Well, I am back from Disney and had a great time.
So I have been back for several weeks now and I am still smiling when I look back at this trip. Our first plan was to spend our 4 park days (all of them) at EPCOT because of the “Food and Wine Festival”. Well we realized after we finished the 3rd day at EPCOT that we were “Food & Wined” out.
We did have something very different planned for our last evening in Florida and it started just outside of the Magic Kingdom. None of us had done the “Highway Dine in the Sky” dinner before so we decided to start (and end) our last park day at the Magic Kingdom. I will mostly give you my thoughts on our experience but first I want to address our day at the Magic Kingdom. I want anyone reading this Blog to know that the Magic Kingdom is NOT just for children. We were 4 adult men (read 1 old and 3 “mature” men) and we had a blast…
There are attractions that would bring you back to memories we all have as a child and a few roller coaster rides for the more adventurous of us.
Also the Magic Kingdom just has a special feel about it that the other parks just can’t replicate. The reason we decided to do the Magic Kingdom for a final park is that the monorail runs right up to the doors of the park and that is where our evening dining experience was to start. We met for 5:30 in a lounge on the bottom floor of the Contemporary Resort. We met the other 20 or so guests that would join us on our experience and had and appetizer and their Signature, must have, cocktail The Bay Lake Sunset. Here is a photo.
When we finished the first course we all went upstairs to board our “private car” on the Monorail (we even had our own captain). We were treated like VIP’s and they even held up the rail if we were slow. We left the Contemporary and headed for the Polynesian resort. Here we were treated to the classic Island beverage the “Mai Tai” and a tropical tasting of pork and sushi (very good, but small).
Leaving the Polynesian we were on our private Monorail now headed to the Grand Floridian. This place rocks…. It is very opulent and has a grand feel (I had never been there before). Here we had two locations to sample their cuisine. First was the Garden View Tea Room for a charcuterie plate and a glass of bubbly, very nice. We then headed upstairs to Citricos for a “5 star” meal in their private wine room. If we were not part of this Disney experience we would never have afforded this restaurant. The food and service was exquisite. Our final destination was back to the Contemporary Resort to their 4th floor balcony for special coffees, special desserts and a great location to view the “Happily Ever After” fireworks show.
A fitting end to our trip to Disney and Florida.
So up early the next day and off to the airport with plenty of new memories (and a hurting stomach from all the laughing we did). I am sure the guys are all looking forward to a possible next time, if we can all talk our wives into it…. So goodbye for now and my next Blog will be on the Food & Wine. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with all of you.