Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower

by Casey Morris on February 19, 2016

Disney's Contemporary Resort

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

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

Pools:  2 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

Retreat to this ultra-modern Disney Resort hotel and discover award-winning dining, spectacular views and dazzling pools. Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame Contemporary tower or the nearby Garden Wing, you can walk to Magic Kingdom main gate or catch the Resort Monorail as it breezes through the tower. Inside, a 90-foot-tall mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair—responsible for the distinct look and feel of the “it’s a small world” attraction—celebrates the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest.

Resort Map

See a better view of the map HERE.

Resort Grounds
Pools

Cool off as you take your pick from 2 pools conveniently located along the shore of Bay Lake.

Glide down the 17-foot-high, curving waterslide at the main pool, or relax in one of 2 whirlpool spas. Children can even make a splash in the water playground designed just for kids!

You can also escape to Bay Pool—the all-ages quiet pool that juts out over Bay Lake. Soak up the sun from a lounge chair on the deck, or rent a private cabana for added luxury.

Transportation

Walk – For the ultimate convenience, you can walk to Magic Kingdom!

Monorail – board the highway in the sky over to Magic Kingdom!

Ferry Boats – a quick trip over to Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Bus – Take bus transportation to all theme parks and Disney Springs!

Dining

Here are the options, which are links that will show you each menu.

QUICK SERVICE DINING

  • 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!
  • Cove Bar – Find specialty cocktails, beer, wine, wraps and salads at this private poolside bar for Guests of Bay Lake Tower
  • The Wave Lounge – Serving organic beer, New World wines and trendy cocktails, this elegant oasis promises a chic retreat for adults looking to unwind.
  • Contemporary Grounds – Featuring gourmet coffees, iced tea, hot chocolate, smoothies and assorted artisan baked goods, this is the perfect place to energize before you venture to the parks! 

TABLE SERVICE DINING

Room Types

There are 3 buildings that encompass Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It is important to know where your room will be. (All Club Level access is temporarily suspended)

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

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.

Here is a tour through a standard 2 Queen room that can have a few different view options.

Here is a tour through a King room.

Here is a tour through a 2 Bedroom Villa at Bay Lake Tower.

Here is a complete tour of the resort grounds.

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