Known for its distinctive A-frame design which allows the Monorail to pass through the center, this resort hotel is chic and luxurious with a dream location only steps away from the Magic Kingdom.
The decor of the entire resort is true to the name, with minimalist design that is bold and modern. The color palette is muted, with a lot of white and black with pops of color. The lobby features modern furniture to relax in and the main desk is long and sleek with interesting rectangular shapes. Flower arrangements are found scattered on the front desk and around the resort, featuring minimalist designs highlighting flowers such as elegant orchids in beautifully blown glass vases. A colorful mural, “The Pueblo Village,” stretches 90 feet up and wraps around an elevator shaft by artist Mary Blair. The mural strikes out with golden yellows, bright oranges, rich greens and azure blue, depicting scenes that celebrate the mid-west.
Guest rooms in this resort are exquisite, with scenic balconies, many featuring breathtaking views of Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom and other resorts such as The Grand Floridian in the distance. The color palette is rich dark chocolate and cotton white with subtle pops of turquoise, yellow, bright orange, and limey green. The beds are soft and comfortable against head boards that feature 3 panels fading in an ombre-style from dark brown to khakis to a soft golden yellow. Modern art hangs on the walls and vases in funky shapes provide interesting accents.
The bathrooms feature wide, flat, square shaped sinks and absolutely stunning blank and white swirled marble tiles in the showers and on the floors.
The Contemporary is home to some of Walt Disney World’s favorite table service restaurants, as well as an excellent coffee bar.
California Grill – Enjoy signature dining with spectacular views from the panoramic windows of this restaurant located on the 15th floor of The Contemporary. World class Californian wines, and an array of world class West Coast cuisine are offered in classy and comfortable dining room. The menu offers artisan cheese samplings, fresh sushi, wood-fired Californian flatbread pizzas, and impeccable surf and turf offerings. Dessert offerings are like works of art, and the flavors will have your taste buds dancing. If you time your dinner just right, you can catch a breathtaking view of the sunset or have a prime view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. Epcot’s Illuminations can also be seen in the distance. This restaurant is one of the best on Walt Disney World’s property, and is an absolute treat.
Chef Mickey’s – This restaurant is poised at a prime location, just below the Monorail inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and makes for a fun spot to dine. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are joined by Mickey Mouse and his pals such as Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy. Each are dressed in their finest chef attire as they mingle with guests, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. All three meals are served from an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet of classic American favorites. Breakfast offers items such as fresh fruit, pancakes, the well loved Mickey Waffles, quiche, bacon and sausages. At dinner you can try carved meats, with sides like mashed potatoes or have have some spaghetti & meatballs or pizza. Be sure to save room for dessert, a build your own sundae bar is a hit among adults and children alike.
The Wave… of American Flavors – The restaurant continues the Contemporary’s modern decor inside, with clean lines and modern decor inspired from the restaurants name. Chair backs are inset with vertically waving designs and waving panels suspended overhead give the illusion of being under water. The menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner focus on healthy dishes made from fresh ingredients sourced locally. Start your meal with black bean chili before trying the daily featured sustainable fish option. Or maybe you would prefer lamb shank. Whatever your choice, it will be delicious and fresh.
If you prefer something quick, or on the go try the Contempo Café for a hot breakfast, or sandwich or flatbread pizza. Touch screens allow your to order exactly what you like, and make sure you get it served just how you prefer. If you’re really in a rush, try a grab-and-go item from the fridges. For java lovers, Contemporary Grounds is poised and ready to serve gourmet coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, hot teas, hot chocolates and freshly baked pastries. For those 21 or older who are looking for a drink should try the Outer Rim on the fourth floor concourse. Here, views of Bay Lake make a picturesque, relaxing moment as you sip on beer, wine, or specialty cocktails and drinks. A light appetizer style menus is also available.
Cool off in the afternoon with a dip in the Main Pool free form pool. The pool offers something for all ages: a splash zone for little ones, plenty of room to splash in the main pool, and poolside bars Sand Bar and Cove Bar serve up snacks, grill items, and drinks (alcoholic beverages are available for those 21 and over). Cabanas are available for rent and there is also a 17 foot high curving waterslide with beautiful views of Bay Lake tempts both adults and kids who meet the height requirement. Bay Lake Pool, a smaller leisure pool is also available for guests enjoyment.
Recreation isn’t hard to find that his Deluxe Resort Hotel. In addition to an arcade and the Olympiad Fitness Center, Bay Lake offers activities such as parasailing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, boat rentals and fishing. Catch a Movie Under the Stars at the main resort pool, play a game of tennis or enjoy a jog on the jogging trail that loops around Bay Lake tower and the South Garden Wing of the Contemporary.