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Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts:  7 Reasons Why You Must Stay at One

Friendship Boat

2. Variety of Transportation

Everyone loves a Disney bus- ahem, *motorcoach*- right?  There's nothing wrong with a Disney motorcoach, but once you've tried the other forms of transportation at Walt Disney World you may come to prefer them.  Many of the deluxe resorts offer alternative methods of transit to the parks.  Several of the Magic Kingdom area resorts, including  the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower are situated on the monorail loop.   Monorail travel is perhaps the quickest and most convenient of all the transportation options, and it's a lot of fun!  

The Wilderness Lodge, also located in the Magic Kingdom area, does not have monorail access, but does have water access.  Approaching the Magic Kingdom by boat is something you simply must experience!  The Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Grand Floridian, and Polynesian are also serviced by boats.  Another great place to avail yourself of boat transport is in the Epcot resort area. There, you can enjoy a voyage on a Friendship Boat from the area's resorts (Boardwalk, Yacht & Beach Clubs, as well as the non-Disney owned Swan and Dolphin) to both Epcot's International Gateway entrance and Hollywood Studios.  

Did you know that there are some resorts within walking distance to the parks?  Now, before you tell me that I'm crazy for suggesting extra walking, think about it.  No waiting!  Just get your feet moving and go on your own timetable.  It's almost like having a transportation FastPass!  You can walk from all of the Epcot area deluxe resorts to Epcot's International Gateway entrance (in the World Showcase).  You can even walk along a canal to Hollywood Studios, though this walk is considerably longer.  The only resort near the Magic Kingdom that you can walk  from is Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower.  Although it appears that you can walk from the Grand Floridian, there is no path and you are not permitted to walk.  Photo credit Disney




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