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  • On Mar 19, 2023
    Katherine from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Mona Leigh! Could you recommend a dinner spot that would allow us to take our son for a loop around the monorail after we eat? A venue that is delicious and accommodating to a loud kid with autism is even better. Cheers and thanks! Katie

    Hi Katherine,

    Thank you so much for visiting planDisney with your question! I am happy to help you think about a great place to have dinner that is accessible to the monorail. Riding the monorail is absolutely a wonderful activity in and of itself. My family used to ride the monorail all the time with our daughter. There is so much to see and it can be such a lovely experience.

    In order to eat dinner at a resort that has monorail access, you will want to eat at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, or Disney's Contemporary Resort. All of these are on the monorail loop. You mention that you are looking for somewhere that would be accommodating to a child who can be loud. I imagine that you would find most of the restaurants at these resorts fairly accommodating in this situation. Let me give you a few options.

    At Disney's Contemporary Resort, you could head to Chef Mickey's. This is a character meal, so do consider how all of the members of your family would feel about the characters. This is a boisterous and upbeat dining experience. It is located on the open level of Disney's Contemporary Resort, and you can even watch the monorail as it goes through this building from Chef Mickey's!

    I think that if my criteria were somewhere loud and delicious on the monorail loop, I would head to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. There are two options that I suggest for you here. One is 'Ohana, which offers a Polynesian-inspired family-style meal. Please do note that characters appear at breakfast at 'Ohana, but not at dinner. The fare here is absolutely delicious, including the legendary 'Ohana Noodles as well as grilled teriyaki beef and peel-and-eat shrimp. Another location at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort that you could consider is Kona Cafe. The fare here is similar in style to 'Ohana, but you order from a menu rather than family-style service. There are many options here, including sushi and poke bowls. I believe that both of these restaurants would be accommodating for a child who is loud as they both tend to be a little louder, and have high ceilings and open spaces.

    I do suggest that once you have made a decision about where you would like to eat, that you go ahead and make a dining reservation. These can be made up to 60 days ahead.

    Katherine, I hope that these thoughts have been helpful for you. Please do feel free to come back to planDisney with any further questions you may have!

    ~ Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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