Disney’s Contemporary Resort Guide

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort
4600 N. World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, 32830
Phone: (407) 824-1000
Fax: (407) 824-3539

Rooms   Dining   Recreation   Shopping Transportation   Childcare   Resort Rates   Resort Map pdf file   Reviews Activities pdf file   Top 10 Resort Tips   VIP Tips

Deluxe Resort Classification
Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area
Check In: 3:00 p.m. / Check Out: 11:00 a.m.

The Contemporary Resort is currently undergoing a transformation. Although the resort was opened in 1971, the rooms received their latest update in 2006, complete with contemporary colors and flat screen TVs.

The Contemporary, like all Disney resorts, is smoke-free. Designated outdoor smoking areas are indicated on the Resort Map.

Check our Rehabs and Closures schedule for any refurbishments or work taking place at the Contemporary Resort during your visit.

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Rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort


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There are two sections of this resort, the garden wing, and the better known tower rooms. The garden wing is a shorter section of the resort near Bay Lake. The standard room sleeps 5 with two queen beds and a daybed in each room. The garden rooms offer both standard and garden views. The tower rooms offer either Magic Kingdom views or Bay Lake views. There are also a variety of suites available in each section of the resort.

655 Guest Rooms
Disabled accessible rooms available
Building offers elevators and interior corridors
Alarm Clock
Ceiling Fan
Coffee Maker & Setup
Complimentary wireless Internet (WiFi)
DVD Player (available in all Club Level Guest rooms)
Robes (available in all Club Level Guest rooms)
Microwave (available in all Club Level Guest rooms)
Alarm Clock with CD Player (available in all Club Level Guest rooms)
Hair Dryer
In-Room Wall Safe
Iron and Board
Table & Chairs
Cable TV with Disney Programming
Voice Mail
Vanity Area

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Room Layout



Other Services:

Self service laundry facilities
Valet laundry service
Business Center
Convention/meeting space
Salon/barber services
Valet parking

Concierge assistance at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is available to Resort hotel Guests seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Located in the main lobby, the concierge can help you purchase Park tickets, make dining reservations and secure show seats, among other services.



Dining Options at Disney’s Contemporary Resort





Two Quick Service locations
Contemporary Grounds Coffee Bar
Contempo Cafe
Two Pool Bars
Three Full Service restaurants:
California Grill
Chef Mickey’s Character Dining
The Wave
In-Room Dining: 24 hours

Refillable mugs are available for purchase at the Contempo Cafe.


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Disney’s Contemporary Resort Recreation





2 Pools

Feature Pool: 6500 sq ft which includes a 17-foot high curving slide. The smaller Bay Lake Pool is a round, quiet pool which is shallow on the outside and deeper in the center. Lifeguards at the feature pool are on duty from 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Interactive water fountains
2 whirlpool spas
Children’s playground
The Game Station Arcade fourth floor of the Contemporary Tower; smaller arcade near the pool.
Tennis Courts
Shuffleboard and Bocce Ball Courts
Marina/boat rental (open 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Water cruises
Water sports
Beach area
Jogging trail
Olympiad Fitness Center
Barbecue Pavilion
Massage/spa services
Nightly Disney movies under the stars on the lawn near the Sky Way Bridge
Electrical Water Pageant view

Pool Side Cabanas:

There are 4 poolside Cabanas for rent located in the four corners of the Bay Lake Pool. Cabanas include 2 chaise lounge chairs, 2 chaise beds, locking cabinet, DVD Player (upon request), LCD TV with cable, ipod docking station, mini-frig w/complimentary sodas & water, and complimentary fruit basket. Morning (10 am-2 pm) or Afternoon (3 pm-7pm) rentals cost $100 per session. All day rental is $185. Maximum accommodation is 6 people. Private dining and massages are available upon request at an additional cost.

Shopping Locations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort




Fantasia stocks Disney character apparel and souvenirs as well as logo merchandise. You can also find a large assortment of Disney pins

Concourse Sundries & Spirits stocks carries newspapers, magazines, snacks, spirits, and health and beauty items.

Bayview Gifts offers homewares, art collectibles, jewelry, clothings watches and assort chocolates and fudge.

Caricature Connection artists create delightful, souvenir caricatures.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Transportation




Disney’s monorail service is available to the Magic Kingdom and via transfer to Epcot. The monorail station is on the 4th floor of the resort. Disney’s bus service is available to and from this resort to Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney Springs and the water parks. The bus locations are to the right of the lobby as you exit the hotel. A walking path to the Magic Kingdom is also available as you walk past the bus stops.

Transportation Times Between Contemporary Resort and Disney Destinations

These times are approximate, provided to give you an idea of average travel times. Please plan on up to a 20 minute wait for Disney transportation in addition to walking time to resort or theme park transportation stops.

Magic Kingdom – 12 minutes by walking, 19 minutes by monorail
Epcot – 22 minutes by monorail, 22 minutes by car
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 22 minutes by bus, 23 minutes by car
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 25 minutes by bus, 20 minutes by car
Disney Springs – 30 minutes by bus, 19 minutes by car
Blizzard Beach Water Park – 24 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by car
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – 25 minutes by bus, 20 minutes by car

Childcare at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

In-room child care is available at all resorts.


Disney’s Contemporary Resort VIP Top Tips





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If you eat early at the California Grill, you can return later with your receipt to watch the Magic Kingdom Wishes fireworks from the roof. They turn down the lights and pipe in the music…very romantic.

I like that there are two separate check-ins for both Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower. Also, it’s important to note that you cannot use the pool at Bay Lake Tower unless you’re staying at Bay Lake Tower and only Disney Vacation Club members can access the Top of the World Lounge. One of my favorite spots to watch Wishes is on the big verandah off of the Grand Canyon Concourse.

Contempo Cafe is a great counter service spot with tasty desserts.

There is boat transportation to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort.

Rooms with a view of Bay Lake also have a great sunrise view.


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