Disney's Contemporary Resort

Walt Disney World, Orlando

Virgin rating

The hotel

The closest hotel to the Magic Kingdom Park is the height of retro, '70s cool. The monorail enters the lobby through a 'curtain' of air to drop off and pick up. The stylish, gourmet 15th-floor California Grill restaurant offers incredible bird's-eye views over the Magic Kingdom Park (perfect for the evening fireworks), or you can meet your favourite characters in Chef Mickey's Restaurant. If you're not at the park during the day, there's a big swimming pool, tennis courts and even the option of renting a boat and cruising around Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon - and come the end of the day, tired parents can revive themselves in the cocktail lounge.

Amenities

  • Tennis
  • Disney Dining Plan
  • Babysitting service
  • Wheelchair access
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Free Parking
  • Free transport to theme parks
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service

Where is it

Magic Kingdom Resort area. Transfer time from airport: approx 30 minutes.

Hotel information

655 rooms and suites on up to 15 floors in 3 buildings (main building, garden wing, and bay lake tower). All have a private patio or balcony, air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi access, flat-panel TV with Disney Channel, coffee/tea making facilities, beverage cooler, safe, beverage cooler/mini-fridge, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board. 

Garden Wing Resort View rooms have views of the parking area or obstructed views, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, plus a day bed, sleeping maximum 5 people.

Garden Wing Water View Rooms offer views of the pool, marina or bay lake, with 2 queen-size beds plus 1 day bed, sleeping maximum 5 people.

Garden Wing Deluxe Rooms are slightly larger in size, with views of either the gardens, pools, marina or bay lake, with 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed, sleeping maximum 3 people.

Main Tower Water View Rooms offer views of Bay Lake, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, plus a day bed, sleeping maximum 5 people.

Main Tower Theme Park View Rooms offer views of Magic Kingdom Park and the parking area, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, plus a day bed, sleeping maximum 5 people.

Club Level Rooms include access to the desginated Club Level Lounge and personalised guest services.

Please note: cots must be requested at time of booking.

Use of the Walt Disney World Resort Transportation System is included in your stay: This hotel has Monorail access from the hotel to both Magic Kingdom park and EPCOT (with one transfer), water transportation to Magic Kingdom park, and bus transportation throughout the resort. 

Complimentary hotel parking.

California Grill & Lounge (fine dining with views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom park, open for dinner). Steakhouse 71 (stylish but casual dining, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Chef Mickey's (character dining, buffet breakfast and dinner). Steakhouse 71 Lounge (bar service with light bites). Sand Bar (poolside bar serving casual food menu and drinks). Contemporary Grounds (convenient coffee counter). Contempo Cafe (quick-service dining available all day). Outer Rim (cocktail bar with views of Bay Lake). 

Main feature pool with waterslide and fountains, and quieter Bay Lake Pool with waterslide. Hot tub. Poolside cabanas*. Games arcade*. Jogging trail. Movies under the stars. Campfire activities. Basketball. Beach volleyball. Watercraft rentals*. Tennis* (reservations required). Fishing*. Jogging trails. Electrical water pageant. Fitness centre.

Disney-themed shop. Complimentary WiFi. Disney Water Transportation to other Disney Resort Hotels. Minnie Van service*. Laundry and dry-cleaning services*. Babysitting service*. Room service*.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

Minimum stay 5 nights at all times.

Maximum stay 21 nights.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: rollaway beds no longer available.


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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our new favorite!

Mar 8, 2024 KLT3 Charlotte, North Carolina

We just returned from our trip and LOVED THE CONTEMPORARY! We have been to both DisneyLand (Grand Californian and Paradise Pier) and DisneyWorld (Caribbean Beach and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness) before, and this is now my new favorite. I read some other reviews discussing that the theming was not as strong here, but I honestly think it's… Read more
We just returned from our trip and LOVED THE CONTEMPORARY! We have been to both DisneyLand (Grand Californian and Paradise Pier) and DisneyWorld (Caribbean Beach and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness) before, and this is now my new favorite. I read some other reviews discussing that the theming was not as strong here, but I honestly think it's perfect. I think everyone has "a hotel" that is theirs for one reason or another, and this one is just ours. The room is incredibly clean, simple, and for that it allows us to RELAX during our breaks. We go early and stay late, so we always take breaks in the afternoon. And our room was just wonderful to come back to each day. It is easy to get to and from the parks, I LOVE the built in closets because it allows us to fully unpack and stow our suitcases, the bathroom is huge and very comfortable for a family, and most importantly the beds are COMFORTABLE! I am picky due to my neck and slept really well here. My kids thought it was great because there are about 300 plugs to use for electronic charging. We ate at Steakhouse 71 and really enjoyed it. We did eat at a few other monorail hotels to experience them, but I think the Contemporary is just our kind of place and will book more reservations within our own hotel next time. I will absolutely come back not only because of the proximity to MK and the convenience of the monorail, but because the hotel itself was perfection. Our room was clean every day when we came back, the kids enjoyed having all their stuffed animals arranged in a fun manner, and I truly appreciate that the theming was modern and clean so I could mentally relax during our breaks. If you want heavier theming, there are great options on the monorail, but if you- like me- need a little mental break in the middle of the day then I highly recommend the Contemporary. It is clean, nicely sized, comfortable, and most importantly: total access winner for MK, which is where we spent most of our evenings. Thank you so much to the Contemporary staff for all that you do! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Bucket List Magic Kingdom Experience

Feb 24, 2024 Corrine T

Bucket list Disney experience! If you have a Magic Kingdom loving kid you can’t beat this hotel’s location. Stay in the main building, the extra bucks are worth it to be in the main hub to walk right out of your room and look down on Mickey, Minnie and all the friends. Beds were very comfortable, and the hotel was quieter both in and out of the… Read more
Bucket list Disney experience! If you have a Magic Kingdom loving kid you can’t beat this hotel’s location. Stay in the main building, the extra bucks are worth it to be in the main hub to walk right out of your room and look down on Mickey, Minnie and all the friends. Beds were very comfortable, and the hotel was quieter both in and out of the room than we expected. Having the monorail access inside hotel cannot be under-emphasized, especially if you are a big MK park-goer. It’s not cheap, but we did not regret the expense. Also, big shout out to the Contempo take- out spot for their excellent GF flatbread!!! Last note, book at the California Grill for the firework’s experience. Read less
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Feb 1, 2024 Katie R

Initially our stay was good. However a fire alarm went off around 6 am , we were confused, were not sure what to do or where to go. My other family members were 4 floors above us and didn’t realize they needed to evacuate until I called them. They did not hear the same alarms as us. They only had a short alarm go off while ours went off… Read more
Initially our stay was good. However a fire alarm went off around 6 am , we were confused, were not sure what to do or where to go. My other family members were 4 floors above us and didn’t realize they needed to evacuate until I called them. They did not hear the same alarms as us. They only had a short alarm go off while ours went off continuously. No staff called on the phones or banged on doors to tell people to exit. All the staff were outside but not very many people staying in the resort (at least for the first 25 minutes). A staff member told me there was a fire in the kitchen, and when we exited it smelled like an electrical fire. Very disappointed there was an actual fire in the building and they did not safely make sure guests got out of the building. Glad I called my mom on the 8th floor to evacuate . They also did not tell guests when to go back inside the building. It was about 47 degrees out side and ppl had to stand in pajamas. No communication at all. We checked out as soon as possible with our 4 kids because we did not feel safe . Read less
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Jan 31, 2024 501pickler Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

I just got back from our stay at the Contemp and it was awesome, with some problems that didn't detract from our enjoyment. The best thing about the Contemp is the short walk to Magic Kingdom. That makes the hotel feel so special and privileged! I can just pop in Magic Kingdom any time I wanted. I requested an earlier room check in, and was sent… Read more
I just got back from our stay at the Contemp and it was awesome, with some problems that didn't detract from our enjoyment. The best thing about the Contemp is the short walk to Magic Kingdom. That makes the hotel feel so special and privileged! I can just pop in Magic Kingdom any time I wanted. I requested an earlier room check in, and was sent my room number at 12pm, which is fantastic because 2 of my kids were sick. So we arrived at the room, and I let the kids rest in the hotel while I took off to MK for a quick hour, then got back and took my healthy kid to the pool. For other Disney hotels, it takes at least half hour just to reach Magic Kingdom. We got take out food from the food court as well as Steakhouse 71 and ate in the room (very nice with sick kids). Apparently, you have to stay at the Contemp to be allowed to order takeout from Steakhouse 71, so we enjoyed the privilege, though not the food (terrible, tastes like stuff I make, I will never eat there again.) The food court's food is far better, not to mention cheaper. The room looks OK, probably the ugliest deluxe Disney hotel room there is with its Incredibles theming. I am OK with the Incredibles movie but don't feel that it needs to be slapped onto the Contemporary. It wasn't even that popular of a movie. It does provide a sofa that turns into a bed, which I appreciate. The old room decor looked far better and I loved it, but for some reason Disney decided to change it. The glowing closet door does look very good, I must admit. If I ever need to buy closet doors I'll be sure to get such glowing ones. Another thing that's neat is the indirect ceiling light, looks awesome. What's really odd is that the two bed frames are joined together as a single piece. I can't imagine what the purpose is. As a result, when my kids move on their bed, it shakes my bed! I've never seen that before. The shower looks very beautiful has very weak water pressure even though it is brand new from the remodeling. The heater didn't work very well, so I was cold all night (46 out) and didn't sleep well enough. At night, the toilet stopped working and won't flush. So I took the lid off and fixed it! Wow, I've never fixed a toilet before, and it was different from my home toilet, but I saw what the problem was, and I fixed it! The hallway in the Garden Wing was narrow and bland, even after the Incredibles refurbishment, unlike other deluxe hotels such as Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is cheaper than the Contemp but has much fancier hallways. But you can't walk to a park from there! We booked the Garden Wing, though the main building is nicer with better hallways. We were upgraded to there once, and we appreciated the upgrade, but I don't want to ever stay there again because I'm impatient, and the elevators there is a pain during busy hours. It took me 9 minutes to go from my room to the ground floor amidst large crowds of people all fighting for the elevator, many of them aren't hotel guests but merely eating at Chef Mickey's. After dinner, I walked to the Grand Floridian and back during fireworks time, and it was such a beautiful and magical walk. At 9 pm, we went to Magic Kingdom again and took advantage of the low crowds after fireworks. We didn't have to worry about getting back too late or the bus being too crowded! It was just amazing. Read less
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Jan 31, 2024 Steve W

Paid for water front rm and got garden view room. Manager not helpful and lost Lu luggage after repeatedly calling after going to the bell service finally found my luggage. Room mediocre beds. OK some damage on walls and cupboards not mine for entered and discovered probably not gonna come back here again don’t recommend it either to family or… Read more
Paid for water front rm and got garden view room. Manager not helpful and lost Lu luggage after repeatedly calling after going to the bell service finally found my luggage. Room mediocre beds. OK some damage on walls and cupboards not mine for entered and discovered probably not gonna come back here again don’t recommend it either to family or friends. Read less