Disney Monorail Hotels – Which Should You Avoid?


The Disney Monorail hotels are some of the most sought after on the Walt Disney World resort. If you are looking for the perfect hotel resort location for your Walt Disney World vacation then you should take a look at the monorail hotels.

The Disney World Monorail Hotels are among the most desirable and sought after of all the hotels on Disney property. However, we think that there is one which is seriously over rated. Read our guide to find out which one.

Disney World Monorail Hotels

The Disney monorail hotels are all deluxe resorts which are located on the loop around the Seven Seas Lagoon between the Magic Kingdom and the Transport and Ticket Center. This makes them the ideal location. Not only can you walk out of your hotel room and step on the monorail to be transported to Disney’s Magic Kingdom but you also have very easy access to the other parks and resorts via the Transport and Ticket Center. You can also easily travel to Epcot on the monorail if you change lines at the TTC.

Disney World Monorail Hotels Which One is the Best_

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort are all Disney monorail hotels. Each has a very different character so take a closer look at each before you decide which one is best for you. These hotels were all part of Walt Disney’s original vision for his new theme park.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Hotel and Spa

The Disney World Grand Floridian is Disney’s premier hotel. This is the obvious choice for those looking for absolute luxury and elegance. On the surface it would seem to be a very ‘grown up’ hotel but this is Disney after all and families are made very welcome. You will feel just as at home in Mouse Mouse Ears and a Goofy shirt as you would in evening dress.

The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has 867 rooms including 25 suites. The views from the rooms include Magic Kingdom views. The rooms are a generous 440 square feet and most have a balcony. The price that you pay will depend upon the room type and of course the view.

Disney’s Grand Floridian has two excellent swimming pools, a beautiful sandy beach, a Wedding Pavillion, numerous restaurant choices, and of course all the convenience of being steps away from the monorail. Your journey from this Disney Monorail Hotel to Magic Kingdom is quick and easy.

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contemporary Resort

There can’t be many hotels in the world which have a monorail running right through the lobby but Disney Contemporary Resort does! The Contemporary was one of the original Walt Disney World resort hotels and has been extensively refurbished to offer modern, very comfortable rooms. The modern design is not to everyone’s taste and some may think it just not Disney enough – but if you are looking for a high standard, exceptionally located Disney hotel then you may want to give the Contemporary a closer look.

The Contemporary Resort has 2 distinct sections. The main building with the monorail running through it, the main lobby and the restaurants. This is the Tower building. The second, separate building is The Garden Wing. There are various view choices including the most popular – a Magic Kingdom View. The Contemporary is one of our favorite Disney Monorail Hotels.

The standard rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort are 394 square feet. Each room will sleep up to 5 guests and also accommodate a child under 3 in a crib. The resort also offers suites and concierge level rooms.

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There is plenty to keep you occupied in the resort. Disney’s Contemporary is home to a number of restaurants including the ever popular character buffer Chef Mickey’s and the fine dining favorite California Grill.

There are two swimming pools at the Contemporary but they are probably the least themed and most disappointing of all the resorts at Disney. If this is an important aspect of your stay then you would probably do best to consider the Grand Floridian and Disney’s Polynesian which both have excellent pools.

Disney Polynesian Resort Hotel

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The Polynesian Resort Disney World Florida is ideally located on the monorail system just minutes away from Magic Kingdom. Step into the lobby and you will be transported to a different world. This South Seas themed Disney resort has a lot to offer and is a great choice of Disney monorail hotel.

The rooms are large by Disney deluxe hotel standards. At between 410 to 476 square feet some of them are larger than Disney’s Grand Floridan hotel. All of the rooms were refurbished in 2006. Prices vary according to room type and of course the view. Magic Kingdom and Lagoon views are the most popular and highest priced.

There are 2 swimming pools at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The most popular pool is the Nanea Volcano Pool complete with water falls and a slide. This is not a particularly large pool for the size of the resort and it does tend to get crowded at peak times. Guests can use the fitness facility at The Grand Floridian if they wish.

Walt Disney World Polynesian Hotel also offers a good choice of restaurants – well worth a look even if you are not a guest of the hotel. It is home to the very popular dinner show Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau .

All of the Disney Monorail hotels are excellent choices for a stay at the resort. The ease of traveling to Magic Kingdom really does make a huge difference as you can so quickly get to and from the park from your hotel. This is particularly important if you are traveling with young children and want to center your stay around visits to the Magic Kingdom.

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Each Disney monorail hotel has it’s own theme and it really is a question of personal choice as to which one would be the perfect destination for your Walt Disney World vacation.

However, the Disney World Monorail hotel which is most definitely in last place on our list is the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Whilst we know that this is Disney’s most expensive hotel resort we actually think that it is not worth the expense. If we were deciding between the Grand Floridian and the other monorail hotel resorts, the Floridian would definitely be last on our last. The location is not significantly better than the Contemporary or the Polynesian. We just don’t think it is worth the premium price that you pay over the other two Disney monorail hotels.

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