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Contemporary Resort

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When we first went to Disney as a child in 1974, we knew where we wanted to stay. The Contemporary Resort today still commands quite a presence. Modularly constructed, it towers above the nearby Magic Kingdom and inspires the forward thinking vision of Walt Disney. The giant 15 story A-frame centerpiece of the hotel complex has the monorail system buzzing through just above the 4th level concourse. Take a step back and soak in all there is to see in it's majestic lobby. The resort features 656 rooms, six shops, two snack bars, a marina, beach, large pool and much more. Don't miss dining on the 15th floor California Grill where you can have a spectacular view of the fireworks right from your table!


The Contemporary Resort's location cannot be beat. A path connects it to the Magic Kingdom, which is a short 5-10 minute walk away. The monorail will whisk guests to the Magic Kingdom in under 10 minutes, and the station is located right inside the resort. The monorail also stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center, where guests may change trains and head to Epcot.

Grand Canyon Concourse

The resort has managed to stay "contemporary" over the years due to numerous refurbishments of the public spaces and rooms. Currently, the lobby and rooms exude a sleek, sophisticated, somewhat minimalistic vibe. Rooms here are among the largest on Disney property and rooms in the Tower boast stunning views of either Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom. Located on the shore of Bay Lake, the resort is peaceful but exciting. Numerous recreational activities await. The Contemporary is an iconic Disney World resort that still impresses guests over 40 years after it opened.



There are two main room locations at the Contemporary. Rooms in the Garden Wing are located outside the main tower, in a 3 story building near the pool, close to Bay Lake. These rooms are priced lower than those in the tower. Tower rooms can have views of either Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom. Theme Park view rooms are, naturally, more expensive, but the view cannot be beat! All rooms have daybeds.

What can I expect to pay for a room?
Room rates range from $356-$757 for regular rooms. Club Level rooms range from $681-$1042 per night. Rates vary based on season. Rates are higher on weekends and holidays. 

Garden Wing Room
Garden Wing Room

Tower Room
Tower Room

Daybed TV and Closet

King Bed Room
King Bed Room


Large Bathroom-Sinks and Tub

Bathroom 2
Commode located behind the door on the left

Floor Plan

Size of Rooms: 394 square feet.

Number of beds: most rooms have 2 queen beds and a daybed; King Bed rooms are available and all have a daybed; accessible rooms are available.

Features of Room
: Free Wi-Fi, desk with office chair, daybed, armchair, HDTV, safe, closet, coffee maker, refrigerator

: extra large bathroom with separate commode room with locking door; dual sinks, vanity, towel shelf, bathtub/shower, hairdryer, makeup mirror

:  Tower rooms only, with 2 chairs and a small table. Garden wing rooms on the first floor have patios.

Occupancy: Rooms offer a daybed with a maximum five-person occupancy.  If there are more than 2 adults in a room, there is an additional charge of $25 per adult, per night. 

Yes - 25 with both park and lake views. One or two bedrooms with two queen-sized beds and sleeper sofas

Club Level: The Contemporary Resort has a split level concierge. The Tower Club is on the 12th floor, restricted access and is concierge light. Full concierge is on the 14th floor where the suites are. The main difference between the two concierge levels is the food offerings. Both will receive daily news papers, bottled water & nightly turn down service.

In addition to the amenities of standard rooms, these rooms includes robes, DVD players, deluxe turndown service, continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, and evening hors d'oeuvres and desserts with wine and cordials. Advanced itinerary planning is also available. Visit our Club Level page for more details and guest feedback.

Room Views:

Garden Wing Garden View
Garden Wing-Garden View

Bay Lake View
Tower-Bay Lake View

Theme Park View
Tower-Theme Park View



Dining at Contemporary


California Grill
Freshly prepared, California inspired cuisine and sushi, mouth watering appetizers, and tantalizing desserts. This is a Disney Signature Dining experience.
ADR: Highly Recommended
Sunday Brunch - 10:00AM-1:00PM
Dinner - 5:00PM -10:00PM
Lounge - 5:00PM - 12:00AM
California Grill Dining Room
Chef Mickey's Restaurant
Disney Character meal served buffet style. Breakfast includes Mickey waffles and omelets; lunch buffet features breakfast items as well as savory lunch items; dinner buffet includes salads, breads, pastas, pizza, carved meats, and side dishes. An extensive dessert bar is available featuring a sundae bar.
ADR: Highly Recommended
Breakfast -  7:00AM - 11:30AM
Brunch - 11:35AM - 2:30PM
Dinner - 5:00PM - 9:30PM

Chef Mickey's

Chef Mickey's Food
The Wave...of American Flavors
Fresh, locally sourced ingredients combine to make unique dishes for the health conscious diner.
ADR: Recommended
Breakfast - 7:30AM-11:45AM
Lunch - 12:00PM-2:00PM
Dinner - 5:00PM-9:30PM
Wave Lounge
ull Service bar and lounge offering specialty cocktails, wine flights, local craft beer, and the full Wave of American Flavors menu.
Hours: 12:00PM-12:00AM
Wave Lounge
Contempo Cafe
Counter service spot featuring a large variety of items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Grab and Go items, baked goods, and desserts are also available. This food location is on the fourth floor, next to Chef Mickey's.
Hours: 6:00AM-12:00AM
Contempo Cafe

Contempo Cafe grab and go area
Outer Rim
Lounge  with amazing views of Bay Lake. Serving cocktails, light snacks, drink specials.
Hours: 11:30AM-10:00PM

Outer Rim Lounge
Contemporary Grounds
Coffee Stand
Hours: 5:30AM-11:00PM
Gourmet Coffee, Iced Tea, Hot Chocolate, Smoothies, and assorted baked goods
Contemporary Grounds
Sand Bar
Poolside bar serving up specialty drinks, draft beer, sangria, food, and dessert. Indoor seating available. 
Hours: 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Sand Bar
Room Service is available 24 hours a day. A menu can be found in your room.



Swimming: There are two pools. One is small and round, and is located right next to the lake. The larger pool is free-form and features a 170 foot curving waterslide and water spray jets. There is a water spray play area for kids and two hot tubs. A white sandy beach welcomes sunbathers with hammocks and lounge chairs. Please note, there is NO SWIMMING ALLOWED in Bay Lake.

Cabanas: can be rented for the day by Contemporary Resort guests only. Call 407-WDW-PLAY for pricing and to make a reservation. Cabanas without amenities may be availalbe on a walk up basis.


Standard cabana amenities include:

2 padded lounge chairs
2 padded straight-backed chairs
Plush towels
32-inch LCD television with cable access and optional earphones
DVD/CD/MP3 player
Phone for internal Resort calls
Ceiling fan
Mini refrigerator stocked with complimentary sodas and water
Fruit basket (may not be available without advance reservation)
Private dining is available at an additional cost.

Games: Game Station, a state of the art arcade, can be found on the 4th floor Grand Canyon Concourse.

Fitness: The Olympiad Fitness Center features Nautilus, 
Cardiovascular & Weight Training Equipment, Dumbbells, Sauna and 
Tanning booths. Visit our Health Clubs & Spas Page for more details. The fitness center is complimentary for resort guests.

Paths for walking and jogging: there is a one mile path that loops around the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower.

Tennis, Shuffle board, and Volleyball are also offered.


Parasailing and Other Water Sports: waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and Jet Ski excursions are also offered through Sammy Duvall's Water Sports.

Specialty Cruises and Fishing excursions are available.

Boat Rentals: Sea Raycers, Boston Whaler Montauk, and Pontoon Boats can be rented from the Bay Lake Marina. 

BVG - 8:30AM to 11PM
Fantasia 8:30AM to 11PM
Fantasia Market 7:30AM to 11PM
Pin Central 8AM 11PM

The Electric Water Pageant floats by the Contemporary at 10:05 PM. The best spot to view it is from the beach.


Monorail: Service is available between the Transportation & Ticket Center, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot from one hour before park opens until 1 hour after each park closes.* Service to the resorts is available until 11PM or two hours after the Magic Kingdom closes, whichever is later.

*Monorail service schedule is subject to change. You will be notified of any major schedule changes when you check in.

Bus: Bus transportation is available to Disney Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Water Parks, and Disney Springs. Buses may share a route with the Polynesian Village Resort.

Approximate Duration:
Disney's Hollywood Studios -- 20 minutes
Epcot -- 15 minutes
Magic Kingdom --5/10 minutes
Animal Kingdom -- 20 minutes
Disney Springs -- 30 minutes

Boats: A boat runs a continuous loop with stops at the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground. Boats begin running at approximately 7:00A.M. The boat schedule will be posted at the dock.

Walk: The Magic Kingdom is a short walk from the Contemporary along a paved, lit pathway. The walk takes approximately 5-10 minutes.

Room Location:

Which rooms are closest to the monorail?
Tower rooms

Which rooms are closest to the Tennis Courts and pool?

South garden wing

Which rooms can you see the fireworks from best?

Tower room with Magic Kingdom view

Which rooms can you see the water parade from best?

Tower room with lagoon view

What is the Closest Attraction?
Magic Kingdom

Where can I find a quiet room?
Rooms in the Garden Wing or on the upper floors of the tower are the quietest. Noise may be heard in lower level tower rooms from the concourse below (monorail, Chef Mickey's, etc.)

Is there Childcare at the resort?
No - The Mouseketeer Club closed October 1, 2004. For more details and options visit our page on Childcare facilities.

Check In/Out:
Check in time is 3:00 PM. Check out time is 11:00 AM.

Contemporary Photos:
View from the Top
View of the Concourse
Contemporary Resort
Main entrance
Overlooking the Magic Kingdom


Disney's Contemporary Resort
4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista,
Florida 32830-1000
Telephone: (407) 824-1000
Fax: (407) 824-3539



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