Three Reasons Disney’s Contemporary Resort May Be For You

Walt Disney World is home to several resorts and it’s often hard to choose which one to stay at. Your budget and the amount of time you have to spend at the resort may be what determines where you stay. I recently stayed at the Contemporary Resort, as it was the onsite hotel for a conference that I attended. It had stayed here in January of 1972, so things looked a little different this time around. One thing remained the same, a beautiful sunrise and early morning activity in the bay.

sunrise at the contemporary


Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort is all about the location. You can easily walk directly to the Magic Kingdom entrance on the walkway from the resort to the park entrance. It is also possible to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks from several locations on the property.

Fireworks Magic Kingdom

Tip: There is a balcony off of the fourth floor, near the gift shops, that offers stellar views of the evening fireworks. I walked up a couple flights of stairs and had an even better view.


As with any Disney resort on the property, free transportation is available to all resort areas. Keep in mind that busses run approximately every 20 minutes. And yes, it will seem that you arrive at the bus stop, right after the bus has departed. There are billboards at the bus stop to let you know when the estimated arrival time of the next bus is. Do not go too far, as you never know when your bus may show up a little earlier than anticipated. The monorail runs through the main building of the Contemporary Resort and offers transportation to the other Magic Kingdom resort hotels, the Magic Kingdom, as well as the TTC (Transportation & Ticket Center), which will connect you to EPCOT.

Monorail at TTC


A nightly electrical light show floats along the shoreline of the lagoon. Depending on where your room is located, you may be able to view the lighted parade from your room. If not, head on over to the shoreline and watch this stunning musical light show stroll through the bay.

If location matters to you, in regards to the Magic Kingdom, this is your property. It’s a classic hotel, as it’s one of the original hotels on the property.

And let’s face it, it isn’t everyday that you stay in a hotel where your transportation travels through the middle of the building. I happen to think that this is a magical experience in itself.

Have you stayed at the Contemporary Resort on your Walt Disney World Vacation? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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11 comments on “Three Reasons Disney’s Contemporary Resort May Be For You

  1. I haven’t stayed here but I have considered staying in one of these resorts several times while in Florida. It does look like a great place to stay while in Disney.

  2. Do you believe i´ve never been in a thematic park of disney? I have a 2 year girl so i will expect and o with her. Very nice the option of staying in the disney.

  3. Cool blog! Though I would completely suck at the public transport thingie. Especially since I can miss a bus whilst standing at the bus stop. SIGHS. I do love monorails though, I could just keep sitting

  4. I’m a big Disneyland lover but haven’t been out to Disney World yet. Sounds like a great place to stay. Love the idea of being able to walk right into Magic Kingdom. Also great tip on where to watch the fireworks.

  5. I have been to Disney in the past, however, never stayed in the resorts. Love the fireworks and might stay at a resort next time when I visit Disney.

  6. Convenience is key- agreed!

  7. I love the Contemporary – even if the building is super ugly! It’s so convenient for Magic Kingdom. Love that it sits on the join of Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon too – the best of both worlds!

  8. Crazy that the monorail runs through the main building of the Contemporary Resort – they definitely get 5 stars for convenience and location! We stayed at Animal Kingdom on our last trip, though would love to get back to try out other resorts too 🙂

  9. I have visited the Disney parks but I regretted not staying inside them,That is a great hotel to keep in mind for next time.

  10. Have fun in the Sunshine State!

  11. Looks good to me! I’m off to Florida on Sunday!

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