Resort Rundown: Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Let’s talk resorts, specifically, The Contemporary. If you’ve been to Walt Disney World and visited the Magic Kingdom, you have seen The Contemporary. It is literally the closest to the Magic Kingdom, just a 5-10 minute walk, depending on where your room is located. To many people, a stay at this resort is a pipe dream or a bucket list item. But did you know there is a massive price range in the rooms? That’s why I’m here for you! Maybe it’s not out of reach!

Obviously, Bay Lake Tower, which is a DVC property, is going to cost the most. Did you know you can stay in DVC rooms without being DVC members? As long as members haven’t booked the rooms and you’re willing to pay for it, I can book these rooms for you. We LOVE them for the washer and dryer alone!

Over in the Main Tower, there are about 500 guest rooms. Half of them face the Magic Kingdom and, yes, you can see the Magic Kingdom directly from your balcony!

Contemporary Theme Park View Room

It is worth noting that these rooms also have views of the parking lot, the Magic Kingdom bus loops, and the roof of the convention center. These rooms are also pretty pricy and can get up to $1,000 per night, depending on the time of year. Like all rooms at The Contemporary, they sleep 5, but that can be a bit cramped. Nevertheless, if tons of space isn’t a priority, they are incredibly nice rooms. And speaking of the Incredibles, the Main Tower rooms are currently being refurbished with Incredibles themes. A Theme Park View room for 5 nights, 6 days, with a 5-day park hopper and Memory Maker, for a family of 4 (2 kids under 9), will run you about $7,500. It’s not terrible, but the backside, with views of Bay Lake, is equally nice and pretty peaceful and quiet. They’re also cheaper and the same package for the same family would run about $1,000 cheaper, just for staying on the other side of the tower.

There is also the Garden Wing option, which is also significantly cheaper. These rooms are detached from the main tower, right on Bay Lake and closer to the pool and the docks to catch a boat. It’s a slightly longer walk to the monorail, bus stops, and Magic Kingdom, but we’re talking like 10 minutes instead of 5. And, again, the serenity of lakefront accommodations can be pretty relaxing, as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the main tower.

Garden Wing 1 Bedroom Suite
Garden Wing Standard Room

The Garden Wing has both suites and standard rooms, with the biggest difference (other than price) being space. They offer the same amenities, sleep 5 guests (or 8 guests for the hospitality suite), but the suites are about double the size. The suites for the same family of 4 with a 5-day park hopper and Memory Maker will cost about $11,000 BUT the standard view Garden Wing room, with all the same options for this family of 4, is about $5,800. So plainly you can see, if you want the most affordable way to stay in the Contemporary, choose a Garden Wing room!

But what else does the Contemporary have to offer? Let’s start with pools! Florida is hot and what better way to cool off than to jump in the pool? The main pool has a 17-foot high swirling water slide. You can also rent a private poolside cabana! If you hop over to the Bay Lake pool which is closer to the lake, you have a more quiet pool option, plus a water play area for the littlest guests. Bay Lake Tower has its own pool and waterslide as well. The main pool area has a hot tub and a poolside bar, for the adults to unwind and relax while the kiddies have a blast!

You can also play basketball, tennis, do lakeside yoga, rent boats, go fishing, and more. The Contemporary has many recreational options to take part in, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!

The entrances to two of the popular eating venues are seen here. on the left is Chef Mickey’s, a character buffet, and on the right is the main quick service facility, Contempo Cafe. Photo by Donald Fink.

Let’s talk FOOD! The Contemporary has a ton of great dining options. There are three full-service table service restaurants available. Chef Mickey’s, currently available for breakfast and dinner, is a family-style character meal, and one of the most popular character meals Disney has to offer. The Wave…of American Flavors is a popular choice for those looking for a delicious meal without the frills of character meals. And, of course, the California Grill, a fine dining restaurant that is incredibly popular, for both it’s food and it’s incredible views of the Magic Kingdom.

There are three quick service options, though two of them are poolside. The Contempo Cafe, located next to Chef Mickey’s, is one of the most popular quick service options on property. The Contemporary also has its own coffee bar in the lobby, offering unique options. You can also visit one of the lounges available. There are many food and drink options here, making this a great choice for families full of many different palettes.

Have you stayed at the Contemporary? Would you LIKE to stay at the Contemporary? Contact me today to get your free quote!!!

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