Walt Disney World Resort has a multitude of options when it comes to onsite hotels. Currently, there are more than 25 hotels spanning the resort with options for almost every family budget. At the top of that list are the Deluxe resorts located on the monorail line in the Magic Kingdom resort area. These flagship hotels consist of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. All three of these top-level resorts are set along or near the banks of Seven Seas Lagoon, on the monorail resort line, and offer some of the best amenities on property.
One of the most notable benefits of staying at one of Disney’s Deluxe hotels on the monorail line is their location in relation to the Magic Kingdom park. The Contemporary and Grand Floridian flank the park with the Polynesian located directly across the water. All three resorts offer theme park view rooms as well as public areas of the resort where guests can take in views of Cinderella Castle. These views are often at their best during the evening “Happily Ever After” fireworks show, giving a new perspective to the dazzling presentation. The close proximity to the Magic Kingdom also affords guests a shorter commute time to the park. Disney’s Contemporary Resort even has its own dedicated walkway to the gate with a special security checkpoint that can be considerably faster to get through than the main security area.
The monorail resorts also offer some of the finest accommodations at Walt Disney World. Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have a classic feel with lush tropical gardens and tiki touches throughout the hotel. Disney’s Contemporary Resort rooms are sleek and modern and most of the hotel is contained in an impressive building where the monorail travels directly through the center of Disney’s Gand Floridian Resort and Spa is probably the most luxurious of the three. Rooms here feature a classic elegance that fits in with the Victorian theming of the resort. All hotels have Club Level rooms with benefits like access to the Club lounge, concierge assistance and planning, and evening turndown service. Each hotel contains a variety of fine dining Table Service restaurants as well. Guests can enjoy amazing park views while dining on a global menu at the Contemporary’s California Grill or delectable seafood at the Grand Floridian’s Narcoosee’s. The Polynesian offers one of the most popular dining experiences at the family-style ‘Ohana as well as a fun luau dinner show, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha.
The most exciting feature for families staying at one of the monorail resorts is access to the train itself. The monorail system allows all Walt Disney World guests transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Monorail resort guests can board the classic transportation system at their hotel and enjoy transportation to either of the parks (with a transfer at the Ticket and Transportation Center for access to Epcot). It should be noted that these stations are open to guests not staying at the hotel, for those wanting to explore. Each of the three hotels in the resort monorail loop has a dedicated station as part of the hotel. Guests can go through the security check at their hotel station, usually saving time considerable time compared to the main park checkpoint. The Magic Kingdom monorail station sits mere steps away from the turnstiles making it a smooth transition from hotel to park.
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