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Why Disney Foodies Love Hotels on the Resort Monorail

Why Disney Foodies Love Hotels on the Resort Monorail

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If you really love food and are planning a visit to Walt Disney World, consider a stay at a Monorail resort. It is a dream for a Disney Foodie!

The Resort Monorail

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The Walt Disney World Monorail System has 3 separate lines that transport Guests around Walt Dinsey World Resort. One of these is the Resort Monorail. It makes tops at the Magic Kingdom, the Transportation and Ticket Center, and 3 Monorail Resorts.

These resort hotels are Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Each is unique in its own right, but they all have one thing in common: amazing food options.

And, the best part is that if you are staying at any resort along the Resort Monorail Line, each is easily accessible to the other. This means that all of those amazing food options are easy to travel to swiftly and without much thought.

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Essentially, because the resort line connects the three Monorail Resorts, they enhance one another when it comes to food offerings. Each makes up for where the other falls short. For example, Grand Floridian and Contemporary make up for the lack of Signature Dining at the Polynesian. The Polynesian and the Contemporary temporarily make up for the lack of character dining at the Grand Floridian.

This is why staying anywhere along the Monorail resort line can easily become a foodie dream. You get access to all that these great resorts have to offer and then some!

The Contemporary Resort

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If you love American dining, you will love all that is accessible to you at the Contemporary Resort. So many delights await.

Many of these are at The California Grill! Not only is California Grill a special experience for its sweeping views and spectacular fireworks viewing vantage point, but it has some of Disney’s best food items. The Oak Grilled Filet and the Beef Wontons draw repeat visitors. Diners also insist that the sushi is some of the best anywhere. Enjoy a review of it all right here.

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And, don’t forget about one of the best Table-Service restaurants in Walt Disney World. A meal at Steakhouse 71 is not only going to serve up delicious meals at every time of day, but it is going to come at a reasonable value. You can find Disney’s best burger and one of the best appetizers anywhere: bacon and eggs. Read a review of breakfast, lunch, or the lounge.

Moreover, Contemporary is home to one of Disney World’s best quick-service restaurants: Contempo Cafe. If you aren’t hungry enough for a full meal when you stop by, at least try one of the treats like the peanut butter pie or a monorail cupcake.

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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You can indulge in more Signature experiences at Disnsey’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa than at any other resort on property. For example, Citricos offers fine dining in a setting subtly inspired by the magic of Mary Poppins. Here you can enjoy stellar appetizers including one of Disney’s best salads and one of the best steaks as well! You can read a full review of the re-imagined experience here.

Next, if you want spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom as well as all that lies across Seven Seas Lagoon and a great meal to boot, be sure to stop by Narcoossee’s. This delightful restaurant finally reopened, and it may be better than ever. The restaurant reopened with many fan-favorite dishes including Plancha-Seared Scallops & Parisian Gnocchi, Surf and Turf, and Lobster Bisque. For a full review, head here.

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If you want an even more lavish fine dining experience, be sure to grab a reservation for Victoria & Alberts. This restaurant is the only one in Florida to hold the honor of having both the AAA Five Diamond and the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star awards. In fact, this was named the best in the country! You can read about it here.

But, signature dining isn’t the only good thing about dining at the Grand Floridian. One of Disney’s best hidden gems in terms of table-service dining is here as well! For an amazing breakfast, “blunch” or dinner, look no further than Grand Floridian Cafe. From French toast to avocado toast, the menu is stocked with dishes that will delight even the pickiest diner. Read a review here and here.

If Disney reopens 1900 Park Fare, the once popular character meal, then surely The Grand will be the most complete resort in terms of Disney Dining. Hopefully, that day will come soon!

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Rounding out the trip around the Monorail Loop is Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The Poly is home to ‘Ohana, which is perhaps the most quintessential of Disney’s non-character dining experiences. At dinner time, Guests enjoy all-you-care-to-enjoy offerings with several heavy hitters including pot stickers, steak, wings, and, of course, the iconic “Ohana Noodles and Pineapple ‘Ohana Bread Pudding.

However, in the morning, the restaurant turns into a delightful character breakfast. If you want to dine with Lilo and Stitch, you will enjoy it too.

More iconic food is served up daily at Kona Cafe. Guests love to visit for breakfast and enjoy Tonga Toast or Macadamia Nut Pancakes. Some even go for a little bit of everything with a popular hidden menu item called the Big Kahuna Breakfast.

Bonus: EPCOT

As a bonus, you can also easily access EPCOT from any of the Monorail Resorts. Hop on and take a ride to fabulous dining options around World Showcase including Via Napoli, Le Cellier, Chefs de France, and more!

Better yet, if you are feeling like dining around the world, enjoy one of EPCOT’s festivals. You have probably heard of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. But did you know that you will find delightful, unique, and delicious food offerings during all four of the festivals including EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, and EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival?


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When you stay in a Monorail resort, amazing dining is only a Monorail ride away (if not footsteps away). In fact, with such easy access to so many great options, the hard part might not be deciding what to eat, but what to SKIP if you don’t have time to try it all.

Do you know someone who is planning a trip to Walt Disney World and needs help planning where to stay? Feel free to pass this along, especially if they LOVE easy access to great food. Do you love staying and/or dining at the Monorail Resorts? Let us know in the comments.

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