Since we were already spurging on the evening festivities, we started our night off right by ordering a Minnie Van! Why are the kiddos riding along on our date you ask? Stay tuned my friends...they are off on their own adventure!. The Minnie Van is order through the Lyft app and only available on Disney property. Although not actual vans (the vehicle is a Chevy Traverse), they do seat 6 comfortably and carry 2 car seats for your convenience.
Cost: $25 flat fee for a one way trip.
My opinion: Super convenient and a time saver, when only using Disney transportation. We were picked up at our hotel & dropped off at the front door of the Contemporary Resort. Our driver was fun, knowledgeable, very friendly, and the car was exceptionally clean. Great option when traveling hotel to hotel, or in a hurry. Not very cost effect to use daily.
Similar to previous kid clubs, you can drop your kids off with confidence that they will be well taken care of. We arrived a bit early, so we entertained ourselves with a walk through the gift shops. At 5pm, the kids couldn’t stand it any more so we signed them in! There was some short forms to fill out for contact information, allergies, and dinner selection. After we signed them in, the cast members showed them where to wash their hands, gave them a cubby assignment, hugs & kisses exchanged ...and they were off! My kids had great fun with all the games they played
Cost: $65 per child. 6pm - 10pm. Doors open at 5pm
My opinion: As I expected, Disney outdid themselves on this one. The kids had a ton of fun. Came home with a bag full of crafts. They had a blast meeting the characters. I only wish they had a photopass option available so you could have some pictures of your kids enjoying the experience. After we dropped our kids off, my husband and I were on our way
Highway in the Sky Dine Around
My opinion: This part was one of two very small disappointments of the night. The Cast Members hosting us did not show up until right before 6pm. The room they held us in was now completely full. When the cast members arrived they asked us to form a line to check in and get our lanyards. It was chaos at best. They had somewhat blocked off the doorway with ropes so that there was now a small entry/exit. Once you exited, you had to cut back through the people standing in line to re-enter the space. It would have been easier for them to go around the room and check us in. I felt like one Cast Member should have arrived earlier (maybe 30 min?), to greet guests and perhaps help with “breaking the ice” between the attendees. The beginning was a tad awkward.
Our experience here also lacked pictures. The room is blue lighting, which made the food look, well BLUE. No bueno for food pictures!
Beverage: Jamison Whiskey & Peach tea cocktail
We were given a 5 minute warning that our time had come to an end at the Wave. Then we were led up the escalator to the monorail. Disney holds a monorail just for the guests of this event. We were given our own private car! Very VIP feeling!
Next stop: Polynesian Village Resort lobby. Space was roped off to the right as you enter the lobby. We were greeted by the hotel manager. Here they had a live action station with a cast member plating our food. Live Ukulele music set the ambiance just for our group. Everyone was given a chance to acknowledge special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. We were given our 5 minute warning before we were whisked away to the next stop!
Appetizer: Trio combination
Beverage: Mai Tai
My opinion: This is where my next disappointment occurred. Our group of 25 was split up 3 ways. The first group of 12 or so was taken to a private dining room “Chef’s table” area. The next group (which i was in) of 8 was taken to a table in the far back of the restaurant. And the last group was settled somewhere in the middle of the restaurant. It was an odd arrangement. At one point at the end of the meal, we were concerned that we had been forgotten as we were left sitting waiting for a bit.
Entrée: Short Ribs & Halibut. (I believe that was the fish)
Beverage: Choice of red or white wine.
Appetizer: Charcuterie board
The spread was beautiful with plenty of dessert options. Coffee, soda, water was readily available. Baileys, Khalua, and Frangelico were all also available, should you decide to add to your coffee. Music from Happily Ever After show was piped in and we had a spectacular view of the fireworks.
Price: $170 each. Food, beverages and gratuities included. Lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours. We felt it timed perfectly with the Pixar Play Zone activities.