Ok, ok. I can hear the boos and hisses now. EVERYONE appreciates and loves the Monorail. Indeed, they do. So, how can I include it on a list like this?
There are two monorails circling Seven Seas Lagoon in opposite directions: Express Monorail – providing nonstop service from the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) to the Magic Kingdom; and the Resort Monorail – making stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC), Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Magic Kingdom, and the Contemporary Resort. Unless you stay at these resorts regularly, the Resort Monorail is DEFINITELY UNDER-APPRECIATED! One of the biggest benefits of staying at these resorts is the easy access to Magic Kingdom via the Resort Monorail. Step out of your hotel onto the platform and hop aboard. No folding nasty double strollers on the bus for you!
For many, however, staying at one of these Deluxe resorts is simply a luxury outside of the budget. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the Resort Monorail without staying at one of those high-priced rooms.
In the middle of the day when the Magic Kingdom reaches it’s maximum level of guests, it’s nice to step away from the park and recharge. Hopping over to one the resorts is a great way to flee from the madness. Every trip to WDW we make at least one lunch reservation at the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort. Kona Cafe serves up some fantastic dishes, including our favorite Pad Thai, and also allows parents to partake of an adult beverage. Grab a good old brew, enjoy a glass of wine (this definitely pleases MouseBoss’ boss), or suck back one of those Dole Whips laced with rum to help you beat the heat. Yummy! 😉
A couple of years ago when we were schlepping it offsite, we brought the girls over to the Grand Floridian to take their Christmas pictures in a bed of poinsettias. The resort was gorgeous. The Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and decorations at every corner provided a fantastic setting for the annual picture. The bed of poinsettias, however, provided a scene we had never seen. It was my favorite Christmas card we ever sent.
One of our many shots from our Resort Monorail photo shoot
But we didn’t pay for a week to stay there in order to capture the pics! We took advantage of the Resort Monorail!
Finally, if you drive to the Magic Kingdom, getting back to TTC when the park closes can be very crowded and challenging. The Express Monorail line stretches to eternity after Wishes. But, there is an alternative. You can wait up to 5 trains before getting to board the Express Monorail. Every Monorail car, both Resort and Express, stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center (oh, you deluxe guests are going to hate me). I promise you, you will not wait for 5 trainloads before getting on board if you use the Resort Monorail. Sure, you’ll make a quick stop at the Contemporary Resort, but it beats getting corralled into the cattle car. Your secret is safe with me.
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