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Disney's Contemporary Resort

4600 N. World Drive | Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8413  [SEE MAP]Lake Buena Vista, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Chef Mickey's character buffets and on-site monorail station make this a great option for families
Rooms lack traditional Disney decor found at other Disney properties
If you're in Orlando, Florida, for Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom, then this North World Drive resort could be one of your best lodging options. According to recent guests, it's Disney's Contemporary Resort's proximity to top Disney sights that are the real clinchers for booking a stay. And while families praise the resort's location, business travelers appreciate it's 115,000-square-foot convention center and business center. The resort has well-appointed and varied accommodation options; rooms offer everything from garden views to lake panoramas to theme park vistas (be sure to specify your view wishes before booking your room). All guest rooms and suites feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, coffee makers and minifridges. And as with other Disney resorts, you'll find plenty of dining and recreation options on-site, including the popular California Grill. If you're here with kids, don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet meal with your favorite Disney characters at Chef Mickey's.
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 1008 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Lake



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019



You're paying for location at this sleek, modern, luxury resort next to the Magic Kingdom, as the monorail runs right through the lobby, making park hopping a breeze, and offering quick respite for families seeking relief from the midday heat. Rooms in the main tower (pricier) offer great views, including nightly fireworks and lighted boat parade.



Guest rooms are modern; many provide great views of the Magic Kingdom and the fireworks display or serene Bay Lake. The convenient monorail line leads directly to the Magic Kingdom.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Travel + Leisure


This 14-story deluxe resort is as close as you can get to the Magic Kingdom. ... The Contemporary is one of Disney's original resorts, and it's a favorite among kids both because it's home to both Chef Mickey's and because the Monorail cuts right through the hotel.



Best Character Meal: It doesn't get any better than Chef Mickey's breakfasts and dinners at the Contemporary Resort. These 'events' have their respective namesake and other characters, but a word of warning: They also attract up to 1,600 guests each morning.

Frommer's Exceptional

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 3579 have reviewed the Disney's Contemporary Resort, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3579 reviews 4.0 (based on 3579 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort are located in the Main Tower or Garden Wing. Standard rooms overlook the parking lot or have obstructed views, while Garden View rooms overlook the gardens, pools, marina or Bay Lake. Main Tower rooms offer the best views of the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle and the nightly fireworks. Each room includes a minifridge, a coffee maker and a flat-screen TV, plus contemporary decor with yellow and green accents. Atrium Club Level rooms and suites offer additional perks, such as lounge access, DVD players and free pre-arrival itinerary planning.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Patios or balconies available in all accommodations

Standard room size437 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

One of Walt Disney World's two original hotels, Disney's Contemporary Resort is in a premium location within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom. The complimentary monorail runs right through the lobby of the towering A-frame building, making travel between the theme parks easy. Additionally, free water taxi and shuttle service is available to get to other resorts, Disney Springs and the theme parks. Free airport transfers are also provided via Disney's Magical Express.
  • Monorail station on fourth floor
  • Orlando International Airport sits about 25 miles east
  • 24-hour valet parking ($33)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($25)
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Disney's Contemporary Resort offers multiple restaurants, lounges and grab-and-go eateries. California Grill features seasonal Pacific Coast flavors in an upscale dining room, while The Wave... of American Flavors, named for its undulating ceiling, serves American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. The resort's most popular dining venue is Chef Mickey's, where Disney characters sign autographs, pose for photos and lead diners in song and dance as they enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
  • Disney dining plans accepted at family restaurants but not at lounges
  • Reservations accepted up to 180 days in advance for all three restaurants
  • Room service available 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesBuffet, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


Disney's Contemporary Resort offers three outdoor pools, including one with a 17-foot-tall waterslide and sandy beaches. A quiet pool, where excessive noise is prohibited, and a children's water playground with a kiddie pool are also available.
  • Hours and lifeguard availability vary seasonally
  • Private cabana rentals
  • Resort has two hot tubs
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


Spa services are available at Disney's Contemporary Resort's Olympiad Fitness Center. Signature treatments include Swedish massages and rejuvenating citrus facials, and the spa offers a sauna for relaxation.
  • In-room massages
  • Spa appointments encouraged
  • Adult supervision required in spa for children 17 and younger

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Although Disney's Contemporary Resort is the least thematic of all the Disney hotels, the resort still offers a wide array of amenities for children. Located within walking distance of the popular Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary provides monorail service to all the parks. Family activities at the resort include complimentary fireside marshmallow roasts and nightly Disney film screenings on the lawn behind the Main Tower. A pool with a 17-foot-tall waterslide, a water playground with fountains and a separate kiddie pool, an arcade and volleyball, basketball and tennis courts with free equipment are also available on-site. Disney dining plans are accepted at Disney's Contemporary Resort's family dining outlets.
  • Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage available for a fee
  • Chef Mickey's hosts a daily character breakfast buffet
  • Babysitting services can be arranged for a fee
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers a fully equipped fitness center, as well as a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities. The Olympiad Fitness Center features Cybex and Life Fitness machines, including treadmills, regular and recumbent bicycles and ellipticals, plus weight-training equipment and free weights. Volleyball, basketball and tennis courts with loaner equipment are also located on-site.
  • Resort has jogging paths
  • Fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • Free lakeside yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


Disney's Contemporary Resort offers a 115,000-square-foot convention center with four ballrooms, numerous modern breakout rooms and two boardrooms. Meeting rooms come equipped with audiovisual equipment, including remote control lighting and projection, sound systems, satellite up/down link capabilities and ceiling-recessed screens. The Fantasia Ballroom features colorfully painted back-lit panels depicting famous scenes from the film and can accommodate up to 4,720 guests for receptions or up to 4,050 attendees for theater-style events. A business center offering computers, copy machines and secretarial services is located next to the East Registration Desk.
  • On-site currency exchange, ATM, shopping, laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Outdoor venues include the beach, the marina and a courtyard

Number of meeting rooms13

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Disney's Contemporary Resort does not host weddings, but couples can choose from several venues for wedding-related events like rehearsal dinners, receptions and farewell brunches. California Grill and its various dining rooms offer front-row views of the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks shows and are ideal for events with up to 170 guests, while the convention center's ballrooms can be used for celebrations with up to 450 people.
  • Catering staff can provide buffet-style or a la carte meals
  • California Grill is not available any day after 3 p.m.

Maximum wedding guest capacity450

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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