Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the original hotels from when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. The exterior still has the same look and feel, which I think sometimes makes it seem older or outdated. I stayed there with my parents and siblings in the early 2000’s and remember that it was fun. It was the first Disney Resort we had ever stayed at so it was pretty awesome. For my son’s birthday he picked the Contemporary to stay because he loves the monorail and what could be cooler than the monorail running right through the hotel?
We are Florida residents and annual passholders so we’ve stayed at a lot of the Disney Resorts. From value to deluxe. I was a little nervous about the Contemporary because it had been so long since I had stayed there and I was afraid it would be out dated. The inside area where the gift shops and Chef Mickeys is doesn’t seem to have changed all that much.
I can let you know that the rooms are definitely not outdated. They have a nice amount of room in them and are very modern and up to date. My favorite part of this resort though is that in the elevator, a character announces what floor you are on when the door opens. I’m not sure why this is the only resort with that feature but I love it.
Our room overlooked Bay Lake and the pool which sort of looks like a hidden Mickey. Although it would have been awesome to have a view of the park and castle, our view was absolutely beautiful. Also, with this room, we had a great view of the Electrical Water Parade.
The pool area also has a hot tub and then a splash pad for kids. At night on the area to the left of the pool, there’s an area where they show movies at night. It was a little chilly outside with the wind but we got to enjoy Mulan. There’s something fun about being able to watch movies outside.
For transportation, you can use the boat, monorail, bus, or walk to the Magic Kingdom. You can also use the boat to go and visit Ft. Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge. Personal note, walking does take away from the magic a little but that’s just me. Now if you’re leaving the park of an evening and transportation is busy, then it can be much more convenient to just walk over. I’m a big fan of staying in the Magic Kingdom resort area because when you have small kids it makes it so much easier to hop on the monorail or a boat to get to the park. It saves a lot of time too rather than trying to get everyone in the car and then from the parking lot to the park.
The Verdict On The Contemporary Resort
We LOVED it!!! We all agreed we’d stay there again if the option was available. Our favorites are still the Polynesian and Wilderness but the Contemporary has a lot to offer as well!