I recently had the opportunity to spend a few nights at the Disney Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from the resort. I have previously stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Boardwalk hotel near Epcot.
The only thing I knew about the Contemporary Resort is the monorail goes through the middle of it. I had been on the monorail through the hotel but never checked out the actual resort. My room was in the garden wing on the second floor.
The first thing I noticed about the resort is it is not over the top Disney. Not that there is anything wrong with being over the top Disney especially at WDW but this resort is very modern and clean designed. My room had two beds, a couch, and ample space for a family.
Located directly next to the Magic Kingdom you can walk to the main entrance of the park or take a ride on the iconic monorail.
One bonus that I wasn’t aware of until I was curled up in bed and heard faint musical notes that grew closer and closer is the Electrical Water Pageant passes right in front of the resort. Starting around 10pm right in the lagoon in front of the hotel charming sea creatures make their way in a parade of lights serenaded by Disney music we all love.
The resort also has a lovely pool with water slides for those moments when you need a break from the parks and just want to relax. There is a pool bar for adult beverages while you relax.
I enjoyed an evening of in room dining and relaxing and it was quite delicious. The cheese plate included three varieties of cheese, toasted bread, a tapenade, and honestly a purple substance I am not sure what it was. I think it might have been something made with beets or maybe a salami but I am not sure.
The Tour of Italy includes an assortment of stuffed pastas with a tomato ragu and warm garlic knots. If you are vegetarian let them know and they can make sure the stuffed pasta does not include any meat.
In room dining cost
Cheese plate – $16
A tour of Italy pasta bowl – $19
Glass of Moscato – $11
There is also a $3 delivery charge added along with an 18% service charge and local taxes. My total bill for dinner was around $60.
If you are looking for food options and don’t want to pay for room service you can visit the marketplace on floor 4 along with a few other Disney gift stores. You can also access the monorail from the fourth floor.
If you are looking to bounce between resorts you can take a great boat ride from the dock near the pool to the Wilderness Resorts. These boat rides are a great way to see more of Walt Disney World and check out other resorts.
We took the monorail to the Polynesian Resort and enjoyed a boozy Dole Whip which I highly recommend! Hello yum!!! So worth jumping on the monorail for a few minutes.
Overall the Contemporary is a great resort if you are looking for easy access to the Magic Kingdom and don’t want to be over the top Disney all the time. The resort is very clean, contemporary (ha), and easy to maneuver around.