Walt Disney World Monorail

The monorail is on a loop that makes 5 stops: Ticket and Transportation Center, The Polynesian, The Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom, and The Contemporary Resort. 


The monorail is the easiest method of transportation to the Magic Kingdom.  It picks you up right out side the resort, or if you are staying in the Contemporary, it picks you up INSIDE your resort.  It runs right through the middle of the building. You are protected from the weather while you wait.  If you have a child in a stroller they can ride roll right in.  There is no need to take the child out, unload your personal items and fold the stroller, as you must when you take a bus or tram.  Guest may remain in wheel chairs or electric scooters on the monorail. 

The monorail will also take you to EPCOT.  You must transfer to the EPCOT line at the Ticket and Transportation Center.


The monorail resorts are only a short ride to the Magic Kingdom.  This makes it fast and easy to return to your room for little ones to nap, or take a refreshing dip in the pool on a hot afternoon.   If you are staying at the Contemporary Resort, you can walk to the Magic Kingdom in about 5 minutes if you wish. There is no walkway from the Grand Floridian or Polynesian Resort.  


Because these resorts are the closest to the Magic Kingdom, they have beautiful views of the theme park and its evening fireworks.  The Electrical Water Pageant parade makes its way around the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake nightly and can be viewed from the 3 monorail resorts.  One of my favorite WDW memories is from our stay at the Contemporary.  We watched the fireworks from our balcony and then tucked the kids in.  I was lying in bed cuddling with my husband.  He was watching basketball on the TV and I was watching the castle change colors against the black night sky and the monorails go around the track.  The kids were asleep and thus not arguing--that’s magical! 


All three resorts have tasty dining opportunities.  It’s easy to ride to one of the resorts for a meal with Mickey (Contemporary), with Cinderella (Grand Floridian) or Lilo & Stich (Polynesian).  If you are dining at Chef Mickey’s you can watch the monorails come through the building.  Two of my favorite foods can be found at the Polynesian Resort: Tonga Toast and Dole Whip!  When I stay at The Contemporary, I hop over to the “Poly” for a breakfast of Tonga Toast at least once during my stay. 


My kids have learned to speak Spanish on the monorail! Ok, not really, but they can all say "Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas."

Never fear, every one is welcome on the monorail.  It’s complimentary for all Disney guests!  You don’t have to stay at one of the three monorail resorts to take a ride or explore the resorts on the monorail line.