Best Ho­tel: The Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort


WDW Magazine - - Content - BY JESSI KIMBLE

Walt Dis­ney World’s Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort and Bay Lake Tower is the to­tal package when it comes to Dis­ney Re­sorts. That means prime lo­ca­tion, in­cred­i­ble din­ing, ameni­ties galore, and tons of Dis­ney magic! Here are my top ten things you’re sure to love at the Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort.

1. Lo­ca­tion:

Magic King­dom is just around the cor­ner, and that means rooms with one in­cred­i­ble view! Guests with Tower Rooms fac­ing the Magic King­dom are able to see the fire­works over Cin­derella Cas­tle from their own ter­races.

2. Walt Dis­ney World’s Mono­rail:

The mono­rail be­gins op­er­a­tion 30-min­utes be­fore parks open, and closes an hour af­ter park clos­ing time. Catch a ride right at the Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort for quick ac­cess to parks and most Deluxe Re­sorts.

3. Char­ac­ter Din­ing:

Chef Mickey’s buf­fet is open for break­fast, brunch, and din­ner. Get a ta­ble side meet and greet with your fa­vorite Dis­ney char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Mickey Mouse, Min­nie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck. They’ll stop for photos and au­to­graphs while you dine on fam­ily fa­vorites.

4. Pools:

Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort has two pools lo­cated along the shores of Bay Lake for guests to en­joy. There’s a wa­ter play­ground for the lit­tle ones, a 17-foot high curv­ing wa­ter­slide at the main pool, two whirlpool spas, and an all-ages quiet pool, Bay Pool, over Bay Lake Tower. If you’re stay­ing at Bay Tow­ers, Bay Cove Pool has a 20-foot wa­ter­slide with zero-depth en­try and nearby bub­bling gey­sers wa­ter play area. There’s just some­thing about re­lax­ing in a pool while gaz­ing out across a lake that seems so serene.

5. Ca­banas:

Ex­clu­sive to only Grand Florid­ian and Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort guests, rent­ing a pool­side ca­bana is a lux­u­ri­ous treat per­fect for a day or evening at the pool. Two padded lounge chairs, two padded straight-backed chairs, LCD tele­vi­sion with ca­ble, Blue­tooth speak­ers, phone, ceil­ing fan, and soft plush tow­els are all in­cluded. Mini re­frig­er­a­tor stocked with so­das and waters is com­pli­men­tary and if you re­ally want to splurge, pri­vate din­ing is avail­able as well.

6. Cal­i­for­nia Grill:

When you check-in at the podium on the sec­ond floor of Dis­ney’s Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort, a Cast Mem­ber will es­cort you via pri­vate el­e­va­tor up to the 15th floor lo­ca­tion of the Cal­i­for­nia Grill. You’ll have the best panoramic views while din­ing on fresh gourmet cui­sine. The menu changes sea­son­ally and has fa­vorites such as Florida Sword­fish and Srf-wagyu Beef Rib-eye. With such fan­tas­tic views, make sure to re­serve a spot for one of the best fire­works din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on prop­erty. You can also en­joy a deca­dent brunch com­plete with live mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and com­pli­men­tary mi­mosas ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing. Only Dis­ney would have a brunch dessert of mac­arons and choco­late truf­fles!

7. Elec­tri­cal Wa­ter Pageant:

The Elec­tri­cal Wa­ter Pageant is a col­or­ful wa­ter parade that glides across the Seven Seas La­goon. So grab that cup of hot co­coa and head to the Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort’s own view­ing spot. Check at the re­sort front desk for the most cur­rent times and best view­ing ar­eas.

8. Pi­rates and Pal’s Fire­works Cruise:

Pre­pare for voy­age with pre-sail­ing snacks like ice cream, pop­corn, and Pi­rate Punch in­side Dis­ney’s Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort. Cap­tain Hook and Mr. Smee will greet their new­est crew mem­bers be­fore parad­ing down to set sail. The fear­less Cap­tain Patch will lead you and the crew, singing songs of the seas be­fore stop­ping for a spec­tac­u­lar view of Magic King­dom fire­works. You’ll also have a front row seat for the Elec­tri­cal Wa­ter Pageant. There are more sur­prises to be had on this voy­age, in­clud­ing a spe­cial treat at the end. Make reser­va­tions up to 90 days in ad­vance for your en­tire crew!

9. Lounges & Bars:

Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort has plenty of spots for cool trop­i­cal cock­tails. The Wave Lounge is a stylish bar in­side of The Wave of Amer­i­can Fla­vors restau­rant. In­cred­i­ble cock­tails and or­ganic beers make this trendy spot for adults the ideal lo­ca­tion to re­lax. With a view of Bay Lake, the Outer Rim of­fers spe­cialty cock­tails such as the Blue “Glow-tini” or the Pina COLAVA. The Cove Bar is a pri­vate pool­side bar for Guests of Bay Lake Tow­ers and Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club mem­bers.

10. Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club’s Bay Lake Tower:

Within walk­ing dis­tance to the gates of Magic King­dom this ad­di­tion to the Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort of­fers stu­dios, multi-bed­room vil­las, kitchens or kitch­enettes, and views un­like any other. Your room could even of­fer a view of Cin­derella Cas­tle! Guests stay­ing in the Tower have ac­cess to Sky Way Bridge, which con­nects to the main build­ing for easy ac­cess to the re­sort’s other ameni­ties.

Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort and Bay Lake Tower of­fer mod­ern el­e­gance mixed with Dis­ney el­e­ments that en­trance guests of all ages. Whether it’s the sound of the mono­rail, unique fine din­ing, or the theme park view, the Con­tem­po­rary is sure to be­come your new fa­vorite Dis­ney Re­sort!

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