At the Walt Disney World Resort, the monorail line is an iconic form of transportation around the resort, specifically if you are traveling to the Magic Kingdom. There are three resort hotels with monorail stops, and all of them have great dining options. This includes a few hidden gems. This is your complete guide to dining on the monorail line at Walt Disney World.
While there are also quick service options available at each of these resorts, the focus of this article is primarily table service restaurants. Therefore, advance reservations are highly recommended for each restaurant. These reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the original resort hotels at Walt Disney World. Known for its unique architecture and proximity to the Magic Kingdom, there are also some great dining options here that shouldn’t be missed!
The California Grill is the popular restaurant at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Featuring the finest Californian cooking, guests can dine with a view of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. If you are looking for a great spot to view the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, this is a great alternative to being in the park!
Currently, the restaurant is also offering a 50th-anniversary celebration. menu. The menu is available for a limited time.
This restaurant is a great spot for a date night, a proposal, or even just a signature dining experience. Be sure to grab your reservation 60 days in advance for dinner. This is a popular option that will go quickly.
This restaurant is known for the upbeat vibe and fun character interactions that take place throughout your meal. Serving breakfast, brunch, and dinner, guests encounter the Fab 5 as they dine. Characters include Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. Currently, character interactions are modified and the meals are served family-style. All meals are all-you-care-to-enjoy.
In addition, the monorail goes right through this resort and you have a nice view of it while dining in this restaurant. If you have kids that enjoy seeing the monorail, they will love it!
This is the newest addition to the dining options at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It just opened a few months ago and features a family-friendly menu celebrating Disney heritage. This steakhouse is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The menu for each meal includes items inspired by some of Walt Disney’s favorites. In addition, there is a portfolio of Disney family wines available, along with signature cocktails.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
This restaurant offers a signature dining experience with a recently remodeled dining room that pays homage to Mary Poppins. The menu features options with a Mediterranean influence and an award-winning wine list.
Since this is a signature dining experience, guests are required to follow the minimum dress code requirements but dressier attire is also welcome. Reservations are highly recommended.
This restaurant sits right on the water at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This signature dining experience includes menu items such as seafood, steak, and more. The seafood selection is impressive, coming from both local waters and around the world.
This is a great option for a romantic dinner. If you time it right, the view of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is gorgeous! Plus, the music is piped into the restaurant. Head outside or request a seat by the window to enjoy the show.
Since this is a signature dining experience, there is a dress code to adhere to.
Grand Floridian Café
This restaurant is a hidden gem at the Walt Disney World Resort. It is filled with Victorian charm and beautiful views of the resort’s gardens as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The menu consists of American classics with a twist, such as the signature Lobster ‘Thermidor” Burger.
Then, finish your meal with a sweet treat directly from the Grand Floridian Bakery. These desserts are made right in-house.
This lounge was recently reimagined and is inspired by Beauty and the Beast. Featuring four spaces inspired by the live-action movie, guests step into elegance as they enjoy sophisticated appetizers and drinks. Look for all the details from the beloved tale as old as time including the chandelier inspired by Belle’s ballgown.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
This popular restaurant serves both breakfast and dinner with a Hawaiian flair. Both meals are served family-style, with a beautiful view of the resort as you dine. You may even catch a glimpse of Cinderella Castle as you dine. But, let’s be honest. It’s all about the noodles here!
Then, if you choose to eat dinner here, consider heading down to the beach area afterward. Grab a seat and take in the great view of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. The music is even piped in.
This casual dining experience offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring American favorites with a hint of the tropical seas. Popular favorites throughout the day include Tonga Toast, a Dashi noodle bowl, Kona-braised short rib, and more!
Then, take a peek at the Sushi Kitchen as the chefs prepare a few of your favorites.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
This tropical tiki bar is inspired by the famous Adventureland explorer, Trader Sam. The menu offers unique food and drinks, and a family-friendly experience from opening until 8:00 pm. After that, guests must be 21 years of age or older to visit.
Please note, this location does not currently accept reservations, Guests enter on a first-come, first-served basis and there may be a wait.
Why Dine at the Resorts?
You may be thinking “I’m here to visit the theme park, why would I leave to go to the resorts? Isn’t there enough to eat at the park?” The short answer is, yes. There are plenty of great dining options at each of the four theme parks.
Whether it’s dining in Cinderella Castle or grabbing a dole whip at Aloha Isle, Magic Kingdom has a little bit of everything. That is the closest theme park to each of the resorts listed above. However, it’s also quite easy to explore these resorts and take a break from the theme park. Sometimes, it’s nice to leave the park for a bit, try a new dining option, and explore everything that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. In addition, doing this is especially fun at certain times of the year, such as the holiday season.
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