Disney’s Grand Floridian Finally Getting a Walkway to Magic Kingdom

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You can see where the monorail (gray line) crosses over the canal and also where the sidewalk to the west to the Magic Kingdom ends (wiggly gray line) on this Google Maps.

Soon, guests wishing to travel on foot between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom will be able to walk between the two locations.

In a statement, a Disney official said, “This walking path from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will give our Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests another convenient way to reach Magic Kingdom Park.”

The permit for the new construction was filed last week on July 5th.

It’s a little under a mile walking distance between the two locations.

Right now, you can almost walk between the two locations, except for the canal – with no bridge – that ends about 500 yards to the west of the Magic Kingdom.

There are already lights along that sidewalk and many a guest leaving the Magic Kingdom late at night has been tempted to skip the packed monorail and long boat wait lines and just try walking back. (You can easily walk from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary Resort to the east right now.)  They are always surprised when they reach the canal and the sidewalk ends!

We think they should have made this walking path 40 years ago!


King Triton and his team of Sea Horses

The canal is where the floats for the Electrical Water Pageant enter the Seven Seas Lagoon at night.


The pageant floating by the Magic Kingdom.


Resort Hopping 101:  Along the Seven Seas Lagoon

We love Resort Hopping between the three deluxe resorts on the Seven Seas Lagoon:  The Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Resort, and the Contemporary Resort.


Our #1 favorite place to resort hop.

The Grand Floridian Resort

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Grand Floridian. There is also an open-air water launch (a small boat) which is fun as long as it’s not cold outside. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a Disney transportation bus.

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In the Grand Atrium of the Grand Floridian

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Atrium. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Cafe or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s.  Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

There are several nice shops to browse in.

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Caroline resort hopping on a cool and rainy afternoon. Our #1 favorite place to eat lunch:  Captain Cooks.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Another monorail hotel, you can get to the Polynesian Resort the same way as the Contemporary or Grand Floridian.

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Having lunch at Captain Cooks.  🙂

Once you get there, go to Captain Cook’s and get a Dole Whip, or try a tropical cocktail at the lounge, or make a reservation for a family-style dinner at O’Hana.  It’s all good!

Several fun shops to browse in with tropical-themed merchandise.

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We love Dole Whip!

If you schedule your visit late enough, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle at Magic Kingdom complete with the music piped in while you’re enjoying dinner!

DisneyÕs Contemporary Resort Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes

CR Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes tempting us!

The Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary is a great place to visit. You can get to the Contemporary Resort the same way you get to the Polynesian Resort since it’s a monorail resort, or you can walk over from Magic Kingdom.  Very easy walk.

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Walkway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom. Very easy walk.

Once you get there, browse the great gift shops here. These may be our favorite gift shops on property.

If you’re hungry, head upstairs to the Contempo Cafe. It’s a quick-service eatery with a lot of tasty options for everyone. Try the pot roast and veggies – it’s incredible.  You’ll also find character dining here at Chef Mickey’s.


It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon.

If you’re resort hopping at night, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle from the 4th floor observation deck and also catch the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.


We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Disney Casts Singer Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel in The Little Mermaid


Singer Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel.

With the news of casting the new Little Mermaid, I think we are a little divided. On one hand, the Little Mermaid was one of our favorite movies growing up so to see ANY changes I think there’s a knee jerk reaction toward not liking it. We all are so used to the visuals of red hair, green tail, purple bra, etc.

I think while it may not have been our first choice (and that’s just our opinion!), representation matters. One of my friends posted a super cute photo of her as a little girl wearing a Little Mermaid swimsuit and how excited she was to finally see someone like her playing the character. Just because it’s different from the original doesn’t mean this movie, and Halle, won’t be great.

SO, that being said, instead of arguing about the casting of Halle Bailey, who is obviously beautiful and can SING, who do you guys hope will get cast as the other characters??

Would you rather Terry Crews or Idris Elba play King Triton?
Thoughts on Gordon Ramsay to play the angry chef?
Post your casting suggestions below!


He’s got the right haircut….


People helping Disney with more casting ideas for The Little Mermaid.




Disney has gotten so much blowback from this casting decision.

This is the voice cast of the new Lion King movie opening July 2019. If Disney had cast mostly white actors to voice a lion, a bird, a baboon, a meercat, and a warthog, I think people would have had a lot to say about it!

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The Lion King, 2019



A younger King Triton and Queen Athena in The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel’s Beginning.


The 7 daughters of King Triton and Queen Athena. (Disney version)  All white, blue eyed females.


Fun The Little Mermaid trivia:


Princess Ariel, King Triton, Prince Eric, and Princess Melody in The Little Mermaid: II Return to the Sea


Princess Ariel is the only Disney princess to have a baby!


That Captain Hook is a villain!!!!!


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Hercules and Princess Ariel are 1st cousins!



We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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