Just outside of the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers some incredible experiences, making incredible memories that will last a lifetime. As a Deluxe Resort, guests have high expectations and the Contemporary consistently delivers, from the rooms to dining and lots of things to see and do. If you’re contemplating staying at the Contemporary, here’s a list of 7 reasons why you will love the resort, to help with your decision making.
7. The Rooms
Since Disney’s Contemporary Resort is in the Deluxe category, the rooms are spacious, functional and make for a great home away from home. The contemporary style of each room gives a classy edge to the décor with updated furnishings and lots of extras like pull-out couches and desks. The balconies provide a private escape to the outside world with various views of the Magic Kingdom or the Seven Seas Lagoon. Overall, the rooms are larger, which gives you more space to spread out and settle in for your vacation.
Throughout the resort, there are only a few areas which feature artwork to maintain the clean lines and uncluttered feel of the Contemporary Resort. However, in the main concourse, along one of the walls is one of the largest pieces that Disney has ever commissioned – a 90-foot tall mosaic designed by Disney Legend Mary Blair. Mary Blair’s designs can be seen in “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom as well as in her concept art for the classic Disney movies Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Cinderella. The mosaic is made of around 18,000 individually painted tiles and features a modern southwest theme with an infamous 5-legged goat appearing near the top.
5. Chef Mickey’s
Character dining at the Contemporary can be found at Chef Mickey’s buffet. Open for breakfast, brunch and dinner, guests can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and a host of other characters depending on the day. They will pose for photos with guests and even periodically lead diners in song and dance. Breakfast features frittatas, biscuits and gravy and of course the famous Mickey Waffles while dinner showcases dishes that are more savory and make it worth making time to eat at both meal times.
The pools at the resort offer a beautiful view of Bay Lake. Sitting along the shore, the two pools at the Contemporary feature a 17-foot tall curving waterslide, while the Bay Cove Pool at the Bay Lake Tower has a waterslide 148 feet long. Outside of the pools, the resort offers water skiing and wakeboarding, parasailing, tubing and watercraft rentals to satisfy your thirst for water-related activities. Other recreation activities include tennis, volleyball and a campfire for making s’mores.
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3. The Monorail
One of the best features of the Contemporary Resort is the fact that the Monorail runs right through the central concourse. It makes for a quick ride over to the Magic Kingdom or you can take it to the Transportation Ticket Center and hop on the Monorail heading towards Epcot. Either way, the Monorail is a relaxing and fun way to travel to the parks and catching it on the main level of the resort makes it extremely convenient.
2. California Grill
15 stories up, the California Grill is the Contemporary Resort’s flagship restaurant. With panoramic views of the Seven Seas Lagoon as well as the Magic Kingdom, the California Grill offers fine dining from the Pacific coast. While the menu changes seasonally, some of the dishes available include cheese and charcuterie plates, sushi rolls and entrées like Pork, Scallops and Beef Strip Loin.
1. The View
One of the best perks about the California Grill is the view of Happily Ever After. The lights dim and the music is played throughout the restaurant for everyone to enjoy while making this an incredibly memorable experience. For guests who dine earlier, they can bring their receipt to the front desk to gain re-entry just to watch the fireworks. For other guests in the resort, the balconies provide incredible views of both the Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. The Contemporary Resort is so close to the park that you feel like you’re still there. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a view of Cinderella Castle or go to bed with fireworks in the distance?
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