There are a lot of really awesome places to have dinner at Walt Disney World. There’s Victoria & Albert’s, which we recently got to experience, California Grill, Narcoossee’s, Yachtsman’s Steakhouse, and several other high end restaurants on property. However there’s one dinner at WDW that’s not quite so well-known but is equally as fancy-shmancy. And since the meal involves a mode of transportation that’s well-loved at The House of Mouse, it’s probably about as “Disneyfied” of a high end dinner event as you can get.
Of course, I’m talking about the Highway In The Sky Dine Around Progressive Dinner.
Launched in December, 2016, the event is a difficult one to get a reservation for, as it’s limited to about 25 guests per night, and only 4 nights per week, tops. Here’s Disney’s description:
Five Courses. One Extraordinary Evening.
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. 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. Here, you’ll be invited to sip champagne and enjoy an artisanal selection of cheeses or charcuterie. You’ll also be escorted to the award-winning Cítricos, where you’ll be treated to a special Chef’s main course selection amid the restaurant’s refined ambiance.
Afterward, 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 Happily Ever After fireworks show lights up the up the night over Cinderella Castle—a musical, magical grand finale to your one-of-a-kind dining adventure.
Sounds pretty cool, huh?
There is a dress code for this event, as it’s considered to be a Signature Dining experience (you know it’s a big deal when the words “Signature Dining” have a capital S and a capital D). Men are to wear a minimum of khakis, slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts. Sport coats are optional. Women are expected to wear a minimum of wear Capri pants, skirts, dresses or dress shorts. For both genders, jeans may be worn if in good condition. Dressier attire is welcome (and if you ask me, encouraged) and under no circumstances are guests to wear tank tops, flip-flops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.
Guests must be as 12 and older to attend and, of course, must be age 21 and over to drink alcohol (non-alcoholic beverages are available). Discounts and promotions are not valid and the event cannot be redeemed for Disney Dining Program entitlements.
Highway In The Sky Dine Around Progressive Dinner is only available on select nights (as of this writing, it’s at 6pm on most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) and only opens availability a few months in advance (as of this writing – in late May, 2018 – they were only taking reservations through late August 2018. This appears to be the standard quo since the event started in late 2016).
If you’ve done a bunch of the higher end dinners at WDW, or even if you haven’t, this sounds like a very cool one to experience. If you go, ENJOY!
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