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Contemporary

The Contemporary Resort is one of Walt Disney World's two original hotels (along with Polynesian Resort), and is one of the more unique structures. Build with modular components later refurbishments locked everything permanently in place. The two great draws of the Contemporary are proximity to the Magic Kingdom and the monorail.

The Magic Kingdom is essentially across the street from the resort and at 15-stories tall, some fabulous views of the park are seen. The monorail station is unique in that it is actually inside the giant A-frame of the main building, which is hollow. The monorail regularly glides through the building.

General Information - Hide Section
  • Address: 4600 N. World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830
  • Resort Phone #: 407-824-1000
  • Resort Fax #: 407-824-3539
  • Reservation #: 407-934-7639
  • Date Opened: October 1, 1971
  • Resort Category: Deluxe
  • Room Information
  • # of Buildings: 2 buildings
  • # of Rooms: 655 (was 1,041 before construction of Bay Lake Tower)
  • Room Rates: See the official Disney page for the Contemporary for current room rates.
  • Services Information
  • Concierge Service: Yes
  • Valet Parking: Yes ($12/day)
  • Room Service:
  • Internet: Wired in-room ethernet port. $9.95 for 24-hours. Wi-Fi access is available in certain public common areas.
  • Laundry: There are two self-service laundry rooms, one in each Garden Wing. A laundry service is also available.
  • Pools and swimming: The main pool is large and include a slide. There is also a quiet pool, two Jacuzzis, and a wading pool.
  • Gym and Exercise: The Olympiad Fitness Center offers a range of Nautilus machines, free weights, and aerobic space. Tennis courts are also available.
  • Spa: Massages are available, by appointment, at the Olympiad Fitness Center.
  • Turndown service: Yes
  • Smoking:
  • Owner's Locker
  • MousePlanet partner Owner's Locker provides a highly useful service for repeat Walt Disney World visitors. It will allow you to to store a large amount of your "only-in-Florida" belongings on-site between your visits. Owner's Locker will deliver your locker to your resort early on the morning of your arrival and pick it up the day that you leave. Your locker will stay in climate-controlled storage until you return on your next visit. Owner's Locker delivers to resorts throughout the Orlando area, not just to Walt Disney World. Some of the many things that Owner's Lockers have been used to store are full-sized liquid containers to avoid the TSA hassle, clothing, holiday decorations for annual visits, pool playthings, and more. Visit their site and check them out for yourself, or order now!
  • Transportation Information
  • On foot: Walking to Magic Kingdom is allowed, but be sure to stick to the designated route.
  • Bus: Busses provide direct access to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, the two water parks, and Downtown Disney. Other locations can be reached by going to one of the parks or Downtown Disney and transferring to a different bus.
  • Monorail: The monorail station is located on the concourse level of the hotel and provides access to Magic Kingdom, Grand Floridian Hotel, Polynesian Resort, and the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC). At the TTC, you can transfer to the Epcot monorail.
  • Ferries: A launch travels between the Contemporary Resort and Fort Wilderness.
 
Dining - Hide Section
  • Chef Mickey's— A very popular character breakfast buffet is a character dining location for dinner.
  • Contempo Cafe— quick service sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and larger entrees for dinner.
  • The California Grill— California fusion cuisine in a fine-dining environment. Time it right and get a great view of fireworks at Magic Kingdom.
  • The Wave— Casual American dining in an classy environment.
  • Other dining — Contemporary Grounds offers all the normal coffee drink options. The poolside Sand Bar serves sandwiches and ice cream in addition to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Entertainment and Shows - Hide Section
  • The Contemporary Resort has a large video arcade and most other activities are sports related. In addition to the tennis courts, a wide variety of water activities are available at the marina.
Stores and Shopping - Hide Section
Reader Reviews - Hide Section

The following are recent reviews for the Contemporary from our Reader Review system. Click the Show All Reviews link to see every review for this location. To browse all reviews in the system, please see this page.


Average Reviewer Rating: 3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5
Number of Contemporary Resort Reviews: 25
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   dec. 13-17 2009
Reviewer: LPnerd Raleigh NC     October 14, 2010
we stayed in a two bedroom in the tower, as we are dvc'ers. I don't have one complaint. Clean, got to check in early, all units had patios, comfortable beds, plenty of room for 6 of us and good water pressure in shower.... let me go back. I flew in and took the magical express. Not Impressed. The drive was fine, but we had to wait for the bus, then we had to wait for another plane, so all in all we were at the airport and extra hour and 30 min. Not good for excited mouse lovers. If possible, rent a car. Period, well worth. We got to Orlando at 11am, got to the hotel at 2pm Ridiculous!
our room was on the 8th fl, overlooking pool and lake. we watched the lighted floats each night. Saw the fireworks from our elevator waiting area, or up at the top lounge. Or jump on the monorail and and watch them from the first station at Magic kingdom. Shopping and restaurant's, from great to good. so much to do at the hotel from crafts , poolside, and outside movies at night. LOVED IT and will stay again.
 
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4.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.04.0/5.0   January 20, 2010
Reviewer: ElizaJames Texas     February 01, 2010
I had stayed at the Contemporary before, prior to its rehab and wasn't too impressed. However! I was able to get a good deal thru work; the on-line pixs of the new rooms/lobby looked great and with two kids under seven I wanted proximity to MK and overall good transit options. I had actually been at the Grand Floridian the week prior and while it's a lovely hotel, I felt more comfortable here; the rooms are larger and more kid friendly, with lots of storage.
Good points: Beautiful hotel; large rooms; nice beach/pool area; good cafe and shops; lots of entertainment options (ie. beach cookouts/movies under the stars ala the other MK resorts); staff very friendly and courteous (although nothing beat the GF staff!). PROXIMITY to PARKS was key! As my husband said, would stay there again a million times due to ease of walking to MK. We stayed in far end of garden rooms and it took us under ten minutes to get to MK front gate via footpath. As to not being "Disneyfied"-I was OK with it: it made going to the parks even more special.
Not so great: Hotel is a little austere-could use some flowers/art to warm it up; no patios/decks for garden rooms...felt trapped with sleeping children :-). I would give hotel 5 ears if had patios (should be a standard thing in a hotel of this class).
Overall I would highly recommend, especially if you have young kids.

Just a few other items that I'd previously forgotten to mention:
Front Desk CM was lovely; however no upgrade as requested. She kept going "to the back" to see if anything available. (???)

Lobby greeters were great!

Pools supposedly heated but ice cold. Was at the Poly and GF during same stay and their pools were warm. Made a difference when it's 60 degrees out! (And unlike other hotels, Contemporary's were completely empty at night.) We like to swim at night so that was a bummer. Lifeguards kept insisting the water was 82 degrees as we stood there, shivering at each other :-)

Our bags checked via Magical Express, but checked on an earlier flight without our knowledge, so had to go to a different terminal upon landing (a problem at 11pm at night with 2 small kids in tow).

Bag transfer from GF to Contemporary was a mess, but that was GF's fault. However, a little concerning that no one could tell me where my bags were for two hours.

Again, we would stay here again, but request a ground floor room (to get a deck to escape sleeping kids). Cannot overstate how nice it was to be *right there* at end of day (or in middle of!) with two small kids. Walk to MK is less than 10 mts. vs the nightmare of buses (been there, done that).

Beds & pillows super comfy, bathroom large and well appointed; decor stylish with lots of usable space.

Food court food quite good and reasonable (better than GFs.)

I don't quite get the bad rap the Contemporary gets; I've stayed at almost all the moderate and deluxe resorts and for value, location, service and amenities believe it's a good deal.
 
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5.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0   JANUARY 14, 2005
Reviewer: JEANYLASER34 MIAMI, FLORIDA     October 29, 2008
I love the Contemporary we stayed for my birthday and i love it with my family and the castmembers are awesome! and the Fantasia shop looks very good and clean. The Chef Mickey's is awesome to see your favorite Disney Characters danced with you and Mickey and his pals kissed me! I can't wait to stay in the Contemporary for my birthday next Year with my family. Oh the Check-in on the lobby looks good. The Monorail goes through the hotel. The flat screen tv looks cool. I really love to stay here again. Disney great job! Oh! one more thing the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom is awesome!
 
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In the Past... - Hide Section
Here you will find a list of selected shows or restaurants that have been removed fromContemporary, never to return.

  • Entertainment & Shows
    • Dining
      • Concourse Steakhouse— Standard steak options with plenty of variety. Open all three meals. (August 10, 1994-May 31, 2008)

Links of Interest - Hide Section

MousePlanet Links

  • Photo Tour — Brian Bennett shows you around the resort (circa 2002).


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