Family with balloons at Grand Floridian
  • On Mar 1, 2023
    Meredith from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My friend and I are staying at the Grand Floridian and she is an avid runner. Where can I direct her to find the best monorail loop running paths and are there restrictions on where she can run? She wants to plan out some options ahead of the trip. Thanks!

    Royal greetings, Meredith!

    A warm welcome to planDisney and thank you for bringing us your Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question. It looks like your enchanting visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth is just weeks away - are you counting down the days yet!? Meredith, it's kind of you to reach out on behalf of your friend and I'm happy to provide you with some insight on running at the Disney Resort hotels near Magic Kingdom Park.

    As a runner myself, I can tell you that there's no better place to run than at Walt Disney World Resort. (I love it so much that I register for almost every runDisney race weekend throughout the year!) Meredith, of all the running trails at Walt Disney World Resort, the paths in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area are my favorite! Staying at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa puts you right in the heart of the magic. When your friend isn't watching Happily Ever After from the Resort hotel's beachfront or relaxing at one of the themed swimming pools, she can enjoy jogging on the scenic paths throughout Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the surrounding areas.

    Meredith, currently, the pathway connecting Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom Park is closed as areas of the Resort hotel undergo refurbishment. This route is scheduled to reopen in late spring 2023, so be sure to check with the Cast Members at the Front Desk when you arrive to see if the path has reopened. When I stay at any Resort hotel situated on the Resort Monorail, I always enjoy running the approximately two-mile "C-shaped" loop between Disney's Contemporary Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center. If the walking path connecting Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom Park is still closed during your visit, then your friend can still run on the path between Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Transportation and Ticket Center. This path winds past Seven Seas Lagoon and through the lush grounds of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Please note that, although there's also construction taking place at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort currently, the walking path is still open between dawn and dusk. Temporarily, the walkway routes Guests across Floridian Way near the golf courses at Shades of Green before crossing back over to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

    Meredith, I hope you find this information useful as you continue to plan a memorable getaway for you and your friend! I'm wishing you both a practically perfect, pixie-dusted visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth. If you happen to have any additional planning questions, I hope you'll return to planDisney again soon!

    Magic awaits,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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