• On Dec 4, 2020
    Michael from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our Home Resort is SSR, but we want to stay at a resort where we can get to Magic Kingdom via Monorail or Skyliner. Which resorts would you suggest?

    "Welcome home," Michael! I'm glad you flew on over to planDisney with your question.

    Michael, as a fellow Disney Vacation Club Member, I love the flexibility to use Disney Vacation Club points not only at our home resort, but all around Walt Disney World! Michael, while I love Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (and actually have a weekend trip there booked for June), I appreciate that you'd like to be closer to Magic Kingdom Park. 

    First, since you mentioned Walt Disney World Resort's newest mode of transportation, the Disney Skyliner, let's talk about taking to the skies! The Disney Skyliner connects four Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, including the newest Disney Vacation Club property: Disney's Riviera Resort, to Disney's Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at EPCOT. While you are NOT able to hop aboard a gondola to Magic Kingdom Park, I do love traveling like the birds do on my way to live out my Star Wars adventure

    Since you're looking for a resort that provides Monorail access to Magic Kingdom Park, I would recommend The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Both of these properties not only have Monorail access, but also walking paths if the weather is nice and you'd like to get in a few extra steps! While my personal choice between the two would be Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort as I love the modern design and only being steps away from California Grill, my pal and fellow panelist Aena would always pick The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as she can't get enough of that elegant design and lush shopping options. Both resorts are amazing and Michael, whichever you choose, I know you'll have a Magical stay.

    Since it looks like you're hoping for a holiday stay in 2021 AND you'll be using your Disney Vacation Club Points, I recommend booking exactly seven months in advance of your stay. This will give you the best chance for availability. Don't forget that if you log on to secure a reservation and you don't see availability for the resort of your dreams, you are able to use the waitlist feature which allows you to book a different resort but "waitlist" your preferred choice.

    Michael, I hope this helps as you're looking ahead to your next trip "home." Please come on back and see us here at planDisney with any other questions you might have.

    Wishing you a pixie-dusted stay,
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