The Weird Problem You May Face at the Disney World Monorail Resorts

Yes, the monorail is a pretty cool way to get around Disney World.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

So it might seem like it would be SUPER convenient to stay at a Disney World hotel that has access to the monorail. Why, one hotel even has the monorail going right through it! But before you book that monorail resort, there are some weird problems you’ll have to think about first.

Three hotels at Disney World have monorail stations: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. All three of these hotels are Deluxe resorts. So here’s what you might face if you stay at any of these hotels.

It can be noisy

If you’ve ever visited the Contemporary Resort, you’ll know that the monorail actually runs THROUGH the hotel. So think about that. You can HEAR the monorail as it runs through, meaning that there could be some noise coming from the monorail at that resort.

Monorail inside Contemporary Resort

Now, a monorail isn’t as loud as a train, but there’s still the noise factor to consider, especially if you want to stay somewhere quiet.

Long lines for the monorail after Magic Kingdom closes

Picture this: the fireworks have ended at Magic Kingdom, and everyone is leaving the park as it closes. Everyone staying at a monorail resort has to wait at the same place, which means that lines can get pretty long at the end of the night.

Magic Kingdom Fireworks Crowds

The only way to combat those long lines is to leave a little earlier than everyone else or wait it out a little later than everyone else (you can always spend some time at the gift shops at the end of the night).

You have to constantly go through the security checkpoints

Every monorail station has its own security station, meaning that you’ll need to have your bags checked before you get on the monorail. You’ll need to do that every time you ride it, which can be a little annoying.

Polynesian Resort Monorail Security

Of course, our best tip is to make sure you take anything that might be flagged (umbrellas and glasses cases, for example), remove them from your bag, and hold them out as you enter the security screening area.

Technical issues

The monorail is subject to technical issues that other transportation options (like Disney buses) don’t have. It was, after all, a revolutionary way of traveling when it first debuted. However, that means you may end up getting stuck waiting for the monorail for a long time if there are problems.

The Monorail at Disney’s Grand Floridian

Or worse, you may get stuck ON the Monorail when a problem arises. This can eat a big chunk of time out of your day!

When the monorail goes down, you have to rely on other transportation

When the monorail has a technical issue or a weather-related closure, you’ll have to use another transportation option to get to and from your Disney World hotel. That means you’ll have to rely on Disney buses and ferryboats, both of which can sometimes be slower than the monorail.

Boat Transportation at the Polynesian

Although this might not be a huge inconvenience, if you have an advance dining reservation or need to be somewhere at a certain time, it could affect your trip.

You can’t go directly to EPCOT

Many Disney World guests don’t know that the Monorail has two routes. One route goes to the three Monorail hotels plus Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. The other line goes from EPCOT to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Do you know what that means?

EPCOT Monorail

It means that you’ll have to switch trains at the Ticket and Transportation Center when you travel from a monorail resort to EPCOT. The resort and Magic Kingdom route doesn’t go to EPCOT directly.

So these are some things to think about when you’re considering booking a room at one of Disney World’s monorail resorts. We’ll be sure to make you aware of any and all issues you might come across in Disney World and give you our best tips, tricks, and planning advice to make your next trip the best it can be. Check back with AllEars again soon!

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2 Replies to “The Weird Problem You May Face at the Disney World Monorail Resorts”

  1. Am I wrong about this or is the monorail the only form of internal transportation where you have to clear security and have your bags checked? I do know that is not the case with the buses and, if memory serves me correctly, the same is true with the ferry and skyliner as well.The rationale , if that is true, escapes me.

  2. It’s always fun to ride the monorail and I’ve always wanted to stay in a monorail resort. But I can’t agree more that it’s not without its challenges.

    I remember waiting for a bus at downtown disney to get to MK. The CM recommended we take a bus to the contemporary. That took forever. By the time we got from the bus stop to the monorail platform (where we had to wait for 3 trains), we could have just walked.

    But again, there’s just something special about riding the monorail. And I miss when you could ride up front.