Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by kmdintx, Apr 3, 2009.
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I can't wait to read what you got to say.
We will be at CR in January for the 1st time & can't wait!
We are so excited to make our first visit to the Contemporary in December! I really owe a personal thanks to previous poster brergnat for your endorsement of a Tower Room. You had responded to a question I had about which resort to stay in and you convinced DH to change our room to a Theme Park Tower Room. Thank you!
Having never stayed at CR, should I make any certain room requests?
ok, how's this for a long shot?
does anybody have a floorplan that shows which rooms are connecting rooms?
Request a room on the 11th floor because it's the highest non Club Level floor in the Tower.
Without being THAT specific, if you'll be in the Tower, I'd just request a room "as high as possible, far away from Chef Mickey's".
Being high up serves the dual purpose of eliminating ambient noise from the Concourse level and giving you a better view (Bay Lake or Theme Park Side). If you will be on the MK Side, being closer to the MK is a bonus for fireworks watching, and also so you don't have the Convention Center roof as most of your direct ahead view.
If you'll be in the Garden Wing, I'd just recommend requesting a First Floor Room, so you'll have a patio. Then, a room as close to the Tower as possible, to cut down on walking.
You're welcome! You are NOT going to regret the decision to upgrade! All thoughts of any extra money spent will go out the window when you see that view for the first time...and the second time...and the third time...and every morning when you wake up, and at night when you come back to your room and see the pretty colors of the castle, etc. etc. etc. I can't even REMEMBER how much I paid for that view now, and I don't even care! I don't care how much it will ever cost in the future. I'm sold for life. It's that good.
I'd just recommend making this request:
"highest floor possible, away from Chef Mickey's"
This will put you on the 10th or 11th floor (most likely), and on the half of the building between the elevator hallway and the Magic Kingdom, which puts a good buffer between the side where Chef Mickey's is, which can get loud. Although the rooms are well soundproofed, I can imagine it being MUCH louder if you are on, say, the 6th or 7th floor, and directly above Chef Mickey's. That restaurant is LOUD, and not only during mealtimes. Between mealtimes, when they are setting up, they are really loud with dishes clanging and people yelling and stuff. This happens midday; prime naptime. I didn't hear ANY of it from our room (even midday...I was stuck in the room for 2 full days, really sick, and I never head a THING, except the magical sounds of the MK, which I didn't mind at all). But, I did hear this while eating at Contempo Cafe a couple times, and there are rooms RIGHT above there, so I can't imagine having one of those...
Just returned on Sat from 6 nights at the CR. It was absolutely fantastic, best trip ever.
As for the CR itself, we just can't say enough good things. My wife is VERY picky and she loved it. If you knew her, I could end this report right there and EVERYONE would immediately book the CR and the other Disney hotels would close down!!!
We had room 4445 on the 8th floor. We were the 4th room from the end on the MK end and had the MK view. It was wonderful, we never got tired of looking out the sliding doors. Speaking of those doors, they were very nice and quiet. I also loved the two latches, one being high and out of reach of small children. Our beds faced the castle and I must say, being able to lie in bed and watch the castle change colors at night was great!
We did online checkin and that worked out really well. Our ME bus was not that crowded and I'm sure regular checkin wouldn't have taken very long, but doing online saved even more time. We were met just inside the doors by Judy and I told her we checked in online. She looked at her clipboard and immediately said our names and walked us over to the checkin counter. We were on our way in about 5 minutes!!!
As to those who think the CR is a sterile, ordinary convention hotel I say check it out for yourself. The set up is so very different than most hotels. In the tower, you have no rooms on the opposite side of your hallway. Being able to look down onto the Grand Canyon Concourse is just the best. All of the activity on the 4th floor is nice and we heard none of that noise in our room. I certainly thought it was Disney-themed enough and to be honest, I liked that it wasn't over-the-top themed after being in the parks all day.
As to the room itself, very large and comfortable with a nice layout. We had a Garden Grocer delivery and had plenty of room for both groceries and clothing, etc. I didn't miss the computer, as it would have taken up counter space and would actually have been in the way. Beds were very comfortable, again my picky wife loved them. She wanted to take those heavy comforters home with her! We all loved the fireplace and my wife commented on how the mantle decorated with pottery was more home-like than hotel-like - VERY NICE JOB DISNEY!!! Sofa came in handy, but we never actually slept on it. The balcony was wonderful, could have been a little bigger but was just fine. My wife and I ate roomservice dinner out there one evening while the kids were at the Neverland Club. Wonderful evening, best view at Disney and the food was great!!!
We called housekeeping just after arrival to request a microwave. They said none were available, but would put our name on the list. They indicated it may be a couple days before one came available. Well then about an hour later, a lady arrived with one and set it up for us!! It came in very handy during the week.
The bathroom was good, loved the sliding doors but wished they could latch. The towel bar was a bit far from the tub/shower and there was a lack of counter space. There is storage underneath the sinks and I used one sink as a counter while shaving, etc. Had minor drainage issues with those sinks, but they certainly are stylish and "contemporary". Loved the lighted mirrors and the shaving/makeup mirror is a nice, luxury touch. The closets were nice and roomy, but need more hangers. The safe was large.
The Contempo is nice, good selection and great food. We ate "take-out" from there twice. We ate breakfast at Chef Mickey's, again my picky wife loved that place and the character interaction. We shopped on our departure morning in the shops and found a good selection.
The pool, beach and movies at night were just great!! My daughter did the slide about 35 times and I even made it down once!! Quite a sight to see... My son loved the sand and we all watched WALL E and Finding Nemo on two nights. The were lots of people in the pool/beach area but it never felt crowded. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful spot!! My wife loved the beach area in the evening! The construction fence is still up, but I saw nothing going on. Looks as though the splash area and new landscaping are coming. Pools and beach are completely usable as they are now.
Transportation was the only real downer. We went to DHS on the first day and waited 45 minutes for a bus!! 3 for DTD and 2 for AK came while we waited. Return bus was fine. Monorail service was generally very good, even the transfer to EP was nice and short for us each time - must have good timing on that one! Resort monorail was down for about 30 minutes on Wed evening, making us late to the Neverland Club with the kids. No problems with the club by being late, but it did cut into "mommy and daddy" time
Overall a fantastic resort!!! We are now spoiled, will be hard to step down to a lesser resort next time! I'm planning an overall TR soon over on that board.
Great review! Thanks for posting about your experience!
We were there at basically the same time as you. We had the same transportation issues you did, so it was definitely NOT an isolated experience. We had issues with the buses to AK and Downtown Disney as well, so it wasn't just the DHS buses.
For such a busy time of year (because it WAS crowded in the parks for sure), they really needed to step it up in the bus transportation department, IMO. For sure, by the time BLT opens up, they better get a new plan in place for more buses, because it will become a SERIOUS problem when all those additional guests are added to the mix...
Great review overall, though! I totally agree with most of what you said. Our stay at CR was fabulous as well. I'll find it hard to NOT return there in the future. I don't understand why all the "meh" feelings towards it...I think people give it a lot of flack for no reason. It's really a wonderful hotel.
One of the things I kept reading about was the "unfriendly CM's" and let me tell you, I think the CM's at the CR were among the MOST FRIENDLY we encountered anywhere at
WDW the entire week we were there! Several went out of their way for us in different ways, and they were more gracious and personable than, I would say, 75% of the CM's in the parks. Just my 2 cents, but I think the CM's at the Contemporary get a bad rap for nothing.
Totally agree, bus issues need to be resolved quick.
Also agree on the CMs, they were the best. I've lost count of the number of pleasant conversations we had with CMs, them giving the kids stickers, etc. Just the best!!
The best thing to do is to send an email to Guest Services in regards to the bus issues. The more complaints, they will see that it is a problem and better chances on improving. Once you send an email, it does take a couple weeks to receive a response.
Thanks for posting your review and I also agree with you about the buses. One Cast Member told us with WDW's new system it should stop the same bus location coming 2 or 3 times in a row, which is still happening. In fact the Cast Member who told us that was standing outside the bus station marking down what time the buses arrived and where they were going to. Well we saw 2 or 3 Animal Kingdom buses in a row and a Downtown Disney bus, but the Cast Member did say one of them should have been for Hollywood Studios which is where we were going at the time.
I agree 100% with both your comments, because I do think the Contemporary gets a bad reputation and part of it is the conventions they host and their lack of a in your face theme. Well I always say there are other convention resorts like Coronado Springs, Grand Floridian, Yacht Club and the Boardwalk. Also I am sure they host a fair number of conventions per year and don't get that label because they have more in your face themes.
As for the Cast Members we have also been very lucky to meet such great ones that work there. They have always gone out of their way to make things better for us and one night by the Fantasia store I saw one doing these impressions of Donald Duck that were simply amazing and very funny.
What movies do they play?
Recent movies..or just older ones?
Is there a schedule available online?
Thanks so much for the excellent report. It's so exciting to read because we are going to CR in Sept. We booked a lake view room as the MK room was almost $400 more. We are hoping for an upgrade, but not counting on it.
Anyway, hubby and I want to slip off for a nice dinner and are thinking about using the Neverland Club. Our children are about the same age as yours (DD7 & DS4.) Did your children like the Club?
We are staying at CR next month. I believe the electric light parade is on the lake in front of the resort. If that is true, where would we view the parade? We have a lake view not a MK view.
Last week we viewed it from the back of the hotel (lake view) side off the beach at 10:05. I would guess if you have a lake view you could watch from your balcony! HTH!
When you check-in you will get an activties sheet for that month and it will say what day, what time and what movies they are playing.
The parade goes on both sides, so that means you will get to see it from your Bay Lake View.
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