New: Highway in the Sky Dine Around Begins Dec. 2. Here’s Why I Think It’s Worth It!
Have you ever resort hopped around the Seven Seas Lagoon using the WDW monorail as your transportation? Perhaps to enjoy some bar hopping and maybe sample a few bites to eat at different locations? Did you ever want to have someone take care of all of the details for you? Well, now you can with the Highway in the Sky Dine Around!
Just in case you thought Disney wasn’t offering enough up-charge or gimmicky food offerings, or doing everything they can to squeeze every penny from its Guests, now you can pay $150 for a five course meal (including alcohol) around all three Seven Seas Lagoon resorts and then finish the night off with Wishes fireworks. Check out the official description below!
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 Citricos 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.
OK, so yea, I made some silly jokes at the beginning about another dessert party, bus stop pizza, and parking lot chips/drinks…? And I’ll admit when I initially read the title of this, I rolled my eyes, but this actually sounds pretty cool and maybe even worth the price. Let’s think about it for a second. You start at The Wave (one of my top ten favorite restaurants by the way) to check in for your trip and receive an appetizer and cocktail. That’s about $20 right there. Then travel to the Poly for more apps and cocktails. This wording is plural so who’s to say it’s not just one app or one style of cocktail. But again, we’ll say $25 just in case. Now of course, this is all based on the size of the portions. We’ll know more when photos are posted.
For dinner, you get to sample Citricos, one of the signature dining restaurants at the Grand Floridian. This alone can be expensive for a full meal. The entrees range from $37-$49, so we’ll tally this at $40-$45 depending on what is offered. I’m sure they’ll be at least two options for Guests. Now according to the Disney Parks Blog, this main course will also come with a wine pairing. Adding in a glass of wine, $12-$15, that could tally this main course to $52-$60.
After your entrée, you then travel to the lobby to enjoy a glass of champagne and artisanal cheese. The cheese board at Citricos is $18, but for arguments sake, we’ll round down to $15, plus champagne, bringing us up to $25 again. We’re up to about $125 (give or take) and you haven’t even tipped.
Finally, dessert on a private patio back at the Contemporary resort. This mini dessert party also comes with cordials and coffee. Most likely the desserts are mini, but an average dessert price plus a drink/coffee could cost you $10-$20. Add in the fact that you have private viewing of Wishes and gratuity and even valet is included, we’ve reached our $150!
So I’d say this really does sound like a great deal and something you should take advantage of, if you can fit it into your budget. Not only is it a great way to sample dining locations around the Seven Seas Lagoon, but you’ll also get the private viewing of Wishes.
Highway in the Sky Dine Around will be offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays beginning Dec. 2. Reservations opened Nov. 29. (No dine-around between Dec. 23 and Dec. 31). Cost is $150 gratuity included, tax is additional. Disney Dining Plan is not accepted. Valet parking is included. For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.