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
It is hard to beat the convenience of the short walk(about 10 minutes) to the magic kingdom this hotel offers. With that in mind, it is not very close to the other parks. If one's main plans are at the magic kingdom then this hotel is a good choice.
It is rather pricey, but you could get 5 in some of the rooms. It was tight but fine for a day or two. The contempo cafe, while offering fine food, does get crowded during the breakfast hours.
The rooms and the hotel are showing a bit of age, but were very clean. We stayed in the garden wing, which while cheaper was actually a decent walk to the main building with the monorail.
So I did have some nervousness about my family's weeks stay here. I read a lot of reviews and was on the alert for many of the problems other reviewers had. This was my family's first visit to WDW and did my due diligence before booking at the Contemporary.
My family and I were very happy here! The room was spacious and clean. Housekeeping came everyday, timely and professional. We left daily tips and never had any issues. Our room was in the Garden Wing, 3rd Floor, overlooking parking lot, Monorail, and view of Magic Kingdom in the background. Though this was one of the less expensive rooms at the resort, I was very impressed and didn't feel like I was missing out on the "tower" rooms. Plus the garden wing has its own parking lot, which was very convenient since we drove to AK and DHS.
Being close and within walking distance to MK was awesome! Plus you get your own private bag checkers on the walkway, which saves time. The monorail was quick, convenient, and dependable during our week's stay. We took it to the Polynesian and to Epcot twice. The pool was decent, nothing fancy. But we only used it a couple of times. They did have plenty of lifeguards on duty.
California Grill was awesome, Contempo Cafe was average, though the burger was quite good. Room service was the only area where I was really disappointed with the resort. It was expensive, but you expect that with room service. But the food was really bad! Don't do it.
We also enjoyed the arcade and my husband even did a quick load of laundry, which was really convenient. I didn't try the Wave or Chef Mickey's.
Lastly, if you are using gift cards to pay down your balance on charges, make sure you check with the front desk. It was confusing with their policies of pre-authorizing credit cards, and didn't have any notice when they charged my credit card even though I had gift cards I wanted to apply. It all got sorted out, but it was a little annoying and inconvenient.
My friends and I thought it would be a great idea to spend our birthdays at Disney World. We were told by Disney reps that the Contemporary was the most convenient place to stay to access the Magic Kingdom. Upon check-in we were told the best way to get to the Magic Kingdom is to walk, which really surprised us. Once in our rooms we were disappointed; frayed carpet, chipped furniture, filthy shower curtains, no radio/alarm clock, and not one premium (HBO) channel on the cable tv. Generally a room in need of refurbishing. You pay 5 star resort prices for a 3 star room. So onto the Magic Kingdom. We first noticed why walking was the best way to get there; the monorail heading to the MK from the Contemporary does not stop at the Contemporary! You need to take it all the way around the route to get to the MK. So we took the walk in the 86 degree heat. It's not a long walk, but it is totally uncovered. Not terrible at the beginning of the day, but after a long morning walking around the park, it gets difficult. We looked for a boat or a bus to take back, since the monorail was clogged with crowds and STROLLERS, but there were none to be had. It was either walk or wait.
On the positive side, the beds are very comfortable. Housekeeping does an excellent job. The view from the terrace was wonderful. The Contempo Cafe offers good food at reasonable (for DIsney) prices. Glen L. from Schaumburg, IL is a rock star. He addressed many of our concerns and the terrible service we received from a night front desk manager, in a respectable, professional manner.
This is our fourth time at the Contemporary. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, convenience really can't be beat. However, there were just a few things that was quite disappointing during our stay.
The sheets in the hotel smelled like dirty rags... you know the smell when you take the laundry out a little too soon and fold it right away. After a long day at the parks, the last thing I wanted was to lay in smelly sheets. However, on our last night here, they finally changed the sheets.
Secondly, the Contempo, which is the quick service restaurant at the hotel needs work. One morning, I couldn't find any forks so I asked one of the restaurant staff for a couple. She told me they had none... really??? Don't get me wrong. The staff member was really nice. She was looking around for it but she was frantic because they really ran out. She eventually went to the back and brought back about five... There are so many people that eat here... how can they run out of utensils in the morning? This was unacceptable.
We stayed at the theme park facing side this time and the views were wonderful. My son, who was sleeping on the sofa bed, got a view of the fireworks every night while he was laying in bed, and he enjoyed it quite a bit.
I love the Contemporary for many reasons. I plan on staying here again but I really hope they improve in a couple of areas next time around.
Friday evening my parents and I drove from st pete to Orlando to meet up with my fiancé after he spent a week or business in that area. We were so excited because at almost 26 years young he had never been to Disney before. I had worked all day prior to traveling and hadn’t made our dinner reservations. I called the line and they weren’t so helpful so I stopped by concierge and I met Danielle from Canada. She completely blew me away with her positive attitude, attentiveness to my needs, and overall caring personality. I knew I had dropped the ball on dinner and everything was booked and we were starving after driving 3 hours. She physically walked upstairs to the California restaurant upstairs and spoke with them about arranging our dinner. Not only did she get our reservation but we were window side overlooking the castle for the fireworks. It truly was so magical and I would have never of had that opportunity with my family and lover if it wasn’t for her. She set the tone of this short trip and I wish I could hug her again and say thank you. It had been 10 years since I was at Disney. I believe when you work in the same industry (resort hospitality) and have someone else give you the same customer service you strive to give other people it makes it all worth while. Thank you Danielle for helping make my engagement, graduation, and Zach’s first trip to Disney acknowledged and celebrated with magic.