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Photo Tour of a Tower Room at Disney’s Contemporary Resort



By Dave Shute

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

Floor Plan Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

PHOTO TOUR OF A ROOM AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT

Across the A Frame at Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort open from corridors–in all Tower rooms but 14th floor suites, the corridor is open to the A-Frame interior and thus to the child, monorail, or flirting noises from below. Higher rooms give better views and less noise.

Entry Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Here’s the view into the room from the corridor.

Closets Entry Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

As is common, the bath is on side and the closets on the other.

Coffee Service Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
The closet side has the coffeemaker…

Mini Fridge Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
…with a mini-fridge, and some small storage shelves, below.

Door Closet Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
The closet has two parts, one with a luggage rack…

Room Closet Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and another with a safe, iron and ironing board, and what we will come to see as some sorely needed drawers.

Bath Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Across the hall is the bath, with two sinks, a tub and shower that are not separated from the rest of the space…

Toilet Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
…and a toilet in its own space.

The absence of a fully divided bath–with the sinks in one area and everything else in another–makes these rooms a little less handy for families.

The sinks are a bit of a design mystery as well.

Sink Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Note the close up–a cool design, but the size and flat bottom means limited area to store toiletries, and also lousy drainage from the sink itself.

Sink Storage Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s some storage space under the sinks.

Bed Side Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Deeper in the room you’ll find two queens on one side.

Bed Side from Back Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
Here’s the beds from the back of the room.

Bed Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A closer view of one of the queens.

Bedside Table Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The bedside table between the queens has storage.

Desk Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Between the beds and the bath is a groovy L-shaped desk. Note that part of it rolls out, and can serve as a little dining or games table.

Dresser Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The part of the “L” that’s closest to the bed is also the dresser. Putting the dresser drawers here, rather than under the TV as is more common, allows for an arty treatment of that under-TV space (see below). But as a result, there’s not much room for these drawers–making the room overall short on drawer space. Moreover, they are inconveniently located.

TV Side Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
On the other side of the room you’ll find the TV thingy, a very green hassock, and a couch.

TV Side from Back Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The TV side from the back of the room.

TV Thingy Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Below the TV is a screen that lights with a switch, creating an interesting interpretation of a fireplace. It’s too big for a night light, and families everywhere wish it were drawers instead.

Couch Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
The couch …

Couch Bed Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
…and flips into a bed. I measured this bed as 72 inches by 30 inches. With no end rails, in a pinch it can sleep a little longer than that. The cushion is 6 inches deep.

Balcony Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
At the end of the room is a full-width balcony. Here’s a view from one of our rooms on the Bay Lake side of the Tower…

Balcony Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

And here, on a less pretty day, is a balcony from a Magic Kingdom view room.

Some fireworks from the Magic Kingdom view:

Wishes from Tower Theme Park View Room Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

Wishes from Tower Theme Park View Room Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (3)

Wishes from Tower Theme Park View Room Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (4)

Wishes from Tower Theme Park View Room Disney's Contemporary Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Contemporary rooms are spacious, flexible and interesting. But a little too interesting. Design choices limit storage and privacy, making these rooms not quite as family friendly as some others at Disney World.

THE GARDEN WING AT DISNEY’S CONTEMPORARY RESORT

This review continues here.

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4 comments

1 Anthony { 06.26.14 at 1:17 pm }

It looks like they’ve upgraded the rooms a bit since your last review. The bedding and some other minor items look different.

We’re staying in the tower this October. Do the rooms feel worn, or are they in good shape? I worry since The Contemporary is such an old resort.

Thanks for such a comprehensive website!

2 Patty { 06.26.14 at 10:46 pm }

Interested in answer to Anthony’s question above. also love the info on this web site.

3 Dave { 06.27.14 at 12:19 pm }

Hi Anthony and thanks! The Tower rooms are in great shape!

4 Dave { 06.27.14 at 12:20 pm }

Thanks, Patty!!

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