5 Reasons to Love Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort is not only one of the original Walt Disney World Hotels, but it remains one of the premier destinations for Disney travelers both staying at the property or just coming for a visit. Its unique A-frame design sets the stage for the massive Grand Canyon Concourse that holds shopping, dining, an original Mary Blair mural, and the monorail which runs right through! We've updated our list and added a few special extras for even more fabulous reasons to Love Disney's Contemporary Resort

Location, Location, Location

With it's own walkway right to the Magic Kingdom and a prime location on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop it just doesn't get closer than this. Disney's Contemporary resort is the best hotel choice possible for folks that want to be in the center of the vacation kingdom. Guests at the Contemporary can hop a boat, bus, or monorail to just about anywhere on property.

Guests can even reserve rooms with a Magic Kingdom view, making the fireworks feel like it's a private show. In addition to stunning theme park views, guests staying at the Contemporary are nestled between the beautiful Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon making it hard to get a room without something fabulous right out your window.

Right Next to the Magic KingdomRight Next to the Magic Kingdom

Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage

A swashbuckling good night of fun that begins at the Contemporary Resort with refreshments of cookies, snacks and beverages. Captain Hook and his first-mate Mr. Smee mingle with guests and pose for pictures before turning them over for the night to Pirate Captain "Patch." Board a sea worthy vessel for high adventure across the Seven Seas Lagoon to view the Magic Kingdom's Wishes Fireworks. Limited space is available, and reservations are required.

Set Sail For Swashbuckling AdventureSet Sail For Swashbuckling Adventure

Disney Vacation Club

Bay Lake Tower is dedicated to stunning modern vacation villas. These chic, modern studios, and one, two, or three bedroom suites include in room amenities such as spa tubs, full kitchens, and a washer/dryer combo. Grand Villas offer stunning views from two story high windows overlooking the Magic Kingdom and they sleep up to 12 people. Be sure to read our previous BLT Deluxe Studio review post.

DVC Members also have exclusive access to the Bay Lake Tower's Top of the World Lounge which has one of the best views of the Wishes fireworks show there is.

Bay Lake Tower Three Bedroom Villa LivingroomBay Lake Tower Three Bedroom Villa Livingroom

Fun On The Water

In addition to having two fantastic pools with spas and cabana rental, Sammy Duvall's Water Sports Centre makes its home at the Contemporary Resort and includes so much more than your basic boat rental. From this great location on Disney's beautiful Bay Lake adventurous guests can go water skiing, tubing, wake boarding, fishing, parasailing, and hire a personal speedboat. There are many Marinas at Walt Disney World, but at the Contemporary with it's access to both Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon - you can do it all.

Want to know more? Go check out these previous posts from Robyn about her experiences Parasailing or Hiring a Boat on your Walt Disney World vacation.

Oh hey - the beaches and marina also happen to be a wonderful spot to watch Disney's nightly Electrical Pageant. This outdoor water parade can be seen off the shore of Bay Lake beginning at 10:10pm or shortly thereafter.

Sun Tracker Party BargeSun Tracker Party Barge

A Multitude of Dining Options

The Contemporary Resort of home to some of the most popular dining in all of Walt Disney World with a handful of great reasons to visit the Contemporary just for the food alone!

  • The Wave offers local and seasonal fare showcasing Florida Fresh foods and beverages.
  • Chef Mickey'shas been a family favorite as long as I can remember for its massive buffet and dining with the fab five.
  • Signature dining at California Grill offers guests delicious gourmet cuisine and breathtaking panoramic views. For quick service or grab and go dining the
  • Contempo Cafe is the place for a quick stop before you head out to the Parks, and there's always a fun new cupcake to try.

In addition to the fantastic restaurants Disney's Contemporary Resort has three lounges, two pool bars, and a coffee shop! Guests are not going to go hungry here.

The Wave Bar SeatingThe Wave Bar Seating

So - what do you think? I know! That was so much more than 5 simple reasons. Have you fallen in love with Disney's Contemporary Resort yet? If you're looking for more Contemporary love, visit our friends at the Disney's Contemporary Resort Fan Site.

What are your favorite things to do at this most classic of all Disney Hotels? Leave a comment below sharing your Contemporary memories.

JEANYSANCHEZ wrote on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 21:21:


We did stay in the Contemporary in 1971 and we love it! I hope our family wanted to stay in the Contemporary next year!

Kristen K. wrote on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 15:00:

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I keep trying to get a room at Bay Lake Tower, but the trip that there was space had to be canceled. I tend to spend a lot of time at this hotel even though I'm not a guest! LOL.

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