Progressive Dinner comes to Monorail Hotels at Magic Kingdom


Part of what makes the Walt Disney World resort unique in the world is the highway in the sky monorail that connects two of its theme parks and three of its resorts. A new progressive dinner will whisk you along that transportation system with stops at the monorail hotels for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert.

The new Highway in the Sky Dine-Around will give guests a unique culinary tour around the Seven Seas Lagoon. You’ll get priority boarding to move you on your journey between stops at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

The night will start at The Wave… of American Flavors at the Contemporary for a welcome cocktail. Then you will board the monorail for a trip to the Polynesian for some island-inspired cocktails and appetizers. Your stop at the Grand Floridian will feature an entree with wine pairing at Citricos, and later a toast of sparkling wine and artisanal cheese in the hotel’s lobby. Finally, wrap up the night with some special desserts, cordials, and coffee on a private patio at the Contemporary Resort.

You’ll have to trust Disney to have the details worked out on this one. Timing will be important as will back up transportation plans for the night when the Resort monorail inevitably suffers a technical difficulty. Will Disney be issuing refunds if a monorail can’t close its doors (a frequent technical issue these days) stranding dinner party customers on the monorail causing them to miss the fireworks? Will one portion get rushed if the monorail arrives completely full of guests and no room for VIPs? The potential problems operationally speaking are huge.

That’s not to say I’m against this idea. I don’t like the idea of the previously free to use Contemporary patio being reserved for a dessert party, but as long as it’s not every night, I guess that’s ok. I like the idea of a progressive dinner that lets one sample highlights from some of the resorts best restaurants.

The whole dinner package will cost you $150. Gratuity is included, but tax is not. You’ll also get Valet parking at the Contemporary, which is a nice bonus. It’s available on most Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday nights beginning December 2. For reservations call 407-WDW-DINE.

I think you’d have a hard time replicating this experience on your own for less than $120 and, depending on the drinks and entree options, conceivably $150 or more. I suspect this will be a popular package for Parents Night Out! Would you participate?