Saturday, January 14, 2012

Monorail and Boat Resorts

There is so much to see while at Walt Disney World that many people miss some of the most subtle touches that add so much to the experience. The theming of the different hotels is definitely one example. If you have a pass that is for fewer days than your visit or simply want a break from moving from attraction to attraction, an afternoon hotel hopping might be for you.

The easiest options if you haven’t hotel hopped before is to look at the resorts that are grouped together. The monorail resorts include the Contemporary, Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian. Whether travelling by monorail or by boat, these hotels are easy to check out. It is fun to ride the monorail right into the center of the Contemporary and try to find the five legged goat on the wall. Located inside the Contemporary, Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular restaurants within WDW for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Polynesian features the ever popular Tonga Toast for those who love to indulge when eating a quick service breakfast or take some time to explore the beaches and shops. The Grand Floridian is a quiet spot to enjoy a cup of tea or listen to some relaxing music.

The Wilderness Lodge is also a fun spot that is easy to hit if you are looking for something different. Be sure to check out the geyser behind the hotel if you head there. It is a quick boat ride from the Magic Kingdom boat dock to the Wilderness Lodge. There are rocking chairs in the back to enjoy the people watching opportunities. The Whispering Canyon CafĂ© is another favorite restaurant. Don’t expect a quiet night out for two. It is a fun place to take a family for some great barbecue.

There are many hotels on property and each one has a unique look that makes it memorable. The restaurants and shops match the theme of the resort. There are so many ways to spend time outside of the four theme parks and this is a definite must to appreciate the full Disney experience.


  1. WE always enjoy looking around at the resorts.

  2. I think that the detail in the resorts can be missed. There is so much to see.