Inside The Magic: Disney’s Contemporary Resort


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Disney’s Contemporary Resort is an ultra-modern Disney Deluxe Resort, made up of a towering A-frame high-rise building. This lakeside Resort is the only hotel in Walt Disney World Resort to have the Walt Disney World Monorail System pass through the main lobby.


  • Opening Date: October 10, 1971
  • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Resort Category: Deluxe
  • Address: 4600 North World Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
  • Phone: (407) 824-1000
  • Fax: (407) 824-3539

Contemporary Resort


The Contemporary Resort is one of the two first resorts on property when the Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971. The most prominent of the resort’s four stand-alone buildings is the Contemporary Tower, built as an A-frame with outer walls which slope inwards around an inner atrium. This design was a collaboration by Disney, the United States Steel Corporation, and Los Angeles architect Welton Becket.

To construct the building, steel frames were erected on site and modular pre-constructed rooms, designed by California architect Donald Wexler, were lifted into place by crane. Most of Disney’s Polynesian Resort was built this way also. The Contemporary Tower houses most of the resort’s key facilities, including resort registration and the guest service concierge. The main hall, named the Grand Canyon Concourse, is also located in the main Tower, and houses restaurants and a variety of shops. Approximately 500 guest rooms line the outer walls of the Contemporary Tower.


Chef Mickey’s Chef Mickey and Friends host buffet-style breakfasts and dinners. Select from favorites, like Mickey-shaped waffles, while watching the monorail whisk by overhead.

The Wave…of American Flavors Experience the transition from “day” to “night” in this casual restaurant with such atmosphere! The menu features fresh American and world flavors, and trendy cocktails.

Contempo Café Wave at the passing monorail while you order on touch-screen kiosks. Menu items include flavorful flatbread’s and hot and savory sandwiches, like honey lime chicken.

Contemporary Grounds This coffee bar serves gourmet coffee drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and specialty liquors.

California Grill Match a spectacular view across Magic Kingdom theme park with the height of Pacific Coast cuisine, such as sushi, Sonoma goat cheese ravioli and oak-fired pork tenderloin.

California Grill Lounge Located adjacent to the award-winning California Grill, the California Grill Lounge offers an assortment of cocktails, appetizers and desserts for dinner.

Cove Bar Near the Bay Cove Pool, Cove Bar offers light snacks and drinks.

The Sand Bar Located poolside, the Sand Bar is a counter-service eatery and bar that serves up various meals and snacks for the entire family, including hamburgers and ice cream.

Outer Rim Sip your favorite cocktail at this full-service bar and lounge that looks across Bay Lake.

Spa and Recreation:

The resort offers two pools, jacuzzi, and a white sand beach. The marina contains various watercraft rentals, including fishing excursions. Other recreational activities include tennis programs, health club, fishing, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf and Movies Under the Stars.


Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the stops for the Walt Disney World Monorail System making this an ideal location for quick access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Other transportation options include water taxis, and buses provide access to other Walt Disney World areas and attractions.

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