Disney's Contemporary Resort
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Maddy's new husband (I'm not quite sure how much longer I can call him that, they were married in May) is as mad as a box frogs. He is so excited about going to Disney World for the first time he makes Tigger look dull and boring. He's bouncing around like a whippet on speed.
But it may have started going wrong at …
... rides as the park had been open since 7am and was due to be packed so we weren't in a hurry to get there. However when we got thre it was surprisingly quiet in the areas we went to and we didn't queue at all all day
We started off on the Jungle Cruise - which was just a gentle meander through the "jungle" in a boat with animatronic elephants, hippos etc and a cheesy commentary by the ships "captain". All the children enjoyed ...
... and strong winds are forecast for today. But we're going out with our positive heads on and hope that it doesn't get too damp while we take in the delights of Universal Studios... after some breakfast that is! Golden Corral again supplied our morning munch, though it was the Sand Lake Road one this time by way of a change.
Universal is only a couple of minutes drive from the restaurant, so it isn't long before ...
... 3 more years we will be able to sit down and ride some of the bigger rides like Rockin' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.
The parks at Disney vary in activities for the kids, but on this trip I rank their favorites as Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood studios. Epcot could slide in to the top for Noel due to the princess experience, but Kody still likes the rides at Magic Kingdom and he want to make sure we hit them ...
... can be interactive with who is there and people answer questions he asks them. After these we went on the fast pass ride which was about Crash test dummy testing and testing out car safety. You sit in a car with 6 people and go really fast, break really hard and then speed really fast along a race track so that was a really fun ride!!! I was screaming on the fast part it was so much fun!!
After this ride we went into the part of the part that has all ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDisney's Contemporary Resort Orlando
Smelled like pee.
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Not as "neat" as some of the newer themed resorts, but very convenient and very comfortable. The room as was quiet and clean.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Contemporary Resort Orlando
The whole family enjoyed it.
Our family just got back from Disney World, staying at the Contempory Hotel. We just had a great time. our hotel was first rate, service was friendly and everyone had a pleasant smile.Shades of Green did it again. Everything we expected and more.
Loved the Contemporary!
We really enjoyed the contemporary. Having the monorail go through the hotel was so awesome. We just parked our car and didn't have to drive anywhere the whole week we stayed there. I enjoyed seeing Cinderella's castle from our room and Space Mountain as well. Whenever we became tired, all we had to do was hop on the monorail and go to our hotel room for a few hours break. It was very convenient for us and I can't wait to visit again.
The Good, Bad and Ugly - mostly Oohs, Aahs and Wow's!
Our family of 6 - 3 generations - were housed in the North wing of the Contemporary. Having lakeside adjoining rooms, we found them spacious, clean and comfortable. The decor was bold, bright contrasting colors with straight furniture lines that is so true for contemporary styling. So, we had an attitude adjustment and just lived with it. The bathrooms are huge and well appointed. We added a refrigerator to each room for snacks and early morning breakfasts. At the suggestion of a Disney reservationist, we brought 'a load' of beverges in unbreakable containers, snacks, etc. to eat in the parks. (Bring a backpack or tote - which will be searched - for your park food.) This alone saved considerably on the food bill. Thought the limited restaurants at Contemporary way over-priced, and like another reviewer found that hamburger baskets from their grill were nothing to brag about and too expensive. On the other hand, we found the staff at Contemporary to be extremely pleasant and helpful. The grounds clean and well maintained. We appreciated the 24/7 security at the front gate. Don't forget to watch the water show on the lake each night at 10:00pm. It's the same every night, but the kids loved it. A rental car would be almost a must - for off-park dining at night, incidental shopping and for short drives to other locations like the Space Center, Daytona, Cocoa Beach. The convenience of having the monorail at the Contemporary was wonderful. The bus service to MGM was timely. Suggestion - Our visit was the 2nd full week in January. The weather was a little cool, but we almost had the parks to ourselves. Well, almost. We decided that we would trade the cool weather for not having to wait more than 0 - 10 minutes for any of the rides or attractions. We plan on returning and look forward to the new Shades of Green location!
Just returned from a stay at the Contemporary Resort (January 22-26, 2003). Was sooooo disappointed. Woke one morning to no hot water. Visited Guest Services ~ was told "Yeah, I think I heard that was a problem in the North Gardens. We're working on it." (Uh, so what was my plan supposed to be for a shower that day?) Ugh. Staff was neither helpful nor seemed to be knowledgeable about their own hotel. Couldn't seem to find anyone who knew which elevators went to the California Cafe, or why when you press the 15th floor button in the elevator nothing happened. Bartender was not willing to open a tab because he might get busy and wouldn't be able to keep up with it. This was a 4:30 in the afternoon and there might have been four people in the entire Outer Rim lounge when we were told this. So much for enjoying a beer or two at the hotel after a long day at the park. No HBO/Cinemax..no pay per view movies. But five disney channels...lol. Having the monorail in the hotel was convenient, the fireworks seen from the room were awesome, and the food in the California Cafe (when we finally got there) was wonderful (but expensive). (The chef who makes the goat cheese ravioli needs a raise!!!!)Don't get me wrong...I love Disney and maybe it was time for a bad stay since we'd never had one before. That being the case we weren't disappointed. Next time I think we'll stay in Lake Buena Vista or Kissimmee and save the money.:(.
What a great time
We arrived at Disney World on Christmas Day....our children (5 and 8) had found out about the trip only hours before. We were greated by very courteous cast members and a very short check-in line.
Our room was on the 8th floor, facing the Magic Kingdom. From what I understand, the Contemporary has the least amount of "Disney" theming, which was just fine. The hotel, as well as our room was very clean. If you have younger children, this is a great place to stay, due to the monorail access. Every morning, there were characters walking around the hotel, which was quite exciting for our daughters. Be aware, food is very expensive anywhere you go at Disney. Overall, we had a fantastic time here!
Definitely not "Deluxe"
We stayed in the north wing of the Contemporary
Resort. The noise from the adjoining rooms and the rooms above was brutal. People conversing in normal voices could be heard through the walls. Opening and closing of closet doors was very loud as was the opening and closing of the sliding glass patio doors (although we were on the second floor and did not have a patio) also the jet flush toilets clued in every occupant in close proximity to your room of what your were up to each time you flushed. Initially we thought we received a great deal but these rooms were not even worth the low price we paid. the proximity to the parks and monorail did little to ease our dissappointment.
We enjoyed our stay at disney world but this resort was far from "Deluxe" next time we'll stay off site.
Great Stay despite the high prices!
We stayed 3 days at the Music Resort and 3 days at the Contemporary. We enjoyed both tremondously. Of course, we enjoyed the great tower room overlooking the magic kingdom high on the 8th floor at the Contemporary and the monorail accessiblity. Nevertheless, I'd go back and stay again at one of the All-star resorts becasue they were pretty good too for the price! I can go for the Contemporary again if it wasn't so expensive! We ate at the Floridian 1900 Park Fare Character Dinner and that was great as well as Chef Mickey!
Don't settle for one of the wing rooms at the Contemporary. If you don't get a tower room, it's not worth it!!!!!!!!! Other than WDW's high prices I have no complaints. We'll be back next year Lord willing.
Clean it up!!!!!!!
We stayed at the Contemorary Resort last summer. From the moment I entered the room it was visible dirty. Food on the floor and then of course we started looking around. We need new sheets new comforter and the bathroom cleaned. I just felt the room was very dirty. I food in the restaurants were not equal to the price.
Contemporary Resort - Walt Disney World - FL
We travel to Disney-Florida several times a year and stay at various Disney properties. Our last stay was the Contemporary Resort-Towers. Although the rooms are good for size, they should find another interior decorator. The colors remind me of the 1960's and are extreme. The room colors are too bold/overbearing. One design in the rug which begins in the middle of the room and extends to the doorway resembles the cord to a vacumn cleaner. Every time I looked at it, I wondered if I left the vacumn cleaner out. I liked the "old" decoration scheme better. Also, too much furniture is in the room. So, if you need to add a crib, you'll need to have some furniture removed (table)or be cramped. I would rather go to a moderate resort than stay with that decor again.
Trust My Opinion
Walt Disney Worlds Contemporary Resort is one of the best hotels at Disney to stay at and I've stayed many times for the last 20+ years at almost all of the resorts.
I would recommend only staying in the towers with a Bay View. The wings aren't worth the money.
The main attraction of this property is the fact that it is the closest to Magic Kindgom and the monorail travels through the hotel on the 4th floor grand concourse. This makes it convenient for families that split up and like to come and go when they wish. The hotel does lack atmosphere when you compare it to the Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club, Grand Floridan.
Bay lake view in the towers is a wonderful view from your hotel balcony. I enjoy taking out the water sprite boats.
I was disapointed in the remodeling of the club tower rooms (limited concerige service - 12th floor). The rooms were too crowded with furniture. We asked the hotel staff to remove the triangle table and a bulkly bold chair out of the room.
The rooms on the 12 floor here are too busy inside. On the carpet is a red cord stripe that goes all the way to the door - very contemporary and I felt like I left the vacuum cleaner out and I wanted to kick the cord off to the side everytime I walked by the area.
The Contemporary Resort is in need of a new decorator who does not have wild busy ideas like Mike Graves and Robert Stern (designers of Swan and Dolphin. The waves and color scheme are too busy and it actually gives me a headache. I like to relax in my room after a busy day.
I have been going to Disney for the last 20+ years and have stayed at almost all the properties and toured many rooms.
I still like the Contemporary - the rooms are larger than other Deluxe properties but you need to stay in the towers on Bay lake. A regular room or 14th floor full conceirge service rooms have better decorations.
Wilderness Lodge has a wonderful common area entrance but the rooms are small and dark.
The Grand Floridian and The Polynesian requires walking into Wings to get to your room. I've gotten lost many times at the polynesian trying to find the main lobby. Not fun when weather is rainy and you have kids with you.
The Floridian rooms are small and unless you are staying on an inside concerige room, you will have to walk. No good views like the Contemporary.
The best moderate hotel is the Port Orleans Riverside. Oak Manor building. Room have calming decorations and boat to take you to downtown Disney shops. Good food court for kids.
The Yacht club is nice but again the rooms are small. The pool area, however is awesome. Sand at the bottom of the pool and many bells and whistles.
The low budget hotels - sports, etc. aren't for me. I'd rather stay outside the park than deal with the craziness of kids and cigarette smoke everywhere. Check-in lines are long. Bus lines long. Very noisy hotel. Outside rooms so traveling in rainy weather is an issue.
Buy an annual pass and take advantage of passholder hotel rates up to 50% off the regular rates is what I do. I also have friends that work for Disney but I find that as a passholder, I too, get all the inside savings and advantages except for discounts of 35%+ on merchandise.
Sarah, Londonderry, New Hampshire.