Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the original Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, is an architectural marvel. It has a very modern design made up of a towering A-frame high-rise building—the iconic Contemporary Tower—and then complemented by the garden wing annex. This lakeside resort is the only hotel in Walt Disney World Resort to have the monorail pass right through the main concourse.
The resort overlooks 4.5 miles of shoreline along Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon and is the closest hotel to Magic Kingdom theme park. If you have a “Magic Kingdom view” room then you can see Cinderella’s castle and Space Mountain! At the hotel’s award-winning California Grill restaurant on the 15th floor, you can see the fireworks in the park. You can also pick up the monorail on the fourth floor to easily make your way to Epcot or the Magic Kingdom, which is also within walking distance.
The Contemporary Tower is home to most of the resort’s facilities, including Registration, Guest Services, 3 restaurants (Chef Mickey’s, The California Grill, and The Wave…of American Flavors) and the 4th floor Grand Canyon Concourse. In addition to the monorail station, the Grand Canyon Concourse houses Chef Mickey’s, various shops and a 90-foot, floor-to-ceiling ceramic mural created by Disney Legend, Mary Blair, celebrating the Grand Canyon and the Southwest. The Quick-Service dining cafe is also located here and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with modern touch-screen kiosks that allow you to select and customize your order.
The sprawling grounds include a marina, two pools, children’s water play area, whirlpools, cabana rentals, recreational facilities, a health club, tennis courts and convention facilities.