If you like Mexican food, then I would recommend making an ADR approximately 45 min to an hour before Illuminations at La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion.
The decor is fantastic and the food is excellent. I usually recommend this restaurant to everyone and a client of mine is in WDW right now and he texted me Tuesday thanking me for the heads up. They loved everything about the place…
I would go with the “La Hacienda”. It serves two people and (according to All Ears) its a Mixed grill offering flank steak, chicken al pastor, chorizo and vegetables, served with beans and fresh salsas for $49.95. Trust me, you do NOT need an appetizer. My GF and I can EAT so we went with an appy before the “La Hacienda”, and we could not even eat half of the dinner.
If you do not drink alcohol, then this is probably the way to go without busting the bank. You will have a stellar view of Illumination near the end of your dinner, as I mentioned the decor is excellent, the service is fantastic and the food is scrumptious.
Whatever you choose, have a fantastic time and congrats on your 8th Anniversary!