just need to slow down your eating to a more leisurely pace.​

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Your Thoughts

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