Disney's Contemporary Resort: Promise of the Future

by Jacque Boyle, PassPorter Guest Contributor
Last modified 1/13/2009

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With few exceptions, Disney's Contemporary Resort is described as being the least "themed" of the Walt Disney World resorts. But I love the Contemporary because as a "Jetsons" fan I've always been fascinated by the idea of space travel and the promise of the future. So in November 1971 when I saw a monorail disappear into the Contemporary Tower like a space ship docking in a magnificent, gleaming white space station, I was hooked. I could hardly wait to take my first monorail trip into that tower, and when I finally did, it was everything I had imagined and more.

When I step off the monorail onto the platform in the Grand Canyon Concourse, it's like stepping into a vibrant city of the future, with the sweeping expanse of the atrium windows, soaring tiers of walkways and the swoosh of the monorails. I love feeling the energy of Chef Mickey's, walking the wide Concourse with its gleaming shops, the view of Bay Lake and the sight of that incredible mosaic mural. It may sound like a contradiction, but it makes me feel simultaneously relaxed and energized.

Although taking the monorail into the Tower is what I like best, driving up to the Contemporary is fun too, with the whimsical designs of the trees lined up in front of the portico and the colorful stones paving the drive. The varied lines and colors of the convention center buildings fit the theme and the curving roof lines make it seem as though the building is in motion, again adding to that aura of a futuristic city. And on every trip, my first sight of the lobby with the clean lines, teak wood and open spaces, combined with quiet, comfortable seating areas, makes me feel like I'm in the Art Deco lobby of an elegant cruise ship, perhaps a space cruise ship.

I'm partial to the Tower rooms, not just for the location, but more importantly for the views. For peaceful, natural surroundings, the Bay Lake side of the Tower has wonderful views. During the day it can get a little noisy from the pools area and marina, but mornings and evenings are quiet. But my favorite rooms have a view of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. These rooms can have a little more noise coming from the parking lot but seeing those sleek monorails gliding around the lagoon only adds to the feeling that I'm at the center of a city of the future. I can immerse myself in the magic and fantasy by taking my coffee out on the balcony early in the morning. The futuristic landscape in front of the resort is gleaming with dew and to my right the spires of Cinderella Castle are tinted a soft golden pink by the rising sun. At night I'll take a glass of wine out there to relax while the Magic Kingdom fireworks appear to be bursting right over my head. And I love the Tomorrowland lights, shining like the midway at a futuristic fair. There's not a better way to start and end my days at the Walt Disney World.

The Contemporary rooms are some of the largest on Disney property and can comfortably accommodate five people, with two queens or one king along with a daybed. The bathrooms are family friendly with a separate room for the toilet, allowing for personal hygiene multi-tasking. I wasn't crazy about the previous redecoration with the abstract designs in bright, primary colors on the bedding and drapes, although I did like the funky shapes of the wall lamps and tables (it's probably that "Jetsons" thing) and I love the ceiling fan. I'm looking forward to my next stay when I can experience the new furnishings. I've seen the pictures and they look incredible, more in keeping with the elegant, clean lines and futuristic theme of the resort.

I always feel so connected to all of Walt Disney World when I'm at the Contemporary, as though I'm at the center of that vibrant future city. The Tower rooms are the most convenient to Walt Disney World transportation, with the monorail offering transportation to the Magic Kingdom/Ticket & Transportation Center and connecting service to Epcot or the bus for service to the other parks and Downtown Disney. The short walk to and from the Magic Kingdom comes in handy at closing time when the monorails are running full.

The Contemporary has some of the best dining options in the "World", from fast food to fine dining. The selection of breakfast items, salads, sandwiches and beverages at the Contempo Cafe are perfect for quick snacks or meals on the run. For me, the best character dining in the "World" is at Chef Mickey's. It's reasonably priced, I get to interact with Mickey, Minnie, and pals, and choose from an amazing selection of delicious foods, like scrumptious Mickey waffles at breakfast to carved-to-order roast beef at dinner. For quieter meals, I enjoy The Wave for its upscale atmosphere, locally-grown food, and attentive service. There's also a coffee shop on the lobby level for a quick cup of joe.

But I really love the California Grill with its incredible view from the 15th floor, amazing food and adventurous wine selection. The sushi bar has fresh, inventive sushi and the open kitchen turns out California-inspired dishes from flat bread pizza to unbelievable desserts. The menu changes weekly, in order to use the freshest ingredients available, so there's something different to try every time I'm there. I usually time my meal so I can watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from my table or the outside observation deck. And for a dining change of pace, the Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian and Grand Floridian are a short ride on a boat or the monorail.

For a break from the parks, the marina has boat rentals, fishing expeditions and parasailing with unbelievable views of the "World"! The pools at the Contemporary are much improved since the last rehab and I especially like the quiet pool area closer to Bay Lake for relaxing.

Shopping on the Grand Canyon Concourse on the 4th floor is an experience in itself. The BVG shop, with its wide variety of house wares, candy and upscale Disney clothing and jewelry for men and women, has a great selection of merchandise. And the Fantasia shop is the place to pick up a Disney plush animal, models of the Contemporary and monorail, scrap-booking supplies, a bottle of wine for watching the fireworks, or a new book.

Although I've stayed at other deluxe Disney resorts, the Contemporary will always be my first love and first choice. So, the next time your monorail glides into the Tower, get off at the Grand Canyon Concourse and step into the promise of the future at my pick for the most magically themed resort at Walt Disney World -- Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Latest Update: A new tower known as 'Bay Lake Tower' will open at the Contemporary Resort in fall 2009. The new tower will offer Disney Vacation Club villas, a fireworks viewing deck, rooftop lounge, lakeside pool, and a skybridge linking the tower to the original resort's monorail station. Read more about Bay Lake Tower here.

Disney's Contemporary Resort Quick Facts
Address: 4600 N. World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-824-1000 / Fax: 407-824-3539
Room Rates: 2009 rates begin at $280 for a standard-view room in the value season
Guest Rooms: 688 (in the Tower and Garden Wing)

About the Author:
Jacque is "54 years-young" and fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first trip in November 1971. She has been back 16 times, 12 of those as a solo traveler. She describes herself as a "major planner" and says, "Since I made my first trip with PassPorter in 2001, I couldn't go without it.

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Reader Comments:

We first stayed in the Contemporary resort in 2002, in a garden view room. We went in preparing to hate it, and boy, were we surprised! We fell in love with it! Our room was spacious, comfortable and easily slept the four of us (myself, DH, DS and my DNephew). I loved getting up in the morning and walking out our patio doors to Bay Lake. Our bathroom was huge and the beds comfortable. We enjoyed the retro-70's theme, although that has since been updated.

Our next adventure at the Contemporary was in a Tower Room. We opted for a room with a Magic Kingdom view. I can not say enough about this room. The view was spectacular, the room was modern and comfortable with a flat screen TV and a computer work station. My only complaint was the bathroom sinks, which were square and flat and had little to no storage room. They need to put a shelp above the sinks. We ended up using one sink for water and storing things in the other sink! :rofl:

I love the amenities that the CR has to offer. The monorail running through it gives it a sense of magic that no other resort possesses. We often relax at the Outer Rim with a cocktail, and we will be very sad to see The Concourse Steakhouse go. The grounds of the CR are nice, we love to walk out the the marina and just relax.

This resort is definitely one of our favorites! smiley for :)

     rescuesk on January 8, 2008 @ 7:36 pm
We loved the Contemporary this December. The monorail makes it easy to get to either the Magic Kingdom or Epcot as well as the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian. Our room was a great size for us and the linens including the towels are top notch. We enjoyed free internet access with a computer in the room. Mousekeeping was great and very friendly whenever we encountered them in the hallways. The rooms were quiet (we were in the South Wing).

The only negatives were naturally, cost, and the lack of an adequate counter service type restaurant for grabbing a quick bite. And, although very elegant and stylish, there's nothing in the hotel that screams, "this is Disney!"

I'd definitely return to this hotel. We had a wonderful time here.

     JoanneS on January 9, 2008 @ 10:12 am
Although I haven't stayed here since I was in my teens, I do go to the resort on every trip. I view the grounds while heading for parasailing and eat in the Concourse or Chef Mickey's. I've also viewed the rooms during various Travel Agent Trips.

The quality, while still at Disney-levels has suffered over the years, sure everything is clean and up to snuff, but it no longer seems fresh to me

Acessability ? the monorail goes right through it for Pete's sake !!! 10 !!!

Affordability ? 8 this resort in my mind should be priced lower than it is.

Theme...just a 6 and that's mainly because I don't quite get the theme at all.

Amenities...the lobby, the monorail and the watercraft / watersports area, and the services are all great, but I knocked it down to an 8 because of the pool, nothing special here compared to the other luxury resorts in WDW

As for the Magic.. the Monorail goes right through it for Pete's sake !!! 10 !!!

     millie on January 10, 2008 @ 2:48 pm
My son and I stayed there in August 2006 shortly after it's refurbishment.
We were in the tower with a MK view. What a view too! Looking over Seven Seas Lagoon was fantastic, watching the boats and the water pageant going around was pretty neat!

The resort is just fabulous. I used to think it left me cold, but it grew on me, and now I am glad that I stayed there!

The transportation was pretty reliable and you cannot beat being able to WALK to Magic Kingdom!! Then after a tiring day in the park, hop the monorail!

Of the very few things I remember about my first trip to WDW, seeing the monorail going through the Contemporary is the number 1 memory!

     Wendyismyname on January 11, 2008 @ 9:07 am
We had a wonderful time at the Contemporary. The rooms were nice, we had a first floor room with patio and a view of Bay Lake. It was particularly lovely in the early morning and evening. The service was excellent on check in. I was a little nervous about all the demolition going on(we stayed in April of '07 and they were demolishingone of the Garden Wings), but I can't say that we even noticed.

Our favorite part, though, was the proximity to the Magic Kingdom. Our DS (3y.o.) loved the monorail!

All in all, we'd stay againsmiley for :)

     Juan's mom on January 12, 2008 @ 9:13 pm
The Contemporary is great for quick commute times to The Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The monorail through the lobby adds tons to the overall magic. And the views of the nightly fireworks from the tower rooms (Bay Lake side) are awesome. Overall, I love this resort!

     CANDYTLEW on January 13, 2008 @ 1:04 am
We loved this one! I always wanted to stay there one day and so eventually we did. The proximity to the Magic Kingdom is the biggest plus of all, the personnel were very friendly and very helpful, the food choices were great too.

Not as themed as some other resorts but still great. Of course cost is a factor but you do get what you pay for and this is no exception...it was a deluxe resort by all standards. One thing though...those thin square sinksUGH. Everything else good.

     disneygramma on February 23, 2008 @ 9:07 pm
We stayed in a tower room last year. We loved this hotel. We were "family of the day" and won the upgrade to a castle view. So yes that may make us biased.lol
Yes the hotel is not very "Disney" but really it is kind of a relief after being in the parks all day. Chef Mickeys was a plus also. The room size is more generous then the others that we had stayed at. 5 of us slept very comfortable.
The downside was that the housekeeping slid a bit the first couple of days. but was "fixed" with a quick call.
We LOVED having the Monorail . But if you had to take a bus, it was a long wait and a long ride.
There are a lot of things to do in this resort also.
We were a bit disapointed that it was not an option for our land sea cruise package that we bought.

     guitardiva on August 31, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
My husband and I have stayed at the Contemporary in the past, but it's been 11 years since our last stay and since this was our son's first trip, I splurged and went for the concierge Atrium Club Level (12th floor). Was it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it? YES!

We checked in mid-day on Saturday, September 13th. While my husband and son shopped for new shirts (due to protein spill issues) I checked us in. Nicole came down and escorted us up to the 12th floor. Upon arrival, she took my toddler by the hand, brought him to the lounge, tuned the television to Disney cartoons and offered him a cookie. While I continued to check in with Holly at the concierge desk, she kept an eye on my son and let me know that there was no way he could leave the area without my seeing.

Thankfully our room was ready. And it was beautiful! I thought I wanted a MK view, but was even more pleased with our Bay Lake view. Very relaxing to sit out on the balcony during the week and read while my son napped.

Speaking of my son, he LOVED the room. He loved turning on the lights (there are 4 lights on dimmers over the beds which he loved sliding up and down). He also loved the "fireplace" (the tiled area below the flat screen tv). He loved the sliding doors. My husband and I loved the room too. Definitely has a "contemporary" feel and the in room computer was wonderful.

We did partake of many of the offerings that the lounge had. I was especially lucky because the staff made sure that my food allergies were addressed and that I had a special dessert in the evening and muffins in the morning. (YUM!).

There were a couple of people who worked in the lounge who were not that friendly, but then there were others (I'm talking about Nicole, Holly, Al and ESPECIALLY Dorothy) who more than made up for it. They always asked how we were and what they could do for us.

When my son took a 4 hour nap one afternoon they were able to cancel our ADRs at Le Cellier (somebody got to be a lucky walk in that night) and book us into Chef Mickeys (food not so hot there, but the character interaction is really what it is all about).

The location of the Contemporary is always a plus. We could walk to MK and then take the monorail back (when we were exhausted).

I did spend a little time at the pool and it was very nice and quiet.

There was some noise from Chef Mickey's, but I felt that it was because of the construction going on. Everything is very open on the concourse which makes the sound carry. Once this is completed I don't think it will be a problem.

The construction going on "next door" at the new DVC was never an issue.

The staff at the Contemporary is top notch. So much so that we will be going back next year. Sadly, we could not afford the 12th floor again and after being spoiled by the staff there it's going to be hard.

     bfth on September 24, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
I really love the Contemporary Resort it is my favorite hotel. and My mom and I will love it in January 2010!smiley for :cool:

     JEANYLASER on October 22, 2008 @ 1:48 pm
I stayed at the Contemporary many times in my youth and recently stayed for an impromptu trip as it was the only hotel available.

The monorail is an invaluable transportation resource, and this is coming from someone who now stays at the Boardwalk for the annual trip- it really gets you to 2 of the 4 parks the quickest and most efficient way. Not only that, but you can get to virtually any hotel and location from the transportation and ticket center on the monorail line. This of course can be said for all the MK resorts on the monorail line, though.

That being said, the rooms are not nearly as nice and thematic as the Grand Floridian or other Deluxe resorts. The Boardwalk is much nicer and arguably has a better location (but location is WDW is arbitrary- everyone has their preferences. EPCOT resorts enjoy close proximity to everything but the MK, while MK resorts are farther but have the monorail, and the other WDW nut of my family, definitely prefers EPCOT resorts over MK).

I am not sure if this is a perk of all MK resorts, but they recently added a computer system that allows you to do a lot of concierge related services online. You can check the weather, photopass, order room service, send a request for luggage services, and more. You end up using it a lot more than you think, and it's really quite useful!! Also the California Grill is a wonderful restaurant and having it in close proximity is useful if you want a great place to view the fireworks- they even play the music inside the restaurant! If you can't get dinner reservations, you can get bar area seating pretty quickly, and the entire restaurant has great views.

The one thing that bothered me about the Contemporary was the loud music coming from Chef Mickey's everyone morning as the Character breakfasts begin. It woke me up everyone morning quite early, and I am a pretty heavy sleeper. My room was very close to Chef Mickeys and were not on a high floor, so I can imagine its not as loud as you get further away.

     espnerica on February 27, 2009 @ 6:59 pm
Uh theming.......10 it is so "futuristic" as far as I am concerned. Magic...How can it not be, there is that great monorail running right through it (and how very convenient..not to metion mmmm Magic!). I love this place, and as for affordability, well yes it is expensive, so it can't be quite a 10, but it is one of the least expensive deluxe and I just love love love love it!!! Can't wait for it's buddy BLT to open up this yeaqr to make my dream come true of staying at Contemp (ok next door) every trip come true.

     disneygramma on March 15, 2009 @ 2:27 pm
I just got back from a 5 night stay at The Contemporary and I have very mixed feelings about the resort. We checked in at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning and were met by a very nice CM. She took our names and made a heavy sigh. We thought oh great something's wrong. She told us they messed up our reservation and had UPGRADED us to the 9th floor of the main tower, with a MK view!! smiley for :Dsmiley for :Dsmiley for :D. I was so excited I giggled like I was 8 years old. We could not believe it. The room wasn't ready yet, but we didn't care. We got back to the room around 3:00 p.m. and we loved it. Very big room with an amazing view. And that's where the excitement ended at the hotel. My sister had spilled a little coffee on the counter on Sunday morning. She cleaned most of it up, but there were a couple spots she missed. They were still there when we left on Thursday. There were huge dust bunnies under the bathroom counter. I won't even discuss the lack of toilet cleaning. They never vacuumed our room. I know this because my socks were black on the bottom one night from walking around the room. We ended up washing our own coffee cups every day and then hiding them so housekeeping wouldn't go near them. Having the monorail there was great, when it was running. Everyday there was at least three breakdowns on the monorail system. But the CM's at the front desk, bell services and the monorail station were outstanding. They were very pleasant and helpful. I don't think I would recommend this hotel to anyone, and I won't stay here again because of the cost for what you get, but overall we did have a great stay.

     NicNoc12 on April 24, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
My family and I visit nearly every year and try to always stay at the Contemporary.

My mother needs to use a mobility scooter most of the time and needs handicapped accessible rooms.

The Contemporary has been our prefered resort due to it's close proximity to MK. That is Mom's favorite park, and she hates trying to get on the monorail on her scooter (and it's too big for the buses).

We've stayed in the tower, we've stayed in the tower concierge, and we've stayed in the wings. We prefer the wings because of the horribly small size and numbers of elevators in the tower.

We've stayed at other of the resorts, but none of them suited US as good as the Contemporary.

We miss the old quick service (food & fun center) but the Contempo has good food and very helpful staff. We also miss the Concourse Steakhouse and find the Wave staff to be unfriendly and unhelpful.

This year, though, we are trying the Bay Lake Tower, we've got a two bedroom villa reserved (actually, since it's a handicapped, it's already assigned to us). It will be the first time we can all be in the same 'room' since we're too big a group for the 5 person Contemporary rooms. We're really excited and I can't wait to post a review of the new resort.

     JulieAnne on May 10, 2009 @ 3:32 pm
We just returned from our first stay at the CR. I have mixed feelings. I thought the CM's were great, the Monorail was awesome and the room {MK View} was great. Mousekeeping was awful - they didn't leave new coffee mugs, coffee, wash cloths, towels, conditioner, etc. They didn't wipe down the counter where the coffee maker is and I doubt they vacuumed once. Our beds looked like my 7 yo made them and they never put the day bed back up. It would have been nice to have a place to sit during the day other than on a bed.

We may or may not stay there again but we will try out the other deluxe resorts first.

     mama2disneyfan on August 4, 2009 @ 9:29 am
What a great place to stay, modern, clean, location,location,location.
Amenities that are good. We think of this place as THE place to stay to have the best of everythin. And don't forget the views from the Kingdom View Tower rooms! GLORIOUS waking up to the sun beaming off the castle and breathtaking to watch the colors change on the castle at night (hmmm what a night light). Then there is the fireworks! Yep it is grrrrrreat!

We were there June 21-28 and had the best mousekeepers. Our room was always cleaned very thoroughly, glasses and more replaced daily, and plenty of toiletries. We stayed there in 2006 and found the same to be true.

     disneygramma on August 5, 2009 @ 10:57 am
mama2disneyfan;2890086 >We just returned from our first stay at the CR. I have mixed feelings. I thought the CM's were great, the Monorail was awesome and the room {MK View} was great. Mousekeeping was awful - they didn't leave new coffee mugs, coffee, wash cloths, towels, conditioner, etc. They didn't wipe down the counter where the coffee maker is and I doubt they vacuumed once. Our beds looked like my 7 yo made them and they never put the day bed back up. It would have been nice to have a place to sit during the day other than on a bed.

We may or may not stay there again but we will try out the other deluxe resorts first.

We had the same problems as you in April. The CM's were awesome but the mousekeeping was horrid! Very un-Disney!! We too will try the Poly or WL before we go back to the Contemporary!

     NicNoc12 on August 5, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
I love the Contemporary resort! It's my favorite hotel since I were a little girl and the shops and dining is cool! For my 38th Birthday I really wanted to stay in CR for my birthday in January 14, 2010! It's looks awesome! I can't wait! and see the new shops in the Contemporary! I love it and adore it!smiley for :cool:

     JEANYLASER on September 3, 2009 @ 12:25 pm
I know my family LOVES the contemporary, it's just an amazing hotel. I also love the fact that the monorail goes through the hotel. smiley for :D

     TotalDisneyFan on October 21, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
We stayed at the Contemporary from 12/24/09-1/02/10. It was a very nice hotel. It doesn't have the theming of the other deluxe resorts. Traveling to the MK was a snap (we walked most of the time) also getting to EP was easy, sometimes had to wait for a bus to the DS or AK. We liked it well enough, but we didn't love it like we loved the Poly.

     mariajean on January 6, 2010 @ 7:12 am

     Winston on March 7, 2010 @ 9:55 pm
My older DD and her DH bought into DVC last summer. As a result, DD took myself, my other 2 DDs and my mother to Bay Lake Towers in August. I didn't think we'd like it. We've always heard horrid things about CR, mostly based on the age (obviously not a concern with a new build).

The resort was very nice. The rooms were gorgeous, the staff was friendly, the transportation to the other parks was easy and quick.

This resort gets a 10 in my book for one thing - Universal Design. Most people don't notice it, but we do. The rooms in BLT are designed to be handicapped and wheelchair accessible without being obvious. That means, that unless you or a family member is handicapped, you will not notice the extra things done to make it accessible!

It gets an 8 over-all though because you have to slide your card to get into the resort, either from it's own entrance on the ground floor or through the lobby of the CR. This is difficult to do for people with limited mobility (like DD), making it hard to get into the resort without an "able-bodied" person accompanying them.

The private pool was wonderful and delightfully themed. The "private beach" was never found, although we looked for it, asked 3 CMs, and followed signs, we never found it. The door separating CR and BLT and the gate separating the two on the beach walk were often left standing open, eliminating that feeling of added security.

     Teresa on March 18, 2010 @ 11:30 pm
Not a fan of this resort at all

     jimmymac on March 19, 2010 @ 2:23 pm
We stayed here from July 18-24 of 2010 and loved every minute. Our original reservations were for the Carribean Beach Resort, but we switched after discovering I had a PIN attached to my namesmiley for :D worth a 40% discount. We reserved a garden wing room, standard view and requested that it be adjoining with my parent's room. There were seven total in our party - myself, my husband, our three boys (5,2, and 9 months) and my parents.

I was SHOCKED at check-in to learn that we had been upgraded to a Tower Room on the 11th floor, with a spectacular view of Bay Lakesmiley for :D. We took the upgrade and my parents were given an upgrade as well - we no longer had connecting rooms, but felt that it was worth it!

The CM's went above and beyond for us during our visit. My 2 year old dropped his sippy cup of rice milk as he got off the elevator. Understandably, he was hysterical. A CM came over, talked quietly with him for a few minutes while we waited for someone to come and clean up the spill. She then took us over to Chef Mickey's and gave him a new cup of Rice Milk (at no charge).

We did have one small problem with a bathtub that was very slow to drain. As we headed out to the parks on Tuesday, my husband casually stopped by the front desk to mention this. Upon our return, we found that the drain had been repaired and a gift back with a Mickey, Minnie and Flash drive had been left.

Our son had an accident - he ran into one of the spray guns at the water play area, and gave himself a huge goose egg. Once again, the CM's went over the top - they escorted us up to our room, and stood by while we waited for the 911 emergency crew to arrive. During the small (less than five minute) wait, they entertained my son with stories of their favorite characters doing silly things.

That evening, the manager called our room personally to check on our son, and to reiterate that they were available for any help we needed. Our meals at the hotel the next day were also comped.

As our first family trip, we found the room decor very soothing after fun-filled pool and park days. The room was very spacious, and we never heard any noise from neighbors around or above us. This was my first time staying at the Contemporary, and we can't wait to return!

     mfirst on May 26, 2011 @ 2:09 pm
I was really disappointed by CR when we stayed there a few weeks ago. Not only was the room not very clean, but service was spotty, too, with lots of little concierge mishaps. This was the only really not so great experience we've ever had at WDW, and we won't be back at CR any time soon.

     julieb on October 14, 2011 @ 3:13 pm
December 2010 was our second stay in the Contemporary Resort. We first stayed there for our honeymoon in 1998. The fact that the monorail runs right through the resort can't be beat. At night when the MK closed and the line was long for the monorail, we just walked the short distance to the hotel. The convience factor of this hotel can't be beat. It was easy to get food and bring it back to our tower room to watch the fireworks at night.

The rooms were spacious, although they could use a little maintenance. Our sliding door didn't close all the way so it let in quite a bit of very cold air during the freezing nights that we were there. The other thing was the fact that when we arrived in our room it looked unclean. The beds looked messy and there were diry panties on the floor of the bathroom. We called Mousekeeping and had them remove all of the bedding and replace it with new bedding. even though we complained about the dirty panties, they remained there for 3 days before Mousekeeping finally removed them. That grossed me out just a little and I must admit that our cruise room was sparkling clean in comparison to our resort room. We did have a good stay and the location for the price can't be beat.

     DisneyOrBustColorado on December 17, 2011 @ 3:13 pm
We love the Contemporary Resort....I can't say enough about it. Location, location, location.....Chef Mickey's, The Wave, fireworks from your balcony, Sammy Duvall marina, monorail running thru it, nice modern rooms and we can walk to the Magic Kingdom.....we won't stay anywhere else!

Go look at the Contemporary photos on our profile page to see our photo reasons why we love it!:pixie:

     BernadetteJ on April 1, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

     Boardwalk Inn Fan 4 Ever on April 18, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
We stayed at the Contemporary only because we had the opportunity for my husband to do a 3-day conference on site and got an incredible conference rate and discounted ticket package. I already knew from 2 previous trips to the world that the hotel was kind of boring for kids, but figured we'd make the most of it and enjoy the convenience factor of being able to walk to MK and to take the monorail.

I can now say that we weren't overly impressed with this resort. We did love the convenience factor. that can't be beat. it was really nice to be able to get to Epcot by monorail as well as MK. We typically walked to MK, as there can often be a long wait for the monorail when they run into maintenance issues. The convenience was by far the best aspect of the resort.

The larger room size compared to moderates was certainly nice, but not nice enough that we'd choose it over POR again. The sinks, as many have commented, are also absolutely ridiculous! they don't drain! and you can't rinse anything! oh, and I really missed having a table and 2 chairs for breakfast!

As for housekeeping, they were terrible for more than half of the nights! as mentioned in my TR, they forgot to clean our room one day. then when they did come to clean after 4pm that day, they left the latch open at the top of the door and our room was left open / unlocked for about 5 hours!!! They also really barely cleaned it and didn't make our daughters' bed. We did complain and got a $100 inconvenience credit. the next day the staff went out of their way to clean it until it sparkled and make a bunch of towel animals, arranged the stuffies cutely, and left balloons.

There is nothing magical about this hotel, at least in the garden wing. Our girls were very disappointed until that one day that they never had their stuffies cutely arranged or any towel animals. There were no more towel animals after that day, but they did at least arrange the stuffies nicely on the bed for the second half of the trip. It wouldn't normally be a big deal, but they so enjoyed coming back to the room on previous trips and seeing all the special touches done by housekeeping in both Pop Century and POR. and yes, we did tip every day.

As for the pool area, it is pretty sad. Pop century is 200% more fun, as is POR. My girls have commented several times since the trip that they missed the great pools at the other resorts. They also missed the royal rooms at POR and definitely noticed there was nothing special for kids at the contemporary.

overall, we got fantastic value for what we paid. however, my husband's conference happens yearly and we'd choose to skip it, I think, if it is held at the contemporary again. or we'd do a split stay and move to a more fun resort when the conference is over. lucky for us, the conference moves to Beach club next year and we are very much looking forward to going there!

I would never, ever pay full price for the contemporary (though I realize Bay lake Tower may be much, much better) and would not choose it for a 35% off deal either. I would much rather go back to a moderate.

     Canada Amy on December 22, 2013 @ 7:02 pm
I was wondering what you thought of CR. Sorry it was disappointing. But glad you enjoyed the convenience. Esp watching the hoards leaving MK and looking at the long bus lines, must have been nice just to walk back.

     Sue M. on December 23, 2013 @ 11:43 pm
Yup that was super nice. We smiled extra wide every time we walked to or from MK! We don't regret staying there and having the experience, especially with the value we got. But it is funny to realize that we still look forward to staying at POR again when everyone says they can never go back after staying deluxe!

     Canada Amy on December 24, 2013 @ 12:43 pm
Canada Amy;4265076 >Yup that was super nice. We smiled extra wide every time we walked to or from MK! We don't regret staying there and having the experience, especially with the value we got. But it is funny to realize that we still look forward to staying at POR again when everyone says they can never go back after staying deluxe!

Not me, I happily go back & forth between POR & Deluxe stays. We are looking forward to our January POR trip very much. Then August at Poly smiley for :D

     Sue M. on December 24, 2013 @ 1:32 pm
Sue M.;4265080 >Not me, I happily go back & forth between POR & Deluxe stays. We are looking forward to our January POR trip very much. Then August at Poly smiley for :D

so awesome!!

     Canada Amy on December 25, 2013 @ 8:14 pm
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