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Old 04-25-2009, 03:50 PM   #1
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Contemporary view of the MK

I was on the Disney Restaurants board answering a question about seeing Wishes from California Grill and found myself writing an critique of MK views from CR. And I realized I was probably not in the right forum.

After spending a week in a MK view room in the Contemporary, I'm a little jaded about the view. While seeing the Poly and GF across the lagoon is nice, the view of the park is not what I'd call magical. Many have already pointed out that the CR's MK view comes combined with a far-less-desirable parking lot view, but that's not my focus.

Disney has done a decent job of hiding the backstage areas, but after all, MK was not designed to be viewed from above. Forced perspective doesn't work so the castle is diminished. Space Mountain dominates the view from the CR angle and the spinning AstroOrbiter is the only movement you can consistently see, making the rest of the park seem like an appendage to Tomorrowland.

Our room was a surprise upgrade from Bay Lake view; I might have felt some disappointment had I shelled out the extra $50/night for the MK view. I think the view would be more exciting if you could actually see down to steet level in some parts of the park. Perhaps Bay Lake Tower, closer to MK, will afford such a view.

I think everyone should see Wishes from the California Grill or somewhere else in the CR before watching it MK. The experience of seeing the fireworks explode far to the right of the castle will enable you to appreciate better the intended view from Main Street or the hub, where the fireworks seem to frame the castle.
1975: Some motel I can't remember... Disappointed by Space Mountain...
1987: Holiday Inn... College Spring Break; our first vacation together...
4 trips in the 90s: Mom's house in Poinciana... DS2's favorite attraction? The fountain near the UK restrooms...
1999: Vistana (Residence Inn)... 10-week old DD sleeps through everything...
2001: Polynesian... On-property at last...
2003: Yacht Club... Amtrak Auto Train to Stormalong Bay...
2005: Beach Club... Resort hopping while listening to Half-Blood Prince...
April 2009: Contemporary... DW in wheelchair and maximum crowds
New Years 2010: Disneyland Hotel... No Fastpass at Toy Story Mania?!?
Christmas 2011: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek... We don't need no stinking rope drop!
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