|At A Glance
||The 15-story Contemporary
Resort opened on 1st October 1971 is the closest hotel complex
to The Magic Kingdom theme park, and is sited on the route
of the Monorail. Over 1,000 rooms, with facilities including
babysitting, barber/beauty shops, beach, business center,
express checkout, fitness / spa center, 24h front desk, laundry/valet,
free newspaper, free parking, heated pool, outdoor pool, 24h
room service, tennis, daily maid service, water skiing, and
The 15-story Disney's Contemporary Resort was opened
on the 1st of October 1971 to co-incide with the official opening
of The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, and recently underwent
a 100-million dollar refurbishment. It rises majestically above
the nearby Magic Kingdom park, housing 1,046 rooms within the
large A-Frame tower and two 3-story garden wings (some offering
spectacular views over Bay Lake, The Magic Kingdom, and the Seven
The hotel was built in sections with the A-Frame
being built on-site, whilst each room was fully assembled away
from the construction site, and then slotted into place once complete.
The Contemporary is unique in being the only Disney resort where
the Monorail actually passes through the main building, passing
as it does through the concourse on the 4th floor of the main
A-Frame building. The hotel provides an open vista from the 4th
floor right up to the top of the building on the 15th floor.
Disney artist Mary Blair designed huge 90ft high
mosaic murals to cover the central elevator core.
Either side of the main A-Frame there are two garden
wings built offering views over the landscaped gardens of the
Originally designed to be a convention hotel, the
large open space on the ground floor was eventually turned over
to the popular Fiesta Fun Center when children can spend hours
playing video games, or watching Disney movies. The convention
center theme being maintained through the construction of a dedicated
90,00 square foot convention center added in the 1990s.
There are 972 guest rooms at the Contemporary Resort
with either 2 queen sized beds and a day bed or a single King-sized
bed. Each room is 422 square feet in size and has a large bathroom.
Amenities include balconies / patios, massage shower heads, and
in-room safe in the tower rooms. Additionally over half of the
rooms feature a view out over either the Seven Seas lagoon, or
As well as the 972 rooms, there are 25 suites, with
either park or lake views. Each suite has one or two bedrooms,
with two queen-size beds and sleep-sofas acommodating 6-8 adults
depending upon the suite type, plus a child under 3. Suite amenities
include two-line speaker telephones, additional telephone in the
bathroom, hairdryer, nathrobe, triple sheeting and a turn-down
There are 11 concierge suites. Consierge level amenities
include continental breakfast, and evening cheese bar with wine
Food and Drink
The Contemporary is very well served by a selection
of excellent restaurants.
||Located on the 15th floor of the Contemporary Resort
within the main A-frame building and featuring the best in
market-inspired cooking, and Californian wines with an on-stage
kitchen and a spectacular view of the MAGIC KINGDOM.
Californian cuisine with Vegetarian, California sushi, and
oak-fired meats a speciality
Hours: 5:30 - 10:00 PM, Lounge 5:00 PM - 01:00 AM
Priority Seating Recommended.
||Featuring a 90ft atrium dining area, through which the
monorail travels to and from the MAGIC KINGDOM as you dine.
American steakhouse cuisine, with steaks an obvious speciality.
Hours: 7:00 - 11:00 AM; 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM; 5:30 - 10:00 PM
Priority Seating recommended
||Chef Mickey's Buffet
||Dine with chef Mickey as he cooks up a bountiful display
American cuisine, with fresh fruit, and pancakes a speciality
Hours: 7:30 - 11:30 AM; 5:00 - 9:30 PM
Priority seating recommended.
||Food and Fun Center
||American cuisine, with speciality pastries, burgers,
salads, pizzas, sandwiches and ice cream
Hours: 6:00 AM - Park closing hours.
There are a wealth of activities available at the
Contemporary Resort, with Volleyball nets set up on the beach,
and excursions available for those wishing to partake in Fishing,
Parasailing and Waterskiing (Lessons available if required). Sailboats
and catamarans, pontoon and canopy boats, Seariders and Water
Sprites are all available for rent from the marina near the beach.
The Mousketeer Clubhouse, provides a range of entertainment
for children aged from 4 to 12 between the hours of 16:30 PM and
midnight. The cost is $4 per child per hour, with the maximum
stay of 4 hours per child.
The Olympiad Health Club has all the equipment you'd
expect to find in a top class health club, including Nautilus
equipment, stair climbers, rowing machines, static bicycles, a
sauna, and even massages available by appointment. Alternatively,
Disney's Raquet Club, WDW's premier tennis center, is located
near the north wing of the resort, and features six state of the
art hydrogrid tennis courts, where lessons are available by prior
There are three pools at the Contemporary.
A toddlers wading pool is located near to the north wing of the
hotel,while a larger round pool is relatively quite, mainly as
a result of the newer free-form pool which features a 17 foot
high curving slide. wtare jets, fountains, and a couple of whirlpools.
It is also possible to swim in the Bay Lake within the roped off
area beside the beach.
On the first floor, the food and fun center boasts
all forms of arcade ammusements and video games, including Skee
Ball, air hockey, pinball, and various electronic games.
A smaller arcade is also located near the main pool.
There are a number of top class shops located on
the fourth floor concourse at the Contemporary Resort. Various
items of Disney merchandise, including clothing for children and
adults, and plush (soft) toys are all sold at The Fantasia Shop.
The Contemporary Woman offers a range of good quality womens clothing,
along with plenty of bathing suits in all price ranges, with the
adjoining Contemporary Man shop stocks all kinds of casual clothing
and beach wear.
The Kingdom Jewels Ltd specialises unsurprisingly
in jewelery, including Disney character jewelery, whilst Bayview
gifts sells souvenirs, gifts and fresh flowers. The Concourse
Sundries and Spirits has a selection of newspapers, magazines,
books, snack foods and alcoholic drinks, whilst located on the
third floor of the tower, the Contemporary Resort Salon provides
haircuts, facials, manicurs, and other beauty treatments.
There is also a shop at the Raquet Club near the
north wing of the hotel, selling tennis equipment, fashions and
shoes, and where you can get that tired old raquet restrung if
The Contemporary Resort is located on the course
of the Walt Disney World monorail, with the monorail actually
travelling through the concourseof the hotel on the fourth floor.
This means that the Magic Kingdom is immediately accessible via
Monorail, and Epcot can be reached by changing at the Transportation
and Ticket Center.
Typhoon Lagoon, Pleasure Island and the Downtown
Disney area can all be reached by the Disney bus service, while
direct buses go to the Disney MGM Studios and Blizzard Beach.
Fort Wilderness can be reached by watercrafttravelling
from the marina area.
Directions to the Resort
Disney's Contemporary Resort is located at 4600
North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32820-1000, Telephone:
(407) 824-1000, Fax: (407) 824-3539.