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Disney's Contemporary Resort


Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort Address:

4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 824-1000  

Maximum persons per room: 5 (plus child in crib)
Total Number of rooms:  1041
Room size:  436 Sq Ft. (average)
Price per night: Resort Rates

Contemporary Resort Overview


If you find the idea of staying in a resort that is within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom appealing, then Disney's Contemporary Resort is the one to choose.


This massive A-frame tower with two Garden wings was one of the two original Walt Disney World resorts. 

The futuristic atmosphere of the Contemporary Resort is obvious when you see the Monorail glide through the main building. In addition to monorail transportation to the Magic Kingdom and from the main monorail hub into Epcot, buses are available to get you to Downtown Disney, the Animal Kingdom, and the Disney Waterparks. There's also a water ferry that transports guests to the neighboring Wilderness Lodge.

The 14 story Grand Canyon Concourse is where you will find the monorail station, shops, restaurants and a 90 foot high Mary Blair mural with a Southwestern theme.



The spectacular views are yet another advantage of staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  Most guest rooms enjoy beautiful views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom.

If you want to see Wishes from your resort, you can schedule dinner at the award winning California Grill and watch the show from the 15th floor observation deck reserved for restaurant patrons or enjoy the show from the 4th floor observation deck that's open to the public. (Better yet, reserve a Magic Kingdom view room in the Contemporary tower.)

The Electrical Water Pageant that glides across Bay Lake nightly can be viewed from the beach area of this resort.  In 1991, a meeting and convention center was added to the Contemporary Resort. It features 90,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 42,300 square foot ballroom.

An interesting fact about the Contemporary is that the rooms were prefabricated. They were built off-site and hoisted into place once the hotel was built. Here's another bit of trivia: the original name of the Comtemporary was the Tempo Bay Resort Hotel.



Both standard rooms and suites are offered at Disney's Contemporary Resort. At 422 square feet, the guest rooms here are amongst the largest on Disney property.

Guest rooms feature 2 queen size beds (or one king size bed) and a daybed, table with 2 chairs, armoire, television, nightstand, refrigerator, telephone, key-operated in-room safe, wall mirror, ceiling fan, large bathroom with hair dryer, luggage rack, iron and ironing board and a balcony/patio.

The patios on the first floor rooms in the Garden wings are not private, they are shared with your neighbors. Guests who need to connect to home or work via the Internet while vacationing, will have high speed service.

Roll-away beds may be requested for siblings who do not wish to share a bed, (there is a $15 per night charge for this).Also available are bed boards, bed rails and cribs (the pak-n-play variety) call Housekeeping to request.If there are more than 2 adults in the same room, there is an additional charge of$25 per person, per night.

The following are available by calling Housekeeping:coffee makers (supplies may be limited), extra pillows, blankets and towels, and International Electrical Adapters.

There are 25 suites with either Park or lake views. One and two bedroom suites with two queen size beds and sleeper sofas are available. Suites include two-line speakerphones, an additional phone in the bath area, hair dryer, bathrobe and turndown service. 

The eleven Concierge suites are found on the 12th and 14th floors. Concierge services include: making dinner or recreation reservations for you, answering questions, planning outings, a lounge that offers a continental breakfast, daily appetizers, an evening cheese bar, desserts, cordials, free beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water, and turndown service (that includes a Mickey chocolate on your pillow).

TIP: The South wing rooms are closer to the pool, and convention center. The Tower rooms offer incredible views of Bay Lake, the Seven Seas Lagoon or the Magic KingdomPark. They are also closer to the monorail station, restaurants and shops. Garden wing rooms can be quite a distance from the monorail. However because of the proximity to the Grand Canyon Concourse, some Tower rooms may be noisy.

Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m.Guests may check in as early as 7 a.m. and if the room is not ready, store your bags with Bell Services and head for the theme parks.


California Grill

One of the best views of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom Park is from the California Grill on the 15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you're lucky enough to dine here during fireworks, the music is piped in, so you can get the full effect of the show.  If you don't get a good enough view from your table, head outside to the terrace area* surrounding the restaurant for the best view on property. The award-winning restaurant is open from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. and the lounge, where cocktails, California wines, bottled beer, appetizers and desserts are served, is open from 5:30pm - 1am. The restaurant menu changes according to the season and specializes in Californian-style cuisine. The open kitchen features sushi, pizza baked in wood-burning ovens, grilled meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Advance Dining Reservations are strongly recommended.

*The terrace is only for restaurant guests.  However, if you are done with dinner before it's time for fireworks, bring back your receipt and you will be allowed up to the terrace.  Same day only.


Contempo Cafe

The Contemporary Resorts Contempo Cafe is open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Late Night Dining.



Chef Mickey's

One of the most popular spots for character meals is Chef Mickey's. Visit with Chef Mickey himself, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale here. A breakfast buffet is served from 7:00 am to 11:30 am and features bagels, fresh fruit, omelets, Mickey-shaped pancakes, breads and other traditional breakfast dishes. Dinner hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Peel-and-eat shrimp, prime rib, parmesan mashed potatoes, chicken, seafood, pastas and a salad bar are offered at the dinner buffet. Advance Dining Reservations are required.

Chef Mickey's
Chef Mickey's


The Wave...of American Flavors

The Wave is located just off the lobby in the Contemporary Resort.  The restaurant’s theme is the wave of American cuisine and focuses on food that is locally grown as well as being organic and sustainable. The emphasis is on serving great tasting food and drink that is both satisfying and environmentally friendly.

The Wave


Outer Rim Lounge

At the Outer Rim Lounge, you can enjoy cocktails and appetizers as you feast your eyes on a spectacular view of Bay Lake.


Sand Bar

Have a drink and snack by the pool. There is a walk up window where you can order food. Inside is a bar that serves a limited number of frozen drinks and beer.


The large pool at Disney's Contemporary Resort has a 17-foot high curving slide added. The second, smaller Bay Lake pool is round and gets progressively deeper as you move to the middle. There are also two spas and a children ’s wading pool.


Swimming in Bay Lake is not permitted due to high watercraft traffic, but Bay Lake can provide a playground for many other kinds of water activities. For a fee, guests may choose watermice, sailboats, pontoon boats, water-skiing, or parasailing through Sammy Duvall's Watersport Center. Click Here for Pricing

Fitness Center
On the third floor of the resort, an Olympiad fitness center is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.Here you will find Nautilus equipment, 6 Life Circuit Stations, 11 Cybex Stations, hand weights up to 50 lbs., Stairmasters, Life Cycles, treadmills, sauna, massages, whirlpool, and tanning booths. Personal training is available by appointment only. Open to all Walt Disney World Resort guests, membership costs are:$12 per person, per day; $20 for the Guest Length of Stay, $40 for Family Length of Stay and the tanning bed is $8 per 20 minutes (with a 20 minute maximum).Use of the facilities for Disney Vacation Club members is complimentary.


The "fun" part of the Food and Fun Center is a very large video arcade, one of the best on Walt Disney World  property.There is also a pool table in this games room.

Tennis buffs will enjoy the six clay tennis courts. A Pro shop, tennis lessons, drill lessons and clinics are available. Beach volleyball, basketball hoops, shuffleboard, a jogging path and the children's playground offer lots of alternative recreational options.


Disney's Contemporary Resort

Magic Kingdom Park: Guests wishing to visit the Magic Kingdom Park have a couple of options open to them. First is the monorail which is fun to travel on, but not necessarily the fastest way to get to the Magic Kingdom Park since it travels clockwise and stops at the Ticket & Transportation Center, Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort before arriving at the Magic Kingdom Park.If you are feeling energetic and don’t mind the exercise, you can walk, it is only 5-10 minutes.

: Take the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center and transfer to the Epcot monorail.

Disney's Hollywood Studios:
Take the Disney's Hollywood
Studios bus.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Theme Park: Take the bus marked Animal Kingdom/Blizzard Beach.

Disney Springs
Marketplace, Disney Springs West Side: Before 4 p.m., take the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center, and transfer to the bus marked Downtown Disney. After 4 p.m. there will be direct Disney Springs buses from the resort.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Water Park: Before 4pm, take the monorail to the ticket and transportation center, and transfer to the bus marked Downtown Disney.  After 4pm, there will be direct transportation from the resort.

Disney's Blizzard Beach
Water Park: Take the Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park/Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park