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Old 09-30-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Contemporary Main Building vs Contemporary Garden Wing

Hey Everyone, My girlfriend and I just booked our second trip to Disney and we booked a room with a "garden view". We were under the impression that the garden wing was part of the main building and were disappointed to find out that it isn't. We are planning on just dropping the extra $500 to stay in the main part of the resort because we feel like it's almost pointless to be spending the extra money on a deluxe resort and being away from the main resort itself. I feel like it's deceiving when Disney shows you the Contemporary you see and percieve it as the big, nice looking main building but include the dinky sized resort next to it that is barely in the picture for a little cheaper. I mean I've been going to disney since I was born and always thought the small thing next to it was a business building for employees or something.

Does anyone have experience staying at both parts of the resort? We're pretty set on changing our reservations but would consider keeping them if the garden wing isn't that bad.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:55 PM   #2
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I have stayed in both.

The rooms in the garden wing are exactly the same size as the rooms in the tower. The room will have either a king bed & day bed or 2 queen beds and a day bed. The bathrooms are large with double sinks and tub in one area & a small area w/door, for toilet.

Rooms in the tower will have a balcony and view of either lake or Magic Kingdom.

The wing is a short walk to the main building.

Lots of hustle & bustle in main building.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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It's right there, a very short walk. I would stay in those rooms in a heartbeat. One difference is that you are not guaranteed a balcony in those. The rooms in the tower do guarantee a balcony. The south wing is quieter than the main building with the same rooms as the tower. And they come with a substantial savings. Why don't you look at the contemporary resort thread on these boards and see if you think you need to spend another $500 to upgrade your location.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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I have stayed in both, a tower room the first time and a Garden Wing room the last time. We loved them both!! As pp said, rooms are exactly the same. We actually requested and got a 1st floor room so we had a wonderful patio with such a peaceful view. The balcony was nice but we hardly used it so it was really not worth the extra cost.

DH actually liked the Garden Wing room better since we never had to wait for an elevator and we were right by the pool which was AWESOME. We would stay there again in a second and we love not spending the extra money but having a great location and room!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:30 AM   #5
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It really isn't that bad! In fact we loved how quiet the Garden Wing was and so close to the pool. We've already booked our Garden Wing room for next year and i'm really not sure if we'll ever pay the extra to stay in the main building
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:38 AM   #6
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We are about to have our third stay in the tower, magic kingdom view and I have yet to see the entrance to the garden wing. How exactly or where exactly is it? I do think about giving the garden view room a try sometimes after our next trip.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:36 AM   #7
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We always stayed in the garden wing when we used to enjoy the CR... North garden wing.... It was easier to get to the entering the main building and rooms don't start until the 5th floor.... Pain for us since we enjoy going to the pool, back to room for more drinks, snacks etc.... A lot easier from a garden wing and they are cheaper... How often do you sit in the room and look out the slider??? When we're at the resort, we're usually at the pool and just sleep in the room...some of the changes they made to the CR were not to our liking and the resort lost its draw.... We moved on , WL now captures our interest for a cheaper price, still a deluxe with a boat to the MK....

Good luck on your decision, don't rule out the garden wings, for my money they are the quietest part of the CR, !
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:30 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input everybody. We'll have to reconsider whether we keep our reservation there or not. Our last stay at AK villa was really nice but we were on the go so much we really didn't get to enjoy the room as much as we'd like to have. We added an extra day compared to last year and want to enjoy the resort more.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:59 PM   #9
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We stayed in the tower once when i was young and it was noisy. If i were to chose i would go with the wing. It isn't that far away, still walking distance to the MK, boat ride to FW or WL or a monorail ride away from a good chunk of everything else. Go with the wing and take the saved money and stay a day or two longer. We own at BLT and spend a month a year staying (basically) where the north wing was and absolutely love it. Quiet and next to nearly everything.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:30 AM   #10
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Tower has my vote. We stay on the MK side and love it. I love being able to walk out of our room and look over into the Grand Canyon Concourse and watch the hustle and bustle. Or go out on the balcony and enjoy wishes or just sit and enjoy the view of Seven Seas Lagoon. If I didnt want to stay where the monorail was an elevator ride away, I would stay at Wilderness Lodge.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:55 AM   #11
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I think the whole tower vs. garden wing debate depends on your personal preferences and priorities.

Personally, I would not pay to stay at the CR again unless it was in a tower room. We stayed in the North Wing a little over ten years ago (pre-BLT) and had a lovely trip, but did feel like we weren't getting the "full" experience.

If your main priority is having a large room and taking advantage of all of the amenities the CR has to offer, you will be plenty happy in a garden wing room. As PPs have stated, the rooms are equally large and are actually closer to the pool/lake. I imagine that the views from the South Wing are also quite decent given that you will either be facing the pool or the lake/monorail.

For us, location and the atmosphere of a resort are key. Although the North Wing was (at most) another 5 minutes from the MK and only 2 minutes or so away from the tower, it just felt different. We did not feel like we were in the middle of it all like we would have been waking up to the sounds of Chef Mickey's from our room. I also appreciated that the tower enables you to just hop on the elevator down to the monorail and restaurants/shops. It should be noted, though, that we are a family that enjoys the hustle bustle. If you prefer quiet, the garden wing would likely be a better choice. Finally, the views from the tower just cannot be beat. I know that we will eventually be back at the CR just to take advantage of that unbeatable MK view from the tower.

I guess what it comes down to for me is that the CR grounds are really not all that impressive in comparison to the other deluxes. IMO, what makes the CR unique is the tower atmosphere.. not so much the pool area that you would be passing every day to walk to and from the tower. We just would have preferred to have the tower as our home base and only walk out to the grounds if/when we felt like it.

This is turning into a book, but I want to reiterate that it comes down to your personal preferences. If you want a large room, access to the grounds, a quieter atmosphere and a convenient location, you will appreciate the garden wing. If you care about being in the middle of it all and really getting that feel that you are taking full advantage of the magic, you may prefer the tower. I would still pick the garden wing over a value or moderate any day, but would likely pick another deluxe over the garden wing. The tower, on the other hand, would potentially sway me from my favorite deluxe resorts.

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