We’ll take a walk up Main Street before rope drop on the morning of Wednesday, November 13, 2017.
With Disney moving regular Park open to 8am on all Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates this year, in addition to a lot of other non-Party dates, there haven’t been a lot of opportunities to enjoy an hour on Main Street prior to the rest of the Lands that make up Magic Kingdom opening.
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After spending some time in the Crescent Lake area, we move back over to Bay Lake for a look inside a room at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
The Contemporary has a lot going for it – principally, its location makes it the only walkable resort to and from Magic Kingdom. Anyone that’s ever been at the mercy of waiting for a Disney bus, monorail, boat, etc. knows how important it is to have the freedom to be able to walk the ten minutes back to the Contemporary versus dealing with the hoards exiting Magic Kingdom after something like Happily Ever After. After watching the fireworks from Main Street, it should take about 15 minutes to arrive back inside your room at the Contemporary Tower. Those staying at the Beach Club Resort will have to walk nearly as far out to their bus stop that’s shared with the Yacht Club. Then it’s 10-30+ minutes for a bus to arrive that actually has room on it and the high probability that you’ll find yourself standing for the duration of the 20-minute trip. A stay at the Contemporary eliminates those long waits and uncomfortable bus rides, which can make for a much more magical end to the evening. Of course, you can mitigate those crowds and lines by hanging out at Magic Kingdom after the fireworks end. It’s a good opportunity to shop and enjoy the nighttime atmosphere with fewer and fewer people around.
But let’s ignore those facts and focus on what else the Contemporary offers.
We’ll take a quick walk up Main Street on a particularly festive evening.
Hopefully the Walt Disney World Railroad won’t get in the way of any more pictures: