Category Archives: Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts

A Visit to Yachtsman Steakhouse

A couple of years ago, my wife’s aunts and uncles took our daughter into the parks for the evening and my wife and I were able to enjoy a relaxing dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse.  One of the things that I enjoy about staying at The Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower is easy walking access to the Magic Kingdom Bus Depot.  My wife and I walked over the depot to catch the Yacht Club/Beach Club bus.  We always bank plenty of time to get from point A to point B at Disney but we were lucky enough to catch a bus right away to Yacht Club.

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Disney’s Contemporary – A Classic Resort

Contemporary Pool #2

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing our reviews of the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.


 

My favorite resort on all of the Walt Disney World Resort property is The Contemporary.  I loved this resort since I was a child.  I loved the fact that a monorail ran through the center of the hotel because of its iconic A-Frame structure.  If you ask people what they think of, besides the castle, when they think of Walt Disney World chances are they will mention The Contemporary and/or the monorail.  There are so many reasons to love this iconic Disney original.

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Monorail Loop or EPCOT Area Resort?

Walt Disney World has two major clusters of resorts: the monorail loop and the EPCOT area.  Both of these groups come with pros and cons.  Which is group is right for? Or do you fall into the third group – the value group?

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Top Walt Disney World Transportation Shortcuts

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing some lesser known Disney tips.

Walt Disney World has a lot of different ways to get around the sprawling resort.  You can take the monorail, or a boat, or a bus, or even your feet.  My post will be focusing on some of the lesser known shortcuts to help shave time getting from point A to point B and spending more time enjoying your vacation.  The important thing to look at is “what locations have multiple transportation options” available.  Most of the time, these will be at deluxe resort properties.  All value resorts have only bus transportation and moderates have bus transportation and some boats to Disney Springs.  The deluxe resorts have multiple transportation options.  But just because you are staying at a value resort doesn’t mean that you can’t use deluxe resort transportation to help you save time.

Tip #1: Using Beach/Yacht Club buses to get to Magic Kingdom from EPCOT’s World Showcase

Yacht Club
Yacht Club

My family discovered this shortcut when we were attempting to visit all four parks in one day.  We had just finished watching Illuminations and did the quick time math that walking to the front of the park and hopping on a bus or monorail would take a long time.

Yacht Club, on the other hand, was just a short walk away.  Magic Kingdom was open until midnight so there would be plenty of buses.  We took the short walk from the UK Pavilion to Yacht Club.  No crowds to fight.  We took a short walk.  No line to wait for.  Just had to wait a few minutes for a bus.  We were able to watch Illuminations and got to Magic Kingdom in time to find a decent spot to watch Wishes.

This is a great tip no matter the time of day.  It helps save time and takes some stress off your feet by walking less and sitting more.  Always a plus during a busy park day.

Tip #2: Using the Magic Kingdom Bus Depot to Get Anywhere

Magic Kingdom Bus Loop

Disney has put a lot of money into expanding the bus depot at Magic Kingdom.  You can use this expanded bus depot to your advantage.  Say you want to do some Deluxe Resort hopping before visiting the Magic Kingdom.  Take a Magic Kingdom bus from your resort and use that as your “base camp.”  From the Magic Kingdom, you can hop on the monorail or boat and get from resort to resort before getting back to the Magic Kingdom and either returning to your resort or heading into the Magic Kingdom.  Having a meal at Chef Mickey.  Just take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and walk over (see tip #4).

Tip #3: Monorail to the Magic Kingdom from the Grand Floridan, take the boat back

Grand Floridian Lobby

The Grand Floridian is a great location.  It is the last stop on the monorail loop before the Magic Kingdom.  On the other hand, it is the last stop on the monorail loop when leaving the Magic Kingdom.  If you like the monorail, this is a good thing.  If you are trying to save some time when leaving the Magic Kingdom, there is another option for you.  The boat.  There is a boat that goes to the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian.  The Grand Floridian is the first stop.  WOO HOO!  This resort is in the sweet spot of transportation.  It’s the first stop both leaving the resort and leaving the theme park.  A true time-saver.

Tip #4: Walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary

Walkway to Magic Kingdom

This is my favorite tip since I stay at Bay Lake Tower a lot.  It’s a long way around on the monorail from the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom.  It can be faster to walk.  When leaving the Magic Kingdom at peak times (like after fireworks), it is definitely faster.  Only so many people can fit on the monorail, by walking you don’t need to wait for anything (except maybe dawdling children).  It can be tough on your feet toward the end of your trip but the time savings can be worth it.


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