I believe I have the honor of making the toddler monorail crawl a thing… eh, maybe not, but I haven’t seen it prior so I’m rolling with it. You’re welcome parents and Disney World, wink. My kids crave Disney daily and as locals we have the blessing of being close enough to visit anytime we want. We’re annual pass holders (read the benefits here) and we frequent the parks approximately 4 times a month. With the summer heat in full swing here in Florida it is tough doing Disney days in this extreme heat, so we opt for a variety of Disney outings that involve a bit more a/c. Insert the toddler monorail crawl. Today I’m sharing the details on how to do the toddler monorail crawl at Disney World so be sure to bookmark this page and pin the images below for your next Walt Disney World trip!
You can begin the monorail crawl at any of the 3 monorail resorts the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian, or the Contemporary Resort. We begin at the Grand Floridian as it tends to be the place you can spend the longest time at. This toddler friendly monorail crawl is easy to modify, take all the info I share as inspiration!
Disclosure: Depending of the time of the year you do this you may not be able to park at a specific resort. During this visit I’m showcasing a day where parking at the Grand Floridian was limited during the busy summer months. I asked permission to park for 3 hours max and it was granted, but if the resort is at capacity you might have to find another resort. A second option (not ideal) is to take a bus to Magic Kingdom from another location then begin your monorail ride to avoid paying a parking fee if you’re not a passholder.
Before you head out make sure you’ve packed your bag appropriately with snacks (picnic lunch), bottle waters, a fully charged phone for all those photos, and your other must have basics.
For us the monorail crawl is typically from 9am-12pm. A quick 3 hour tour (insert Gilligan here) of all three properties via monorail. We pack a lunch to picnic on property and splurge on 1 sweet treat from a resort of choice (it’s fun seeing what each resort bakery has!). Keep in mind it does take a few minutes to get on each resort monorail as there are bag checks. Of course with toddlers the day can go totally different than planned, so my biggest tip is to roll with it. If you end up spending 2 hours at one resort and don’t see any others have a blast those 2 hours, Mom!
How to do the toddler monorail crawl at Disney World
- Park at Disney’s Grand Floridian (see disclosure note above). Walk a bit of the resort and explore the shops. My oldest loves trying on costumes (many items he already has) and seeing what new merchandise is out. Often the Grand Floridian has different merchandise than other areas so it’s a fun place to be on the look out. The Grand also has a great game room attached to the Gasparilla Island Grill for the toddlers to enjoy. We check out the sweets to see if this is where we want to grab our splurge and if so, we take it to go and split it on the walk to the monorail.
- Next stop is a ride to the Magic Kingdom (stay on while everyone else gets off, haha) then you arrive at The Contemporary. Explore the resort, check out the sweets at Contemporary Grounds to see if that’s where your sweet treat for the day is. If you have extra time to spare (aka if naptime isn’t a concern) then hop on a boat to explore Fort Wilderness or The Lodge. During the holidays this is what we do. Each resort is decorated for Christmas with the best themed details ever. I can’t recommend resort and monorail resort hoping enough during the Christmas holiday.
- Next stop is a stop at TTC (again, don’t get off) then The Polynesian. Explore and enjoy the large shopping area! This is my favorite of the 3 monorail resorts so we tend to spend a little bit of extra time here. The photo opportunities here are my favorite. Pose my Stitch’s surfboard or in front of the main entrance, or even by the Polynesian Mickey and Minnie displays.
- Catch the monorail back to the Grand Floridian and get ready for lunch. The is a variety of outdoor areas to enjoy your picnic lunch at or even back indoors at the Gasparilla Island Grill.
- Head home around 12pm with full bellies, happily exhausted toddlers, and a phone filled with fun photos.
So, when are you going to be doing the toddler monorail crawl? During the hot summer months, during the holidays to catch the decor, or next week just because?!?
I hope you enjoy your monorail crawl with littles and I encourage you to adjust the schedule I shared to your liking! There are so many affordable things to do at Walt Disney World that many don’t share. We typically spend $7-$10 on the toddler monorail crawl and that’s buying our splurge treat at the bakery. Annual passholders should totally be doing this weekly for fun, but you don’t have to be a pass holder to do this! Parking is free (if space is available) and it costs nothing to explore the resorts. I promise you’ll fall in love with each resort and start planning a true vacation after you leave though.
Pin the image below to bookmark this post as a reminder to monorail crawl with your most favorite tiny humans. Happy monorail crawling, friends!