Plan the Ultimate Day at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Planning a stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort? Lucky you! This popular modern-themed Resort was one of only three Walt Disney World Resorts to open with Magic Kingdom in 1971, and it continues to thrill guests today.

So why not work a resort day into your schedule, so you can enjoy all this iconic resort has to offer!

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Plan your resort day ahead of time, and you can choose to eat at your Resort, instead of spending money at a park! This is your chance to dine in the resort. Check out the jaw-dropping views and gourmet dining at guest favorite California Grill (currently only available for bookings up to October 2), featuring mouth-watering Pacific Coast cuisine. Chef Mickey’s offers casual family dining with yummy favorites; wave to Mickey and friends as they
make surprise appearances throughout your meal, and enjoy an autographed keepsake card.

Pool Time

One of the perks of a Resort day is not having to find time in your busy vacation to squeeze in pool time. Because, let’s face it, the pools at WDW are magnificent — and the Contemporary Resort is no exception. The feature pool includes a 17-foot waterslide, stunning marina views and plenty of sand, or you can retreat to Bay Lake pool for quieter water relaxation. Hot tubs and a poolside bar add to the blissful vibes.

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Rent a Cabana

What better way to enjoy a poolside paradise than from your own private cabana? Rent one at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and you’ll never have to worry about someone taking your lounge chair. Of course, you can do more than lounge from your shaded retreat by the pool – it’s kitted out with a fan, bluetooth speaker, cable television, a mini-fridge complete with complimentary beverages, and even your own safe.

Take the Monorail

One of the most delightful ways to travel around WDW property is the beloved Monorail. But even if you have nowhere to be, you can hang out in the comfortable lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and watch the Monorail whiz by. It’s oddly mesmerizing, as anyone who’s tried it knows! Of course, you can also hop on board and do a bit of resort hopping on your Resort day – we love heading over to the Grand Floridian for a bite or some shopping.


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Mural Gaze

While you’re in the Contemporary Resort’s lobby, be sure to take in anther splendid sight – the Grand Canyon Concourse atrium. It was designed by legendary Mary Blair, who worked her magic on various Disney films and the classic attraction “it’s a small world”. Blair’s biggest mural lives here at the Contemporary Resort, where it was installed in 1971. It contains 18,000 tiles and tells the story of the Grand Canyon in four different directions (bonus points if you can find the 5-legged goat!).

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Bass Fishing

Start preparing your stories about the one that got away – Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers guided catch-and-release fishing expeditions where you can try your hand at bass fishing. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

And Even More Activities

There are more activities available at the Contemporary than you probably imagined. Regardless of your interests and abilities, there’s something for you. Start your day with a peaceful yoga class, rent a couple of rackets and head out to a tennis court, shoot some hoops or have a beach volleyball game with friends, take a scenic jog along almost a mile of trails, or hang out in the arcade!

Curl Up with a Campfire

One of our favorite complimentary events at Walt Disney World resorts is the classic evening campfire. There’s nothing cozier than curling up with loved ones (and a marshmallow or two) beside a roaring fire. It’s the perfect way to wrap up a relaxing resort day!

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Movies Under the Stars

But wait, we’re not done yet. Stick around after the campfire to enjoy a Disney movie, under the stars.

Sure, you probably came to WDW for the theme parks – but don’t overlook the fabulous, often free fun to be had in your very own hotel. Think about planning a resort day on your next Disney vacation, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

What Disney World Resort would you like to spend a “staycation” at?

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.