Disney has just announced that due to the refurbishment of the monorail the Disney World Resort monorail will be closed at certain times in early 2014. This will impact on you particularly if you have chosen one of the Disney World Monorail resort hotels to stay in early in 2014.
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A major attraction of these hotels (the Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort) is that you can just hop on the monorail and reach Magic Kingdom in minutes, and Epcot in about 10 minutes. So will these closures affect you?
The refurbishment work is going to start on January 21st 2014 and will continue through the end of March. The resort line will be closed during non-peak hours on weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. This is for the resort line only so will impact Disney hotel guests more than regular visitors. There will be extra buses and boats to the resorts at these times.
If you will be staying in Disney World during these times I would suggest thinking about just how much this will impact your stay. The Disney monorail hotels are all deluxe hotels and do charge a premium. When I stay in one of these hotels a huge part of it for me is the convenience of being able to just step onto the monorail and be in Magic Kingdom in minutes.
If I was staying there at this time I would seriously think about whether to choose one of the other hotels. Hopefully Disney will provide enough boats to make up for the inconvenience of not being able to travel on the monorail. The journey takes quite a lot longer by boat, although it is a relaxing way to arrive.
Are you staying in one of the monorail hotels during this closure?