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Amenities at Disney’s Contemporary Resort



By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, click here.

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of 8 official Disney owned and operated deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.

In their recommended order for first time family visitors, they are

  1. Polynesian
  2. Wilderness Lodge
  3. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  4. Contemporary
  5. Yacht Club
  6. BoardWalk Inn

(Many of these also offer Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) studios and villas, all for rent to the general public–see this for more on the Disney Vacation Club resorts. The DVC offering here is Bay Lake Tower.)

At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, check in and some dining is on the first floor, more dining and shops are on the fourth floor, and there’s one more restaurant on the top floor. Bus and boat transport is on the first floor, and the monorail stop is reached from the fourth floor.

You enter the Contemporary Resort into its first floor lobby, unless you are coming by monorail.

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On the left you’ll find the check-in and concierge area. At Disney World, “concierge” means help with tickets, dining reservations and such.

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On the right there’s a small coffee bar…

Lobby Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
…and a somewhat abstract kids area.

Also on the first floor is one of the three table service restaurants at the Contemporary, The Wave of American Flavors (more on it is later in this review).

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Outside towards the parking lots and to the right you’ll find the bus stop, with service to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney and the water parks.

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Here you’ll find an electronic board indicating the arrival time of the next buses.

Walkway to Magic Kingdom at Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Also here is the walkway to the Magic Kingdom, which is 5-10 minutes away depending on your pace. The ability to walk to the park is probably the best single feature of the Contemporary.

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Behind the tower you’ll find the boat dock, with service to the other Bay Lake resorts, Fort Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge.

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Also here are the pools, covered in more detail later in this review.

Back in the main Tower, on the 4th floor–accessible via elevator, or often more quickly on escalators–you’ll find most of the rest of the offerings at the Contemporary, including counter service dining, the buffet Chef Mickey’s, a family favorite (more on dining at the Contemporary is later in this review), and lots of shops.

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The fourth floor adds much needed drama, color and vibrancy to the otherwise somewhat sterile environment.

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At the north end of the fourth floor you’ll find a connector to nearby Disney Vacation Club Bay Lake Tower

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…and a patio from which you can watch Wishes.

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Lobby Monorail at Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Back inside, up a dedicated elevator or escalator you’ll find the Contemporary’s monorail stop.

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The resort monorail serves the Magic Kingdom and the other two monorail resorts, the Grand Floridian and Polynesian, and also the Ticket and Transportation Center where you change monorails for Epcot.

DINING AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT

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