Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista (Bay Lake), you’ll be minutes from Walt Disney World® and Magic Kingdom® Park. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course and Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Dip into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or enjoy other recreational amenities including a health club and a sauna. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
How to Get There
We are a family of 4 including two boys ages six and four. We did a split stay of four nights at the Wilderness Lodge Club Level followed by four nights at the Contemporary Resort Club Level. It is really hard to pick a favorite because both were excellent.
As my husband and I are pretty much the exact age of this resort, it was a dream of ours to stay at the famous "monorail resort". It did not disappoint. You can't beat the location. We did not want to pay monorail resort prices at a monorail resort only to have to deal with the monorail being down, which happens A LOT. We loved the fact that the CR is the only resort you can walk to the MK from. The bag check line on the walkway was never crowded and saved us tons of time and hassle.
We had a bay lake view on the Atrium Club level with a beautiful view of the lake and the pool and slide. It was very relaxing to sit on the balcony in the evening. We had a fireworks view at WL so we may have missed the Theme Park View more had we not gotten to watch fireworks from our balcony earlier in our trip.
The CMs in the CL were excellent. However, the Atrium Club was a lot smaller than the one at WL and a lot more crowded. The CMs worked really hard and did a great job accommodating everyone but they need more tables and space and better AC in the open areas of the Club.
The one thing that the CL at WL did that they did not at the CR was give us a personalized schedule of our plans every evening for the next day. We really enjoyed having a print out of our ADRs and our FPPs because you cannot rely on MDE to always be up and running. Plus it is a GREAT souvenir of the trip because it outlines all your activities. I don't think they didn't do it out of laziness, it's just that the Atrium CL had about double the rooms than WL and I just don't think they are staffed for that kind of thing. Too bad, as you are paying top dollar to stay CL here.
The food offerings were equally as excellent as WL and we really enjoyed not having to go through the hassle of a sit down restaurant or even QS when we were EXHAUSTED from the heat and crowds at the parks. So for us, CL is worth it and we will do it every time we go to WDW because we think paying the premium is worth it for the convenience. So while we may have not gotten our "money's worth" in strictly food and beverages, we definitely came out ahead in the mental aspect. It was lovely to have everything right there waiting for you.
I also want to say that the rooms at the CR are really, really nice. Our CR room blew the WL room we had just stayed in out of the water in terms of size and décor. There is a lack of counter space in the bathroom, but I just loved the ultra modern room design especially when juxtaposed with the super '70's vibe of the lobby and the beautiful Mary Blair mural. I'm so glad that hotels like the CR exist and haven't their lobbies haven't been "updated" aka ruined to suit the marble counter and chandelier crowd (there are TONS of generic corporate hotels to suit that taste). The Contemporary doesn't fit all tastes, for sure, but if you can't appreciate the CR for what it was in it's moment in history, then it's your loss. She's a Grand Hotel.
My husband, nephew and I were guests of the hotel and it was wonderful. We started off with a 'hickup' but Nicole Marie made things right. Our 'Mousekeeper' Johanna was the best and kept our room spotlessly clean. Contempo Cafe was also great with delicious food and wonderful staff. Hope to stay here again!
My daughter graduated college and so we splurged a little bit on this hotel that was on the property and on the monorail. This really made it much easier to deal with the heat that hit Florida that week. The room was immaculate and the staff was great.
I have stayed in many Disney Resorts with my family, but this was my first time staying in The Contemporary. It was chosen for this trip due to the fact that we knew there would be some instances where family members would need to quickly get back to the room from Magic Kingdom. It was absolutely perfect for that access. Being able to walk back from there at park close when the Monorail was totally backed up was always a plus.
The room was great, room service was prompt and courteous. I had to visit the concierge for an issue with my magic band -- they were wonderfully helpful. My girls loved being able to open our room door with my phone (the little pixie dust sound effect brought squeals of delight).
We spent our first afternoon there at the pool while we waited for one of our rooms to become available. The service there was outstanding and the pool staff friendly. It is a smaller pool area than other Disney Resorts, but we almost had the place to ourselves (we are midwesterners and the pool in January probably isn't the most popular for more warm-blooded people, but we were loving it!).
We’ve stayed in the garden wing, tower theme park view, tower bay lake view, and even club level one bedroom suite here. We’ve enjoyed all of these rooms. The Contemproary is our favorite Disney Resort - we find it uniquely Disney. Of course you cannot beat walking to the magic kingdom! We look forward to being back next month!