This week’s featured photo brings us to the monorail line at the Grand Floridian.
The monorail is a very popular form of transportation in Disney World. Guests love riding the monorail and will often use it as a way to relax. I love the monorail. To me, the monorail screams Disney. It’s nice to just be able to hop on the monorail after a long day in the park and head “home.” It’s also fun to just ride around on the monorail. We did that while we were waiting to go back to California Grill to watch the fireworks. We all had a pretty good time.
It’s good to know how the monorail system works before your trip. There are three different monorail lines: the Resort Hotels Line, the Magic Kingdom Line, and the Epcot Line.
The Resort Line (Runs Clockwise)
- Contemporary Resort
- Transportation and Ticket Center
- Polynesian Village Resort
- Grand Floridian
- Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom Line (Runs Counterclockwise)
- Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
- Magic Kingdom
This one just runs back and forth from the TTC to Magic Kingdom.
- Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC)
This one just runs back and forth from the TTC to Epcot.
Not only is the monorail fun to ride, but you can try the monorail bar/restaurant crawl. There are lots of lounges and restaurants to try on the monorail loop, so it could make for a fun evening. There is a Monorail Bar/Restaurant Crawl Guide on the website you can see for information and tips.
The monorail resorts have a nice bonus of being able to jump on the monorail right at the hotel. It’s handy, especially for families with little kids (strollers don’t have to be folded up to go on the monorail). If you are staying at an Epcot resort you can take the monorail from Epcot to the Transportation and Ticket Center and then get off at the Magic Kingdom. It’s a bit longer of a trip, but some people don’t mind that if it means they don’t have to take the buses. Make sure you have the Park Hopper option on your tickets if you plan on doing this.
Another bonus with the monorail is that guests can see inside Epcot before they enter the park. The monorail will make a loop around Future World in Epcot before letting guests off at the monorail station. It’s a good way to get a glimpse of the crowds and where certain things are inside the park.
Something else you can do is ask the monorail operator for a transportation card. You can do this with any transportation operator. Sometimes they have the cards and sometimes they don’t, but it’s worth asking.
Stats from Wikipedia:
- The Disney World monorail system has over 150,000 people riding every day.
- It spans 14.7 miles.
- Fifty million people ride the Disney World monorail system each year.
- Current Monorail Colors:
- Trains have to be kept at least two blocks apart, for safety reasons.
What’s your favorite thing about the monorail in Disney World?
Thanks for reading!
We love the monorail. When my kids were little they used to laugh so hard and repeat ‘por favor manteges alejado de las puertas’ (probably spelled wrong sorry) so cute hearing 2 and 4 year olds saying that and ‘watch your head and step’. We still laugh about it today and we all say it in unison every time we ride. (11 & 14 now) lol
That’s such a great memory to have. 🙂 I love that even the transportation in Disney World can make magical memories!