The fifteen-story, A-frame Disney’s Contemporary Resort has long been a familiar landmark. What used to be considered a modern façade is now pretty darn austere with its soaring, open interior, and its sharp edges and angles. Love it or hate it, its accessibility to the Magic Kingdom® Park can’t be beat. Of course, the sight of the monorail silently gliding through its core is simply magical. The property consists of a high-rise tower, a three-story wing, and a next-door convention center, making it a favorite choice for groups.
The marble lobby always seems to be bustling, but to feel the grandeur of the resort you’ll want to head to its centerpiece, the fourth-floor Grand Canyon Concourse whose soaring space boasts floors of guest rooms surrounding the vast atrium. At its heart stands a charming 90-foot mosaic mural of Native American children surrounded by shops, restaurants, and the monorail station, all continually buzzing with traffic. High above it all sits the fifteenth-floor California Grill, one of Disney’s best restaurants, with a bird’s-eye view of the Magic Kingdom.
655 rooms. 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830; 407-824-1000; Fax 407-824-3539. Check-in 3 p.m.; Check-out 11 a.m.
Newly renovated in a retro-modern Incredibles theme, guest rooms here were renovated top-to-bottom, and the result is a light, bright, and entertaining look. Dove gray headboards crown beds covered in white sheeting and topped with a fun Incredibles-theme pillow. A tangerine orange sectional sofa hiding a flip-over single sofa bed sits below a large TV. Tile flooring topped with a graphic area rug in orange, gray, and charcoal colors gives the room a larger feel. Don’t expect to find a bureau but rather only drawer space here and there throughout the room and in the closet. Sleek new baths feature a double sink vanity, an oversized shower (some with a shower/tub combination in a glass enclosure), and a separate toilet area. Opening the foyer’s closet, I had to chuckle at the mural found inside of the Incredibles hanging costumes! Next to the closet is an undercounter refrigerator and Keurig coffeemaker. Amenities include a laptop-size electronic safe, fluffy towels, a lighted makeup mirror, a hairdryer, and a clothes steamer.
Tower rooms, all with balconies, are the ticket here and worth the additional cost, with knockout views of either the Magic Kingdom® Park and glorious sunsets on one side (for a higher price), or beautiful Bay Lake on the other. The higher the floor, the quieter the room and the better the view. Rooms tend to be noisy due to their suspended position over the Grand Canyon Concourse, where the clamor of Chef Mickey’s character breakfast begins in the wee hours of the morning. Request a room on the opposite side of the tower from the restaurant if you prefer to sleep in. View Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s Tower Lake View Room on the Glass Slipper Concierge YouTube channel.
The three-story Garden Wing guest rooms offer the same decor and basic configuration as Tower rooms, but they come with a bit of a walk to the main building and the monorail. Bottom-floor rooms have a patio, but the top two floors lack balconies. Spend a bit more for a Garden View with vistas of the gardens, the marina, the pools, or Bay Lake instead of a parking lot.
Garden Wing Deluxe Rooms sit in the corner of the building, making them angular in shape with both the king bed and the living area all in one large space. The living area holds modern furnishings, including a sleeper sofa, chair with ottoman, coffee table, entertainment center, and desk. The bath is slightly oversize with two regions: two sinks and tub in one area, shower and toilet apart. A wet bar is in the foyer.
Cara’s Tip: Although Tower rooms on the Magic Kingdom side have a marvelous view of the park, they also come with a not-so-marvelous view of the parking lot.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort has two concierge levels: one on the twelfth floor and another on the fourteenth floor.
The Atrium Club on the resort’s twelfth floor is one of Disney’s standout concierge lounges. Here you’ll find continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, evening appetizers and wine, and after-dinner desserts and cordials, as well as private check-in/checkout and the services of a concierge staff. Three shallow balconies hold a few chairs and small tables, but fortunately, they come with unbeatable views of the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon, perfect for those with only a Bay Lake View guest room. At breakfast are fresh fruit, juice, cinnamon buns, a different sweet loaf each morning (lemon poppy seed, blueberry, double chocolate chip), Danish pastries, bagels, toast, croissants, Parker House rolls, steel-cut oatmeal, cereal, hard-boiled eggs, honey yogurt, yogurt parfait, assorted meats and cheeses rotating out with smoked salmon and fixings, and avocado toast. Rotating hot items include such items as coddled eggs with maple bacon, brûléed French toast, ricotta-filled crepes, and vegetable quiche. And if a morning pick-me-up is in order, Mas Fi Cava Sparkling Wine is served as well. The afternoon brings grab-and-go items such as bagged chips, animal crackers, yogurt-covered pretzels, fresh-baked cookies, and trail mix; assorted candies are out at all times in the concierge area near the elevators. In the evening are such hot and cold items as Parker House rolls, sea salt breadsticks, herb lavosh, lemongrass shrimp lettuce cups, crudities, wedge salad with bacon and blue cheese dressing, chilled soup, citrus-poached shrimp, couscous and artichoke salad, tomato salad with mozzarella and prosciutto, chicken salad, buckwheat noodles, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, beef bourguignon with baby vegetables, honey-glazed salmon, Mediterranean pork, Tuscan-roasted chicken with trofie pasta and miso-braised short ribs along with Parker House rolls, sea salt breadsticks, and herb lavosh. Kids love their own spread that changes out each evening with corn dog nuggets, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, tater tots, carrots, corn, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Wines offered are DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir, Raymond R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Indaba Sauvignon Blanc, La Fiera Moscato (unfortunately, they are not offering Chardonnay as an option), and Mas Fi Cava Sparkling Wine along with a nice variety of beer. After dinner is an assortment of cordials and mini desserts consisting of such goodies as a Smores’ whoopie pie, cream puffs, assorted French macarons, Black Forest cake shot, blondie bars, coffee chocolate hazelnut shot, tiramisu, and assorted cookies. Water is available on tap, including sparkling and still, the refrigerator is filled with an assortment of soft drinks, Smucker’s Uncrustables, kid-size bagged fruit, boxed juice and milk, and everyone loves the Club’s Nespresso machine! Atrium Club’s additional guest benefits include daily housekeeping, robes and slippers. Tour Disney’s Contemporary Resort Atrium Club Lounge on Glass Slipper Concierge’s YouTube channel.
Fourteenth-floor rooms and suites have been renovated in a retro-modern look with touches of the Incredibles in color scheme and artwork. Most accommodations on the 14th floor are suites, but regular-size guest rooms (called Standard Club Rooms) on this floor are larger than the rest and have deep balconies, larger baths, and spectacular views of either the Magic Kingdom or Bay Lake (the view is on request only with four Theme Park View Rooms—two with king beds and two with two queen beds—and only one Bay Lake View Room and it has two queen beds). All have the exclusive use of the Tower Club concierge lounge, offering mostly the same amenities as the Atrium Club but in a more intimate setting and with upgraded wine. And because it is the only guest room floor not suspended over the Grand Concourse, you won’t be awakened in the early morning hours by the sound of Chef Mickey’s. However, those on the Magic Kingdom side might hear noise in the evening from the California Grill above them. View Disney’s Contemporary Resort Tower Club Lounge on Glass Slipper Concierge’s YouTube channel.
The lofty suites on Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s 14th floor come with spectacular views and contemporary-style luxury.
Feel as if you are stepping into the Incredibles home in the Contemporary Resort’s Presidential Suite, featuring two bedrooms and three baths in 2,061 square feet. Five deep and spacious balconies span its length and afford spectacular Magic Kingdom views. Everywhere are hardwood floors with modern red and beige graphic area rugs and an Incredibles theme in the wall art and murals. A spacious great room decorated in mid-century modern decor with bright splashes of yellow and red holds a sectional sofa hiding a king-size pullout bed, a cherry red chair and ottoman, an additional armless easy chair, a large TV, and an eight-person oval dining table with black leather chairs. 50s-style lighting, some of it inset, makes for a Mad Men look. A strange service-type kitchen sits in the corner of the dining area and comes with a sink, Wolf drawer microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, and an undercounter refrigerator.
As you enter the master bedroom, you’ll find a small office area with a desk that adjoins the master closet in the entry hall leading to the hallway outside. On the other side of a partial wall are the king bed in front of a rock wall and a delightful sitting area with a red sofa, two modern occasional chairs, a coffee table, and a TV. The master bath is a white marble beauty with gray and gold tile accent walls: on one side is a wet room with a large soaking tub and shower; on the other side, double sinks sit on either side of a lowered vanity, and there is an open toilet area. The guest bedroom, located on the opposite side of the great room from the master, is more expansive than the standard rooms here. An entire wall of an Incredibles mural adorns the room’s two queen-size beds. Again, a fabulous guest bath includes a wet room with a shower and soaking tub, double sink vanity in a honed quartz vanity, and an open toilet area. An additional full bath with a shower is off the entry hall. Sleeps 8. View Disney’s Contemporary Resort Presidential Suite on the Glass Slipper Concierge’s YouTube Channel.
One- and Two-bedroom Suites offer either a Bay Lake View or a Theme Park View with 1,428 square feet of space. In the entry and great room are hardwood floors with modern gray and beige graphic area rugs, all decorated in mid-century modern. Everything is in neutral tones except for a splash of royal blue in one chair. In addition, there is a sectional king sleeper sofa as well as an ultramodern chair and ottoman accented with sofa and coffee tables. A very large TV hangs on the wall. Adjoining the living area is an eight-person oval dining table with taupe leather chairs. A stark service-type kitchen sits in the corner of the dining area and comes with a sink, Wolf drawer microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, and an under-counter refrigerator. A long, deep balcony runs the length of the room with an assortment of seating, tables, and chairs. In the bedroom is an Incredibles Edna Mode theming with two queen beds and a long desk of sorts where the TV sits (no drawers at all here). In the bedroom hallway are another entry door and a standard-type closet. The bath comes with double sinks in black marble vanity, and a large soaking tub is set within the shower wet area. The toilet area is open to the bath. Another nice balcony is found off the bedroom. The addition of a connecting Standard Club Room as a 2nd bedroom comes with either two queens or one king bed to make a Two-bedroom Suite. View Disney’s Contemporary Resort One-bedroom Bay Lake View Suite on the Glass Slipper Concierge YouTube channel.
In the resort’s Garden Wing are both One-bedroom Suites and Hospitality Suites, both of which have access to the 12th-floor Atrium Club.
Garden Wing One-Bedroom Suites are all corner suites with lovely wraparound views in every direction of Bay Lake and either the beach or the canal connecting Seven Seas Lagoon. The living room has a queen sleeper sofa, twin sleeper chair, easy chair, and coffee table. An adjoining dining area offers a round table seating four and a mini-kitchen with a Wolf drawer microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, and under-counter refrigerator. In the bedroom is a king bed, and the master bath has double sinks, a shower, and a separate toilet area. Two full baths in this suite are quite the luxury, with the entry hall bath featuring a shower and double sinks (Room 6224 does come with a tub/shower combo, on request only). Juliet-style balconies are found in almost every room, with windows everywhere, making this one bright and cheerful suite. All are on the upper floors, with no ground-floor balconies. Sleeps 5. View Disney’s Contemporary Resort Garden Wing One-Bedroom Suite on the Glass Slipper Concierge YouTube Channel.
Garden Wing Hospitality Suites are one-bedroom suites of which there are six in total. Throughout the suite are primarily neutral hues, with the only pop of color in the throw pillows. In the great room are three areas: one with a contemporary, modular sofa, coffee table, easy chair, and large TV; one holding a six-person dining table; and the last with a leather queen sleeper sofa, coffee table, and sleeper chair. A bar counter and four chairs front the service kitchen with a Wolf drawer microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, and under-counter refrigerator. Here too is a bonus full bath with shower and double sinks, and off the entry hall is a half bath for a total of three baths in all, which is quite the bonus. The master bedroom gives the nod to Edna Mode of The Incredibles in the theming and holds either one king bed or two queen beds (on request only), an easy chair, a credenza, and another oversized TV. A standard-size closet, much like the resort’s guest rooms, leads to the master bath featuring a dove gray marble shower—no tub—double sinks, and a separate toilet area. Running the length of two of the six Hospitality Suites on the ground floor are deep, spacious patios. Sleeps 7. A guest room does connect to the living room side of the suite, but the suite is not sold as a dedicated 2-bedroom. View Disney’s Contemporary Resort Garden Wing Hospitality Suite on the Glass Slipper Concierge YouTube Channel.
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