The Path Less Traveled: Walking from The Polynesian to The Grand Floridian

The Path Less Traveled: Walking from The Polynesian to The Grand Floridian

Walking from The Polynesian to the Grand Floridian resort may not sound like your ideal way to spend a Disney trip, but hear us out! It all started one day while eating yet another Dole Whip at The Polynesian with the realization that we would have to finish our favorite treat before we got back on the monorail. We were travelling back to Magic Kingdom, but wanted to stop at the Grand Floridian on the way anyway and looking for options. Here’s the path we found.

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

Walking From The Polynesian to The Grand Floridian

You can end up at the Polynesian a number of ways. Whether you’re getting off via monorail or arriving by the resort ferry you catch at Magic Kingdom, the path is easy to find once you get here.

polynesian resort walkway

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

polkadotsandpixiedust.comIf arriving via monorail, you’ll simply walk downstairs, and towards Captain Cooks Restaurant. Before entering Captain Cooks, you’ll see a door to the left at the end of the hall that will lead you straight out to the path. If arriving from the ferry, walking past the motorboats you’ll see the walking path that veers off to the right- towards the Grand Floridian. Our recommendation? Grab a dole whip first at the Polynesian and then meander onto the path. There are little paths that connect all the buildings on the map below. You can find this map right outside where the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show happens.

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

polynesian walking path to the grand floridian

What you’ll see on this Walking Path at Disney

One of the most noticeable things on the path is the stark transition from tropical paradise of the islands to the tranquility and white sands of the Grand Floridian.polynesian resort at disney walking paths

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

A beach on the way to the Grand Floridian. Notice the opportunity for lounging and absolutely no people!

polynesian beach next to the grand floridian

Behind you, you will notice yourself getting farther and farther away from the Polynesian. This walk is maybe half a mile.

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

Grand Floridian Wedding Pavilion

When you reach the Wedding Pavilion you’ll notice the monorail and a driveway and all sorts of things you didn’t realize if you’d never seen this from the ground before. And then the Grand Floridian appears.

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

When you finally reach your destination you can walk inside to the Gasparilla Grill and grab your next snack or meal. We like the rose gold cupcake here best.

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

We hope you liked this mini photo tour of the walking path from the Polynesian to the Grand Floridian. These tend to be our two favorite resorts on Disney property so far so spending more time between the two is always a goal for us!

grand floridian to the polynesian walking path walt disney world

Magic Kingdom to Grand Floridian Bridge 

Just this year Walt Disney World chose to begin construction on the connection pathway from Magic Kingdom to Grand Floridian! So soon, there will be another option for walking guests to avoid the monorail or buses. We cannot wait for this convenience and love that it’s finally happening. Check out all the park updates for the 50th Anniversary here!

Where do you like spending your time at Disney? Have you found any secret paths that lead anywhere? We also love the path from Epcot to Hollywood Studios simply to avoid the buses! If you’re staying on The Boardwalk, we highly recommend just using that path as well.

disney walking path from the polynesian to the grand floridian


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