Many Walt Disney World vacations are filled with amazing traditions that guests simply must enjoy on every trip such as riding It’s A Small World, eating in a certain restaurant, staying at a particular Disney Resort, and much more. While this might be true for many guests, others still love how there are countless experiences to be enjoyed that can make each trip special and unique. One such special experience brings guests on a VIP tour of the monorail Disney Resorts while offering unique culinary options that are sure to wow even the pickiest of eaters. The Highway in the Sky Dine Around is a relatively new experience to enjoy in Walt Disney World and it offers an unforgettable night filled with sips, bites, and beautiful entertainment. Foodies who are looking for a new experience will love enjoying the five courses offered throughout this special evening, but should definitely plan on booking early as seats fill up quickly! Here are eight things that guests should know about the incredible Highway in the Sky Dine Around.
1. VIP Status
The Highway in the Sky Dine Around is a truly exclusive night and guests who pay for the experience will absolutely be treated like VIPs throughout the entire journey. Upon check in, each guest is presented with a lanyard which subtly showcases that they are part of the group and allows them exclusive access to the monorail. Each time the group is on the move between Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, a designated monorail car is reserved just for them making the journey comfortable and fun!
2. Allergy Friendly
Guests who also have allergies are more than accommodated throughout the evening on the Highway in the Sky Dine Around. When booking the experience, guests are asked about their allergies and then confirm them upon checking in. Special colored lanyards are presented to guests with allergies and those guests will speak with the chefs at each stop to confirm what they are eating and any substitutions that need to occur.
3. The Wave…of American Flavors
The night officially begins when guests check in at The Wave…of American Flavors in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There, guests are given their lanyards, meet the pair of Cast Members who accompany them throughout the evening, and are greeted by the restaurant’s chef who explains a little bit about what he does at the Walt Disney World Resort and provides insight on the food served there. Guests can then indulge in a delicious cocktail and small bite while chatting with other guests and getting comfortable.
4. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
The next stop is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort where guests enjoy a roped off section of the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House where tables and some seating have been arranged. There guests are again greeted by the in house chef and told about the delicious flavors that they are about to taste. This particular stop includes one cocktail and several small bites, each of which brings the flavors of the islands to life.
5. Garden View Lounge
After another quick ride on the monorail, guests emerge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and head to the Garden View Lounge which is typically closed for the special group. There guests are treated to wonderful ambiance, a glass of champagne, and selection of cheese and charcuterie to be shared between pairs of guests. This relaxing stop serves as a short break before the main course of the evening which is served upstairs.
Soon guests find themselves heading upstairs in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the popular restaurant Citricos. The location is beloved for its Mediterranean style flavors and cooking, and guests are seated with other parties from the group for delicious food and lively conversation. Dinner features one glass of red or white wine, a sampling of a beef and fish, and vegetables making for an indulgent and delicious main course.
7. Happily Ever After
Once dinner is finished up at Citricos, the sun has fully set and it is time for guests to hop back on the monorail one final time and head back to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There they are guided to a special outdoor viewing patio just underneath the monorail beams, which offers amazing views of the Magic Kingdom. While guests sip on complimentary cordials and sample delicious desserts, Happily Ever After begins making for the perfect end to the evening.
8. Complimentary Souvenir Treat
Before heading home for the evening, guests are given a sweet treat by the Cast Members to commemorate their experience. Each guest receives a box of chocolates which are expertly decorated with the logo of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the monorail. This subtle nod to the transportation of the night is the perfect way to remember an amazing evening and also have treat to indulge in later on!