Capturing Disney in Pictures: 10th Day of Christmas on the WDW Monorail
Every photo has a story.
“Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas. Ladies and Gentlemen, please collect your belongings and watch your head and step. Please assist small children by the hand.” If you’ve ever ridden on a Disney monorail, this simple speech is etched into your Disney memory forever.
Picture this…since the 1971 opening of Walt Disney World, the monorail system has carried more than one billion passengers. The WDW Resort Monorail System, the most heavily traveled passenger monorail system in the world, carries nearly 150,000 passengers every week day. Each year, the monorails transport more than 50 million people. If you are looking for a break from the theme park crowds this holiday season, hop a monorail and tour some of the breathtaking resorts along the monorail track.
Your first stop…the Contemporary Resort, offers some shopping and a quick lunch at the Contempo Cafe. As you watch other monorails zip through the building, you’ll definitely want a Black Forrest Cupcake for dessert. A traditional Contemporary must see is the floor-to-ceiling ceramic mural created by artist and Disney Imagineer, Mary Blair, celebrating the Grand Canyon and the Southwest. Need some quiet time to put your achy feet up? Take an escalator down one floor to the Convention Center area, where there are usually some fluffy couches, and the bathrooms here are super clean, quiet, and roomy.
Next stop…the Polynesian Resort, where you’ll enter a South Pacific themed tropical paradise. Walk down to the lower level and gaze at the 70 species of plants found around the waterfall. Take a seat and feel your vacation tensions melt away to the sound of the peaceful falling waters. If you need a quick bite to eat, try Captain Cook’s or the Tambo Lounge. If you are here near nightfall, ask about the Polynesian torch-lighting ceremony, which includes a traditional fire-knife dance together with authentic drumming and chants.
Last stop…is the magnificent Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Labeled as the flagship
hotel of Walt Disney World, just standing in the five story lobby is a journey into opulence and splendor. There are six restaurants to choose from, an unbelievable life-sized gingerbread house on the lower level, and shopping at Basin White or Mickey’s Mercantile. Pull up a chair and listen to the frequent musical entertainment, which ranges from a pianist seated at a grand piano to a Disney big band. Make a trip over to the Victorian era Gingerbread house.
A modern transportation system to take you to the Future, the South Seas, and the Victorian Era…all in a day’s time.
Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride!
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