Highway in the sky. Worth it?

The new Highway in the Sky Dine-Around gives guests priority boarding on the monorail for an unparalleled dining journey around the circuit between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. (credit Disney Parks blog)  But is it worth the 150 dollar price tag?  That is the question.  With all the add-ons being introduced by Disney lately, many people are screaming “enough is enough” and “just another money grab.”  I tend to agree that the add-ons are a little much lately but this one I truly believe is worth it.

Lets break it down:  Stop 1.  The Wave of American Flavors at the Contemporary for a welcome specialty cocktail.  Specialty cocktails at The Wave average $10.55.

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Back onto the Monorail, with priority seating I might add, heading to the Poly for island inspired sips and appetizers.  I went to Kona for these next prices just as a way to compare since it didn’t say specifically where.  Average Kona cocktail is $10.75 and average appetizer $8.99.  As we can see the price is climbing a bit already.

Back onto the Monorail to the flagship resort: The Grand Floridian.  Enjoy an entree and wine pairing at Citricos.  Average price for an entree at Citricos is $40.25 and with a wine pairing add about 10 dollars.  After dinner you will sip sparkling wine and sample artisanal cheese.  Sparkling wine is $11.75 and the Cheese board at Citricos goes for $18.  Lets cut that in half to 9 dollars.

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Photo Credit: Disney 
One more time on the monorail for a trip back to the Contemporary for desert, cordials and coffee in time to see Wishes.  Wishes Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace goes for 40 dollars.

Lets do the math:

$10.55  The Wave

$10.75

$8.99    Kona

$40.25

10.00

$11.75

$9.00     Citricos

$40.00   Dessert Party

$20.00  Valet Parking

Grand Total:  $151.26:   That is taking the averages of what you are getting and not adding gratuity or taxes.  Once you add gratuity, taxes and valet parking you are well over $150 if you were doing this on your own.  For the $150 price tag for this special event that Disney is offering, the gratuity is included but tax is not. Maybe I am just drinking the Disney “Kool-Aid” but to me there is some great value here.  I believe that this experience would be great for an anniversary or birthday for a couple.  I could also see a group of friends getting together to do this.  Maybe a Mickey Dudes meet up??   This experience is being offered Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays  starting December 2.   For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE.  If anyone does this let us know how it is.

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