[QUOTE=smallworld;1121540]We ate at Tokyo Dining a few weeks ago…although we were not there to watch illuminations. I would not want to sit there to watch whats going on at Illuminations personally…the trees and the Japananese Torii (archway) seem to block the view from the windows. I guess if you don’t mind missing part of the action and want to be inside it might work but…I certainly wouldn’t.
As Epcot has aged, many of the places we used to view the nighttime displays have become overgrown with bushes and trees. I tell friends to walk around and scope out the best views…I’m not sure that any restaurant is the best view for it…just depends on how much you want to see. :mickey:[/QUOTE]
A lot of stuff I agree with here. The entire balcony around Japan has more obstructed views than clear views. If you’re in the right(:glare:) place, you’ll never even see the globe because of the arch, though it can be used for interesting effects in stills and video, just not as a primary location. Many people suppose R&C offers good views, but again, there’s more obstruction than you’d think, including other tables that are in front of you. Also, the orientation isn’t optimal because most seating faces the bridge or is at the wrong angle to watch from your seat. R&C has “viewing pens” on the north side of the building, but everyone inside and many from outside will crowd there because that is the better viewing area. Obviously, France, Morocco, Germany, Norway, USA, and Italy have nothing that gives you a view from inside. China has windows in Red Dragon, but they’re small and, well, it’s Red Dragon.
The point about foliage in the park is even more important because that will really affect your viewing experience.
That said, look first around the lanterns, especially 1, 3, 8, 11, 13, and 19.