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CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-22-2009, 04:48 PM
Hi everyone I am back, well not home yet now my family and I are in Clearwater Beach. Anyway the Marriott we are staying at has a free Business Center I will post my Contemporary review from this month and now can ask all the questions you want.

Now when we arrived back on December 12th once again we had a very easy check-in. Our room was ready when we got there and we were in #4820 which meant we were over the Fantasia and Bay View Gifts store, so we were far away from the Chef Mickey's side. Now like we have done in the past for my mom's breakfast we always request a half a grapefruit because it's something not offered in the Atrium Club lounge. Well to our great surprise they had them ready the next morning because in the past they never got them until our 2nd day.

The Cast Members we encoutered all over were very friendly and did not meet anyone who was rude and etc.

The Contempo Cafe as always was great and I got to try their Mahi Mahi Sandwich and it's now become one of my favorite things to eat, so I obviously ordered it more then once.

The parks were also great and it helped going the week before Christmas and getting to them when they opened.

Now we did run into a few Monorail problems while we were there. On our 1st night one of the Resort lines was down, so it meant longer lines. The 2nd time we were at the TTC when we were told to get off because there was a problem, so it took them about 20 minutes to finally move it so another one could come into the station. Finallly two nights ago when leaving the Polynesian the Resort line broke down all over so the Cast Member said walk to the TTC, get on the Express Monorail and walk back to the Contemporary. Instead we took a taxi from the Polynesian to the Contemporary which was a total of $6.50 and got $10.00 taken off our room because of the Monorail breaking down and the Cast Members did not expect us to pay for a taxi in that situation.

Finally in our room was a bounceback offer and we took advantage of it, getting 40% off for the Atrium Club - Bay Lake View for this coming August, from the 10th - 20th. The total came out to be $349.00 and that includes the extra $25.00 for the 3rd adult. However that's still an amazing deal to get.

Also I will be posting a lot of pictures when we get home so be on the look out for them.
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sherry8253
12-22-2009, 06:55 PM
I am glad you had a great trip CR Resort Fan. Have a safe trip home!

jamie@dvcstore
12-22-2009, 07:57 PM
Hi CR Resort Fan 4 Life,
Thanks for the report and glad to hear you had a nice time on your trip. Sorry to hear about the monorail though glad to hear they reimbursed you for the cab. Nice job on the bouncback offer. That is a good deal. Looking forward to seeing your pictures. :thumbsup2
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kaffinito
12-22-2009, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the review! It's nice that you put a lot of details in them. :)

Great bounce back offer too - I hope we get one when we go next Monday. ;)

vicki_c
12-22-2009, 08:53 PM
I can't believe you're back already, it seems like you just left! Glad you had a good trip!

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-22-2009, 09:03 PM
I forgot to mention the night when we to take a taxi back from the Polynesian, I thought there was going to be an accident in the Contemporary Monorail station line when we were originally going to the Polynesian. There was a lot of people waiting and I mean a lot, well it got so bad that everyone was getting pushed together coming off the esclator. So everyone was yelling for the Monorail Cast Member but he never heard us, however someone down there had pressed to emergency stop button for the esclator going up.

2gr8DisneyKids
12-22-2009, 09:39 PM
Thanks for the review! Have a great rest of your vacation and a safe trip home!

jenbear123
12-23-2009, 01:45 PM
Finally in our room was a bounceback offer and we took advantage of it, getting 40% off for the Atrium Club - Bay Lake View for this coming August, from the 10th - 20th. The total came out to be $392.60 and that includes the extra $25.00 for the 3rd adult. However that's still an amazing deal to get.


Is that $392 the total cost for the whole 9 nights?! That's an incredible deal if that's the case!!!

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-23-2009, 08:35 PM
Is that $392 the total cost for the whole 9 nights?! That's an incredible deal if that's the case!!!Yes that's the rate for the whole time we will be there.

PolynesianLily
12-23-2009, 10:43 PM
$392.00 for 9 nights? The total cost? or is that the per night price.

shopn24seven
12-23-2009, 10:50 PM
That's like 43.00 a night.
Better than a value. :rotfl:

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-24-2009, 10:46 AM
$392.00 for 9 nights? The total cost? or is that the per night price.That is the cost per night of the room.

jenbear123
12-24-2009, 11:16 AM
Oh okay that makes more sense. I was just about to book myself there for 3 weeks if it was the total cost! :rotfl:

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-24-2009, 11:19 AM
Oh okay that makes more sense. I was just about to book myself there for 3 weeks if it was the total cost! :rotfl:Well that's what makes these bounceback rates so great, assuming we are to get them depending on the days and how many rooms they set aside at each resort.

disneyfreak42
12-25-2009, 03:24 AM
Glad to hear that you had a wonderful trip. I'm a first timer at the whole Atrium Club level this coming June. I guess my question is....what do I expect? I know that's an awfully vague question, but like I said, I'm a first timer.:confused3 I did get all my dining reservations booked already. I even got the days and times I wanted. That was so awesome!!!:thumbsup2 Any and all info, tips, etc. you can offer will be great. I have been reading the Contemporary info threads but just thought I would ask!!! Thanks!!!

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-25-2009, 12:32 PM
Glad to hear that you had a wonderful trip. I'm a first timer at the whole Atrium Club level this coming June. I guess my question is....what do I expect? I know that's an awfully vague question, but like I said, I'm a first timer.:confused3 I did get all my dining reservations booked already. I even got the days and times I wanted. That was so awesome!!!:thumbsup2 Any and all info, tips, etc. you can offer will be great. I have been reading the Contemporary info threads but just thought I would ask!!! Thanks!!!Well you can check-in on the Atrium Club floor, so when you arrive just tell a Cast Member working at the bell desk that you are staying up there and another Cast Member will take you up there. Besides that take advantage of the continental breakfast and when you have time the various hot foods from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, then the desserts from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Also if you don't have the Magic Kingdom View reserved, you can watch Wishes from the lounge and the music is played up there.

disneyfreak42
12-27-2009, 05:28 AM
Thanks! Do they pipe the Wishes music to your balcony? I also heard of a safari for concierge guests only. Is it worth the money?

a1tinkfans
12-27-2009, 08:32 AM
popcorn::

we're "thinking" of now staying concierge level, got a 40 off pin......

jackemail
12-27-2009, 10:39 AM
Thanks! Do they pipe the Wishes music to your balcony? I also heard of a safari for concierge guests only. Is it worth the money?

The safari is the Wildlife Discovery Excursion, inside Animal Kingdom. IPO will make your reservations, once you let them know when you want to go. It is an hour long tour, in a bus with a total of 14 people, stops frequently for great photo ops and information. I've done it twice, so I thought it was well worth it.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-27-2009, 10:50 AM
Thanks! Do they pipe the Wishes music to your balcony? I also heard of a safari for concierge guests only. Is it worth the money?It's only piped into the balcony on the 12th and 14th floor Club Level lounges, however each room in both the Tower and Garden Wing plays the music on channel 20.

f15robyn
12-27-2009, 12:08 PM
The safari is the Wildlife Discovery Excursion, inside Animal Kingdom. IPO will make your reservations, once you let them know when you want to go. It is an hour long tour, in a bus with a total of 14 people, stops frequently for great photo ops and information. I've done it twice, so I thought it was well worth it.

Really, it's with "a maximum of 14 people". Hopefully you'll get lucky. We went on Dec 15th for the 1pm tour and there were only 6 of us on the bus with the driver and zoologist!!!! It was unbelievable. We were able to move around and take great pictures from several different vantage points in the bus.

Our tour guide was Laura. Her mom was also a zoologist who worked with Joan Embry (San Diego zoo - often on with Johnny Carson). Laura was OUTSTANDING, so informative with great stories from both her work at Disney, her work in San Diego and trips she remembers from her childhood with her mother.

I'd highly recommend this to anyone staying club level.

disneyfreak42
12-27-2009, 11:31 PM
Wow!! Thanks for the info. Was almost gonna skip the AK safari but after the great review, I'm booking it. I cannot begin to tell ya'll how excited I am to be going this June. I have a feeling once I go concierge, I'll never go back!!! LOL!!!

mamasha
12-28-2009, 11:13 AM
Did you eat at the wave?

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-28-2009, 11:14 AM
Did you eat at the wave?No we did not.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
12-31-2009, 08:46 PM
Well my family and I arrived home a few hours ago from Clearwater Beach and as promised here are the various pictures I took all over the Contemporary.

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