Friday, March 14, 2014
"Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas."
Taking the monorail is a great way to get around Walt Disney World. If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend a bit of time in the middle of a jam-packed theme park day or if you don’t plan on going to a park but still want to enjoy your day seeing the sights of Disney, consider spending time riding the monorail.
The monorail is one of the prime methods of transportation for shuttling guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to the parks or to move guests to and from selected hotels to the parks and back. It is also a no-cost way to sight-see during your Disney vacation. There is no limit to the number of times you can hop on and off the monorail in a single day.
There are three monorail lines: Resort Hotels, Magic Kingdom express and Epcot express.
1. Resort Hotels travels in a loop from the TTC to the Polynesian Resort, the Grand Floridian Resort, the Magic Kingdom Park and the Contemporary Resort before returning to the TTC. If you want to see the most iconic Disney hotels, the monorail is a great way to do it. Each hotel has a monorail station themed to match the hotel. I recommend lunch at the Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Café, afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian and a self-serve, all you can fit in the bowl Dole Whip at the Polynesian. All of the hotel grounds are beautiful so there is lots to see when you visit. If you are on the Disney dining plan, you can use your meal credits at the hotels as well.
2. Magic Kingdom has an “express line” and travels from the TTC directly to the Magic Kingdom and back. If you park at the TTC and want to get to the Magic Kingdom as fast as possible, or back to your car just as fast at the end of the day, this is the line to take.
3. Epcot has another “express line” and travels from the TTC to Epcot and back. This is my favourite monorail line because it travels over a part of the Epcot theme park and around the iconic globe of Spaceship Earth in its centre. The best time of day to take the Epcot monorail is just before the nightly Illuminations as you can see the show and fireworks from the monorail as you travel.
Each train is identified by one of twelve unique colour codes and I heard this summer that some guests play a challenge game where they try to ride all twelve of the different coloured trains in a single day. This summer, two of the monorails were used as traveling billboards with one wrapped with a promotion of Monsters University and another one promoting Iron Man 3.