Retreat to this ultra-modern Disney Resort hotel and discover award-winning dining, spectacular views, and dazzling pools. Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame Contemporary tower or the nearby Garden Wing, you can walk to Magic Kingdom main gate or catch the Resort Monorail as it breezes through the tower. Inside, a 90-foot-tall mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair—responsible for the distinct look and feel of the “it’s a small world” attraction—celebrates the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest.
4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8413
Rooms and Accommodations:
This deluxe resort features just over 650 rooms. Guest rooms are located in either the tower (the building that the Monorail goes through) or the garden wing.
Standard rooms accommodate up to five guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib. All rooms have two queen-size beds, or one king-size bed and a daybed, and large bathroom. Guests choosing Club Level accommodations at the Atrium Club and Tower Club receive personalized concierge service and lounge with continental breakfast, midday snacks, and evening wine, hors d’oeuvres, cordials, and desserts. Suites are available to accommodate larger parties of up to 9 guests.
Complimentary Wireless Internet
Flat panel TV
Ironing board and iron
Disney’s Magical Express is complimentary between Disney Resorts and the Orlando International Airport.
One of the advantages of staying at the Contemporary is access to a variety of transportation options.
Epcot - Monorail (15 minutes, must switch lines at the Ticket and Transportation Center) or bus (15 minutes)
Animal Kingdom - Bus (15 minutes)
Hollywood Studios - Bus (15 minutes)
Disney Springs - Bus (20 minutes)
Minnie Vans, Lyft, Uber, and Taxis are also available at a cost.
If you happen to rent a car or drive yourself to this resort, overnight parking is $25 per night and will be charged to your room.
Cool off as you take your pick from 2 pools conveniently located along the shore of Bay Lake.
Glide down the 17-foot-high, curving water slide at the main pool, or relax in one of 2 whirlpool spas. Children can even make a splash in the water playground designed just for kids!
You can also escape to Bay Pool—the all-ages quiet pool that juts out over Bay Lake. Soak up the sun from a lounge chair on the deck, or rent a private cabana for added luxury.
Guests can enjoy movies under the stars, volleyball, tennis, a jogging trail, and a playground. The Contemporary also offers campfire activities and marshmallow roasts. If your kiddos haven’t already had enough fun, they can also play video games, pinball, and more at The Game Station. Lakeside Yoga is a great way to start your day. Guests can also rent boats and schedule fishing excursions and specialty cruises at the resort marina. The Olympiad Fitness Center is a full service facility featuring exercise equipment.
The Contemporary offers many dining options.
California Grill - This signature dining location offers an award-winning culinary experience and an epic vantage point for brunch or dinner. Dinner guests can enjoy a wonderful view of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks.
Chef Mickey’s - Join Mickey, Minnie, and friends for an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Wave… of American Flavors - Try the latest trends in American cuisine - from local to organic offerings - at this restaurant and lounge.
Contempo Cafe - Catch breakfast, lunch or dinner at this quick service location. Diners might catch a glimpse of the monorail gliding by overhead.
Contemporary Grounds - Jumpstart your day with some java and a pastry - or perhaps a smoothie - at this convenient coffee counter.
The Sand Bar - Plant yourself poolside after picking up something to munch on from the quick-service bar and lounge.
Cove Bar - Make the most of this private pool bar that offers a full menu of adult beverages.
Outer Rim - The perfect time to enjoy this lovely lounge is as the sun is setting over Bay Lake.
The Wave Lounge - Enjoy draft beers and small bites at this chic retreat.
Room Service - With convenient in-room service, you can dine in the comfort of your resort room.
There are three shops on the 4th floor where you can find everything you need. Bayview Gifts offers men’s and women’s clothing, watches, unique souvenirs, and small decor for the home. The shop also carries necessities like sunscreen and beach wear. Fantasia is right next to Bayview Gifts and carries Disney-branded clothing for adults and kids and the types of souvenirs you’d find in the parks. Fantasia Market is the spot to visit for newspapers, magazines, over the counter medicines, beauty necessities, and snacks.
If you are looking for a resort that is steeped in Disney theming, this might not be the spot for you. While the resort is a favorite of mine, it does lack the character of other Disney Resorts.
The price tag of this resort can give a Guest sticker shock. The rooms that are offered at a lower price point are the Garden Rooms and they are not conveniently located in regards to dining, the Monorail, lobby, etc.
The resort is located at the heart of the flow of Magic Kingdom traffic. You can almost always see/hear buses, boats, and monorails moving guests about the property.
Proximity to Magic Kingdom is a huge perk of this resort. If you are planning a trip with multiple days at Magic Kingdom, The Contemporary is a great resort choice.
All rooms offer a view of either Magic Kingdom or Bay Lake, and include a balcony on which you can enjoy the scenery.
Table service dining options are very good at The Contemporary.
At 437 square feet, the rooms are large by Disney standards and have lots of storage space.