These resorts are located on the monorail loop that serves the Magic Kingdom, and they have the most convenient access to that park. Access to other parks is by bus.The hotels lie along the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon, and many of their rooms have water views of the other hotels or of the Magic Kingdom. For families with young children who would spend most of their time in Fantasyland or looking for the Disney characters, these resorts are an excellent choice.


The Contemporary is a sleek, A-framed tower with outlying clusters of garden rooms - we prefer the tower rooms. It was the first of the Disney World hotels, and its dramatic design is widely recognized. Children particularly enjoy watching the monorail pass through the main building.

On the ground floor is the popular Chef Mickey character meal, and on the top floor is the California Grill, one of the best restaurants in the country.

The lobby murals are spectacular, and for trivia sleuths, a goat in one mural has 5 legs. We can send send you a picture on request.

Grand Concourse


The Polynesian is known for its exotic South Pacific decor. The island music, South Seas prints, and the dramatic lobby are some of the reasons for its charm. The casual, and yet exciting atmosphere appeals to its many guests who frequently return here again and again.

The water views from some of the rooms are spectacular. I remember waking one morning to see hot air balloons drift across the lagoon and soar above the Magic Kingdom. What a great way to start the day. Most water views, however, are not as good. They can be partially obstructed by palm trees or other buildings. You should refer to a current hotel map when you make your reservation.


The Grand Floridian successfully captures the romance of a stately Victorian beach resort: lavishly elegant. It has a fantastic spa and fitness center, gorgeous rooms, and some fabulous restaurants. The lobby is so elegant that some guests feel uncomfortable here - it just doesn't feel right walking through it in shorts and sandals.

The dining here is superb. Our favorite character breakfast is at 1900 Park Fare, and two of the best restaurants in Disney World are Narcoossee's and Victoria & Albert's, although they might feel too formal for young children.

Grand Floridian Resort