With each stay at a Disney World resort, I’d love to share my experience with you all! I previously spoke about my stay at Wilderness Lodge, and I have touched on my time staying on the Contemporary club level, but there’s more to this hotel (my favorite in WDW) than just the fancy croissants from the concierge.
My family loves the Contemporary for its numerous great food options and awesome pool. One of our traditions is to eat at Chef Mickey for breakfast, which is an awesome character meal with buffet-style food. One of the best parts of this spot is the limitless Mickey waffles that you can drown in whipped cream and other sundae-style toppings. Chef Mickey is also a good spot for lunch and dinner, but to maximize the park day we tend to stick with an early breakfast.
The Contemporary also has a casual sit down restaurant, the Wave, which is a great spot for lunch that is a bit finer without being a deluxe dinner service. If you are interested in that however, the California Grille is one of the higher end spots in Disney World. They offer a phenomenal brunch but are most famous for their dinner with incredible views of the Happily Ever After fireworks. They also have delicious food, of course!
The Contemporary pool was infamous as being the pool my mom and I would sneak into even when we didn’t stay there, (please don’t tell the mouse.) It is great because it’s huge and has a great slide, but I particularly love that they have an entire second pool that tends to be calmer and more appealing to adults. Anyone can go to it, but it is a simple circle with no slide, so it is more designed for comfort and relaxation than crazy sliding. It is just nice to have both as options, and the view of Bay Lake from the back of the Contemporary is always beautiful.
Like all monorail resorts, there is access to Bay Lake which allows for a number of activities. You can ride small boats by yourself or with one other passenger around Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. You can see the other resorts from the water as well as Magic Kingdom, just be sure to move out of the way of ferry boats! You can also go on a catch-and-release fishing trip with a cast member in the same area, or do a more extravagant trip on a yacht at night!
The Contemporary rooms are super classic and always beautiful. Many of the rooms have fireworks views depending on which side, but in any case, you are in the hotel with the easiest access to the monorail. After a long day in Magic Kingdom, your hotel room in the Contemporary is one stop away on the monorail!
A smaller but equally important point is the famous mosaic designs in the Contemporary lobby. They are visible from each level of the hotel and are a classic piece of Disney design.
The last and often under appreciated aspect of the Contemporary is their great gift shops. I love both Fantasia Market and Bayview Gifts. I immediately picture their walls of pins and magic bands in the former, and the great selections of clothes and jewelry in the ladder. Compared to even the other deluxe resorts, the Contemporary just has the best selection of souvenirs that you can get without visiting Disney Springs or the busy shops of Main Street USA. It’s also fairly easy to get to, and is usually almost empty, even in busy seasons!
Please let this convince you to stay at or visit my favorite Disney hotel! I can’t wait to return myself.