Other things to see at Walt Disney World

There are so many different things to do and see outside of the theme parks. You can go to Downtown Disney where there are numerous shops, restaurants, free concerts, boat rentals where you can rent a small or a large boat and buzz around the lake. We like to go "resort hopping" which is taking the Disney transportation by bus or monorail and stop at different resort hotels to check out the decor and the shops and restaurants. They change from season to season. There is miniature golf in two different courses, and don't forget the water parks!      
Downtown Disney Downtown Disney
 
 
One year artists could design their own Mickey
Shops and restaurants on the Boardwalk Boardwalk at night Boardwalk at dusk
 
Boardwalk near the Swan and Dolphin Lake outside the Contemporary Hotel Downtown Disney
Lego display Lego dogs Lego dinosaur - it moves!
 
Hot air balloon ride - $35 for 16 minutes Flower displays at Downtown Disney Monorail over the Seven Seas Lagoon

Transportation at Disney World. Start by taking the the boat from Hollywood Studios to Boardwalk. You will be on the back side of Epcot. Look around Boardwalk and the Yacht Club. Then walk through Epcot to the front. Take the Monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Then take the boat to Fort Wilderness. Then take the bus to Downtown Disney. From Downtown Disney take the boat to Port Orleans and then the bus to Animal Kingdom. You can take the bus back to Downtown Disney or any resort from there. All for free.

Ferry boat from Hollywood Studios to Epcot Rent your own small boat from many of the resorts.
View from the Contemporary Ride the Monorail through the Contemporary Wilderness Lodge is just like being in Yellowstone.
Waterfall flows into the pool Pop Century outside decor She is 3 stories tall
Jungle Book over 4 stories tall Buzz towers over the building Mr and Mrs Potato Head
Monorails are always decorated with the year's theme.   Just a little funny. The lifeguard is wearing a raincoat.
Dumbo at left is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. We were reading the information about Dumbo. The first Dumbo at Disneyland in California in 1955 had ears that went up and down. I started going to Disney in 1957. Rode Dumbo but didn't look or care about the ears at that time. Did you?
This is one of Disney's two actual fire stations. Dumbo at the Smithsonian  
 

How many monorails are at Disney World?

What are the colors?

12 in all

Red, Black, Yellow, Lime green, Light blue, Purple, Salmon, Gold, Silver, Pink, Orange, and Green.

You can no longer sit up front after the accident of 2010.

 
 
Year of a Million Dreams - You just had to be in the right place at the right time to get a gift. One family a day was picked to stay in the Castle. Not us.
 
Christmas Time
         
   
 
Every year the gingerbread house is built. You can see it most of the time on the travel channel. Go to the Grand Floridian resort by monorail. To see the house is free. Sometimes they have smoke coming out the top of the chimney. Look at the detail of the house. At times they have a chef decorating small gingerbread houses at the back of the house. She also has little cookies and figurines on display.
 
 
Yacht Club has a carousel every year made of chocolate and gingerbread. Boardwalk also has chocolate displays.
The Contemporary often features chocolate Pinocchio.
 
Check out different decorations at all of the resorts.
Huge Christmas trees everywhere
There's a thing called resort hopping at Christmas time