Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower

by Casey Morris on February 19, 2016

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QUICK RESORT OVERVIEW

Resort Category: Deluxe; Bay Lake Tower which joins the Contemporary Resort is a Deluxe Villa

Resort Size: 655 guest rooms at Contemporary, 428 villas at Bay Lake Tower

Bed Options: many combinations between the standard rooms and villas

Transportation Options: Monorail runs directly through the building, water transportation, bus (see this link to learn more about those optoins)

Dining Options: 3 table service restaurants (1 is character dining) 1 quick service restaurant, 1 lounge, 1 pool bar.

Pools2 pools including a water slide and water falls, splash pad, 2 whirlpool spas

Overall Vibe: futuristic, contemporary theme with clean lines. Monorail runs through the main tower building of the Contemporary and the resort is only a 7 minute walk to Magic Kingdom, which makes this resort very convenient for families that wish to spend much of their time in that park.


DETAILED REVIEW

Check In

Although you can check in as early as you would like, your room is not guaranteed to be ready until 3:00 pm. When entering, the check in desk is to your left:

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And the little ones can relax while you get checked in:

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Dining

Chef Mickey’s – a very popular character dining experience, providing buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Only 1 table service credit from the Disney Dining Plan.

The Wave…of American Flavors – serves locally grown, organic food. Only 1 table service credit from the Disney Dining Plan.

California Grill – located on the 15th floor, providing exquisite views of Magic Kingdom. This is a Signature Restaurant, which means it will take 2 table service credits from the Disney Dining Plan. For a special treat, book this restaurant during Wishes fireworks at Magic Kingdom! Take a look at our view from their!

Contempo Cafe – a quick service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day.

Outer Rim Lounge – enjoy appetizers and cocktails with a beautiful view of Bay Lake

Sand Bar – cheeseburgers, hot dogs, snacks, drinks and more..pool side!

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Pools

The main pool is 6500 sq. ft. with a 17 ft high slide.

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The smaller pool is next to Bay Lake, offering gorgeous views. The outer ring of the pool is 3ft. deep, and as you move towards the middle it gets deeper.

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Cabanas can be rented here as well, perfect for an afternoon at the pool!

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The splash area for kids:

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Recreation

Marina – The marina is home to several recreational activities. Sorry guys, they are not complimentary though!

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Water craft rentals:

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There is a beach for relaxing or playing volleyball. No swimming in Bay Lake!

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Olympiad Fitness Center – open daily, daily or length of stay passes can be purchased.

The Game Station – large arcade, including a pool table, located on the 4th floor.

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Shopping – several shops are also on the 4th floor.

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Transportation

Since there are 4 modes of transportation from this resort, we encourage you to read about Navigating with Disney World Transportation.

Monorail – there are only 3 resorts that have monorail access, making them highly sought after. The Contemporary Resort actually has the monorail run through the building. I haven’t met a kid yet that didn’t think that was awesome!

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The only way to get to the monorail, is from the 4th floor. While on the fourth floor, look for the escalator. If you have a stroller that will not fit up that tiny escalator, turn around,the monorail elevator is right behind you if you see this:

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Once you go up, the monorail access is the only thing on this floor. This is the monorail entering the building, and we are about to board!

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Here is what the area looks like where you will wait for the monorail.

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And here is a photo I snapped so you can see how the monorail goes in and out of the building.

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Ferry – when you walk out of the back of the building, past the pool, you will see the Ferry Launch. It is so beautiful overlooking Bay Lake.

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This ferry will not take you to the park, but to Wilderness Lodge and Ft. Wilderness Resort. This is convenient for those who have a dining reservation at one of those locations, or just want to hang out at the Chip n’ Dale Campfire Sing-Along!

Bus – Disney Motor Coach, as it is called, can take you to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs and the water parks. There is a nice covered waiting area for the bus, just in front of the building:

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There is also a handy electronic sign that tells you when the next bus should be there. A bus should come about every 20 minutes.

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Walking – that’s right, you can WALK to Magic Kingdom to avoid having to wait for any transportation! The walk is only about 7 minutes, and that is at my pace, which is not brisk! My favorite time to walk, is at park closing time. Since everyone is leaving the park at the same time, the crowds fill the lines for the bus, monorail and ferries. But when staying at Contemporary, you can walk right past those lines, directly to your resort! There are signs to show you where to walk:

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Rooms

First, let’s look at the resort map.

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Notice there are 3 buildings total. The Contemporary Tower and South Garden Wing are both considered part of The Contemporary Resort. Bay Lake Tower is considered a separate resort, but is connected to Contemporary Tower via Skyway Bridge. Access to this bridge is found on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Tower, and 5th floor of Bay Lake Tower.

South Garden Wing

The Garden Wing offers rooms at a drastically lower rate compared to those in the Contemporary Tower. This is a great option for those that want the monorail/walking access to Magic Kingdom without the same price tag. When walking out of the back of Contemporary Tower, turn left. There is only this short walk to get to the Garden Wing:

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Take note that the rooms on the first floor offer patios, second and third floor only offer views, of outdoors, not a balcony.

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Please view our tour of a standard room. This same layout is in both the Garden Wing and Contemporary Tower, with several different view options as listed below.

Room categories available in the Garden Wing:

Standard Room: 2 Queens and 1 Day Bed or 1 King and 1 Day bed (sleeps up to 5, plus an infant)

  • Standard View – views of parking lot or obstructed views
  • Garden View – views of garden, pool, marina or Bay lake

Deluxe Room: 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa (sleeps up to 4, plus an infant)

One Bedroom Suite: 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Size Sleeper Chair (sleeps up to 5, plus an infant)

Hospitality Suite: 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Day Bed or 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa and 1 Day Bed (sleeps up to 7, plus an infant)

Contemporary Tower

Standard Room: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed or 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed (sleeps up to 5, plus an infant)

  • Bay Lake View – views of Bay Lake
  • Theme Park View – views of Magic Kingdom
  • Atrium Club Level – secured key access to club-level lounge and other benefits
    • Bay Lake View or Theme Park View

One Bedroom Suite Club Level: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa (sleeps up to 6, plus infant)

Two Bedroom Suite Club Level: 4 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa or 2 Queen Beds and 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa (sleeps up to 8, plus infant)

Bay Lake Tower

Deluxe Studio: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa (sleeps up to 4, plus infant)

  • Standard View – views of parking lot or obstructed views
  • Lake View – views of Bay Lake
  • Theme Park View – views of Magic Kingdom

One Bedroom Villa: 1 King Bed, 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair, living room, dining room, full kitchen (sleeps up to 5, plus infant)

  • Standard View – views of parking lot or obstructed views
  • Lake View – views of Bay Lake
  • Theme Park View – views of Magic Kingdom

Two Bedroom Villa: 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair, living room, dining room, full kitchen (sleeps up to 9, plus infant)

  • Standard View – views of parking lot or obstructed views
  • Lake View – views of Bay Lake
  • Theme Park View – views of Magic Kingdom

Three Bedroom Grand Villa: 1 King in Master, 1 Queen-size Sleeper Sofa Downstairs, 2 Queens in Second and Third Bedrooms, 1 Double-size Sleeper Sofa Upstairs Sitting Area (sleeps up to 12, plus infant) This Grand Villa can only be booked a few months in advance.

To show you the difference in views, here is a standard view from the Garden Wing. Although it is just a parking lot, you can even see a small piece of Bay Lake, as well as the monorail track from this room!

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Now this view of Cinderella’s Castle along with the monorail from our Theme Park View Room was AH-MAZING! There is nothing I would rather see out of my balcony every morning (and fireworks at night!)!

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If you have any further questions about The Contemporary Resort or connecting Bay Lake Tower, please contact your PPDD Travel Planner.

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