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Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake
  • Ranked #6 for resorts in Bay Lake
  • BRINK Magazine
    "Also, great parking spot for a short walk to the Magic Kingdom."(24 Tips)
    Jamie C.
    "Be sure to check out chef Mickeys, I love it here!"(12 Tips)
    Andy T.
    "Enjoy dinner at California Grill then watch the fireworks!"(10 Tips)
    L G.
    "Great contempo cafe food"(4 Tips)
137 Tips and reviews
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  • chef mickey
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  • scenic views
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  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerOctober 25
    Love this hotel! Stayed here in ‘89. It was nice then, and still very nice now.
  • Rana A.
    Rana AlsJune 3
    BEST RESORT EVER ! , Everything was amazing .. Villas , activities, and restaurants was great 😍👌
  • Chauga T.
    Chauga TopJanuary 28
    Been here 5+ times
    The Wave is a very good restaurant. Convention Center is great location for meetings.
  • Kelly
    KellyOctober 4, 2016
    The best of the monorail hotels. Good restaurants, and nice staff.
  • Jean D.
    Jean DeBritoSeptember 27, 2016
    Tudo is só Nice
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CoyneJuly 17, 2016
    Look for the five legged goat on the mural.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 11, 2016
    Even if you can't get to the roof bar, the observation deck has many different places to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks from.
  • Johnathan W.
    Johnathan WilliamsJuly 5, 2016
    Iconic original from Disney. Keep eyes open for off season deals. Great view of Magic Kingdom.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RogersJune 13, 2016
    Everything here has been fantastic especially the people and the view.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JJune 6, 2016
    If the weather isn't too hot, it's an easy walk to the Magic Kingdom. If you take the resort monorail, you'll have a couple of stops since it goes in the other direction.
  • Peter I.
    Peter IaconoMay 17, 2016
    While the Garden View rooms are away from the main building, they are quiet and if you can score a room that has views of the bay, you'll love it.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezMarch 17, 2016
    Easiest access to Magic Kingdom.
  • Biz T.
    Biz TraveldudeJanuary 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The first and best Disney World hotel
  • Aundrea S.
    Aundrea SmithDecember 28, 2015
    So convenient on the monorail line and walkable to Magic Kingdom!
  • Cathy C.
    Cathy CervenkaDecember 22, 2015
    Take a monorail hotel hopping tour from here to Polynesian & Grand Floridian! (Esp. fun during the holidays when decorations are up at all the resorts)
  • Lindsaye
    LindsayeSeptember 14, 2015
    Contempo cafe is close to the monorail for a quick mug fill
  • Rachael F.
    Rachael FranklinApril 1, 2015
    Chef Mickey's is fabulous and the back beach area if excellent for relaxing and watching the fireworks!
  • Ian
    IanMarch 25, 2015
    Try the rooftop Resturant . Gastronomic pyrotechnic choreography at its best
  • Chris R.
    Chris RiveraJanuary 16, 2015
    Make a 7:45 pm reservation at the California Grill...Disney's Fire works show starts at 8p.m...Best dinner experience ever !!
  • Gabriel D.
    Gabriel DietrichJanuary 6, 2015
    The hotel has a strange coffee and milk scent. After 5 days you'll start feeling dizzy. The room wi-fi didn't work during all our staying. The elevator also didn't work. It's overrated.
  • Fernando
    FernandoNovember 11, 2014
    Go to rooftop restaurant for great views of fireworks
  • Kevin V.
    Kevin VincentNovember 10, 2014
    If you stay here don't take the monorail to Magic Kingdom it travels away from the Magic Kingdom. Walking to the park is much quicker.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SweatOctober 10, 2014
    Enjoying a fabulous night with my new husband.
  • John D.
    John DelhotalSeptember 1, 2014
    Head up to the California Grill for a great view of Cinderella's Castle and a much needed adult beverage before heading in to the booze free Magic Kingdom.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BAugust 30, 2014
    Chef Mickey breakfast was great. Hotel looks great. This will be my next resort stay for our next trip
  • Eric S.
    Eric StankovitzAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Just an absolute beautiful hotel and resort to stay at. I've stayed here 3 times and they've all been amazing. Love the monorail traveling through the hotel.
  • Karina F.
    Karina FreireAugust 8, 2014
    I wish I could stay here!!
  • Marc
    MarcJuly 7, 2014
    Pay more for Magic Kingdom view versus lake view...
  • Amanda O.
    Easy INDOOR access to the monorail and a character dinner are home to the Contemporary. You'll also want to take the bathroom home with you! Great for families :)
  • Connie G.
    Connie G.May 10, 2014
    Cucumber fizz
  • Ben R.
    Ben RothkeApril 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice hotel, but far too few elevators for a high-volume property of this size.
  • Amy P.
    Amy PMarch 15, 2014
    Hotel itself if just okay. Definitely not the most interesting or the best in Disney. Fireworks up in California Grill. Turkey BLT from the cafe is great. Definitely walking to Magic Kingdom tomorrow!
  • Liz
    LizFebruary 16, 2014
    Check out the relaxing Bay Lake views. Great Disney shopping here too.
  • Lacey
    LaceyJanuary 24, 2014
    Love watching the fireworks from the California Grill Lounge, and we didn't even need a reservation!
  • Amanda O.
    Amanda Oliver-ZarembaJanuary 13, 2014
    Stay here for easy indoor access to the Monorail!
  • L G.
    L GJanuary 7, 2014
    Great contempo cafe food and there's way less traffic eating here than the parks!
  • David S.
    David SernaNovember 10, 2013
    The best view for Wishes is at the California Grill Restaurant at the top of the hotel.
  • Andre S.
    Andre SNovember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't stay here for luxury or fantastic service. This place is run by college interns who are very quick to answer, "I don't know." However, the 30 second monorail ride home from MK is priceless!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BrownOctober 31, 2013
    Stephen from Germantown, TN is the best! So knowledgeable and helpful! Will look for him for every question!
  • George H.
    George HelmsOctober 27, 2013
    There is a pin board in the wave restaurant
  • PSU-Lion D.
    PSU-Lion DiOctober 23, 2013
    There is a wall of smashed penny (and quarter!) machines just off elevators on main floor. Pack change accordingly.
  • Jerry Croutons
    Jerry CroutonsOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Welcome Home
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne SiddenSeptember 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Quick walk to the Magic Kingdom!
  • Esther D.
    Esther DaackSeptember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Planning a trip to the Himalyas? Use the stairs!
  • Corey M.
    Corey MenscherAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tune the TV to channel 105 during the Magic Kingdom fireworks to hear the audio that goes along with the show.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HanselmanAugust 21, 2013
    Get FastPass+ and a MagicBand. It changes everything.
  • Jayzen P.
    Jayzen PatriaJuly 28, 2013
    Check out the amazing Grand Canyon mosaic mural by Mary Blair. She also designed its a small world.
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RonacherJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love staying here! Always magical the first step all the way to the last! Get the cups with free refills! Also check out Chef Mickeys! Awesome for breakfast! :) Love it! S
  • Tom W.
    Tom WrightJune 26, 2013
    Make sure you have reservations for dinner. All of the resort restaurants fill quickly and have little or no room for walk ins.
  • Jerry D.
    Jerry DiaczynskyJune 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Just passing through
  • Rocka
    RockaJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Reserve the character breakfast early before your trip because there was a wait list for it when I tried to make reservations last minute at check-in!
  • Rocka
    RockaJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Highly recommend this resort!
  • Robert O.
    Robert OwensJune 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hotel is great...avoid the wave except for the bar. The food at the wave too small portions for waaaaaaay too much money
  • Erich S.
    Erich SchulzJune 2, 2013
    Sipping on a Sam Adams summer ale after a long day! Jason the bartender is doing a fine job pouring.
  • Kim G.
    Kim GoldsteinMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Rooms in the tower have been recently redone and look FABULOUS!
  • Grant M.
    Grant McInnesApril 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Talk to Karl, one of the bell hops. Great guy!
  • Joel
    JoelMarch 22, 2013
    Use your room card for extra fast passes if you also use your Disney card or ticket.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WaltonMarch 19, 2013
    Like I said the lobby smells fantastic. Food is great. The Wave & Chef Mickey's are both Table Service restaurants. Delicious. And the have a HOT TUB AT THE POOL!! Such a perk. Beautiful views too! 
  • Megan M.
    Megan MccartyMarch 4, 2013
    The pools are the best way to cool off here!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BrooksFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are a light sleeper chef mickeys can wake you up early with the music
  • Ashley
    AshleyFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Apparently if you're a cast member or visitor you can't park here just to get coffee. I love contemporary grounds, but I won't be parking at MK and monorailing it over to do so. It's unfortunate.
  • Rudy D.
    Rudy DindaultJanuary 14, 2013
    This has to be the resort with the best scent! I love how it smells in this place!
  • Lindsay O.
    Lindsay OliverDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Find the 5 legged goat!
  • anne b.
    anne brownellDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can afford to, stay at the Atrium Club Level (12th fl) facing Magic Kingdom side. Best view of Magic Kingdom and the fireworks. Enjoy all the amenities during your stay in the lounge.
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerDecember 8, 2012
    The veggie flatbread available at the Contempo Cafe is one of the best quick-service items I've had at Walt Disney World.
  • Heather G.
    Heather GallagherDecember 7, 2012
    Chef Mickey's is a must for character dining!!
  • Candice 🌴
    Candice 🌴October 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Open 24 hours
  • Nené P.
    Nené PradoSeptember 17, 2012
    Good service at the wave
  • Ben O.
    Ben OstrowskySeptember 2, 2012
    The pin store on the 4th floor has very rare limited edition pins, some of which are only available to certain kinds of customers.
  • Ben O.
    Ben OstrowskySeptember 2, 2012
    Even if you're not staying here, you can soak a cotton washcloth in cold sink water and wash your face on a hot afternoon in the first-floor bathrooms.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MehtaSeptember 2, 2012
    Hop the monorail here
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MondicsAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a ride on the slide!
  • BRINK Magazine
    BRINK MagazineAugust 7, 2012
    Even if you're not lodging at Disney's Contemporary Resort, check their calendar often for new and exciting events!
  • Jamie C.
    Jamie CostantinoJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best resorts at Disney! Love it here, the pool is wonderful with the waterslide, there is also a quiet pool for adults. Be sure to check out chef Mickeys, I love it here! I'll be back!
  • Luis G.
    Luis GarciaJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop at the intersection!
  • Tony C.
    Tony CaselnovaJune 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to try the Wave
  • Marisa L.
    Marisa LazuskyMay 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    California Grill on the top of the resort is one of the best on property if you don't mind pricy sit down food.
  • B. Dan P.
    B. Dan PritchettMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Contemporary Cafe on par with hospital food.
  • Tania K.
    Tania KasongoMay 5, 2012
    Bring your own qtips, there's none for sale :/
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathMay 4, 2012
    Make sure you are staying in the main building. The smaller buildings are far away and not as nice. Plus you miss the monorail and great views.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KeathMay 4, 2012
    The room service food is not up to the level you would expect for a nice Disney hotel. Eat at the restaurants or head over to Downtown Disney.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WrightMay 4, 2012
    Ask the ladies at the coffee bar for an Americano. It's not on the menu but they make a fabulous one!
  • Nick C.
    Nick CiceroMay 4, 2012
    Late night meal choices are turkey or salads
  • Disney By The Numb3r
    Disney By The Numb3rApril 16, 2012
    If you stay at BLT make sure you get to the Top of the World !
  • Sara
    SaraApril 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to be with small kids. Can't beat walking to the Magic Kingdom!
  • Denise H.
    Denise HarlanApril 7, 2012
    Go to the 16 Th floor of towers. Cannot get any prettier from observation deck
  • Tony C.
    Tony CaselnovaApril 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Go sit and enjoy the bar at the Wave, also great place to eat !
  • Dianne K.
    Dianne KurtzMarch 15, 2012
    You can ride the monorail to Epcot if you want something fun to do and it is free.Or take a boat ride to the Wilderness Lodge to relax.
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GarveyMarch 8, 2012
    Stay at the beach club or boardwalk resorts.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MouldFebruary 26, 2012
    I love that this hotel is actually walking distance to the Magic Kingdom.. and the views to watch fireworks are to die for! They also have the water boats during the summer months!
  • BRINK Magazine
    BRINK MagazineJanuary 27, 2012
    Contemporary Resort is one of the best Disney properties for major events, including Vinylmation trading nights! Also, great parking spot for a short walk to the Magic Kingdom.
  • William D.
    William DaroffJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to say hi to Mickey & Minnie!
  • Toni C.
    Toni CDecember 24, 2011
    Best resort around Disney. Extreme level of convenience for tired park goers!
  • Dennis S.
    Dennis SmithNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The people in the bakery have serious game.
  • Susan S.
    Susan SummervilleNovember 2, 2011
    Breakfast with Chef Mickey is the best!!
  • Pam F.
    Pam ForresterOctober 30, 2011
    Good quick service spot at Contempo Cafe.
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerOctober 26, 2011
    Did you know you can walk from here to Magic Kingdom? It's a great way to skip crazy transportation lines.
  • Chelsea H.
    Chelsea HudlowOctober 4, 2011
    Try out Chef Mickey!
  • Dana W.
    Dana WilliamsOctober 1, 2011
    The main building should be renamed "the aged" resort.
  • Tiffany P.
    Tiffany PattersonSeptember 24, 2011
    When buses are busy, the walk path to magic kingdom is quicker than anything else
  • Shawn V.
    Shawn ValentineSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Marshmallows at 7!
  • Shawn V.
    Shawn ValentineSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Beware the Vultures!
  • Andy T.
    Andy TSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy dinner at California Grill then watch the fireworks!
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay TaylorAugust 11, 2011
    The views here of Magic Kingdom are amazing!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BricenoJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make a reservation at California grill if your a sushi lover like me
  • Will S.
    Will ShotwellJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the beach volleyball overlooking Bay Lake.
  • BRINK Magazine
    BRINK MagazineJuly 9, 2011
    Even if you're not lodging at Disney's Contemporary Resort, check their calendar often for new and exciting events!
  • Frank D.
    Frank De GilioJuly 4, 2011
    The Contemporary Cafe is the best place for quick service meals. Lots of food and a good selection
  • Wes W.
    Wes WilliamsJuly 3, 2011
    Well, I don't recommend the food at any of these places here unfortunately. Turkey BLT is the most decent so far.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RodgersJune 8, 2011
    Café Contempo on the 4th floor (below monorail access) makes for a decent quick lunch without a lot of fuss. A good afternoon stop if you've just arrived for a stay here, and open 'til midnight!
  • Gregorio F.
    Gregorio FelicianoMay 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi!
  • Miranda O.
    Cocktail hour at The Wave on the first floor has virtually no children, it's a nice break from all of "the magic" to relax over some great drinks.
  • Bob A.
    Bob AycockMay 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Spend some time relaxing in the hammocks!
  • Meredith A.
    Meredith AMay 12, 2011
    Contemporary and Polynesian were the only two hotels on Disney property when I was a kid (80s) and in my opinion, still the top place to shack up!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RApril 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shipping and receiving is garbage. They don't take you as a priority and they are not very helpful at all. I even spoke to the manager and yet still things yet to change
  • Lovin' Lyrics Music Promotions
    Lovin' Lyrics Music PromotionsMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch the MK fireworks off the 9th floor stairwell, just put a park map in the door to keep it from locking you out :)
  • Holly W.
    Holly WheldenFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage for exclusive meet and greets with your favorite pirates and a spectacular view of the fireworks right on the lagoon!
  • Nick H.
    Nick HerronFebruary 16, 2011
    California Grill is great & best views for the fireworks at Magic Kingdom.
  • Kendra R.
    Kendra RadulyFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This where the fly hunnies be!
  • anne b.
    anne brownellFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    request a room with a magic kingdom view to watch the fireworks from your room. kids really enjoy it.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SwearingenJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If youre into a more healthy eating style abd want to keep your waisteline in check dont be afraid to try the wave on the first floor. Good food, decent prices and healthier options!
  • Kika A.
    Kika AgostiniDecember 27, 2010
  • Kathryn R.
    Kathryn ReinardyDecember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the holiday gingerbread display if you are here during "the season!"
  • Jason G.
    Jason GriffeyOctober 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best thing about the Contemporary: the walking path to the Magic Kingdom! No buses or monorail needed.
  • Cristy
    CristyOctober 25, 2010
    Chef Mickeys is great!!!! You get to eat with the characters :)
  • Maurice R.
    Maurice ReevesOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can, try to eat at both Chef Mickey's and the California Grill, both at the Contemporary. Just don't expect a cheap meal at either.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PottsMay 14, 2010
    Want a quiet place to sit on the beach and enjoy Bay lake? Head to the "hidden beach" at the very end of the building. There is never anyone there and it is very quiet!
  • Heath P.
    Heath PattersonMay 13, 2010
    Let the drinking start
  • Allison J.
    Allison JonesMarch 24, 2010
    A great place to watch the Wishes Fireworks over Magic Kingdom is on the Concourse Deck. Great secret spot with an amazing view! Read more
  • Joey G.
    Joey GreenMarch 13, 2010
    Eat at Chef Mickey's!
  • Alan x.
    Pueden ver los fuegos artificiales desde la terraza, incluso ponen la música
  • Chely S.
    Chely SoriaJanuary 26, 2016
    Fue increible haber podido estar alojandome en este hotel!! Todo es excelente!! Un sueño realmente hecho realidad!!
  • George J.
    George Joppert NettoDecember 5, 2014
    Excelente comida e hospedagem
  • Jose Manuel R.
    Jose Manuel RodriguezApril 21, 2014
    Ubicación estratégica para acudir al parque MK
  • Aldana C.
    Aldana CetraApril 3, 2014
    The wave . el mejor resto del hotel. Las habitaciones 11 ptos. El monorail entra por el interior del hotel. Desde las habitaciones se ve el castillo de disney.
  • Willians L.
    Willians LowrencoMarch 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    TOP demais! ❤️
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle SartorettoMarch 4, 2014
    Camas pequenas, bom atendimento, sem muitas vantagens para os parques além dos transportes. Um bom hotel, mas muito caro para o q oferece.
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