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Disney's Contemporary Resort Information: Rooms, Pools, Dining, and More

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Disney's Contemporary Resort Overview

Disney's Contemporary Resort map

This 655-room Deluxe Resort on Bay Lake is unique in that its A-frame design permits the Magic Kingdom monorail to pass through the structure’s cavernous atrium. A 90-foot mosaic depicts American Indian children and nature. The off-white central tower is augmented by a three-story Garden Wing fronting Bay Lake to the south and by Bay Lake Tower, a 295-room, 15-story Disney Deluxe Villa development, to the north.

Standard rooms in the A-frame afford fantastic views of Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom, and all have balconies. At 394 square feet each, they’re only slightly smaller than equivalent rooms at the Grand Floridian Resort.

Rooms in the Contemporary’s main building were refurbished in the summer of 2021, adding characters from Pixar’s The Incredibles films. Off-white walls, bedspreads, and flooring are joined by carpets and couches in bold reds and other accent colors. Bathrooms have been remodeled as well, with a continuous countertop featuring two sinks and plenty of storage. The shower–tub combination remains standard, and it’s all enclosed by glass sliders. References to The Incredibles are found on soft goods and posters and in hidden spots around the room.

Our main criticism of the Contemporary’s refurbishment is that it’s devoid of style, taste, and imagination. It’s no secret that Disney tries to shoehorn characters into every available space around the World, whether they’re needed or not. It’s also not a secret that Disney cuts corners by standardizing everything, from the same white bedspreads in every room in every resort to common bathroom designs. In some cases, like the new rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, those two forces can still produce interesting rooms whose design melds with the resort’s overall look and feel.

In the case of the Contemporary, Disney had a chance to make this into one of America’s great midcentury-themed hotels, and they didn’t—even though there are plenty of places they could have drawn inspiration from. Take the TWA Hotel at New York City’s JFK International Airport, for instance: Its rooms are miniature masterpieces of midcentury modern design in small spaces. And a 2-hour drive from Disney’s headquarters in Burbank puts you in Palm Springs, the spiritual home of the midcentury modern aesthetic, where you can’t walk a block without running into fabulous retro architecture and furniture.

What Disney has “designed” for the Contemporary is just lazy— it’s the same generic ideas they’ve been putting into every recent hotel. Compare the look of the Contemporary’s restyled rooms with those of the TWA Hotel ( or even the Motel 6 Anaheim Maingate, near Disneyland (, and ask yourself if the Contemporary is $400–$600 better per night. If you ask us, it’s not. What Disney’s really selling these days at the Contemporary is just walking-distance access to the Magic Kingdom.

Dining options abound at the Contemporary. On the first floor is Steakhouse 71, a new restaurant specializing in grilled meats. Contempo Cafe, a counter-service restaurant on the fourth floor’s Grand Canyon Concourse, serves upscale sandwiches, salads, and flatbread pizzas. Chef Mickey’s, also on the fourth floor, hosts a popular character buffet at breakfast. On the 15th floor, the award-winning California Grill serves contemporary American cuisine.

The pool has slides for kids and cabanas for rent. The resort also has a few shops. The Contemporary is within easy walking distance of the Magic Kingdom; monorail transportation is available to both the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. Other destinations can be accessed by bus or boat. Walking time to transportation loading areas from the most remote rooms is 6–9 minutes.

How Disney's Contemporary Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

The major advantage of Contemporary is that is a short walk to Walt Disney World's flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom. If you don't want to make the 10 minute walk you can also take a Monorail, which has a station in the Contemporary's lobby. The same Monorail can be also be used to ride to the Transportation And Ticket Center, here guests can tranfer to another Monorail and ride to the front gate of Epcot. In terms of room size, Contemporary's rooms are in the upper end of Disney's other deluxe resorts. At 394 square feet they are smaller than Grand Floridian's 440 sf, and Polynesian's 415 sf, but larger than rooms in every other resort. These factors come at the cost of a high nightly price. Rooms at Contemporary fall in to the upper end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts.

Contemporary's exterior.

Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

A security gate guards the entrance to Contemporary's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.

Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day.

Check-in time at Contemporary is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contemporary participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether. Contemporary's gift shops will sell you MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them.

The Grand Canyon Concourse is home to Contemporary's lobby, as well as shops and dining.

If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.

Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.

The famous Mary Blair mural in The Grand Canyon Concourse.

Disney's Contemporary Resort's Rooms

The Contemporary’s rooms are, in our opinion, among the nicest of any Disney resort. Rooms were refurbished in 2021 and now are lightly themed to the Pixar film The Incredibles. While we were a little dubious about the change, the touches are light and the mid-century look fits the Contemporary nicely. Amenities include flat-panel LCD TVs, built-in closets, stylish soft goods, and comfortable beds. Wood accents in warm tones are a welcome relief from the bland beige that dominates so many hotel palettes.

The old work desk has been replaced by a very large sofa, part of which converts to a daybed in case of a 5th person in the room. Lighting is superb, with top scores in the bathroom grooming, reading, and work areas. Small, stylish overhead lights are more than ample for reading in bed.

The Contemporary’s beds are topped with 250-thread-count sheets and down-filled pillows. The air-conditioning system is a little louder than most. If you like to sleep with a bit of white noise in the background, however, you’ll be in heaven.

Most of the Contemporary rooms are 394 square feet, which makes them some of the largest standard rooms in Walt Disney World.

A standard Contemporary room lightly themed to The Incredibles.

Each Disney's Contemporary Resort room is furnished with the following:

  • Two queen beds
  • Dresser with medium-size drawers
  • Table with 2 chairs
  • Nightstand digital alarm clock
  • Full-length mirror (on bath door)
  • WiFi wireless Internet access
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini fridge
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shower-mounted shampoo, conditioner, and body wash; bar soap

The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it.

Disney's Contemporary Resort Room Layout

A lot of thought went into the bathroom design, too. You enter the bath through a sliding pocket door instead of a traditional hinged model. The pocket door provides plenty of room and makes it easy to move around inside. (It’s such a great idea that Len has adopted it in his own home.) The rectangular, extremely inefficient sinks are gone, replaced with still modern, yet very usable oval versions.

Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.

A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and enough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are also two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a sliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.

A typical Contemporary bathroom.

Contemporary Concierge Level Rooms

The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club level. Each one throughout the property has a name for their concierge level. At the Contemporary it is called the Atrium Club and it’s located on the twelfth floor. Here guests willing to pay a premium are treated to special services including a lounge, complimentary food and drink, and personalized service. There are about 60 Atrium Club rooms most of which are similar to regular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club level prices can be over $100 more than standard rooms at the Contemporary

Upon arriving to Contemporary, concierge guests are taken to an exclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to the club level they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two desks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These CMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park tickets, and transportation options.

Another special service provided to concierge level guests is a nightly turn down. Housekeeping cast members come to your room in the evening to prepare your bed for you to fall into it after a long day in the parks and leave chocolates.

A more exciting benefit to staying in the Atrium Club is access to free food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light so don’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are available along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like coffee, and beer. In the late afternoon/early evening the menu changes but appetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they begin their evening. Wine and liqueurs along with desserts area served throughout the evening as well.

The selection of food and drink is laid out in the lounge only accessible to club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to you use throughout the day. The area is busy a breakfast time, but can be a quiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be business travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can gather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and chairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Disney's Contemporary Resort have around 31 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature

Bay Lake Views and Theme Park Views

Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Contemporary's hotel rooms based on what you see from inside the room. Luckily both sides of the main Contemporary tower offer great views.

Here's the system Disney uses:

Contemporary Pools

The Contemporary has two pools. The largest, The Feature Pool, sits sits in the middle of the Contemporary tower and the Garden Wing. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.

Contemporary's Feature Pool and hot tub.

The other smaller pool, the Bay Pool is located near the Feature. This pool is considered a "quiet pool," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged.

Contemporary's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. Contemporary also has a hot tub located near Silver Creek Springs Pool.

Feature Pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, and restrooms. Pool hours are at least 9 AM to 8 PM, extending to as much as 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times. Feature Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.

For more information on the pools at WDW resorts, including towels, entertainment programming, handicap access, kiddie pools, life vests, and much more, see our Walt Disney World Resort Pool Fact Sheet FAQ.

Restaurants and Dining

Dining options abound. On the first floor is Steakhouse 71, a restaurant with Floridian flares and throwbacks to Disney history. The Contempo Cafe, a counter-service restaurant on the fourth floor’s Grand Canyon Concourse, serves upscale sandwiches, salads, and flatbread pizzas. Chef Mickey’s, also on the fourth floor, hosts a popular character buffet at breakfast, brunch, and dinner. On the 15th floor, the award-winning California Grill serves contemporary American cuisine.

California Grill

California Grill Dinner Menu - California Grill Kids Menu

High atop the Contemporary Resort, the award-winning California Grill sets the standard for Disney dining. But expect a boisterous crowd-the noise level makes quiet conversation difficult. Still, the view from the 15th floor is stellar, one of the best spots for watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks. It's so popular that the Grill no longer allows just anyone on the elevator for a ride to the top - you must have a dinner reservation. A show kitchen is the centerpiece of the airy dining room.

The California Grill still is one of Disney's top dining experiences, more like a hot spot in L.A. or New York City than Disney World. We like the seats at the bar in front of the kitchen, or a coveted window seat. Though it's a sophisticated dining experience, be warned that you'll see plenty of kids in the dining room.

Chef Mickey's

Fun Time Buffet Breakfast - Chef Mickey's Fun Time Buffet Dinner

Chef Mickey's is a all-you-can-eat restaurant with that features a colorful, open dining room with the monorail running overhead, this is one of the most popular Disney-character restaurants-mostly because you're guaranteed an audience with Mickey Mouse, who dons a chef's toque and poses for socially-distant photos. (Goofy, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto are on hand, too.) It's loud, crowded, busy, and fun for families. We rarely see anyone here without kids in tow.

Go hungry, and this all-you-can-eat setting is a good value for families; there's plenty for picky eaters, and you can start or end the day with a full tummy and photos of the top Disney characters already checked off your to-do list.

Steakhouse 71

Steakhouse 71 Breakfast Menu - Steakhouse 71 Lunch Menu - Steakhouse 71 Dinner Menu

On the first floor of the Contemporary just past the front desk, Steakhouse 71 puts a spin on some of Walt Disney's favorite meals in a modern setting.

Contempo Cafe

Contempo Cafe Breakfast Menu - Contempo Cafe Kids Breakfast Menu - Contempo Cafe Lunch/Dinner Menu - Contempo Cafe Kids Lunch/Dinner Menu

Contempo Cafe is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has faster service and is less expensive than Steakhouse 71, but still has its quirks. For one, you place your order on an ATM-like touch-screen kiosk, leaving one to wonder whether dining at a $300 per night resort is supposed to feel like the self-checkout aisle at the grocery store. If you want to modify your order in any way - say, hold the onions on the flatbread - you have to walk to the pick-up window and instruct the staff. The food is fresh and tasty, but the ordering process is a bit convoluted. Noise from the nearby Chef Mickeys can drown out all but the most enthusiastic conversationalist.

Contempo Cafe participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost is a flat $19.99 for your length of stay.

Restaurants at Contemporary participate in the Disney Dining Plan (when it's offered); meals cost 1 credit at Steakhouse 71, Chef Mickey's and Contempo Cafe, and 2 credits at California Grill. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.

Outer Rim Lounge is located amid the busy dining and shopping on the 4th Floor of the main tower at the Contemporary. Outer Rim Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu, with several beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily. The The Sand Bar is located adjacent to the Feature Pool at the Contemporary. It also has a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Plus a small menu of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and desserts is available.

Transportation to and from Disney's Contemporary Resort

Driving Your Own Car Disney's Contemporary Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr. and you'll end up on World Drive. Take World Dr. for about 5.6 miles, and Contemporary will be on your right.

Disney's Contemporary Resort's GPS address and location are:

    Disney's Contemporary Resort
    4600 North World Drive
    Orlando, FL 32830

    Latitude: 28.415 North, Longitude: 81.574 West

From Orlando International Airport See our Walt Disney World Transportation Options page for information about how to get to and from Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World.

From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Contemporary Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Contemporary Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Contemporary Resort. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Contemporary Resort to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's Contemporary Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.

Magic Kingdom is accessed via Monorail via the station inside the resort's Grand Canyon Concourse. Monorail service may be suspended at any time.

Epcot is accessed by taking the Monorail via the station inside the resort's Grand Canyon Concourse to the Transportation And Ticket Center. There guests travel to Epcot via the Epcot Monorail.

Contemporary Resort's bus stop.

Disney's Contemporary Resort's Bus Schedule

Ask a Disney Cast Member about Contemporary's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Contemporary's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.

For example, if you're headed to the Animal Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 13 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 8-17 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for a ride.

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.

If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service is faster to Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's Contemporary Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

Getting to another hotel from Disney's Contemporary Resort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Contemporary Resort to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Contemporary Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the other Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

The fastest option, however, is almost always an Uber, Lyft, or taxi from Contemporary to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Contemporary, and Uber and Lyft are often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

You can also take a boat in Bay Lake to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, Fort wilderness, and the Magic Kingdom. This option can also take some time depending on where you are going and how frequent the boats are running.

To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.

Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

Olympiad Health Club is Contemporary's fitness center and spa. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Swedish, Aromatherapy, and Firm Pressure massage treatment services are available.

Watercraft Rentals are available for use in Bay Lake 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and Sea Raycers can be rented. Prices vary. All rentals can be purchased in a booth near the Feature Pool.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Yoga is available 7:00 to 7:30 AM at Village Green. Participation is free but limited to the first 20 Guests. Mats and towels are provided.

Contemporary's gift shop is Fantasia Market. It is located on the fourth floor. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Fantasia has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

Fantasia Market also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Fantasia Market has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.

Also located near Fantasia Market is the The Game Station Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in.

Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The trail is a 0.89-mile jogging trail. The trail is located on the northern end of the resort between Bay Lake Tower and the Garden Wing.

Disney's Contemporary Resort Child Care

Disney contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.

Miscellaneous Contemporary

There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use on Floor 2 of the Garden Wing Building. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Contemporary Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-1000.

Blog Posts About Disney's Contemporary Resort

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?
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Disney's Contemporary Resort 86% (+25%)
Average for WDW hotels 76% (+0%)
Average for off-site hotels 57% (+0%)

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Disney's Contemporary Resort 97% (+16%)
Average for WDW hotels 92% (+2%)
Average for off-site hotels 79% (-7%)

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary has two hotel buildings: the A-frame tower and the Garden Wing. Rooms in the A-frame overlook either Bay Lake and the marina and swimming complex on one side or the parking lot, with Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom in the background on the other. Except for most second- and third-floor rooms in the Garden Wing, each room has a balcony with two chairs and a table. If you stay on the Magic Kingdom side of the A-frame, ask for a room on the ninth floor or higher. The parking lot and connecting roads are less distracting there (see tinyurl .com/cr-room4848 as an example). On the Bay Lake side, the view is fine from all floors, though higher floors are preferable.

View from Room 4848
Room 4848: a "Theme Park View" room looking out on to the Magic Kingdom.
Room 4626: Some Theme Park View rooms look on to the roof of the resort's convention center.
View from Room 4616 at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Room 4616: a "Bay Lake View" room with a view of Bay Lake Tower.

In the Garden Wing, all ground-floor rooms have patios. Only end rooms on the second and third floors facing Bay Lake have full balconies; all other rooms have balconies only a foot deep. Also, keep in mind that the Garden Wing is a fair walk from the restaurants, shops, front desk, guest services, and monorail station in the A-frame.

There’s a lot of boat traffic in the lake and canal alongside the Garden Wing. Nearest the lake, and quietest, are rooms 6116–6123, 6216–6223, and 6316–6323. At the water’s edge, but noisier, are rooms 6107–6115, 6207–6215, and 6307–6315. Flanking the canal connecting Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon are rooms 5128–5151, 5228–5251, and 5328–5351. All of these have nice canal and lake views, which subject them to some daytime noise from passing watercraft, but the whole area is exceptionally quiet at night.

The Garden Wing also has rooms facing the marina, pool, and playground; these work well for families with kids. The views don’t compare with views from the rooms previously listed, but ground-floor rooms 5105–5127 and 6124–6130 provide easy access to the pool.

In addition to offering some of the most scenic and tranquil guest rooms in Disney World, the Garden Wing likewise contains some of the most undesirable ones. Avoid rooms ending with numbers 52–70— almost all of these look directly onto a parking lot.

Room 5121: a room in the Garden Wing with a view of landscaping.

The Garden Building also has rooms facing the marina, pool, and playground; these work well for families with young children. The view isn’t comparable to views from the rooms previously listed, but ground floor rooms 5105–5125 provide easy access to the pool.

room 6121: some garden wing rooms look out on to bay lake.

In addition to offering some of the most scenic and tranquil guest rooms in Disney World, the Garden Building likewise contains some of the most undesirable ones. Avoid rooms ending with numbers 52 through 70—almost all of these look directly onto a parking lot.

Room 5164: a Garden Wing room with a view of a parking lot.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
Iconic architecture: the only hotel that the monorail goes <em>through</em> Overpriced, especially so-called Magic Kingdom-view rooms that mostly look out onto parking lots
Large rooms with views of Bay Lake Hallway decor can feel institutional
Redesigned rooms are very functional Bus transportation to Studios, Animal Kingdom, water parks, and Disney Springs can be shared with other monorail resorts
Easy walk to Magic Kingdom
Convenient parking
Best louge at Walt Disney World (Top of the World Lounge)
Recreation options on Bay Lake
Excellent staff/service

Disney's Contemporary Resort Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Bus Monorail Walk Personal
Magic Kingdom 17.0 min 11.0 min
EPCOT 23.0 min 21.0 min
Hollywood Studios 28.0 min 23.0 min
Animal Kingdom 29.0 min 20.0 min
Disney Springs 28.0 min 16.0 min