Not only does Florida get really hot (like walking on the surface of the sun hot) but it also gets a lot of rain. In fact, it will rain almost every day in the summer. But don’t panic, the rain is usually just passing through. It doesn’t last long most of the time but there will be days when it sticks around. What to do on those days? Get to the Ticket and Transportation Center and jump on the Resorts Monorail!
Happy Monorail Day! – There are three top of the line resorts that have Monorail stops – the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, The Polynesian Village Resort and the Contemporary Resorts. Individually, they are wonderful but put them together with one really cool means of transportation and you’ll have a fun day!
The first stop along the way is the Polynesian. With it’s South Pacific Island decor and recently remodeled lobby, which guests are transported to a place far beyond central Florida . Stop at Kona Café for the Tonga Toast; it’s the best way to start any day. This is an original WDW resort so walk around and ask questions of the knowledgeable cast members. Look around for the hidden Mickeys and say hi to Tiki, the new and uniquely stunning figure who sits atop the waterfall!
The next stop is at the crowned jewel of WDW, The Grand Floridian. You really need to take your time to soak in everything from the fresh cut flowers, to the live music and the grand staircases. If you’re there when it’s time for a meal- and since it’s vacation, it’s always time for great food- the Grand Floridian Café is always serving delicious meals to eat while you take in spectacular sights from the plentiful windows that offer views of the resorts breathtaking scenery. If you are looking for a different type of experience, 1900 Park Fare is a character meal with an endless buffet of flavors and delight! For the adults in your party, there is the Senses Spa where guests can enjoy everything from manicures to massages. From here, get back on the monorail for the next short journey and our next stop.
The Magic Kingdom is the next stop on the Monorail. If the rain hasn’t let up, just wave goodbye to all the people in ponchos and sit tight for the next stop.
The Contemporary is another original to the Walt Disney World Resort, having opened in 1971. The centerpiece is the stylized mosaic right in the atrium built with 1800 one square foot tiles. Look closely to find the five legged goat! If you’ve spent the whole day taking the time to enjoy all the magic that is WDW, then head up to the California Grill for fabulous food and a great view of the Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. Another choice is Chef Mickey’s; this is a character meal, buffet style with the Fab Five. If you can’t possibly eat again – like ever- you can still watch the fireworks from the Contemporary. Rumor has it that there is another viewing spot on the north side of the tower, just outside of the fourth floor. There are benches set up in this area.
Having this much fun will completely distract you from the weather outside. Sometimes it’s fun to have a Monorail day just to escape the heat!
There is an adult version of the Monorail Fun Day called the Monorail Pub Crawl. This includes stops at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, Mizner’s Lounge and the California Grill.