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Disney World Monorail Resorts

One of Walt Disney World’s methods of transportation is the monorail, the highway in the sky. There are a couple of monorail tracks transporting guests throughout Walt Disney World. There’s a track taking guests from Epcot to the Ticket and Transportation Centre and back. There’s a track taking guests from the Ticket and Transportation Centre to the Magic Kingdom and back, for more on that click here. The third transportation track takes guests to each monorail resort, ticket and transportation centre and the Magic Kingdom. There are three monorail resorts: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Each of these resorts have a monorail track running alongside them or right through them. Staying at one of these resorts allows you easy access to the monorail that takes you to the Magic Kingdom. To get to Epcot, you need to disembark at the Ticket and Transportation Centre and get onto the Epcot monorail.

Each of the monorail resorts is a deluxe resort and is also home to deluxe villas. These three resorts fall on the upper end of cost for deluxe resorts. Without special pricing, a room at a monorail resort begins at $926 per night. All three resorts host multiple restaurants, multiple pools, water sports, and multiple shopping experiences. They also have really unique lounges. All these extras, and the convenient monorail access brings up the price of these resorts.

The monorail travels around the resort track in a clockwise manner. Here are the resorts, listed as the monorail stops at each.

1st Monorail Resort Stop. Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort has the monorail going right through its building. The monorail is located on the 5th floor of the resort, which means guests need to use the escalators or elevator to gain access to the monorail platform. Disney’s Contemporary Resort has a few buildings, the main building which the monorail runs through, some side buildings that are a couple stories high and are south of the main building, and DVC‘s Bay Lake Tower (home to the Deluxe Villas). Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to two very popular Disney World restaurants: California Grill and Chef Mickey’s. California Grill is the rooftop signature restaurant. Chef Mickey’s is a character buffet restaurant featuring Mickey and the whole gang. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the original hotels. We’ve stayed at Bay Lake Tower several times and love the location and the style. For more information click here.

2nd Monorail Resort Stop. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

After stopping at the Ticket and Transportation Centre, the Polynesian is the next stop. The monorail is stationed outside of the building but has a covered platform for guests embarking and disembarking. The platform is found off the second floor of the building and is accessible from the inside of the resort and the outside. Disney’s Polynesian Resort has a Hawaiian theme. The whole resort has lots of colourful flowers. The Polynesian is termed a village because the resort is made up of several buildings. These buildings are spread out around the resort. Disney’s Polynesian Resort has two fantastic pools, one with a large waterslide and the other is a quiet pool. They also host several restaurants including the popular Ohana and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is connected to the Grand Floridian Resort by a passageway, giving guests a nice place to enjoy an evening stroll.

3rd Monorail Resort Stop. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

The iconic Disney’s Grand Floridian is the last resort on the monorail resort loop. The monorail stop is found off of the second floor of the main building. The monorail station is covered here as well. Disney’s Grand Floridian is home to 1900 Park Fare, a character dining experience, to World Class Victoria and Albert’s, a signature dining experience, and the annual Gingerbread House. Visitors flock to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to admire the victorian design and grand chandelier. Disney’s Grand Floridian is home to two pools, one with a waterslide, some of the best resort shopping at Disney World, and an orchestra. We stayed at this beautiful resort on our honeymoon after finding a fantastic deal that cut our vacation costs in half. For more on that click here. For a full review of Disney’s Grand Floridian click here.

Those are the three Monorail resorts at Walt Disney World. There are other Magic Kingdom resorts, but they are not on the monorail track. They are within close proximity to the Magic Kingdom but are not accessible via the monorail. For more information on resorts at Walt Disney World, check out these other posts:

A Detailed Review of Disney’s Saratoga Springs

A Detailed Review of Disney’s Old Key West Resort

What’s the Difference Between a Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resort

What is a Disney World Resort?

5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney World Resort