Disney's Contemporary Resort
- What's Included
First, some stats. Fifty-two million people visit Orlando's Disneyworld every year. That's more than the entire population of Spain walking through the gates of the Magic Kingdom. Or, if you prefer, the whole population of Australia - twice each.Many of those fifty-two million stay at Disney properties. Many of those stay in one of the 383 guestrooms in the main building of the Contemporary resort. And every one of those people have insanely high expectations because they are paying per-room prices of $500-$900 per night, prices which they may not even consider on any other vacation. Some save for years for their Disney trip (we met a British couple who saved for 9 years - since their oldest daughter was born, just to come to Disneyworld).And then you have the diehards. Those Disney maniacs for whom the Mouse can do no wrong, and every moment "on property" is de facto magic, and something to be yearned for in the gaping yaws of time in between visits. They will excuse every shortcoming because they view the experience holistically, and coming to Disney is like coming home.Against that backdrop of expectations, high prices, and starry-eyed bliss, you have a recipe for crushing disappointment. So maybe some realism should creep in here, and I will flatter myself by claiming I will, below, represent The Truth.1. All definitions should be seen through the Disney lens. For instance, at Disney restaurants, your 10 year old is an adult. They can't order from the kids menu, nor are their buffet meals discounted. I called mine a "Disney adult." Similarly, Disney tiers its resorts, and the Contemporary is "Luxury." You are better off thinking of that as "Disney Luxury," which falls somewhere above a Ramada Inn and somewhere slightly below a Hyatt Regency. If "luxury" makes you recall stays at Peninsulas, or Mandarin Orientals, or Relais & Chateaux, well, you better just simmer down.2. You aren't paying for the room. Of course, that seems insane, especially at these prices, but its a fact, Jack. You are paying for the overall experience, and the higher price rooms at places like the Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary, reflect a incrementally better overall experience. The rooms are pretty much the same size across all the properties on the resort monorail. How? We'll get to that shortly.3. You aren't special. Now, Disney tries like heck to make you feel special. I mean, they *really* try. But at the end of the day, you are one of Fifty Two MILLION guests, and one of 383 rooms (not including the garden wings). That means there is only so much they can do, and only so much attention you can get. Think of it like a catering hall, one of those wedding factories. Sure, you are the bride, but you might be the fourth bride *that day*. So, bottom line, if you check in to the Contemporary at $750/nt and expect the same service level and personal attention you'd get at the same price point at the Tokyo Peninsula, get ready for some serious letdown. The concierge isn't going to move mountains or grant miracle wishes for you, and it is totally unreasonable to expect that in a sea of FIFTY TWO MILLION other guests. Many of whom are also paying through the nose.With that loooong prologue, here's the straight dope.The Contemporary is a near perfect place to stay if you have smaller kids and/or your trip is centered on the Magic Kingdom. Why? Location, location, location. It is the ONLY resort within quick and comfortable walking distance from the Magic Kingdom entrance. In that respect, it is even more convenient than the other "on the monorail" resorts - the Polynesian and Grand Floridian. Yes, the monorail comes through the lobby of the Contemporary, but it goes in one direction only, making stops at the Transport Ctr, the Polynesian, and the G. Floridian before stopping at the Magic Kingdom. So save yourself the hassle and the wait, and hoof the 300 yards or so to your own security line (which saves you 10-15 minutes of waiting). If you are exhausted at the end of the day you can take the monorail one stop to get back. If, God help you, the monorail is down, this is the ONLY resort with a walking option - otherwise it is buses, and good luck with that.I sprung for a room with a Magic Kingdom view, and if you can stomach the extra dough I would recommend it if, and only if, you have kids who are in bed by 10pm. That's because the view of the park in the daylight is nice and all, but not worth the extra charge IMHO. However, watching the fireworks from your balcony with a beer in your hand is truly awesome, especially if your kids are going to pass out at 10:12 after they are over (sometimes they go off at 9pm - check the schedule). If you are going to be in the parks or at dinner during the fireworks anyway, or you don't care about the fireworks, get the cheaper Bay Lake view.We got a double queen room, which also has a futon-like couch, so you could squeeze a family of five in one room. It'd be tight, but we barely saw the room during the day, so who cares as long as you can keep it sort of organized... There is a double sink in the otherwise cramped bathroom, so the toothbrush dance can go on mostly without incident. The décor is nice - dark woods and a convenient pull-out rolling desk thingy that can double as a table, a mini-fridge for snacks, and two nice closets. We lucked out and got a room on the 10th floor on the end furthest from Chef Mickey's, which meant the only noise we heard that we didn't make ourselves was the aforementioned fireworks, and the overstimulated kid above us who kept jumping off the bed. Yes, the walls of the Contemporary seem to be pretty thick, but the doors and ceilings are....well....not so much. We didn't use the concierge at all, having taken the guidebook advice and booked/planned everything far in advance. But all the staff go out of their way to try to be friendly and helpful - as far as they can. Remember, you aren't special.We didn't eat at the Wave, or Chef Mickey's. We ate at the Contempo Café, and I regretted it each and every time, and will again when I get my final credit card statement. It is dreadful. The burger is a hockey puck topped with three hateful onion rings and fries that are cooked in pure liquid rage ($20). If you forgot to bring beer, no worries, they have some at the well-stocked Market downstairs, for $7 a can (!). For reference, the highest cost for a beer in all of baseball is $7.75 at the new Yankee stadium - so after tax, congrats Walt, you are at parity.Overspending, and overeating, are an essential part of the Disneyworld experience, so just try to go with it. Just keep your kids away from the collectible pins (easier to do here where you have Magic Bands instead of the Disneyland lanyards). Start them on collectible squished pennies ($0.51/each).It may appear that I digress, but picture yourself in the late afternoon heat and crowds, loaded down with souvenirs and other park flotsam trying to wrangle two kids on a monorail, then a bus, or maybe waiting an hour for a boat. Now picture yourself strolling about 300 yards straight to your hotel. See? Location, location, location.That, my friends, is what you are paying for. Because you are here for the parks, which are, even in the midst of FIFTY TWO MILLION PEOPLE, awesome.
We stayed here for 4 nights in March. As always, it was a relaxing and wonderful stay! Being able to take the Monorail or walk to the Magic Kingdom is always a treat. When walking, we were able to skip the LONG lines at security in front of the part and we had our own private lane with no one else! We also watched the fireworks from the balcony...it's beautiful!! All the staff were wonderful.We had done online check-in and received a text and e-mail in the afternoon to let us know what room we were in. We had our magic bands and were ablet o skip the check in and go directly to our rooms when we arrived.
We had a wonderful time, the hotel went out of it's way to accommodate we were there to celebrate our 50th, a week of fun at the parks. Our dinning experience at the Contemporary was simple great, we ate at "The Wave", "California Grill" and the Café on the 3rd floor. On the last night we ate at the California Grill, we were served champagne and we were able to view the fireworks. The hotel room (garden wing) was just fine no complaints, service was outstanding. The hotel is very close to monorail and bus service.
We recently spent five nights in a park view room at the Contemporary. The views and location set it apart from any other resort on WDW property. The rooms were spacious and clean. The onsite pool and restaurants were fantastic, and made our stay extremely convenient. The best thing about the Contemporary is it's proximity to the Magic Kingdom. 10 minutes after we left our room we were walking through security at the front of the park. If you're travelling with children who need naps in the middle of the day like ours, the location is invaluable. Although price may be a deterrent for us staying here on our next trip, we will definitely stay here again in the future!
Super clean resort. Room was absolutely beautiful and spacious. The bed was soft and comfortable. The water views were awesome. The staff were very accommodating and always made sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely stay here again.
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- 1293 Guest Rooms
- 2 Quick Service restaurants
- 3 Full Service restaurants, including: California Grill, Chef Mickey's, Contempo Cafe
- Pool bar
- 24 hour room service
- 2 Pools, including: 6500 sq ft with water slide and waterfalls
- Interactive Water Fountains
- 2 whirlpool spas
- Marina/boat rental
- Water cruises
- Water sports
- Beach area
- Jogging trail
- Health club
- Massage services
- 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed and 1 single sofabed
- Full bathroom
- Telephone with voice mail
- Air conditioning and ceiling fan
- Cable television
- Alarm Clock
- Coffee maker (coffee included)
- In-room safe
- Internet access
- Iron and ironing board
- Maximum occupancy of 5, up to 3 children (2 adults required before child discount applies)
For the Kids - Children's playground and Video Arcade. Babysitting available for a fee.
Extra Magic Hours! Disney Resort Guests can enjoy the Extra Magic Hours Benefit. Each day one of the Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to three hours after regular Park closing, so you can experience some of the most popular attractions. Valid Theme Park admission and Walt Disney World Resort ID are required.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Resort Location Map
Disney's Contemporary ResortOrlando,United States
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
4600 North World Drive Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8413
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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