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Must Do Meals on the Disney Monorail Loop

Part of the magic at Walt Disney World is the amazing Walt Disney World Resort hotels.  Even though we love the four Disney Parks, we also love the magic that is present at the Disney Resorts throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Property.

If you are looking for a way to enjoy some Disney magic, but stay out of the Disney Parks we are going to suggest enjoying some fun on the Disney monorail.  An experience all on its own, the Disney monorail is a fun trip that takes Guests around the Magic Kingdom Resorts as well as to EPCOT.

Take some time during your next Walt Disney World vacation to explore that amazing monorail Resort.  These three Resorts are Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This is the iconic Disney Resort that Guests ride through on the Disney monorail.  We love this a-framed Resort and the modern look that it provides.

If you are looking for some great experiences at this Disney Resort, there are a few to choose from.

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Steakhouse 71 and Steakhouse 71 Lounge

One of the newest dining locations in Walt Disney World is found at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Steakhouse 71 is a table service location that offers great meals throughout the whole day.  Inspired by Walt Disney and the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971, Guests can enjoy a variety of great dishes such as Walt’s Prime Rib Hash or a Filet Mignon.

Not wanting a full sit-down meal, check out the Steakhouse 71 Lounge.  The PB&J Chicken wings as well as the burger have quickly become top picks for Guests.

Chef Mickey's
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Chef Mickey’s

Schedule a meal with our favorite pals at Chef Mickey’s.  Here you can have breakfast or dinner with Mickey Mouse and pals.  This currently is an all-you-care-to-eat, family-style experience.  This is a top-character meal at Walt Disney World, so make sure you get those reservations made early.

California Grill Fireworks
With sweeping views of Magic Kingdom fireworks from atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the re-imagined California Grill also features a new design inspired by mid-century modern California, and a new menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and a lighter touch. Known for its stellar wine list, the restaurant now boasts about 250 wine selections, 80 by the glass, an expanded sake list, eight kinds of craft beers and ciders and signature cocktails created by staff mixologists. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
California Grill

For a signature dining experience, make reservations for California Grill.  Located at the top of the Resort, Guests are able to enjoy amazing views of Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon while enjoying a meal.

Currently, California Grill is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special 3-course tasting menu.  These are all inspired by past favorites of the restaurant.

Contempo Cafe

If you are looking for an easier, faster meal, we highly recommend the quick service location at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Contempo Cafe offers excellent items such as burgers, pizzas, and even Mickey waffles in the morning.  This is a great option if you are needing a break from Magic Kingdom.

Disney's Polynesian Resort View
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Next on the monorail loop of delicious food is Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  Here Guests can enjoy tropical, fresh flavors.

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Pineapple Lanai

Start with dessert first by visiting Pineapple Lanai for a refreshing Dole Whip.  Guests can enjoy the classic flavors as well as specialty ones throughout the year such as lime or raspberry.

Capt. Cook’s

For something quick, try Capt. Cooks where the dishes are inspired by the South-Seas.  The pulled pork nachos are some of the best nachos you can get at Walt Disney World.  Make sure to use mobile ordering so you don’t have to wait.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Ohana
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It wouldn’t be a trip to Disney’s Polynesian Resort without a stop at ‘Ohana.  Guests can enjoy a bountiful amount of food for both breakfast and supper.  Currently being served family-style you won’t leave hungry after visiting.  Enjoy delicious items such as Mickey and Stitch waffles for breakfast and outstanding and famous ‘Ohana noodles for supper.

Ohana continues to be one o the more popular dining locations, so make sure you get those reservations made early.

Trader Sam's
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Traders Sam’s

Wrap up your evening at the Polynesian with a stop at Traders Sam’s.  This tiki bar is full of fun, entertainment, and outstanding drinks.  Get here early as it isn’t a large area and capacity if often hit quickly.

You can also enjoy the outdoor seating area if you are looking for live music and nice views of the Polynesian.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Finally, we wrap up our monorail loop with a visit to the beautiful Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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Enchanted Rose

A beautifully themed lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian is Enchanted Rose.  Inspired by Beautify and the Beast, this lounge serves appetizers and drinks under a magnificent golden chandelier inspired by Belle’s ball gown.

There are a variety of rooms such as a library throughout the bar as well as an outdoor seating area.  There is so much beauty and magic at this lounge, it shouldn’t be skipped.

Grand Floridian Cafe
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Grand Floridian Cafe

A hidden gem on the monorail loop is the Grand Floridian Cafe.  This casual dining location serves all three meals and offers a brunch menu as well.  There is nothing better than having brunch after visiting the Magic Kingdom.

The famous Lobster Thermidor Burger is what they are known for, but they have a variety of great drinks and food selections.  Don’t skip out on the Grand Floridian Cafe the next time you need a sit-down meal.


For a signature meal, Guests will enjoy the newly reimagined Citricos.  Now themed after Mary Poppins Returns, Guests can dine under the lovely London sky.  Serving only dinner, Guests will enjoy a menu crafted by Chef Andres Mendoza.  Award-winning wine as well as cuisine with a Mediterranean influence will be enjoyed by all.

There are so many great meals and snacks to be enjoyed at the Disney monorail Resorts.  Each of them offers unique dining experiences that bring magic to Guests while they enjoy great food with amazing atmospheres.

We hope you take time during your next Disney vacation to stop and enjoy these amazing Disney Resorts and all the great meals they offer.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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