Quite often, when clients call about their next trip to Walt Disney World, they say, ‘We want to stay as close to the parks as possible.’ It doesn’t get any closer than the three resorts located on the monorail - Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Magic Kingdom is accessible via the monorail from all three resorts; you can even walk to the park from the Contemporary. The rooms at these resorts are larger overall, making them more appealing to families hoping for a bit more space. Multiple dining options, including table service, character dining and lounges, can be found inside each resort which gives guests the opportunity to relax with a cocktail or enjoy a meal without having to leave their hotel. The pool areas at all three resorts are extensive; they include water slides and splash pads for the littlest resort guests.
Each resort has its own unique theming and offerings for their guests. From a luau at the Polynesian, to afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian, and even a fireworks voyage with Peter Pan at the Contemporary - there’s something for everyone at the monorail resorts. Last December, we were lucky enough to stay at Disney's Contemporary Resort for a few days of holiday fun.
Our standard room included a beautifully redone bathroom with separate toilet area, a small wet bar, a nice large desk, two super comfy queen size beds and a pull out twin size bed. Our view of the Mickey pool and the lagoon made the perfect backdrop at bedtime. We even got to watch The Electric Light Parade from our balcony one evening, in our jammies!
We really enjoyed the Contempo Cafe as a quick service location for both a quick breakfast and a nice lunch on arrival day. Their cheese danish and grilled cheese & tomato soup were both delicious! Chef Mickey’s was just outside our door; we did enjoy waking up to their music each morning. The Wave is an easy to access restaurant located inside and is a nice option for every meal; Kristen swears they have one of the best steaks on property.
Another nice perk of staying on the monorail was being able to bypass the long security lines at Magic Kingdom since we had already gone through security at the resort. Transferring monorails at the Ticket & Transportation Center to get to Epcot was easy and quick. As always, busses were available to take us to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs.
Traveling with Adventures by Disney provides culturally immersive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that prove all vacations are not created equal. Experiencing New York City, America's melting pot of culture and cuisine, with Adventures by Disney is a dream come true. There is so much to see and do—from taking in the splendor of Times Square to attending a Disney Broadway musical to visiting the studios of Good Morning America and more. You'll understand why New York is called "The City That Never Sleeps"!
You'll stay in the center of the City for three nights at the InterContinental New York Times Square. Breakfast is included everyday of your four day adventure, in addition to VIP Treatment, tickets and admissions to included events, and an Adventure Guide to ensure a hassle-free vacation from start to finish. Check out the slideshow below to see the highlights of the New York City Escape: