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Why you should stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

by Jamie Rumph

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Contemporary Contemporary at Night

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the original resort to Disney World, first named “The Tempo Bay Resort Hotel”.? It opened October 1, 1971.

The Contemporary Resort is composed of the original A-Frame main building (tower rooms are located here) featuring a large open-air atrium, the garden wing, and the Bay Lake Tower.? Disney’s Contemporary Resort underwent major renovations in 2005 when one garden wing was demolished to make room for Bay Lake Tower that opened in 2009.? It is home to some of the most expensive Disney Vacation Club rooms offered at the time.? The tower connects to the main building on the 5th floor.

Bay Lake Tower

This resort has beautiful views of Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon along with nightly views of “The Happily Ever After” fireworks in Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom is most easily accessed from this resort.? You can simply walk across the street and quickly arrive at the Main Gate which is a great benefit at the end of the night when the boats and buses have a line to access.

Walk Way from MK to Contemporary Resort

Resort Size

  • 633 Rooms – accommodate up to 5 guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib.
  • Club Level accommodations available
  • Rooms have either 2 queen
    n size beds, or one king size bed and day bed
  • 23 Suites
  • 428 Villas
Main Building and Garden Wing
  • Standard Room – 4 guests
  • 1 Bedroom Garden Suite – 5 guests
  • 2 Bedroom Suite – 10 guestsGarden Wing rooms
Bay Lake Tower Villas
  • Deluxe Studio – 4 guests
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – 5 guests
  • 2 Bedroom Villa – 9 guests
Room Size:
  • Standard Room 437 sq ftBay Lake View Room
  • 1 Bedroom 1,313 sq ft
  • 2 Bedroom Suite 1,892 sq ft
  • Deluxe Studio – 356 sq ft
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – 727 sq ft
  • 2 Bedroom Villa – 1,080 sq ft

Check-In/Check Out:

  • Check-In: 3 pm
  • Out: 11 am
  • Guests arriving earlier or later can check in and have their bags held by the bellhop.
  • Guests can pre-check in from the My Disney Experience app

Dining Options

Signature Dining/Table Service:

  • California Grill

Character Dining/Table Service:

  • Chef Mickey’s (for additional pictures, click here)

Table Service:

  • The Wave of American Flavors?

Quick Service:

  • Contempo Cafe
  • Contemporary Grounds


  • Outer Rim
  • The Wave Lounge

Pool Bars:

  • The Sand Bar
  • Cove Bar

Special Experiences:

  • Pirates and Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage
  • Highway in the Sky Dine Around

In Room Dining Available


    • 2 pools with slide, plus leisure pool

    • Poolside Cabana rentals
    • Whirlpool
    • Water Feature

    • Health Club
    • Tennis
    • Fishing


    • Boat rentals

  • Arcade
  • Movies under the Stars
  • Running Trail
  • Valet Service
  • Coin Laundry


  • Fantasia Shop
  • Bayview Gifts


  • Bus to all 4 Parks, Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach
  • Walking distance to Magic Kingdom
  • Monorail to Magic Kingdom and Epcot
  • Boat to Wilderness Lodge, Ft. Wilderness and Magic Kingdom

Concierge Level:

  • Exclusive Check-in Line
  • Concierge team to assist with reservations and other needs pre and during stay
  • Atrium Club and Tower Club Access includes:
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Mid-day snacks
  • Evening wine and appetizers
  • Deserts

Resort Location:

Located across the street from the Magic Kingdom

4600 North World Drive

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Additional Things to Know:

  • The Electrical Parade can be seen nightly from the main tower rooms or the beach.
  • Best rooms for the Electrical Parade view are from the Bay Lake Side
  • Fireworks can be seen from the “Theme Park View” Rooms
  • The Monorail glides through this A-Frame resort daily
  • During the holidays a large Frozen themed Gingerbread display is out (for more pictures, click here)
For additional pictures and information about Disney’s Contemporary Resort, go here.

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Need more help planning your Walt Disney World Vacation?? I’m happy to help!? Email me for questions or a free quote!? jamie@lotmv.com

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