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.
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.
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
$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.