Here's the first question that most fans ask themselves when visiting the world's most popular theme park — the ferryboat or the monorail?
Walt Disney World provides these two ways to get to the Magic Kingdom from the Transportation and Ticket Center parking lot. You can ride across the Seven Seas Lagoon in one of the ferryboats or glide around the edge of the lagoon on the monorail. But, as many Disney fans will argue, these two options are not equal.
Which one is the better choice, though?
The monorail is the closest option to the parking lot trams and ticket booths, just steps up the ramp to its loading station. The ferryboat lies farther away, down the slope to your left. The monorails also cycle faster, which should make its line move more consistently. But the ferryboats have much greater capacity, meaning that it can suck in a huge crowd at once.
Riding the ferryboat can provide a nice breeze as you sail across the wide-open lagoon, cooling you in what is so often Orlando's hot, humid weather. But the monorail gives you much better views of the resort as you glide by, including an aerial "sneak peek" of the Magic Kingdom as you approach the park. You also get an inside view of the Grand Canyon concourse of the Contemporary Hotel on your trip.
For many fans, this choice comes down to something else, however — uptime. By that criterion, many fans have been avoiding the monorail in recent years, dissuaded by reports of frequent delays as well as nightmarish stories about guests being stuck inside the elevated trains during extended downtimes.
And for many Walt Disney World visitors, the choice isn't necessary at all - not if they are taking buses from their on-property hotels directly to the Magic Kingdom's front gate.
Let's put this up for today's "which is better" vote. And please share your analysis of this choice, in the comments.Tweet
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