Disney's Contemporary Resort
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As we took the monorail to the Contemporary Resort we looked up before we went into the Resort we saw an enormous 25 foot wreath in the shape of Mickey Mouse just before we into the entrance of the resort. We went at night so the wreath was glowing with lights. In the Resort we saw a large gingerbread house that was 17 feet high and behind the gingerbread house we looked up and saw a large mural designed with the theme “it’s a small world.
The view can not get any better on top of the contemporary at thier fine dining restaurant, you can see every parks fireworks from there! The staff is courteous and amazing and though the gift shops are small they have some unique stuff we didn't see in the parks, carpet is outdated and some of the rooms are pretty standerd, but you can catch the monorail right there or walk to magic kingdom from your hotel on a nice day and what's better than that?!?!?
We stayed at the Disney Contemporary Resort and were so excited with our magic bands, the kids wore them all the time to have the Disney Experience! We stayed in Room 4409 overlooking the pretty lake and pool and outside the door we saw a monorail and that is about all we got to do with the monorail...to look at it! The monorail didn't work and we ended up having to bus it, which simply put...ruined our dream of the monorail. Additionally, upon our reservation I had requested small extras (i.e., extra towels, pillows, and extra TP). Upon our arrival we did not have the extra towels nor extra TP. After our long day at Epcot we returned (via the bus listening to everyone complain and screaming babies for 30-40 minutes as we stopped at every other Disney Resort) arriving to a somewhat of a clean room, our garbage was still overflowing with our dinner plates from the night before and we still did not have extra towels. I noticed we didn't get new coffee or complimentary new bottle of water which we used for the coffee. At this point, I was upset as we paid a lot of money to have our Disney experience be perfect! I called the concierge and requested that someone please empty our trash, bring extra towels, bring extra coffee and cups, and do something about the monorail. The lady at the desk said a manager would call me back, but that did not happen. The next morning I showered and the tub did not drain properly leaving me with sudsy feet. :(Overall, we had a beautiful room, a beautiful view, loved having 3 beds in the room for my twin 9 year olds and all the extra pillows, the AC was nice and cold, and the food managers Nick and Andrew were so awesome, they were great with our kids and made sure our pizza was perfect for dinner. We had a beautiful dinner at the California Grill with family who came to visit, and our server Katie, was excellent! Fireworks were excellent, and wish we would have known that there would have been boats to rent and magical illuminated singing lights on the water at night which we missed 3/4 of it the first night we stayed because no one told us. Our car stayed safe in the parking lot which was very nice. The fastpass is a must have!! Upon our check out I told John, the Concierge supervisor about the monorail not working leaving us to bus ride, no extra towels, the bathtub does not drain properly, and overflowing garbage. I showed him the pictures and he said sorry. If I would have known that the monorail and housekeeping would have been this bad I would have stayed offsite at a Holiday Inn.
This resort was absolutely amazing. Easy access to many restaurants and stores. It was also very easy to get to the Disney parks, as the monorail runs straight through the resort. The pools were nice and large and there were many other activities as well.
We stayed 4 nights on the 12th floor, where we enjoyed a marvelous buffet breakfast each morning. Great coffee, orange juice, bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, pastries...just excellent! They serve scrumptious desserts, fruit, beer, and wine at night. The 12th floor staff could not have been any more courteous, helpful, or friendly. Those folks really did everything they could to make our visit "magical." Our room was spacious, attractive, and comfortable. The shower (very important to me) was squeaky clean - water pressure and temp were ideal. In addition to mosquito repellent, sunscreen, & bottled water, the hotel provides a nice array of personal grooming supplies (high-quality soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, Q-tips floss, etc.) Such thoughtful generosity is a huge boon to travelers who, like me, often forget to pack such things. Tip: guests can borrow Disney DVD's for no charge. Our room offered a panoramic view over the lagoon; we sat on our deck and watched boats ferry people to and from the magic kingdom. At night there were fireworks (over the park) plus barges performing a patriotic-themed light show that my son loved. Outside are multiple pools and hot tubs; kids can enjoy ping pong, billiards, & connect four. Guests may rent (for an additional fee) motor launches and fishing boats, but we did not have time to do so. Of course, as much as I enjoyed my stay, I do have a few suggestions. #1 Given they incredibly high quality buffet, why not spend a few dollars more to offer guests Splenda w/ coffee instead of just generic artificial sweeteners? A minor point, I very readily agree, but some of us are Splenda addicts.Quibble #2 I realize that, in this digital modern age, everyone who is anyone carries a high-tech smartphone. Nevertheless, I persist in my steadfast, antiquarian view that each American hotel room should have (somewhere within it) a clock, preferably an alarm clock.#3 While I suspect this problem is the outgrowth of union rules, and therefore may not be easily solved, it's ridiculous that guests cannot borrow a hotel luggage caddy! I prefer to transport my wife and children's bags myself, rather than ask a porter to perform this task. My lovely wife brought 3 suitcases plus one case for each child. I had another bag filled with my things --a big load in total. The moment we exited the bus, I ran to grab a rolling caddy. I loaded it up with our luggage and pushed it toward the elevators (we'd checked in beforehand) but a stern hotel employee halted us. He said hotel policy forbade my use of a luggage caddy (without bellhop assistance). Unfortunately, all the bellhops were busy, i.e. when the bell rang, no one hopped. Consequently, we waited 20 minutes. During this awkward interval, staff members invited us to go up to our room, promising our luggage would soon follow, but we needed our stuff. My youngest son still wears diapers -- he required a change and my wife was unsure into which suitcase she'd backed the various critical instruments and supplies (wipes, trash bags, creams, powders, hand sanitizer, etc). She is a private person; she's uncomfortable unpacking her personal stuff in public. After a 20-minute wait, a bellhop at long last accompanied us to our room, where he wrestled with me to lift the luggage and then expected a tip. Call me cheap if you will, but I felt he should have given me $5.#4 There are several restaurants on the resort's ground level. The single meal we ate there was....adequate, not impressive. Of course, we did not try every place or every menu item. Maybe it was just bad luck.Overall, I enjoyed the visit tremendously. I will DEFINITELY stay again at the contemporary resort, even if no item mentioned supra is addressed/improved. I strongly recommend this fine hotel to Disney guests, especially those who can stay on the 12th floor.Sadly, I CANNOT recommend Disney's "Magical Express" bus service. We landed in Orlando 7:10 pm. We went directly to grab our checked baggage and we proceeded without delay to the magical express line, where we stood, waiting 40 minutes. The driver was freindly but the (very comfortable) bus did not pull into our hotel until 9:25. We first entered our hotel room 2.5 hours after landfall, at 9:50. Next time, maybe Uber?
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 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.
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Disney's Contemporary ResortOrlando,United States
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4600 North World Drive Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8413
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