• On Mar 7, 2017
    Monica from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have dinner reservations for California Grill at 8:40 pm and staying at Polynesian. Will the monorail be running a bit after 10 pm to make it back to the resort? Don't know how long dinner would take. Don't want to miss the monorail back.

    Hi Monica,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing this question to us. The monorail is my favorite mode of transportation at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    More than likely, the monorail will be running after 10:00 p.m. on the evening you have dinner. As a general rule, it runs 30 minutes prior to the earliest park opening and one hour after the latest park closing. For more information, check the Resort Monorail guide. Also, check the Park Hours for the date of your dinner to be sure.

    Be advised that the lines for the monorail can be quite long when Magic Kingdom closes. So, if possible, time your departure from dinner before or after Magic Kingdom closes. Or, you could honestly walk to Magic Kingdom and catch the bus from there to the Polynesian if the monorail lines are extraordinarily long. The walk to Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary is about 10 minutes. After eating all of that delicious food at the California Grill, you may want to walk!

    The last time we visited the California Grill, we arrived to our reservation about 30 minutes early and requested a table by the window. We were lucky enough to get one and stayed through the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

    Dinner took us about two hours for our family of four but that included taking a complete break to watch the fireworks. 

    I do hope you have a magical dinner!

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