What do you love about the Contemporary?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by mickeymedic, May 18, 2007.

  1. mickeymedic

    mickeymedic <font color=red>Loves Off Kilter<br><font color=te

    Feb 26, 2005
    I'm just starting to plan a 3-night Disney trip for February 2008. I'm considering staying at the Contemporary this time - in the garden wing since I can't afford the tower.

    I'd like to know what people like best about staying at the Contemporary.

    My other options are WL (never stayed there before) or POR (I LOVE this resort - especially Piano Man Bob!).

    DH has always hinted that he'd like to stay at CR. So, I priced it out and it would only cost $250 more than staying at POR. What makes CR a great resort? Will I be disappointed with the garden wing?
  2. alldiz

    alldiz DIS Veteran

    Oct 15, 2006
    Contemporary location is great....

    Monorail running through is convenient...

    For me....not my favorite by far....

    WL is awesome.....not on monorail....but theming more than
    makes up for it....IMO....
    I haven't stayed at POR...but I love POFQ....

    WL....is my favorite so far....so much I bought DVC.
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  4. MinnieFan4ever

    MinnieFan4ever <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

    Mar 8, 2003
    The garden wing at CR is great. Very quiet, yet close to everything. The location of CR just can't be beat. Many dining options and you can walk to MK. Give it a try, I'm sure you'll love it.:thumbsup2
  5. ploto

    ploto DIS Veteran

    May 6, 2004
    In my opinion the Contemporary is the best resort at WDW.

    The location is perfect

    The monorail stops in the lobby

    great views of MK or Bay Lake

    rooms were just renovated

    Modern theming

    great restaurants

    and the list just goes on..............
    I think the best thing about the CR is the monorail and the location and I love the theming
  6. suzimar57

    suzimar57 Miss my Happy Place.

    May 7, 2000
    the castle view from the balcony, the location, the convenience of the monorail, the proximity to the MK (being able to walk there)
  7. simonkodousek

    simonkodousek DIS Veteran

    Feb 11, 2007
    I think the theming at WL is much better. Personally, CR seems bland and boring to me as far as theming goes. However, CR has one of the best views at WDW, so you have to weigh it... good theme vs. great view, monorail.

    ~Simon :)

    PS: If you have kids going with you, and especially if they are younger, the monorail is a huge item in the pros and cons list. Of course it would be in the pros side.
  8. Tina1

    Tina1 Mouseketeer

    Sep 21, 2004
    I love walking to MK:dance3: :yay: :banana: :love: :hippie: Tina
  9. monami7

    monami7 DIS Veteran

    Jun 29, 2003
    We love CR but out FAVORITE thing as you asked is the 5 minute walk in the morning to MK or the short monerail ride to the Poly for breakfast.
  10. La2kw

    La2kw DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2003
    The monorail is the thing we love the most.
    Then there's the quick walk to the MK.
    The views of the MK are also pretty awesome.
    The beautiful beach and pool area.
    Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre is a big plus.
  11. La2kw

    La2kw DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2003
    I'm the opposite. WL transportation is a joke. So close to the MK, but takes way too long to get there. I'm not amused by a slow boat ride. The direct MK bus was great, but I understand they stopped that now. Give me a monorail ride or a short walk any day. Also, the rooms at the WL are too small for a "deluxe" resort, IMO. Themeing is not enough to make up the drawbacks for us. If they connected the monorail to the WL, that would definitely help.
  12. ransom

    ransom DIS Veteran

    Aug 2, 2006
    The direct bus from WL to MK was stopped briefly last year while the bus stop at MK was being refurbed, but has been up since at least November. :)

    As for the Contemporary - although we haven't stayed there, we did visit many times. What I like about it is its location, the monorail, the shape of the tower, and the subtle theming. Not to mention the great restaurants!
  13. CR Resort Fan 4 Life

    CR Resort Fan 4 Life DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2006
    The Magic Kingdom view, best one out of the Resorts on the Monorail line.
    Walk to the Magic Kingdom.
    Watching Wishes and the Electrical Water Parade.
    California Grill, Chef Mickey's and the Concourse Steakhouse.
    Having the Monorail when wanting to visit the Polynesian and Grand Floridian.
    Great Cast Members all over the place.
  14. swilphil

    swilphil Feels trapped in a Brady Bunch episode at the Poly

    Jun 7, 2003
    Location, location, location!

    Big rooms with nice, new decor

    Patio on the ground level of the garden wing (plus cheaper price)
  15. mickeymedic

    mickeymedic <font color=red>Loves Off Kilter<br><font color=te

    Feb 26, 2005
    Thank you everyone for your replies! It sounds like I would really enjoy staying there - the newly renovated rooms, the monorail, close proximity to MK. BUT...DH just suggested that we cut our first vacation stop short so that we can spend 5 nights at Disney! :cool1: So, the only way that's going to be affordable is at a moderate. POR here we come!
  16. deide71

    deide71 DIS Veteran DVC Gold

    Aug 14, 2005
    The Wilderness lodge has an amazing lobby, and the grounds are lovely as well. But the Contemporary has much larger and nicer rooms IMHO.
  17. Cookie Princess

    Cookie Princess DIS Veteran

    Oct 10, 2004
    You will have a lovely time at POR. We have stayed here several times and always enjoyed the trip. However, you can't beat a stay at the CR in a tower room. The view is fantastic.:love: The rooms are large and the decor is great. My favorite thing...that short walk back to my resort from the MK at night when everyone is in huge lines for busses, boats or monorails.

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