Christmas at resorts
  • On Jun 15, 2024
    Laura from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Staying at the Polynesian in December. How do you get to park before they open for rope drop if the monorail doesn’t start until 30 minutes before opening? Bus?

    Hi Laura,

    Welcome to planDisney! 

    If you are staying at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, you have a friend in me! I absolutely love this resort hotel. Your question is a good one. In my experience, we have been able to catch Walt Disney World® Monorail Transportation early enough to make it to Magic Kingdom or EPCOT in time for early entry hours. In fact, we just returned from a stay at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort and the posted monorail hours indicated that the monorail started running at 7:00 a.m. I suggest that you double-check those posted operating hours when you arrive.

    As you prepare for your visit, keep an eye on the park hours. Since you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, you will certainly want to know the hours for Early Theme Park Entry and, since you are staying at a deluxe resort, you need to keep an eye on the Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. With the time of your visit, you will get to experience the magic of the Holidays at Walt Disney World® Resort. As you probably are well aware, it will be a busy time of year!

    December is my family's favorite time of year to visit. I will stress that advanced dining reservations are critical at this time of year. I would also suggest Memory Maker to be sure you have access to all of the photos taken with Disney PhotoPass® Service photographers. I will add that one year we did a Capture Your Moment: Magic Kingdom Park photo session and we used that photo for our holiday cards. It remains one of my favorite family photos. We had a blast in the photo session! 

    Happy Planning!

    Magic and memories,
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