Disney Contemporary Resort is the sleekest and hippest of all Disney Resorts, lending image to the true meaning of modernity. The resort is in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, also home to the Disney Polynesian Resort, and is nearest to the Magic Kingdom with views of Space Mountain and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The simple A-frame concept of the high-rise property is the building block for all ultra-modern resort features. The avant-garde lobby welcomes regularly scheduled stops from the Disney World Monorail System, one of the most talked about highlights in the entire resort affording prime park access.
The resort is renowned for the stunning Contemporary Tower—housing Guest Services and the massive Grand Canyon mural—and highlighted by a beautiful garden wing addendum; the resort flanks a large, picturesque lake. The tower also houses restaurants, the monorail station, and shops. Specific Disney Vacation Club lodging was added to the resort, housed in the Bay Lake Tower later on, offering 295 resort units connected by skybridge to the main building. Guests enjoy recreational options, pools with beaches, a health club, convention space, and a marina. Kids are pampered with an elaborate games room and many things to do including the option of water cart rentals.
The Disney World Contemporary Resort has numerous options in either the Garden Wing or Contemporary Tower. The many different room names can be confusing but note most differences are just referring to options in views. There are Standard rooms with varying views and also Standard rooms with varying views and Atrium Club Level privileges accessing personal services and access to Atrium Club Lounge refreshments. Options in views are the Magic Kingdom, Bay Lake, or marinas, gardens and pools where special events are often featured. Most rooms have queen beds, turndown service, high-speed internet, and flat-screen TVs.
The number of choices in suites at Disney Contemporary Resort is even more dizzying than room options. All are designed with clean lines, minimalist furniture, and bright splashes of color. Standard and One Bedroom King suites in either Tower or Garden wings with concierge service in the Contemporary Tower are popular choices underlined by private balconies, expansive, double-vanity baths, king beds, and Club Level perks. Hospitality Suites in the Garden Wing feature a king bed or queens and a small parlor and bed. Two bedroom Vice President and President Suites include several rooms, hot tubs, elaborate baths, and stocked refrigerators. Guests also enjoy private balconies and superior service.
There is one pool at the Disney Contemporary resort but in the way it was created, it feels spacious, as if there are multiple spaces. The pool was made by joining several semi-circles together so there are distinct swimming spaces available. This makes finding a quiet spot easier. More than half a dozen entries underlines the pool’s size while several hot tub are placed adjoining the pool. A large, built-in waterslide empties into a separate pool area mostly frequented by kids. The pool deck is equipped with plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas.
Before or after a long day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, several dining options make eating the beginning or continuation of the entire adventure. Buffet breakfasts and dinners are a savior for families seeking tried and true options with the added bonus of the monorail passing right over. Globally inspired dishes and American favorites, and a California-style grill satiate all preferences. Casual cafes and eateries and three onsite bars fill all in between needs and evening social time too.
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