If you want to escape the crowds of the Magic Kingdom for a few hours, here’s a great alternative: take a monoraill tour of the resorts.
Leaving the Magic Kingdom, head towards the monorail station and follow the signs for the resorts. Using the resort monorail you can visit Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Your first stop will be Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You’ve probably passed through the lobby on a monorail plenty of times but maybe you’ve never actually walked through the resort. There are shops, restrooms and an arcade. Walk over to the east wall and check out the view of Bay Lake from the floor to ceiling windows. Take the escalator down to exit towards Bay Lake and take a walk on the dock. If you’d like you can rent a boat or even parasail. When you’re ready to move on, go back inside and up the escalator to the monorail station. The next stop will be the Transportation and Ticket Center.
If you want to continue the resort tour, just stay on the monorail when it arrives at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Otherwise, you can get off and take the ferry back to the Magic Kingdom or hop on the monorail for Epcot.
Your next stop will be Disney’s Polynesian Resort. When you get off of the monorail you will be on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House. Browse through some amazing artwork in the Wyland Galleries on the first floor. Also on the the first floor is Capt. Cook’s where you can grab a quick bite to eat.
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” ]Explorer Tip: Capt. Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is the only other place besides Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom where you can find a Dole Whip.[/box]
Exit through the doors towards the pool and soon you will find yourself on the beach of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Follow the path to the right and you’ll end up at Sunset Point, a great place for pictures against the backdrop of the Magic Kingdom. Follow the path to the left and soon you will find the marina. Here you can rent and boat to explore the Seven Seas Lagoon or rent a surrey and explore the trails.
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” ]Explorer Tip: The beach near Luau Cove is rarely crowded and is a great place to watch the Electrical Water Pageant.[/box]
Ready for the next stop on the tour? Hop back on the monorail and you will arrive at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The first thing you’ll notice is the Victorian-style of the resort. When you exit the monorail you will be on the second floor of the Main Building. The Grand Floridian Resort is beautiful at any time of the year, but especially during the Christmas season. At that time of year, a large Christmas tree will stand in the middle of lobby along with a full-sized gingerbread house.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Explorer Fact: It takes the Grand Floridian bakery team more than two months and 840 hours of labor to produce, cut and bake the 5,089 “shingles” used to decorate the Gingerbread House.[/box]
At the marina you can rent motorized boats, sailboats or take a guided fishing trip. When you’re ready to head back to the Magic Kingdom just go back to the monorail station on the second floor.