Mickey and Minnie Statues in Front of Cinderella's Castle During Fireworks
  • On Jul 5, 2024
    Nancy from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I want to watch the fireworks from the Grand Floridian but car is parked at Magic Kingdom lot, how do I get there?

    Hi there, Nancy, and welcome to planDisney!

    It's always such a treat to discuss one of my very favorite aspects of Walt Disney World Resort - the Monorail - so I'm delighted to answer your question! 

    Walt Disney World's complimentary transportation options provide such convenient and efficient methods for traveling between theme parks and Disney Resort hotels. planDisney recently released a podcast episode and Disney Parks Blog article highlighting the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of navigating the various modes of travel that you might find generally helpful, but for the specific circumstances you outlined, you'll want to focus on gliding into Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa aboard the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System.  

    All parking for Guests of Magic Kingdom Park occurs at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) which conveniently houses its own Monorail Station. If you are heading straight to the Grand Floridian from your car, simply follow the signage to the Monorail, but be sure to board the Resort Monorail (and stand clear of the doors once you do), otherwise, you'll find yourself directly headed for Magic Kingdom Park or EPCOT. Of course, neither of these is a bad place to wind up, they're just not your intended destination. 

    If you are planning to park at the TTC and enjoy some time at Magic Kingdom Park before heading over to the Grand Floridian, you will have a couple of options to reach your destination. You could take the Resort Monorail from Magic Kingdom (the Grand Floridian will be the final stop), or you could take the path less traveled and follow the walkway that connects Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This 15(ish) minute scenic walk along Seven Seas Lagoon is one of the few things that might actually tear me away from a ride on my beloved Monorail. 

    Once your evening has concluded, please keep in mind that the Monorail is scheduled to run one hour after Magic Kingdom Park closes for the evening. If you're planning to linger at the Grand Floridian past that time, you'll need to take the walkway to the TTC that runs through Disney's Polynesian Village Resort to reunite with your vehicle.

    As a bit of bonus tip: If you're undecided on a particular viewing spot, my pal Jonathan recommends Gasparilla Island Grill while I prefer to secure a perfectly timed dinner reservation at Narcoossee's, especially for a celebration. No matter where you choose to take in the magical display, I sincerely hope that you are left feeling renewed and ready to reach out and find your happily ever after. 

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney, Nancy. I hope this information was helpful and has encouraged you to bring your next planning question to us. We're always happy to help!

    Thinking Happy Thoughts,

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Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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