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!
The canal is where the floats for the Electrical Water Pageant enter the Seven Seas Lagoon at night.
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.
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.
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.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Another monorail hotel, you can get to the Polynesian Resort the same way as the Contemporary or Grand Floridian.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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Have a magical day!