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    • mkymouse4ever

      Registered: January 2006
      Location: Illinois
      Posts: 32
      Review Date: Thu July 12, 2018 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): location location location

      We stayed at the CR for 12 nites 6/22 > 7/4. We had tower theme park view. We where just to the right of the center of the resort. Our view was totally amazing. The room was clean, and perfect. Beds very comfortable. Noticed the tv is now gigantic compared to our last stay.
      Only issue we had was really parking. They shut the main lot in front of the tower closed 2 different times during our visit. No notice was given. No reason was given. My family member has a handicapp placard > and NO extra HC parking was available to tower. They did not designate any new area which we could use > other than the suggestion of valet parking. I really do not like valet parking, especially after watching them park cars the first day. They told us the first time, was due to construction. They closed lot on friday and construction was 1 day on monday. But, no one could use the lot in the mean time. 2nd time was july 2 cause of a large party in convention center (or thats my guess) also people parking and going to mk. main lot was totally closed. till after the 4th. Now for the price you pay at CR for tower tpv. appropriate parking should be available. Only other HC parking was over at south tower had about 8 spots and should be used for people in south tower. The BLT has some by there door too but these are NOT convient for someone who can only walk a limited amount.
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      Registered: September 2008
      Location: WA
      Posts: 13
      Review Date: Mon June 11, 2018 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location

      I stayed 1 night on May 31, in a garden view room on the first floor, room #6114. My view was of Bay Lake. I was close to the pool. My walk from the room to the tower and to MK was not long at all. The room was very large as was the bathroom. Room could easily accommodate 5 adults, or at least 4 adults and a child. The bed was probably the most comfortable on property. CMs were very friendly and helpful. I checked in around noon and waited about 20 minutes until my room was ready. Bell services quickly delivered my bags. It is a very quick walk over to MK.

      I went to Contempo Café for breakfast and it was standard grab and go fare. I had dinner at The Wave. It was good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there again, though it may have been what I ordered.

      The views from CR are breathtaking. I woke up early to see the sunrise over Bay Lake and MK. I was able to get great photos from the Tower balcony.

      If you have the chance to stay here, definitely go for it. I've put off staying here because of the decor, but I really enjoyed my stay and would definitely go again.
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      Registered: December 2017
      Posts: 18
      Review Date: Wed December 6, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Location, Location

      I have stayed in the park three times (out of 28 visits) -- and all three were at the Contemporary. It is the quintessential Disney resort, not because of elaborate Disney theming like other resorts, but because it is the original Disney resort and you can't find anything like it anywhere else. True, it is very light on Disney decorating, and lower floors can be a mite noisy with the monorail, shops, and Chef Mickey's. And on our recent trip, we just could not get a character wake-up call! But, you can't beat the location and the ease of getting to the MK or EP. We have had the opportunity to visit several other hotels all over the Disney property where other members of our traveling party were staying. Each time, we all look at each other and agree they're nice, but the Contemporary is the only hotel for us. Besides that, according to my 8 year old son, you can't beat that "the monorail goes right through the building!" We have always been treated well and have been very satisfied staying there.
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      Registered: January 2006
      Location: Illinois
      Posts: 32
      Review Date: Sat October 14, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): location, location, location
      Cons: elevators, pool crowds

      We stayed finally 6 nites at Cr tower mkv. sept 2017 ending our 2.5 week stay at wdw.
      We are long time fans and frequent visitors of CR. Love CR and definately our favorite resort and location. Room was clean and fresh. Quick pleasant valet, and check in experience. Room ready very early. Got our requested location area. Only tower down fall is it was very hot during our stay and when leaving your room due to size and opening of building tower was warm on high floor. Aside from that was truely magical. Very pleasant Cm's. and great room service.
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      Registered: January 2010
      Location: San Antonio
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Thu May 18, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): location, views, pool, theme
      Cons: monorail down multiple times

      Staying at the Contemporary has been on my bucket list for a LONG time! I wanted to love it so much that I would only stay here again... but the monorail transportation that is supposed to be a huge perk was down multiple times during our quick trip.
      The room (Garden View in Garden Wing room 6111): The room was spacious and clean. The sink area did need more space but I knew it would be cramped ahead of time so no big deal. The walk wasn't to bad to main lobby and it was very quite. The beds were comfy enough and the I actually enjoyed the theme of the room. The view of Bay Lake was amazing!! My daughter's favorite part of the trip was sitting out on our first floor patio and watching the Water Pageant right out side our window. It felt like our own private show.
      The pool:The slide and splash pad were great. I was able to enjoy a margarita ($$$) from the pool bar and watch my kiddos play in the pool.
      The dining: The quick service restaurant was smaller than I am use to at the moderate and value resorts however I never went during peak times so I was always able to find a place to sit and the food was ok.
      Transportation:Let's be frank here, you pay for being on the monorail system, so when it was broken more than once during my 3 night stay it was very frustrating. The convenience of it when it was working was nice but I am not sure if it's worth the cost. The walk to the magic kingdom is nice but at the end of the night after being in the park all day it can seem much longer.
      Overall: I will definitely stay here again but it will probably be after we give a few other deluxe resorts a try. Just wasn't the full experience I was hoping for.
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      Registered: April 2016
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Mon April 4, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Room Size, History
      Cons: Pool

      Having just checked out of the Contemporary Resort on April 2 after a seven-night stay on property, I am happy to give this location a hearty recommendation.

      My wife and I, along with our 6-year-old son, shared a 1st floor room in the garden wing facing Bay Lake. This, to me, was an ideal location. Tower rooms, especially those facing the Magic Kingdom, command higher nightly rates, but I preferred the peace and lovely view of our location. The walk to the Contemporary tower -including the bus and monorail stops- was not a long one (we stayed at an outer room at Kidani Village: THAT is a long walk!). Pretty Bay Lake is dotted with ferries and watercraft throughout the day and our view provided two showings of the nightly Electrical Water Pageant. I find it charming, but the volume was a bit loud for our location and for the time.

      The room, as mentioned above, was exceptionally large and comfortable. We toured other deluxe resort rooms during this trip and were surprised at how roomy and elegant ours was by comparison. This is attributable to the age and unique construction of the Contemporary. Please don't forget this terrific plus when considering deluxe WDW lodgings. The decor was indeed modern and fashionable. Though I believe the Contemporary's modern rooms recently incorporated stylized Disney imagery, there wasn't a mouse to be seen anywhere in the room except for on the shower curtain. My little boy wasn't put off in the least. Comfortable beds are a must, and these did not disappoint. The bathroom sinks have been bashed plenty of times before and those people weren't wrong. They didn't pose much of a problem, though: not really an issue.

      As is often noted about the Contemporary, the style is relatively un-Disney. While that turns off many, I admire the sleek theming throughout the resort with the only exceptions being the somewhat airport-like 4th floor concourse and the joyless 1st floor lobby. The pool was a letdown: small, crowded and shallow, it closed earlier than expected each night. Nonetheless, the expansive marina, beach and grounds are delightful. The walk to MK can't be beat and we elected to take that path more than ride the monorail to visit the park. And with so many good views of the fireworks, one needn't fear missing out or being crowded during the show. I recommend the bridge to Bay Lake Tower as an ideal viewing spot if you cant make it up to the California Grill observation deck.

      My father took us to WDW many times in my youth and staying at the Contemporary this trip made me nostalgic. I left feeling very satisfied: the vacation was a wonderful one and it brought on many deep and joyful feelings within me (and a few melancholic ones as well). I feel this trip will stick with me and that I now have a special affinity for the Contemporary Resort. It is an excellent choice for those seeking deluxe accommodations near the Magic Kingdom.
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      Registered: June 2006
      Location: Glen Burnie, MD
      Posts: 25
      Review Date: Sun February 21, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Staff, Views
      Cons: Theming

      My hubby and I stayed here for the second time in Feb 2016. We LOVE this resort! We had a Tower, Theme Park View room on the 11th floor and the views were incredible! We made sure to make it back to our room several nights to watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. Also, being in the Tower, everything was very convenient. The staff were very friendly and helpful, including helping with our room requests. And having the monorail in the building was a huge plus! The rooms are huge as well.

      We also loved the fact that you could walk back from the Magic Kingdom when the monorail was super crowded at night.

      The only con is the theming, as its not as themed as the other resorts. But everything else trumps that.
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      Registered: December 2012
      Location: United States
      Posts: 15
      Review Date: Thu October 15, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): View, ease of getting to parks
      Cons: elevators, theme

      My family and I stayed at Contemporary in October. We were going to be attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and booked Contemporary because of its location. We loved being able to walk to Magic Kingdom. We had a theme park view and it was great to sit out on the balcony in the morning and watch the boats, buses, and monorail go by. We also really enjoyed watching Wishes and Electrical Water Pageant from our balcony. The staff at the resort was very friendly and helpful like we have come to expect from Disney.

      The only negatives were the elevators and the theme. As far as Disney resorts go, the theme is is definitely lacking. It felt like a regular hotel, and a nice one at that, but it's nice to stay at a fully themed resort such as Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, or Animal Kingdom Lodge. To be fair, we did know what the theme was going to be like when we booked the hotel. The other problem was the elevators. We stayed on the seventh floor and in the mornings, the down elevators would be so full that we would end up having to get on an elevator that was going up, ride it up, and then stay on it on the way down. Other people complained of having to do this, as well. The stairs are clearly marked that there is no exit until the first floor, but the shops, restaurants, and monorail are not located on the first floor. So, if you were hoping to take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom in the morning, you would leave your room and either take an elevator up to the top and then ride it to the correct level, or you would take the stairs to the first level and then take an escalator up to the proper level.

      We would still recommend this hotel to others, but they do need to be aware that the elevators situation is less than stellar.
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      Registered: July 2007
      Location: Pittsburgh, PA
      Posts: 60
      Review Date: Tue September 8, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Theme Park View
      Cons: nothing major

      Stayed in a theme park room from Aug 25-Sept 3. Loved the view and the nightly fireworks were wonderful to watch. Having the monorail available to take to another resort was especially handy as it rained, a lot. The bus transportation was usually on time with the board. The rooms are large and comfortable, a little more modern that my normal tastes, but tastefully done. Did not like the sinks in the bathroom however. They are too large and flat and when you are brushing your teeth or washing your hands, the water tends to spread out. Took the maid staff a couple of days, and notes with tips, to start leaving more shampoo and tea bags. This is the first year that my birthday (which we always travel over) was not acknowledged at check-in. No towel animals or Mickey heads either. But would return again for the location, monorail and view! Did not even see the pool as it rained on pool day.
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      Registered: June 2011
      Location: NC
      Posts: 14
      Review Date: Thu September 3, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Walk to MK!
      Cons: Elevator waits

      Just returned from our trip to the Contemporary and had the most fabulous view of Bay Lake. Just spectacular! At night the water parade parked and we thoroughly enjoyed it from our balcony. The rooms at the Contemporary are large, and we just love that our kids can each have a bed with the pull down sofa bed available in room. So convenient to get to MK...just a short little walk over. And it's just too cool that the monorail runs through the hotel! Makes it so easy to pop over to the Poly or the GF for dinner, regardless of the weather outside. Which during the summer should definitely be a consideration given the regular tstorms in Orlando in the evenings.
      The pool is a little boring, and the pool bar could use a facelift. But the pool staff tries super hard to make it fun for the kids. The good news is that you could always find a chair by the pool because it is large in size!
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      Registered: November 2009
      Posts: 36
      Review Date: Sat December 20, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Monorail, Nostalgia, California Grill
      Cons: $$$$

      Great hotel. Love the whole look, feel and smell of the place. And what's cooler than having the monorail cruise through the lobby! I'd highly recommend a tower room. Much more expensive but the "feel" of them and the views are 100X better.

      California grill is simply spectacular.
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      Registered: January 2006
      Location: Illinois
      Posts: 32
      Review Date: Fri October 3, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): location! MK view!
      Cons: elevators

      We stayed at CR mkv tower room, sept 18 > 30. We had requested 1 room request to be over the shops and far from chef mickey's. We checked in at 9 am > so I am sure we had a good shot at getting our request. The front desk CM said your room is ready > I asked about the request and she said yep no problem you are very far down the hall from chef mickey's. Turned out we where the closest room to the side of chef mickey's. I didn't go back down we just did our usual of putting pillows around the door at night so as not to wake up very early with the loud resturant. Just kinda odd that the cm was unaware where these rooms really are.
      We are regular's at CR and again loved our stay. Room had a few issues. The floor lamp and the desk lamp did not work and a few bulb's where burned out in bathroom too. I did call maintaneous > they fixed the desk, but not the others. Mousekeeping overall was excellent. 1 day we left the room after 11am and upon return late that night our room was not done. The night cm replaced towel for us.
      Elevators are a big issue on friday night they locked 3 elevators for california grille during a busy time. And I think a sign for the escalator's would be a good idea since no one seems to try them, some where totally unaware of escalator's being available.
      Parking lot is a problem, due to the amount of people parking for mk, resturants, or employee's going to mk.
      We did have a major issue with room service. Since there is not a review area for room service I will add this here. Our order was incorrect the 2 meals we ordered. Things where missing and oddly a cobb salad was a bunch of greens with a dressing I could not figure out. Not chopped up or green goddess dressing. They added a large piece of chocholate to a carrot cake, which is ok but sis is allergic to chocholate and we thought carrot cake would be safe.
      Overall, yes we had a few issues. But, I would still stay here again. None of these issues bothered us or our trip.
      The pool area is super, as is the boat rental. We love to spend time out on the lakes. Taking the monorail is always a plus. A little long going to Epcot, but a nice ride. Buses ran efficent for us. But, we also use a rental car and drive to ak and ds.
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      Registered: September 2014
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Thu September 18, 2014 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 5 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Decor, location to MK
      Cons: monorail maintenance all the time, manager

      The location to the MK is fantastic! It is very nice to be able to walk. With that being said, getting anywhere else was a nightmare! I stayed from Sept. 13-17 and the monorail was closed every morning until between 9:30-10:00. When I booked the resort in April I was told the monorail would be open an hour before the parks every morning. Not true! I went to talk to the manager and she could have cared less. She told me that day was maintenance, but that was not the normal. The very informative man at the buses told me another story. He said the monorail is often closed during value season until late morning. When coming home from EPCOT that evening (at 9:00) the monorail was closed again. It took us an hour and 15 minutes to get back to the resort.
      While the room was nice and the beds were very comfortable, I would stay at the Polynesian next time! The frustration with the transportation did it for me with the Contemporary! I never would have spent that amount of money to have to take the buses. It was a huge disappointment after dreaming of staying here for years.
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      Registered: May 2014
      Posts: 11
      Review Date: Tue May 13, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Location, Location--even for the Garden Wing
      Cons: moving through the resort

      We stayed in the Garden Wing, which I was a bit nervous about; I mean, the Contemporary is beautiful, a great hotel that looks like a spaceport and a marvel of modern architecture--why stay in the Garden Wing? It turned out to be a great experience, and the savings were well worth it.

      First of all, you cannot beat the Contemporary for location. We walked to the MK several times, despite having cranky kids (and one in a stroller), because it was just so close. The walk isn't "magical," per se, but you get to walk under the Monorail and get a good look at Space Mountain on the way. Of course the Monorail is extra cool--my kids liked it as much as any other ride. Quick trip to Epcot, and even a quick trip via bus to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom (they told us to plan 40 minutes, but it was probably more like 15). From what I could tell, everything stopped at the Contemporary first on the way home, although on the way in you go through the Polynesian and Grand Floridian first. But that's actually a bonus--first off at the end of a long day, first on ahead of the other riders at the start of the day. For my money, staying at a Monorail resort is well worth it.

      And the contemporary is cool--I think the coolest resort aesthetically. It does not get enough love as a Disney resort, in my mind, but that's mainly because the others are so lavishly themed, and the charm of the Contemporary is so subtle. Yes, it is somewhat dated in terms of the conception of what is "contemporary." But it does not feel stuck in 1971 in any way, just always someone's idea of futuristic. The concourse with the Monorail coming through makes the whole thing feel like it is perfectly conceived and planned. And as an adult, I think that many of the other resorts leave one feeling a bit silly. This is a hotel you're proud to come home to.

      The Garden Wing is off to the side and the worst thing that can be said is that it is a bit of a hike to and from transportation, restaurants, etc. It is on the opposite side of the resort as the MK walkway, those hallways start to seem pretty long, and the elevators are not incredibly conveniently placed. To get to the restaurants or the Monorail you walk across the property, then take an elevator or escalator to the 4th and 5th floors. This could be a bit of a pain--it was especially so when I wanted to go get coffee from the Contempo Cafe in the morning and bring it back to the room. If you think this is a problem, however, I would be sure to check out cross-resort walks at other resorts--I remember staying at Port Orleans once, and the walk was probably comparable. And when I was waiting for the elevator, I figured that anyone in the tower would also have to wait for the same elevator--they just would not have to walk that far to get to it! On the whole, however, I found it that the walk was not that bad--and that's dragging two elementary-aged kids and a pre-schooler.

      So about the Garden Wing itself: I worried that we would feel like we were in the low class wing, but we never felt like we were going cheap. In sum, you get all the benefits of the Contemporary's location and amenities, for a little cheaper, and as a bonus you're close to the pool. One major benefit that I was not expecting--and that even the bellhop did not know about--is that we could see the fireworks from our beds. Not the full show, mind you, but the "top part" of the fireworks, just enough to thrill my kids as they were going to bed, and enough to make the room feel extra cool. You should note two things: 1.) this only will work in Garden View rooms, and probably not all (my sense is that the closer you are to the lagoon, the better your view would be--and you probably have to be on the third floor, which is what we wanted anyway); and 2.) to see fireworks in the Tower requires a Magic Kingdom View room, which I think may be as much as $200 more--compare prices for yourself. While I'm on the topic of fireworks: there is an observation deck on the 4th floor from which you can watch the MK fireworks (with the Monorail coming in just above your head), and I was told (on the last night, when it was too late for me to check out) that you can see the fireworks and get the music from the show at the California Grille restaurant.

      The Garden Wing is just outside of the pool/beach area, and the pool is really nice. They have a water slide and a little splash area. You can't swim at the beach, but my kids really liked playing in the sand after their swim. The lifeguards are fantastic. Also, they have lots of activities around the pool area, including a nightly movie. I believe that the pools at some of the resorts are more elaborate--the Beach Club areas, especially. But from what I can tell from the pics of the Art of Animation, etc., resorts, the pools are not better, just more themed.

      The decor is really cool. One of the things that led us to choose the Contemporary is that it is not drenched in Disney decor, so my wife and I felt like we were staying in a place that was partly for us. If you want to feel like you're in a really nice, well-designed, modern hotel, this is a great place. It was not standard hotel decor by any means--it feels like an upscale boutique hotel in New York or LA; the rooms are sleek and modern, with some cool lighting features. The bathroom is encased in marble, which felt really luxurious. I know some people want to be totally enmeshed in Disney, and if you want mouse ear lamps and Lion King bedspreads, you should go someplace else--although my kids loved the deconstructed hidden Mickeys in the hallway artwork and carpet. This was their first trip; maybe if they had been in one of the over-the-top themed resorts before, they would have missed the characters. As it was, however, they loved it too; when we wanted extra Disney magic, we turned on the TV and played Donald Duck cartoons.

      Before I booked, I wanted a good, thorough review that took account of the Garden Wing, and I couldn't find it. Hopefully this suffices for the next guy. Take the walking and the theming into account, compare with the other resorts, but I do not think you'll be disappointed.
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      Registered: May 2012
      Location: Pennsylvania
      Posts: 20
      Review Date: Wed April 16, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Rennovations, Good Food
      Cons: Noisy

      We had a bad dining experience the last time we ate at this restaurant. This time was much better. The rennovations are a big improvement. Our food was very good (ordered the chicken). Dessert was creme brulee, and it was excellent. The restaurant is very noisy, and unfortunately, we were also seated in a high traffic area, but we still enjoyed our meal and would return.
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