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Built as one of the two original hotels on property when Walt Disney World opened in 1971, the Disney Contemporary Resort completed a renovation in 2009. While the A-frame building now looks a bit dated, the interior is sleek and modern. The theme may be less kid-friendly than that of some of the newer Disney hotels (like Disney’s Art of Animation), but with its location adjacent to the Magic Kingdom, and a monorail stop right in the center of the hotel, it’s a great hotel option for families.
Review of the Disney Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers a coffee bar, several restaurants (including the Wave, Chef Mickey’s, and the California Grill), a full conference facility, a game room, and several shops. Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre, featuring parasailing, boat rentals, and more, is located past the pool area on Bay Lake. Like other Disney resorts, free WiFi is now available, although the service is very inconsistent. Of course, a stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort includes all of the benefits of staying on property at Walt Disney World.
Transportation throughout Disney World is fairly convenient. Guests can take a monorail or walk to the Magic Kingdom, making it a great hotel option for those families who plan on spending most of their time there. Getting to Epcot is easy too – just transfer monorails at the Ticket and Transportation Center. However, if your plans include Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom, you’ll need to take a resort bus.
The rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort are among the largest on property. Most guests prefer to stay in the Tower, which is the iconic A-frame main building. However, there are also some rooms in the Garden Wing, which is located outside of the main building. While I would have expected the Tower rooms to be loud given the magnitude of the lobby and the proximity of the monorail, they are actually very quiet. Some rooms have views of the Magic Kingdom. The rooms have coffee makers, mini refrigerators, hair dryers, large desks, and iHome iPod units – so they work well for families and for business travelers.
To learn more about Disney’s Contemporary Resort, visit the Disney website. You can also find some of the best hotels for a Walt Disney World vacation on this post.