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Old 07-19-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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The ALL NEW Disney's Contemporary Resort & Bay Lake Tower FAQ with PICs! (July 2011)

Welcome to Disney's Contemporary Resort Information Thread! It is your one stop for information on Disney's Contemporary Resort! Click here for lots of CR pictures courtesy of Dreams Unlimited the DIS.


More Contemporary photos taken from the outside.

Classic Contemporary photos.

Contemporary reviews.

Disney's Contemporary Resort is located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, between the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. It is right on the monorail line, with the monorail running through the center of the Grand Canyon Concourse.

Services & Amenities
-Room Service
-Laundry facilities/services
-Business Center offering copying, faxing, packaging, shipping and more (Internet is $10 per 15 minutes) Hours of operation 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
-All rooms are non-smoking
-Valet parking available for a nominal fee
-Complimentary Self Parking
-Barber and beauty shop
-Meeting and banquet facilities
-Pak-n-Play Crib available
-Rooms and facilities for Guests with disabilities
-Tennis Courts


Monorail service is available to the Magic Kingdom. To use it go to the 4th floor and then get on the esclator to the Monorail station. For those with wheelchairs or ecv's, there is an elevator you can use. After getting on the Resort Monorail it will then stop at the Transportation & Ticket Center, Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & SPA before arriving at the Magic Kingdom.

However there is also a walkway to the Magic Kingdom which is faster then taking the Monorail and to find it just outside and by the bus stop there will be a sign that says walkway to the Magic Kingdom, so you can't miss it. Here are links to some pictures of the walkway from Allearsnet.

Also courtesy of Robo here is an overhead map of the walkway to and from the Magic Kingdom.

Bus transportation is also provided to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom/Blizzard Beach and Downtown Disney/Typhoon Lagoon. I should also mention that in the mornings after getting on Disney Transport bus it will then make a stop at the Polynesian or Wilderness Lodge to pick guests waiting at either location. In the afternoons when returning from any of those destinations back to the Contemporary the bus route goes #1 Contemporary, #2 Polynesian and #3 Grand Floridian. However when going to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom/Blizzard Beach and Downtown Disney/Typhoon Lagoon in the afternoon or evening it means for sure that bus will stop to pick up guests at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian before arriving at your final destination.

Also if you want to visit one of the WDW Resorts not on the Resort Monorail line or where they have no boat transportation and don't have a car or don't feel like paying money for a taxi. Then use the walkway to the Magic Kingdom and when you arrive there walk to the Magic Kingdom bus section and get on the bus of the Resort you want to visit.

Finally there is also a blue flag boat that operates everyday from 6:55 AM - 11:30 PM that goes to the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

The boat travels between CR-FW-WL-CR in the morning, after 3pm the route reverses, CR-WL-FW-CR, so getting to WL for dinner will be direct, getting home will have a stop at FW, but is a nice relaxing trip.

Check In/Check Out
3:00 PM (EST) / 11:00 AM (EST)

LOBBY/CHECK-IN- See Post #103 for pictures.

4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000.
(407) 824-1000 and the fax number is (407) 824-3539.

Payment Method(s)
Disney Gift Card, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, Discover, JCB.

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Guest rooms and suites are located in two buildings, the main Tower, and the South Garden Wing. All rooms have two queen beds and a daybed, or one king bed and a daybed. A variety of suites are available, from Junior Suites to the Presidential Suite.


All rooms have been refurbished. They now have flat screen TV's, updated linens, decor, and bathrooms.


Room Rates
(12.5% tax not included)
Please click the link to see the current room rates.

Room Information (from Dreams Unlimited)

Both standard rooms and suites are offered at Disney's Contemporary Resort. At 422 square feet, the guest rooms here are amongst the largest on Disney property.
Guest rooms feature 2 queen size beds (or one king size bed) and a daybed, table with 2 chairs, armoire, television, nightstand, refrigerator, telephone, electronic code operated in-room safe, wall mirror, large bathroom with hair dryer, luggage rack, iron and ironing board and a balcony/patio.
The patios on the first floor rooms in the Garden wings are not private, they are shared with your neighbors. Guests who need to connect to home or work via the Internet while vacationing, will have high speed service.

From klofan: A deluxe room (Garden Wing Room) is an oddly shaped room at the part of the wing where it bends. Since the North Wing was knocked down, they only have 3 now. They are rooms 5109, 5209, and 5309. It has an oversized bathroom with a bathtub and standup shower. It also has a sitting area with 2 couches and a coffee table. There is also two sliding glass doors. And each room comes with a huge, king sized bed.

Roll-away beds may be requested for siblings who do not wish to share a bed, (there is a $15 per night charge for this).Also available are bed boards, bed rails and cribs (the pak-n-play variety) call Housekeeping to request. If there are more than 2 adults in the same room, there is an additional charge of $25 per person, per night.

The following are available by calling Housekeeping:coffee makers (supplies may be limited), extra pillows, blankets and towels, and International Electrical Adapters.

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TIP #1: If you have reserved the Magic Kingdom View and want to stay as high as possible request a room on the 11th floor, because it's the highest non Club Level floor in the Tower. Personally I believe the Magic Kingdom Views are all the same no matter the floor, so it depends on who you ask about that.

TIP #2: The South wing rooms are closer to the pool, and convention center. The Tower rooms offer incredible views of Bay Lake, the Seven Seas Lagoon or the Magic Kingdom Park. They are also closer to the monorail station, restaurants and shops. Garden wing rooms can be quite a distance from the monorail. However because of the proximity to the Grand Canyon Concourse, some Tower rooms may be noisy.

TIP #3: In the Bay Lake View rooms during the night if you look to the right side you should be able to watch Illuminations from Epcot. I would also say the closer your room is to Chef Mickey's the better the chance you have of seeing it, since those rooms are located a bit closer to Epcot. However I might be wrong about the rooms by Chef Mickey's, so it's just a guess of mine. Finally while it's nothing like watching Wishes from the Magic Kingdom View rooms you can still see Illuminations from that far a distance, so it's something to remember.

TIP #4 from oasispaul: You can also see the Swan & Dolphin, Downtown Disney (including the new Characters in Flight balloon) and the Wilderness Lodge. Oh, and you can see the Tree of Life @ AK, but it's a little harder to spot than the others...

TIP #5: If you want a Magic Kingdom View where the beds face Magic Kingdom, request an odd numbered room. Also if you have a Bay Lake View if you request an odd number room you will also have a view of Epcot, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness and Downtown Disney. If you ended up with an even numbered room then your beds would face Bay Lake Tower.

TIP #6: DVD Players are only available in the Club Level rooms on the 12th and 14th floors. So if your staying on standard in the Tower or the Garden Wing and plan to bring some DVD's for your kids to watch, I would recommend getting a Portable DVD Player.

TIP #7: If you have the Tower Magic Kingdom View and are watching Wishes from your room, turn on channel 20 on the TV and you will hear the whole sound track for Wishes in the backround

TIP #8: Each room in the Tower and South Garden Wing will have a door menu where you can pre-order room service breakfast for the next day. All you do is check off what items you want, what time you want them delivered by room service, your method of payment and be sure to put it outside your door on the handle before 2:00 AM.

TIP #9: The lowest floor you can get in the Tower with the Magic Kingdom View is the 6th floor, because there are none on the 5th floor and that has to do with the Monorail station being located over there. So the regular Tower Magic Kingdom Views go from floors 6-11, then there are Club Level - Magic Kingdom Views on floors 12 and 14.

TIP #10: When making a convention reservation you will get whatever room they will assign you, because you would get a very good rate and don't have the option to choose to the Magic Kingdom View, Bay Lake View or a Garden Wing room.

TIP #11: Because Bay Lake Tower has taken up a lot of parking spaces in the North parking lot, the Contemporary has taken out 2 - 3 rows of valet parking spots and turned them into self parking spots.

TIP #12: If you wanted to go from the 4th floor to the 3rd floor the only way you can do that is by taking the elevator. For whatever reason when taking the esclator on the 4th floor it goes right to the 2nd floor and skips the 3rd floor.

TIP #13: When using your refillable mug at the Contempo Cafe for hot tea, you need to ask for the tea bags at the cash register.

TIP #14: At the 10:00 PM the drink machine and all other machines in the Contempo Cafe closer to Chef Mickey's are turned off for the evening and are not turned back on until 6:00 AM. Then at 12:00 AM the same thing is done to the other machines and they are also not turned back om until 6:00 AM.

TIP #15: From MIChessGuy. I think this might have been covered somewhere, but the cheap vending machines that I discovered in the CR were not on the convention level. Rather, I took the elevator to the 3rd floor and proceeded to a short hallway just to the left as you exit the elevator. (It seems to lead to a security door that opens to a backstage area.) Walk into the hallway, and whaddya know -- cheap vending for drinks AND snacks! I believe the soda machine was $1.50, possibly $1.25, and the snacks were equally reasonable.

These machines are obviously intended for the use of the CMs who work in the hotel management offices on the third floor. I was just visiting the CR as a day guest, so I grabbed a diet soda and a bag of 'healthful' pita chips and hung around on the fourth floor for a while. A nice break from the MK: you can see that huge mural, the shops and the arcade and stuff, plus you can check out the observation deck at the north end of the floor.

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Magic Kingdom View and Bay Lake View photos

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Club Level Service

E-mail: contemporary.itinerary.planning@disneyworld.com
Phone #407-824-1775
Fax #407-824-3461

Both Club Level floors offer service which includes personalized front desk and guest services, turndown service, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and lounge with continental breakfast, midday snacks, evening wine and cheese, beer, and evening cordials and dessert. The Atrium Club is on the 12th floor and is comprised of standard rooms and has full Club Level service. The Tower Club on the 14th floor offers the same full Club Level service. When you arrive tell the Cast Members working at the bell services desk located outside you are staying Club Level. They will call another Cast Member escort you up to the 12th or 14th floor because they already have a key which is coded for either floor that needs to be insterted into the elevator, so once you arrive on your floor you can check-in up there.

Difference between the 2 Club Level floors

The Atrium Club Magic Kingdom View and Bay Lake View became available by reservation on 01/09/09. Prior to that all you needed was an Atrium Club reservation and you would end up with either view.

With the Tower Club there are a total of 16 rooms, 5 standard rooms and 11 suites: 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites, a Vice Presidential Suite and a Presidential Suite. With the standard rooms, there is no guarantee of a Magic Kingdom or Bay Lake View. However with the Suites, you will be booked into a particular view which will indicate the Magic Kingdom View or Bay Lake View. Finally there are 4 Standard Magic Kingdom View rooms and 1 standard Bay Lake View room.

The lounge on the 12th floor is bigger with more seating then the 14th floor Club Level. They converted 3 standard rooms into the 12th floor lounge, so there are 3 balconies available on the MK side for all Club Level guests to watch the fireworks. The lounge on the 14th floor also offers seating outside on the balcony, which is something that is not offered on the 12th floor lounge.

In the 14th floor rooms their mini fridges will already have cans Coke, Diet Coke, water and apple juice. The mini fridges for the rooms on the 12th floor are not stocked like the ones on the 14th floor, however anyone staying on the 12th floor can always take those items from the lounge themselves and put them in there.

The balconies in the rooms and the lounge on the 14th floor are bigger then balconies in the rooms and lounge on the 12th floor.

Finally both floors serve the exact same foods for breakfast, afternoon snacks, 5:00 PM hors d'oeuvres and 8:00 PM deserts & cordials. The 12th floor Atrium Club is less expensive then the 14th floor Tower Club, even though on both floors offer the exact same service. The 14th floor is more expensive because fewer number of total rooms and Suites.

Club Level reviews

Club Level room codes

12th Floor
CC - Atrium Club Standard Room, Bay Lake View
CR - Atrium Club Standard Room, Theme Park View

14th Floor
CY - Tower Club Standard Room
CW - Tower Club Standard Room (King)
CQ - Tower Club One Bedroom Suite, Bay Lake View
CL - Tower Club Two Bedroom Suite, Bay Lake View
CV - Tower Club Vice Presidential Suite, Bay Lake View
CN - Tower Club One Bedroom Suite, Theme Park View
CM - Tower Club Two Bedroom Suite, Theme Park View
CP - Tower Club Presidential Suite, Theme Park View

Hot hors d'ouvres menu from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, for the Atrium Club & Tower Club

Duck Confit with Apple Slaw
Prosciutto Flatbread

Beef Kafta Skewers
Prosciutto Wrapped Sea Scallops

Rock Shrimp with Humus
Lollipop Chicken with BBQ Sauce

Pork Pot Stickers
Conch Fritters

BBQ Short Rib in Spring Roll
Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta

Blue Crab Cheese Cake
Beef Tenderloin Skewers

Macadamia Nut Chicken
Beef and Goat Cheese Flatbread

Club Level tip #1
Even though these are not offered with their other drinks that they put out in the lounge, you can ask the Cast Members for mini bottles of Nesquik Chocolate Milk that they keep in their storage room. However they only get a limited supply each day so by the time you ask they might have no more left.

Club Level tip #2
If your staying in an Atrium Club - Bay Lake View and want to watch Wishes, go to the lounge on the 12th floor to watch them and they also pipe in the music inside the lounge and outside on the balcony. The same thing can be done for guests staying with a Bay Lake View on the Tower Club 14th floor and the music is also piped in up there. Finally on nights when the Magic Kingdom is having Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the music for either party is also piped into both lounges and lounge balconies.

Club Level tip #3
Both the rooms on the 12th and 14th floors will have two bath robes each in the hallway closet which you can use during your stay, so they would be great to wear after taking a shower.

Club Level tip #4
If you want to purchase thank you gifts for the Club Level Cast Members that work on the 12th and 14th floors, the gift can be no more then $75.00 in value.

Club Level tip #5
Sometimes when either lounge runs out of the sparlking water that is placed in a glass bottle, they will replace it with mini bottles of Dasani.

Also you can ask a Cast Member these mini bottles of Dasani and they will get them for you from the back.

Club Level tip #6.
The Contemporary IPO Cast Members are also the Grand Floridian IPO Cast Members, so that means they help Club Level guests of both resorts before they arrive, which could be one reason they don't respond to your calls or e-mails. Now that is not an excuse because they should be able to help all their guests, so it might be a reason why they never respond back to you.

Club Level tip #7
Travellers Cheques can now be cashed on either the 12th or 14th floor, so no more doing that in the lobby.

Club Level tip #8
When insterting your car for the 12th or 14th floors, if it does not light up then just press the button for your specific floor.

Club Level tip #9
Just incase either lounge runs out of a specific hot food item it will be replaced by an item from the old menu which was used by the old menu. For example on a Thursday night the Atrium Club lounge ran out of the Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta, so it was replaced by the Beef Wellington that was on the old menu.

Club Level tip #10
The brand new fridge on the Atrium Club now has cans of Soda in there all day until 10:00 PM and the various bottles of Beer are also in there from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Atrium Club lounge pictures

More Atrium Club Level lounge photos.


More lounge photos of the Tower Club.

Room #4911 on the Tower Club.

Room #4912 on the Tower Club.

Presidential Suite photos.

Vice Presidential Suite photos.

One Bedroom Suite photos.

Wildlife Discovery Excursion
Guests staying on the concierge level at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort can take advantage of a unique tour called Wildlife Discovery Excursions. An animal expert will accompany you in a specialy designed climate controlled vehicle for a one hour journey into the 110 acre savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom. (Tours began February 2005).

This tour is very educational and full of information regarding Disney's animal programs. You stop at pre-selected locations in the savannah for photo oportunities. The tour is held rain or shine (unless the weather is severe). During our tour it rained quite heavily at times, however the animals were out all over the savannah.

Small groups (14 maximum) head out for this adventure twice a day at a cost of $45 each. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. Advance reservations are required. Contact your concierge or resort itinerary planner at your deluxe Disney resort.

To make reservations call or e-mail the Contemporary IPO Cast Members.

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California Grill located on the 15th floor. (Don't forget to check-in for your ADR go to the 2nd floor of the Tower and you will then take a special elevator up to the restaurant.)
California Grill photos:
Fun Facts: California Grill Disney's Contemporary Resort cooked up the 2004 Disney Magazine Reader's Choice Award for Best Overall Walt Disney WorldResort Restaurant for Adults!

Due to capacity constraints as well as the numerous private functions hosted by the California Grill, only patrons of the California Grill may use the 15th floor observation deck at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Guests who have dined prior in the evening may return to California Grill to view the fireworks. Guests will need to present their receipt from dinner to gain re-entry to the restaurant.

As an alternative, Disney Resort Guests who are visiting Disney's Contemporary Resort for shopping or dining experiences may visit a fireworks viewing location on the north end of the 4th floor Grand Canyon Concourse. Proceed past the Concourse Sundries and Spirits shop and exit the doors to the exterior. From the viewing area, Guests can see Cinderella Castle and Magic Kingdom® theme park, and hear the background music and sounds synchronized with the Wishes fireworks display. There is a small area under cover for viewing during inclement weather.

The sushi and Chef's counter are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chef Mickey's located on the 4th floor.
Chef Mickey's photos:
Fun Facts: Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort cooked up the 2004 Disney Magazine Reader's Choice Award for Best Overall Walt Disney WorldResort Restaurant for Kids!

The Wave located in the lobby.
The Wave Reviews
The Wave photos
The Wave Buffet Breakfast photos posted by WDWKOOK

Contempo Cafe located on the 4th floor.
Contempo Cafe photos:
Contempo Cafe review:

Outer Rim Lounge located on the 4th floor between Chef Mickey's and the Contempo Cafe.
Outer Rim Lounge photos

Contemporary Grounds located in the lobby towards the convention center doors, which is operated by Joffrey's and sells their coffee.

The Sand Bar located just next to the pool.

Room service menu

You can also order special treats to be delivered to your room by calling Private Dining. The chocolate monorail is $40 plus tax and delivery. Order up to 2 weeks before arrival.

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If you want to see Wishes from your resort, you can schedule dinner at the award winning California Grill and watch the show from the 15th floor observation deck reserved for restaurant patrons or enjoy the show from the 4th floor observation deck that's open to the public. (Better yet, reserve a Magic Kingdom view room in the Contemporary tower.) See photo of the Observation Deck in post #101.

The Electrical Water Pageant that glides across Bay Lake nightly can be viewed from the beach area, dock, or Bay Lake View rooms of this resort.

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POOL- See Pictures post #107
There are two pools at the Contemporary. The large pool is a freeform pool complete with a 17-foot high curving slide. There is also a round, quiet pool which is shallow around the edges and deeper in the center. Two whirlpools have also been added, one of which is located on a peninsula which juts out into the freeform pool area. There is no swimming allowed in the lake.

Music that is always played at the pool.

Pool and Marina Photos

Pictures of the kids splash area

Please note that guests staying at Bay Lake Tower will be the only non Contemporary guests with access to the Contemporary pool and quiet pool if they choose to swim there.

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MARINA- See pictures Post #106
Bay Lake can provide a playground for many other kinds of water activities. For a fee, guests may choose watermice, sailboats, pontoon boats, water-skiing, or parasailing through Sammy Duvall's Watersport Center.

Info from MagicinMYHEART
Note: Prices are valid as of February 2008. Prices are subject to change without notice, list prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Info on Watermice:
Sea Raycer $30.00 per 1/2 hour, $40.00 per 3/4 hour, $45.00 per hour
2 passenger maximum (320 lb. max)
*Driver must be 12 years of age and be 5 ft. tall in order to operate: also must be accompanied by an adult with a valid driver's license.
**Single drivers of the boats must be over 16 years old and have a valid Drivers Licensed No age restrictions for passengers. Parent/legal guardian signature required for all minors.

Boat Rental 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (Last boat rental at 4:45PM)
Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon close at 5:00PM

Specialty Cruises:
Celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or group outings by watching the Magic Kingdoms Firework.
Hours vary, standard trip lasts 50 minutes. Prices vary depending on the party size, food, and decorations.
Maximum 8-10 people per boat: Includes driver, snacks & beverages.Addition food and beverage packages are available (additional charge)
Call WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529) for reservations

Motorized Boats:

17' Boston Whaler Montauk:$45.00 per 1/2 hour
6 passengers maximum
*Diver must be 18 years of age

21' Sun Tracker Pontoon Boat: $45.00 per 1/2 hour
10 passengers
*Diver must be 18 years of age

Fishing Excursion
Guided Bass Fishing Excursions:
7am-9am or 10am-12:00pm
1:30pm-3:30pm $225.00 Excursion Daily 2hr
Extended trips are also available
Guided excursions are tax-exempt. All Guided excursions include 2 hours of fishing for up to five people, an experience guide, rod & reels, tackle, artificial bait, live bait, non-alcoholic beverages, a digital photo or your outing & a one-year BASS membership. Call WDW-BASS (407-939-2277)

Coupons and Discounts:
Click here for coupon for Sammy Duvall's

From Mousesavers:
Passholders save 10% on personal watercraft, parasailing, water-skiing and wakeboarding at Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Reservations required. Certain age restrictions apply. For more information or reservations call (407) WDW-PLAY (939-7529).

In 2008, Disney World Annual Passholders save 15% on boat rentals (except specialty cruises) at any resort marina.

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Cabana information


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OLYMPIAD FITNESS CENTER AND SPA (from Dreams Unlimited on the DIS) See Pictures Post #44

On the third floor of the resort, the Olympiad fitness center is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Here you will find Nautilus equipment, 6 Life Circuit Stations, 11 Cybex Stations, hand weights up to 50 lbs., Stairmasters, Life Cycles, treadmills, sauna and massages. Personal training is available by appointment only. Open to all Walt Disney World Resort guests, membership costs are:$12 per person, per day; $20 for the Guest Length of Stay, $40 for Family Length of Stay. Use of the facilities for Contemporary guests Disney Vacation Club members is complimentary.

SALON See Pictures Post #44
Links to Salon prices.

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The Grand Canyon Concourse is an open 14 story atrium featurning restaurants, shops, lobby, check-in, and monorail. On the concourse walls is an enormous mosaic designed by Mary Blair. The carpet and tile on the Concourse level have also been replaced. Chef Mickey's, Contempo Cafe, Outer Rim Bar are all located here. There are also various stores like Fantasia, Bay View Gifts and Fantasia Market.


Picture of the 4th floor observation deck facing the Magic Kingdom.

Store reviews
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More Pictures of the Fantasia Market from Jack Spence courtesy of Allearsnet.com and contemporaryresort.net

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Convention Center information


Disney's Contemporary Resort Facilities Highlights
The meeting, convention and function space at Disney's Contemporary Resort features over 115,000 square feet ready to be divided, decorated and equipped to accommodate your needs. Featuring four separate ballrooms, 35 breakout rooms, high-speed Internet access, built-in registration desks, meeting planner offices and over 32,000 square feet of pre-function space, everything you could possibly imagine comes together in one magnificent location.

Over 115,000 square feet of flexible function space

Four ballrooms including the 44,000 square-foot Fantasia Ballroom and the 12,000 square-foot Ballroom of the Americas

35 modern breakout rooms

Elegant Boardroom with permanent conference table and seating for 24

State-of-the-art technology including high-speed and Wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet connectivity

Escalator and elevator access to function space on both levels

Business Center and meeting planner's office

Permanent convention registration counters

Booth controlled lighting and A/V

Remote control lighting and projection

State-of-the-art sound system

Satellite up/down link capabilities

Drive-in access for vehicle display in the Fantasia Ballroom

Convenient loading dock for quick set-up and removal of exhibits

Roll-up doors for ballroom access

Exhibit capacities: 295 8' x 10' booths, 269 10' x 10' booths

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Hours of operation 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM.

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Coin operated laundry machines located in the South Garden Wing. Additionally, dry cleaning services are available for a fee. The washing machine costs $2.00, as does the dryer. Also they only accept KTTW cards as methods of payment.

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WIFI information

Contemporary has wi-fi available in limited areas of the resort:

Main Lobby
Tower Club 14th Floor Club Level Lounge
Outer Rim Bar
1st Floor Convention Center Lobby
2nd Floor Convention Center Lobby
Main Pool

It is not free; cost if $4.99 for the first 60 minutes, or $9.95 for 24 continuous hours. You'll need a credit card for payment, as the wi-fi is provided by an outside vendor and is available to anyone, whether staying at CR or not.

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Contemporary YouTube videos.

The Resort Monorail going from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary

The DISUnplugged video of the Contemporary

Chef Mickey's Contemporary Disney World

Disney's Contemporary Resort Walkthru in HD~Disney World

Deluxe Garden Wing Room

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Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort


Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort - FACT SHEET
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a Disney Vacation Club Resort, will complement the strong horizontal lines of the original resort while adding its own unique touches, including a fireworks viewing deck, a rooftop lounge, a lakeside pool and much more. Add to that a sky bridge linking the tower to the original resort’s monorail station, restaurants and shops, and you’ve got a new classic Disney resort that allows guests to blow Tinker Bell a kiss goodnight as they relax after a fun day of theme park experiences.

Building upon a Beloved Icon
Bay Lake Tower builds on the celebrated legacy of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, hailed as a modern marvel of American architecture when it opened alongside the nearby Magic Kingdom Park on Oct. 1, 1971. While its innovative design drew early crowds, it was Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s unparalleled convenience that kept families coming back. Today, Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers conveniences unavailable at any other resort hotel, including a monorail station right inside the building, the fine dining and amazing views of the Walt Disney World Resort available at the California Grill, the innovative and healthful dining options served at new restaurant The Wave and the new game arcade and quick-service eatery located on the resort’s fourth floor. Plus, the proximity to the Magic Kingdom Park continually proves to be among the resort’s most popular “amenities,” allowing families to easily return to their rooms for quick breaks from their busy day in the Park.
Bay Lake Tower will take that experience one step further, adding the conveniences of “home” to this world-class vacation destination. Most rooms feature full kitchens complete with granite countertops and modern appliances, separate bedrooms, washers and dryers, and other home-like amenities that will add even more comfort and convenience to the unique experience offered by Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Unparalleled Views
Bay Lake Tower’s crescent-shaped tower will boast some of the most dramatic Walt Disney World views available, offering open sightlines to an amenity-filled courtyard, the picturesque lakefront or one of the most beloved theme parks on earth. The view will be equally appealing on the other side of the window, with rich woods and warm fabrics complementing interior spaces and creating a welcoming, family friendly environment.

Planned Rooftop Lounge and Fireworks Viewing Area
The only view better than the one families will enjoy from their rooms may be the one available* from the exclusive rooftop deck, offering sweeping views of the resort and a dramatic look at Magic Kingdom Park’s fireworks by night. Plus, as an homage to the original, Bay Lake Tower’s rooftop lounge, Top of the World Lounge, was actually inspired by Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s former restaurant of the same name.
*Availability is limited and usage guidelines do apply.

Planned Spacious Lobby
After checking in at the original resort, Guests’ first glimpse of the tower’s interior will be revealed in the lobby area filled with woven woods and glass-wrapped columns. From the area, guests can catch their first look at Bay Lake Tower’s lakeside pool area and outside pool bar.

Planned Bay Cove Pool
Nestled in the shadow of Bay Lake Tower, the resort’s zero entry pool includes a water slide, separate whirlpool spa and an interactive children’s water feature – all overlooking picturesque Bay Lake.

Planned Resort Amenities
Beyond the rooftop lounge, spacious lobby and lakeside pool, Bay Lake Tower will feature a covered outdoor sky bridge that connects to the original resort so that guests can access the monorail as well as the restaurants and merchandise shops Guests love at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Plus, Bay Lake Tower Guests can pamper themselves with room service available through the original resort or make use of Community Hall, an activity center.

Disney Vacation Club
Disney Vacation Club is a vacation-ownership program that helps families enjoy flexibility and savings on vacations for decades to come. By purchasing a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club resort, families enjoy flexible vacations at Disneydestinations worldwide, as well as more than 500 other popular Member Getaways vacation locations around the globe.

Disney Resorts
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts operates 38 resort hotels with more than 35,000 hotel rooms worldwide.
Disney Vacation Club properties include the following eight deluxe resorts:
• Disney’s Old Key West Resort
• Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
• The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
• Disney Beach Club Villas
• Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
• Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
• Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
• Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

Fun Facts
Disney Vacation Club has doubled its membership since 2004 to include more than 350,000 individual members from each U.S. state and approximately 100 different countries.
There are 167 miles of post-tensioning cable running through the concrete slabs. These cables could stretch from Bay Lake Tower to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and back.
There are 1,398 tons of reinforcing steel, known as rebar, within the structure. This is equal to the weight of 254 full-grown elephants.
Bay Lake Tower rests on a foundation of more than 800 concrete piles that are 16” in diameter and extend 70’ into the ground. Stacked on top of one another, these would reach more than 10 miles into the sky.

Quick Facts
Date Announced:
September 16, 2008
Targeted Completion Date:
Fall 2009
Bay Lake Tower is ideally situated between the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Contemporary Resort with easy access to the monorail
Room Mix:
Bay Lake Tower offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The majority of room categories include views of Bay Lake or Magic Kingdom Park
Number of Units:
295 two-bedroom equivalent villas
Planned Resort Amenities:
Zero entry pool with water slide, separate spa and interactive children’s water feature. Exclusive lounge on the top floor with outdoor fireworks viewing area* (* availability is very limited and usage guidelines apply). Covered outdoor sky bridge connects Bay Lake Tower to the existing resort so that guests can access the monorail.


Full bathroom
Sleeps up to four
Queen-size bed, plus full-size sofa bed
Flat-panel TV and DVD player
Wet bar, small refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker
Private balcony or porch

One-Bedroom Vacation Home
Two full bathrooms
Sleeps up to five
Master bedroom suite with king-size bed, and connecting bathroom with whirlpool tub
Queen-size sofa bed and sleeper chair in living room
Flat-panel TV and DVD player in living room, and flat-panel TV in master bedroom
Full kitchen includes: coffeemaker, dinnerware, glassware, flatware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and more
Laundry area contains stacked washer and dryer
Private balcony or porch

Dedicated Two-Bedroom Vacation Home

Three full bathrooms
Sleeps up to nine
Master bedroom suite with king-size bed and connecting bathroom with whirlpool tub
Second bedroom with separate bathroom and two queen-size beds
Queen-size sofa bed and sleeper chair in living room
Flat-panel TV and DVD player in living room, and flat-panel TV in master bedroom and the second bedroom
Full kitchen includes: coffeemaker, dinnerware, glassware, flatware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and more
Laundry area contains stacked washer and dryer
Private balcony or porch

Two-Bedroom Lockoff Vacation Home

Three full bathrooms: one is a Master bathroom with whirlpool tub
Defined as a Studio plus One-Bedroom
Sleeps up to nine
Master bedroom suite with king-size bed
Second bedroom with one queen-size bed plus one full-size sofa bed
Queen-size sofa bed in living room
Flat-panel TV and DVD player in living room, and flat-panel TV in master bedroom and the second bedroom
Full kitchen includes: coffeemaker, dinnerware, glassware, flatware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and more
Laundry area contains stacked washer and dryer
Private balcony or porch

2-Story Grand Villa Vacation Home

Four full bathrooms: one is a Master bathroom with whirlpool tub
Sleeps up to 12
Master bedroom suite with king-size bed
Two additional bedrooms, each with two queen-size beds
Queen-size sofa bed in living room
Full-size sofa bed in upstairs sitting area
Flat-panel TV and DVD player in living room, and flat-panel TV in master bedroom and both additional bedrooms
Full kitchen includes: coffeemaker, dinnerware, glassware, flatware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and more
Dining room with dining table and chairs
Laundry area contains stacked washer and dryer
Private balcony
*Floor plans and furnishings are subject to change. Actual room size may vary slightly depending on room location.

Vacation Home amenities*:

Master bedroom:
One king-size bed with linens

Second and third bedrooms:
Two queen-size beds with linens, or
One queen-size bed and one full-size sleeper sofa with linens
Pak-n-Play® crib
Clock radio
Cable television

Because DVC resorts are designed to be a "home away from home," you should be aware that daily housekeeping service is not provided. (However, each One-, Two-, and Three-Bedroom Villa is equipped with a washer and dryer so that you can keep not just your clothes, but also your linens and towels as clean as you like. Guests staying in Studios or Inn Rooms may use the complimentary washers and dryers conveniently located throughout the resorts. Laundry detergent is available for purchase.)

For stays of seven or fewer nights, Trash and Towel Service is provided on day four. With this service, Housekeeping will

Empty the trash and put new liners in the wastebaskets
Provide fresh bathroom towels
Replace shampoo, facial soap and bath soap
Replenish facial tissues, paper towels, and toilet paper
Replenish coffee, sugar, and cream
Replenish dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent, sponges, and laundry detergent as applicable
For stays of eight or more nights, Full Cleaning Service is provided on day four and Trash and Towel Service is provided on day eight. After that, the cycle begins again on day 12. With Full Cleaning Service, Housekeeping will provide everything included with the Trash and Towel Service, plus

Change the bed linens
Vacuum and dust
Clean the bathroom(s)
Clean the kitchen/ette and wash the dishes

DVC Member "pay-as-you-go" housekeeping services:
1-bedroom, full cleaning- $45.00
2-bedroom, full cleaning- $60.00
1-bedroom, trash and towel- $20.00
2-bedroom, trash and towel- $25.00

*Amenities may vary by resort and are subject to change without notice.

Also anyone who makes a regular cash reservation for Bay Lake Tower will get housekeeping service for everyday of you're stay.

Resort Benefits
As a Disney Vacation Club Member, you enjoy the comforts of home, as well as, the same benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel:

Extra Magic Hours — Each day, one of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks opens an hour early or stays open up to three hours after regular Park hours. This benefit allows you to enjoy a more relaxed pace knowing that you'll have extra time to visit the Theme Parks.

Disney's Magical Express Service — This exclusive complimentary shuttle and luggage delivery service takes you from Orlando International Airport directly to your Resort. At the end of your stay, you'll enjoy the same convenience from your Resort to Orlando International Airport.

Convenient Transportation — Buses arrive right at your Resort to get you to and from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, Water Parks and more.

A Retreat Close to the Magic — When you stay at a Disney Vacation Club Resort, you're not only surrounded by magic 24 hours a day, you're also close enough to hop back to your Resort for a snack, nap or dip in the pool.

Incredible Disney Service — Disney Cast Members are on hand to make your vacations as easy and worry-free as possible, providing you with the signature Disney service you expect.

Besides having Magic Kingdom® Park right outside your door, Bay Lake Tower and Disney's Contemporary Resort itself, offer a wide array of activities for your whole family.Character Dining: Chef Mickey's
Dine with Chef Mickey as he cooks up a bountiful display of delicious dishes for his buffet.

Signature Dining: California Grill
Enjoy a spectacular view and world-class dining inspired by a west-coast fusion of American cuisine.
Casual Dining: The Wave
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this menu combines sensational dining ideas with fresh, healthful choices and exciting world flavors.

Quick Service Restaurant: Contempo Cafe
Tuck into a hot or cold sandwich, salads and desserts at this quick service location.

Cove Bar

*Please note that features and amenities are subject to change, and some activities require a fee, need reservations and/or have certain age requirements.

From Interstate 95
From Interstate 4
From Orlando International Airport

From Interstate 95

From I-95, take I-4 West to Exit 64 (Magic Kingdom® Park).
Follow signs for Magic Kingdom Park.
Enter the toll plaza in one of the right side lanes.
Continue through toll plaza, following the green line.
Follow signs to resort check-in.

From Interstate 4

Travel West on 536.
Follow signs for Magic Kingdom Park.
Enter the toll plaza in one of the right side lanes.
Continue through toll plaza, following the green line.
Follow signs to resort check-in.

From Orlando International Airport

Take the airport's south exit, follow the red directional signs to State Road 417 (The Greenway) South. Note: This is a toll road.
Take State Road 417 to the beginning of State Road 536 West.
Travel West on 536.
Follow signs for Magic Kingdom Park.
Enter the toll plaza in one of the right side lanes.
Continue through toll plaza, following the green line.
Follow signs to resort check-in.

Bay Lake Tower reviews.

BLT rooms and views with picture links!

Bay Lake Tower room photos.

Video tour of Bay Lake Tower.

2012 Room rates.

2012 pounts chart.

Bay Lake Tower blog and more photos.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Tour – Photo (and Video) Report

Wishes from the Bay Lake Tower observatio deck.

Promo video from Disney Vacation Club for Bay Lake Tower.

Bay Lake Tower official photos.

Another Look at Bay Lake Tower.

Grand Villa room photos.

Top of the World Lounge photos from contemporaryresort.net

Photos and Pictures of Wishes Fireworks viewed from Bay Lake Tower

Top of the World lounge menu.

Grand opening blogs.

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Yes you are the 1st one to reply and welcome to the new thread. Also it would be great if you posted some of your recent Contemporary pictures, of course please do that when you get a chance.
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Jumping in on the new thread before I go hunt photobucket for some CR pics!!!
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This is such a great thread and source of information!

I do want to add - we stayed last week in the garden wing (2 rooms) and the rooms have a desk/desk chair and no table w/ 2 chairs. Not a big deal, but it is a bit different than the room diagram above.
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I'm on board also. CR Resort Fan 4 Life has a wealth of information. Keep up the great work CR.
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A new thread already? Sweet! I'm considering booking BLT for my October 2012 trip.
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Am I one of the first?!!...I am! I thought for sure that WDWKOOK would have beat me to it! She's still out getting her mani/pedi for the trip

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A new thread already? Sweet! I'm considering booking BLT for my October 2012 trip.
Of course, that's subject to change

What were we doing on page two this morning?

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As an early page poster, I just wanted to note that if you plan to have an "un-Disney" Disney vacation, and plan to sleep late a few days, be sure to request a room on a high floor and/or the north side away from Chef Mickey's. We were on the seventh floor right above CM, and it was LOUD. Not the normal eating noise, but the yelling and screaming for every kid's birthday was really bad. They encourage everyone to scream and wave their napkins. If you're waking up early for rope drop, though, not a problem!
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Thanks for starting the new thread!! We'll be there in about 3 months for our first stay at BLT!
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Great thread with lots of great info.

We are staying at BLT for the first time when we go in september. Looking forward to it. We have a Magic Kingdom view and are DVC with BLT as our home resort. I'm excited and will post pictures after our trip
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Thanks for cranking up a new thread. I'm looking into BLT for our next vacation and I have found a ton of information here.
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THANKS!!! We're headed there in 59 days for our first stay there and we're all SO EXCITED!!!

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One night on our trip, we're taking the boat to WL for dinner at WCC. On our ride back to CR - if fireworks happen to be going off - can you see them from the boat ride on Bay Lake?

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