Monday, December 14, 2015

Disney's Contemporary Resort

We are continuing to plan our marathon trip for January, so I thought it was only appropriate that we talk about Disney resorts. It is our goal to always try new resorts but once we find ones we like, we tend to keep visiting them again and again. It's a good thing we do plenty of Disney races!



Last year for marathon weekend my sister and I stayed at the Contemporary resort. The last time we had stayed here we were just kids and remembered it not being very "Disney-ish".  Because of it's convenient location along the monorail line we decided to give it another try.

I must say that now that I am an adult, this resort is among my favorites!  Here's why.

1. It's the perfect place to stay for a race weekend (at least for those races that start at Epcot).  The Contemporary is the last stop on the monorail line before you switch monorails to go straight to Epcot.  We love the fact that we can wait inside for the monorail and not have to board a bus.


2. Location of the Contemporary resort is key. Not only is it along the monorail line, but it is with in walking distance  to Magic Kingdom and only a quick boat ride ( or jogging path) away from two other deluxe resorts that have some fabulous dining options.

3. The rooms. Need I say more. The rooms are absolutely fabulous.  When we come for a race weekend we have a LOT of stuff. The large rooms here gives us plenty of space to spread it all out and still have space to move around.



The desk area here gives us lots of space to plug in all our running accessories!

 The beds at the deluxe resort are suppose to be comfier too. I know these beds were nice but to be honest, I fall asleep fast so to me, all the other resort beds are nice too.

And as you can see, there is a touch of Disney in the d├ęcor too.

I neglected to get a picture of our view, but it was a great one. It overlooked the Seven Seas Lagoon and we had a great view of the Electrical Water Pageant. Actually, the first night we were there we went to bed early. A little while later I heard my sister ask me to turn the volume off on my phone. I wondered what she was talking about. Here she thought I was playing games on my phone because of all the little beeping noises.  The noise was actually the water parade going on outside our window!

4. Food options. The Contemporary is known for Chef Mickey's Character meals, but even the quick service spot "The Contempo Cafe" is fabulous. I've had many good meals here.

5. The grounds are really beautiful and lots of places to relax and take in the scenery.

You can see the Wishes fireworks from the Contemporary and if you want to take one of the fireworks cruises, they leave from the dock here too.


 The Contemporary is on the higher end of the price scale but there are times when you can get a really good deal. Many people who come for race weekend say that they only need a room to sleep in and that's it. Although that is true, when we go to Disney for race weekends we don't always plan to go to the parks (because we don't know how we will feel after a race).  We do spend a LOT of time at the resort so for that reason we make sure to stay at a place we will enjoy and has great food options!

What do you like about this place?

16 comments:

  1. We have never stayed at the Contemporary, but have eaten a few meals there. It is definitely a convenient location for race weekends. I love the monorail resorts for race weekend too and will be staying at one in January!

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  2. I love how those bedrooms are decorated. Very clean and modern.

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  3. i haven't stayed here, but it looks really cute -- i like how the room has a modern but sort of earthy/natural vibe. definitely roomy, too!

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  4. I'd sleep in Disney's parking lot & still be happy :) haha

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  5. When I stayed there a couple of years ago for a travel agent conference we rented a poolside cabana and it was fabulous! I have stayed at all the Disney resorts except for a couple of the value resorts. It's so hard to pick a favorite now!

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  6. I like the convenience of the Contemporary because it's on the Monorail. I haven't stayed there, but it's always fun to pass through on the Monorail when we're going to MK.

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  7. I've never stayed at the Contemporary before, but would love to! I also love riding past Chef Mickey's when riding the monorail.

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  8. What a beautiful place, the rooms are great :) If I were doing a marathon I would want a nice place because I likely wouldn't do a park day.

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  9. The contemporary really does sound like a great place to stay at for a race weekend. Also, I love the Wave for food. It's one of my favorite sit down restaurants at Disney.

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  10. Looks like a beautiful place to stay! I've only ever stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, but then I have only been there once. My parents have a condo time share at the Westgate Resorts there, so if I ever make it out there again I can stay at one of those free, I really should take advantage of it huh, LOL

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the Contemporary Resort! It looks stunning and all the perks sound amazing! I've always shied away from trying to book there since the rates are generally really high. Would love to hear any tips on getting a good deal there! LOL at the story about the little beeping noises that your sister thought were games on your phone. =D The only WDW property I've ever stayed at was the All-Star Sports Resort, which is very much a "budget" resort.

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  12. We stayed at the Contemporary when I was 12! Yikes! 40 years ago. When I ran WDW 5 years ago, we stayed at the Polynesian. It was awesome. And with the monorail right there, super convenient!

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  13. We stayed at the Polynesian the last couple years for Princess weekend because of the convenience. From there you can walk right to the TTC which takes you right to epcot. We totally miss the first monorail.

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  14. We have stayed at the Swan the last few times we went to Disney but the Contemporary locale is key!

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  15. The Contemporary looks great! I love the little touches of Disney and the perks of being close to the park. :)

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  16. i love the comtemporary its my home DVC resort and has the best view of the castle if you splurge for a room with a castle view. it really has the best location of the 3 located on the monorail line. food and wine festival we like to stay at epcot resorts but contemporary really is awesome!

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