Two of my favorite things at Disney World are inarguably the monorail and
stuffing my face partaking in the many fine dining experiences WDW has to offer. Debuting tomorrow, Disney’s newest dining experience combines those two passions into an experience that is sure to make for a unique evening of dining. “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” will have guests start with appetizers at the Wave at the Contemporary Resort, continue to the next two courses at the Polynesian Village Resort and the Grand Floridian, before returning to the Contemporary for desserts and fireworks. While dining/drinking around the monorail loop resorts is nothing new, this is the first time Disney has actively acknowledged and encouraged the practice.
Read on to find out more details on Disney’s “Highway in the Sky Dine Around” – the culinary monorail party around the Seven Seas Lagoon.
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“Join us for a progressive dinner unlike any other—with sumptuous offerings at 3 Disney Resort hotels.
Your Dine Around adventure begins at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where you’ll check in at The Wave… of American Flavors restaurant. Relax and mingle with your fellow diners, enjoying a welcoming appetizer and specialty cocktail before setting off on your epicurean odyssey. Bon voyage and bon appétit!
First stop: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort—where you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived in a far-flung tropical paradise. Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific and luxuriate in the charm of this exotic retreat, with an enticing variety of island-inspired libations and appetizers.
Then it’s time for a change of scene and cuisine—as the monorail transports you a world away: to the opulent Victorian-style Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Step inside and step back into a bygone era of elegance and gracious hospitality. You’ll be escorted to the award-winning Cítricos restaurant where we invite you to settle in amid the refined ambience as you’re treated to a special Chef’s main course selection. Afterward, gather in the splendidly appointed lobby to sip champagne and savor a selection of artisanal cheeses.
Board the monorail once more to return to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for the culmination of your evening. Here, you and your Dine Around companions will retire to a private patio to enjoy an indulgent assortment of desserts, cordials and coffee. From this exclusive location, watch in wonder as the Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks light up the night over Cinderella Castle—a musical, magical grand finale to your one-of-a-kind dining adventure.
-Price: $150 per person plus tax; gratuity included.
-The Highway in the Sky Dine Around is offered select Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
-Reservations must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance to avoid forfeiting the full price of the experience.
-Check-in takes place at The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at the time of your reservation. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of check-in time.
-Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify your age.
-Please alert the host at check-in regarding food allergies. Wherever possible, alternative dining selections will be offered.
-Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event.
-Discounts and promotions are not valid for this event.
Dining experience is subject to change; fireworks experience is subject to change or cancellation without notice.”
“Highway in the Sky Dine Around” will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays between now and March. The evening starts at 6:45 and runs all the way until Wishes Fireworks, so this will be an all evening event. Whether this event is available beyond March will be subject to how successful this party is.
At $150, is it worth it? While it’s definitely pricey, it doesn’t strike me as the worst deal in the world. For that price tag, you get 2 courses of appetizers, drinks, an entree at Citricos, and a private dessert party and fireworks viewing at the Contemporary. You could probably bootstrap together an approximate experience for less money and more flexibility by creating your own destinations/menu along the monorail loop, but if you’re looking for a fun evening around Disney’s resorts where you don’t have to juggle a bunch of ADRs to be able to eat and drink around the lagoon, it seems like this is the event for you.