by Lee Simon
On a recent trip to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, I stood at the front of the ferry with my son who is two years old. Usually, we take the monorail, but this time decided to take the ferry for a change of pace. Throughout the ferry ride, we both gazed wide-eyed in amazement despite the number of times we have been to the park. My son was fixated on Cinderella's castle. Me, I couldn't take my eyes off of the Contemporary Resort. This facility has been open for decades, but I just can't get enough of it.
If you have never seen the Contemporary Resort, it is a special place. In addition to the architectural and interior design elements, there is one feature that is absolutely fantastic. The monorail that services the Magic Kingdom runs right through the hotel. I mean in one end and out the other! From outside, to inside, and back outside again. As dramatic as this feature is, remarkably there are three totally different ways to partake in this experience. First, you can ride the train through the hotel, experiencing the shift between interior and exterior spaces. Second, you can stand within the hotel and watch the train pierce through the building. And third, you can view the transition from a distance, watching the monorail disappear and then suddenly re-appear.Guts and Gambling