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bertegirl
10-06-2008, 05:11 PM
Does anyone think it is worth paying the extra to stay at a hotel/resort on the monorail. We have a 1 year old and a 4 year old. The travel agent told us this is a huge time saver and makes things easier. Just can't decide since those hotels/resorts are also so much more expensive than the others.

disneyag
10-06-2008, 05:17 PM
The monorail makes it REALLY convenient when your kids are small. It's so easy to get back to your hotel from the MK.

mcbj
10-06-2008, 05:18 PM
I'll let you know in two weeks! We leave Saturday for eight nights at the GF. I got the QXD code, so I did save quite a bit and decided to go for it. I think it will be a real time saver, we have planned a number of things in the Magic Kingdom area including MNSSHP and are big Epcot fans, we will probably spend only one day at HS and one at AK, otherwise we will be at MK and Epcot. In addition, we have a most of our ADRs in that area, including Kona, Cali Grill, Narcoossee, and 2 trips to Chef Mickeys, plus the My Disney Girl Tea Party at the GF. So for us I think it will pay off...we shall see!

bdklein
10-06-2008, 05:26 PM
Does anyone think it is worth paying the extra to stay at a hotel/resort on the monorail. We have a 1 year old and a 4 year old. The travel agent told us this is a huge time saver and makes things easier. Just can't decide since those hotels/resorts are also so much more expensive than the others.

Nobody thinks it is worth it. That's why nobody ever stays there, and that's why they charge less money.

RMulieri
10-06-2008, 05:37 PM
It is definitely worth it.

SGMCO
10-06-2008, 05:40 PM
We've been to WDW several times and have stayed at MODs
and see plenty of Parents with small kids/babies so it can be
done (they all looked like they are having a wonderful stay).
I'd say if you can afford to stay at a deluxe
without going into debt then do it
but if it is to expensive for you
(I don't think that's worth it-no matter how convenant).
People that stay at MODs and Values can have just as
good a time as those who stay at Deluxe Resorts.
Your TA maybe telling you this so that they can get a bigger
Commisson. That's why I always do all of my own Disney planning
and booking of resort--it is very easy to do without any pressure
to book at a resort you may not be able to afford.

FinallyDisney
10-06-2008, 05:57 PM
Hmmm.....We stayed at POFQ last November and loved it! We were in WDW for 8 awesome days. The Disney buses were always most sufficient. This trip however is what I call a "quick hit". It hasn't even been a year yet for goodness sakes...so we picked the Grand Floridian! Why? Well, my theory was we ONLY have 4 whole days in WDW so I wanted to be in the most convenient place. I picked the Poly but DH thought "Why not GF...I loved GF when we were there in November." I am so nice I conceded...aren't I wonderful! :lmao: So, I digress...I think the monorail resorts are super convenient but if you're in Disney for a week or more, then a mod will do! You will have the most wondeful time no matter where you decide to stay!:goodvibes

DonaldDoleWhip
10-06-2008, 06:00 PM
The monorail is definitely a major convenience, especially to the Magic Kingdom (which your daughter will love).

sotoalf
10-06-2008, 06:07 PM
Ask yourself this question: will you spend most of your time at the MK and Epcot? If so, then you should seriously consider the monorail resorts. If not, then look elsewhere.

abaldacci
10-06-2008, 06:31 PM
I base it on what I can afford for the trip. I like them all. If you can afford it and those are the kingdoms you are going to most then go for it. You will have just as much fun at a mod or value. The kids will be on sensor overload anyway so they would lik'em all.

roxy83
10-06-2008, 06:33 PM
We love staying on the monorail line but its not always cost effective to do so. I say to evaluate your financial situation and if it makes sense then do it. Otherwise, there are plently of alternatives to choose from.

maxiesmom
10-06-2008, 07:29 PM
If you can afford them, the monorail resorts are wonderful! You cannot beat them for the ease of getting to both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. And being on the monorail is wonderful if you plan on using a stroller. You can just wheel them on and off, while when you use the busses you have to take the child out of the stroller, and fold the stroller up.

If I could afford to, I would stay at a monorail resort every trip. :) But for now, they are strictly an every so often splurge. If you can afford to stay at a monorail resort, go for it!

gmboy95
10-06-2008, 07:33 PM
I think it depends on what you consider "worth it".....if you are staying at a moderate. The cost could be almost double, and then i would say no.

If you are planning on staying at the boardwalk or beach club, it surely would be worth it. But at those resorts you have the proximity to epcot and DS...so if those are your favorite resorts I would stay there

OllieDannyandMe
10-06-2008, 07:46 PM
I second what a Previous Poster said about the stroller. It is incredibly nice not to have to take a child out of the stroller and fold the whole thing up every time you go somewhere.

The monorail is quick and easy and adds a wonderful dimension to a Disney vacation. If you are spending most of your time at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, it's wonderful!

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
10-06-2008, 07:54 PM
If you plan to spend most of your time at the Magic Kingdom, then yes any one of the Monorail Resorts is worth it.

auntie
10-06-2008, 08:25 PM
We've stayed in the Poly, and usually use the boat transportation rather than the monorail. Just be aware, while it is a monorail resort, your accomodations are in long houses. They are seperate from the Grand Ceromonial House where the Monorail is located on the second floor of the building. This means you will be walking from your long house to the the main building to catch the monorail. If the weather is rainy or inclement, this isn't always a plus. While the grounds of the Poly are beautiful, and I highly recommend the resort, I don't consider it especially convenient as far as the monorail is concerned. I've stayed at the Wilderness Lodge, which is also a Deluxe resort, but less expensive than the Poly. The rooms are smaller than the Poly's..but remember the Poly was built back in the 70's, and was an original resort, and the rooms were bigger then. The Wilderness Lodge also offers bunk bed options for the kids, giving you more floor space. It is on the same body of water as the Poly where you would also take the water launch to the Magic Kingdom. It is a lovely, leisurely way to reach the park. This might be a nice compromise. As it is very convenient to the Magic Kingdom and has direct water launch transportation, yet your not paying extra for the so called convenience of the monorail. Again, it's a personal preference. I've stayed at both resorts..and love them both. I just don't particulary feel that when travel agents tell you to go with the Poly it's a monorail resort, are taking into consideration where your might be located on the resort property. As I said, during our recent stay we wound up using the water launch..it was much less crowded too.

kimmar067
10-06-2008, 09:13 PM
Nobody thinks it is worth it. That's why nobody ever stays there, and that's why they charge less money.

:lmao: :rotfl2:

[...hence, the continuous 'Two-for-One' specials...]

DisneyGirlie
10-06-2008, 09:19 PM
Without a doubt it's worth it, and I could only imagine how worth it it would be with smaller children. I've stayed at the Poly and the GF and it is so easy to go back in the middle of the day and rest for an hour or so. When I was staying off the monorail, we'd never go back to the room in the middle of the day because it took so much time. Not to mention how amazing the resorts are, especially the Poly. The themeing will blow your mind.:goodvibes

dburg30
10-06-2008, 09:41 PM
I personally just cant see paying that much more money for it. Just think of all the extra stuff you can buy if you stay even at a mod!!! Heck you could almost hire a private car every day for that!

mickey2minnie1
10-07-2008, 05:36 AM
No question! We are going back. My DH won't stay without it. I agree! It is so convenient, and the look on the kids face is priceless when they can see the castle from their resort and know they are minutes away.

BlueSkies
10-07-2008, 06:45 AM
Staying at a mororail resort with young children is ABSOLUTELY worth it...

The convenience alone makes the vacation that much more relaxing..and I imagine with a 1 & 4 year old MK will be the park you"ll be enjoying most...

We have always returned to the hotel for a midday rest (happy well rested children = happy mom & dad:) )...and even taken the monorail to the other monorail resorts to dine and stroll around...

The boat transportation is not only convenient but something enjoyable for everyone..

If you stay at the CR being able to walk to the MK is another nice option...and the GF just amazing...cant comment on the Poly never stayed there (they have great restaurants though)...

IMO you cant go wrong with any one of these...:thumbsup2

frdeb1999
10-07-2008, 07:08 AM
We think it's worth it for the convience. Nothing is nicer then being able to be back at your resort in mins...especially when you have kids. :)

minnie61650
10-07-2008, 07:08 AM
Disney Transportation times acorrding to Passporter.com


All Star trans---Poly trans.----------GF trans---- Contemporary
MK 20 min---- 10 min (mono)-------3 min mono------20 min(mono)
Epcot 10 min- 20 min(walk and mono)-22min(walk+mono--15 min
MGM 10 min----15 min---------------10min-----------20min
AK 10 min------15min---------------15 min---------------20 min
DTD 15 min----25 min-----------------20 min -------------35 min



All Star trans----AK trans---WL trans--------YC/BC trans
MK 20 min------ 20 min-----8 min(boat) min---20 min
Epcot 10 min-- 15 min-----10 min------10 min(walk)--15(boat) min
MGM 10 min----10 min-----15 min------15 min(walk)---15(boat)min
AK 10 min-------5min-------15 min----15 min
DTD 15 min-----15min------25 min-----15 min

It only takes 10 minutes to get to Epcot, MGM and AK from All Stars.
MK is 20 min away. That's the same amount of time it takes on the monorail from the Contemporary.


*Please Note:
In my experience the bus rides are usually 3-6 minutes shorter than the listed times. Perhaps the authors posted the ride times during heavy traffic so the actual times would be less in most cases.

Have fun at WDW wherever you choose to stay!:wizard:

iheartdisney
10-07-2008, 07:37 AM
Honstly, for us, no way!
We tried the monorail out last time we stayed at SOG- we walked over to the Poly to catch the monorail to Epcot. It took a good 20 minutes for the monrail to make the resort loop to the TTC. When we got off the monrail, we looked and could have spit on the Poly! So you have to go down the resort platform, and back up the park ramp. THEN we had to wait in line for 2 trains for the Epcot monorail. So it was almost an hour wasted, and needless to say, we took the bus from then on!
If you are looking for convienince, the answer is no. If you are looking for coolness, then maybe.

TJA
10-07-2008, 07:39 AM
Does anyone think it is worth paying the extra to stay at a hotel/resort on the monorail. We have a 1 year old and a 4 year old. The travel agent told us this is a huge time saver and makes things easier. Just can't decide since those hotels/resorts are also so much more expensive than the others.

The key to monorail resorts is convenience. You have a 1 year old and 4 year old, so chances are at least one single stroller, possibly double stroller, baby supplies, diapers, wipes, bottles, little toys, snacks, etc. I know how that goes because we took our twins to disney at age 1. Staying at a monorail resort was a blessing for us because we did not have to unload our kids and supplies to get on buses. We were in absolute heaven on the monorail! We just pushed our stroller on and off = very easy and very relaxing! As far as your question on if it's worth it to pay the extra money, that is a question only you can answer. To us, it is definitely worth it. However, money values are different for different people. If the cost is a concern for you, perhaps look at WL standard room where you will be a very short boat ride away from the Contemporary and also MK. You can roll your stroller(s) right on the larger boats.

robinb
10-07-2008, 07:58 AM
I have stayed at the Polynesian and the Contemporary. While I agree it's convenient and cool to be so close to the MK, I don't think it's a HUGE time saver to be at a monorail resort and I personally don't think it's worth the extra money. In fact, only the MK may be faster to get to v/s the other parks. You'll need to take the bus (or drive) to DHS and AK the same as most of the other resorts and you'll need to take two monorails to get to Epcot.

So, I guess I'm with the minority and I would not base my decision on monorail access. I think that theme, cost, resort size and room size are more important factors.

ols386
10-07-2008, 08:53 AM
If you plan to spend a fair amount of time at MK and Epcot, then I'd say it's worth it.....especially with your children being so young. It is very convenient. Sometimes bus service is great, but other times it can be slow. And it can be that way at any resort. But the monorail is a quick and easy way to travel to MK and Epcot, when staying at a monorail resort.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
10-07-2008, 12:58 PM
Disney Transportation times acorrding to Passporter.com

It only takes 10 minutes to get to Epcot, MGM and AK from All Stars.
MK is 20 min away. That's the same amount of time it takes on the monorail from the Contemporary.While Passporter.com sounds correct in the time it takes from the Contemporary - Magic Kingdom by Monorail, what they fail to mention is the walkway from the Contemporary and that it takes no more then 8 - 10 minutes to walk there.

auntie
10-07-2008, 01:07 PM
I have stayed at the Polynesian and the Contemporary. While I agree it's convenient and cool to be so close to the MK, I don't think it's a HUGE time saver to be at a monorail resort and I personally don't think it's worth the extra money. In fact, only the MK may be faster to get to v/s the other parks. You'll need to take the bus (or drive) to DHS and AK the same as most of the other resorts and you'll need to take two monorails to get to Epcot.

So, I guess I'm with the minority and I would not base my decision on monorail access. I think that theme, cost, resort size and room size are more important factors.


I totally agree with you. While the monorail resorts are great..and Poly is my favorite, I wouldn't choose it because of the convenience of the monorail. While my kids are much older...we did stay there when we had two of them in strollers at the time. I don't think people take into consideration that the long houses are detached from the actual building where you catch the monorail. So..you wind up having to walk there, sometimes in inclement weather. Also..our last trip, we found that the boat launch to and from the Poly was more convenient than the monorail and preferred it..especially when people were leaving or entering the parks in droves. While the monorail resorts are great..and I love Poly, I wouldn't base my decision to stay there vs. a moderate resort based on monorail convenience. Price and theme would be my first considerations. I would also throw the Wilderness Lodge into the equation because you still have the proximity to the MK via the boat launch and bus transportation to the other parks. Sort of nice compromise, if the OP is concerned about monorail convenience vs. a moderate resort, the WL would offer the about the same proximity to the MK via boat launch. Also, the resort is entirely housed in one building and you don't have to go outside to reach the lobby or dining areas if you choose not too. Just a thought.