Far from Whimsical, the Disney Contemporary Resort Offers Convenience
I must admit - the Disney Contemporary Resort did not interest me in the least bit. Ever since I was a child, I always thought this hotel was kind of, well - ugly.
But on the last one of my Disney vacations, I decided that I was going to stay at one of the deluxe Walt Disney resorts. I was planning a short trip with two of my children and our time at the Magic Kingdom theme park was limited. To cut down on travel time I wanted easy access to the monorail.
After speaking to the folks at Walt Disney World reservations, I found the best deluxe hotel deal at the Disney Contemporary Resort. Because of this trip the Contemporary will now forever be one of my favorite hotels.
The bottom line for me was convenience. The monorail goes right through the main building and provides easy access to the Magic Kingdom Theme Park and Epcot Center.
The Rooms at the Disney Contemporary Resort
The guestrooms are large at 394 square feet each. With two beds and a very unique convertible couch - the rooms here could comfortably sleep a family of five - and there were only three of us! On top of that, the guest rooms have recently been renovated and the decor is appealing and modern. The bathrooms are a generous size as well.
When I made my Disney reservations, I did not realize that there were two section of the resort - the main building and the garden building. The main building is where the check in desk is located, along with the restaurants, shops, and monorail stop.
We were assigned a room in the garden building. There were pluses and minuses to this. On the plus side our room had a beautiful view overlooking Bay Lake. It was quiet and relaxing. And every night there was a little entertainment on the water outside our window that can best be described as a lit up sea monster floating around to music. The kids loved it!
On the down side, our room was practically the very last one in the garden building and the farthest one from the monorail. So, we had a long walk every time we left the resort.
Dining at the Disney Contemporary Resort
There are both table service and counter service restaurants at the Disney Contemporary Resort. The most famous of which is the Disney character dining favorite - Chef Mickey's. We ate all of our meals in the parks under the Disney dining plan, except our last table service meal - which we saved to use as a character breakfast on the day of our departure with Chef Mickey.
As far as dining goes, a lot has changed at the Contemporary since our visit. Two new restaurants have opened. The first one - called the Wave Restaurant has brought some healthy dining options to Disney World.
And the Contempo Cafe brings high tech to counter service. Customers order their meals by using touch screen menu. I wish this was open when I was there!
Finally, the pools at this resort are a bit dated and not as fun as at some of other deluxe resorts. Any pool is fun to my kids, but as a parent I found myself wishing that there was a kiddie pool or a zero entry pool so the little ones could splash around confidently - not to mention the usefulness to the handicapped.
All in all, I would definitely stay at the Disney Contemporary Resort again!