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As hubby and I are planning a special anniversary trip for just the two of us to Orlando later this year (yay – so excited to go back to the magic!), it’s difficult to choose which Disney resort to stay at. If you’re also in the process of deciding, maybe hearing my thoughts on the beautiful & upscale Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort can help!
It was such a difference when we changed from the All-Star Movies Resort where we stayed the first chunk of our trip last fall to the Contemporary Resort. While I stick with my review (link above) that the All-Star resorts are excellent for families and those on a tight budget, the Contemporary was a whole other caliber. Yes, I saw plenty of families with little kids here – but overall it was less noisy. I loved how clean and classy it all felt – very modern. The room was huge, with 2 queen beds, plus I think the sofa could pull out into a bed.
There was a nice desk, plus a large TV for when you just want to relax. The beds, bedding & pillows were all comfy and a little bit higher quality than regular hotels. There was room for hanging things in the closet, plus a fridge hidden underneath the little coffee/tea service area between the 2 closets.
We had more than enough room for us three adults to move around and place our stuff around. And with 3 women, yes we had a LOT of luggage 😉 We were in the Tower overlooking the water and let me tell you, it was GORGEOUS! At night you could even watch the fun light show on the water – but don’t panic when the music to it is pretty loud to your room.
The bathroom also had plenty of space for getting ready – with 2 sinks, plenty of shelves underneath, and the toilet area closed off from the sinks/shower area. And there were PLENTY of towels available, which is something I really appreciate! The toiletries – soap, shampoo, etc. were pretty basic that they also had at the All-Star Movies, but still good.
There’s also no shortage of plugs or USB chargers, which us three ladies really appreciated!
The lobby was a decent walk from our tower, but not awful. It was large, clean and even had a little sitting area to the side with cartoons on for kids. The cast members here were fabulous, and always eager and happy to help in any way they can.
Upstairs from the lobby (way upstairs) is the monorail, making it convenient for getting around, as well as several fun shops. To eat, there’s Chef Mickey’s, and also at the top of the main tower is California Grill – which was AMAZING! I’ll tell you more about each of those later though 😉
The grounds were beautiful, and didn’t feel busy, crowded or noisy at all. There was a running path around the grounds that I saw several people enjoying. I bet a morning or evening run around there makes for quite a scenic work-out!
There was a big pool with slide (maybe multiple slides?) that I was able to see from afar, but was never around when it was actually open so I couldn’t get much closer. We walked through the sand where there was sand volleyball nets set up. They also had another pool (possibly a hot tub?) away from the main one that overlooked the lake. I would LOVE to take hubby there to just relax in the pool with the lovely views in the evening!
Don’t forget that, as a Disney-owned resort, you can utilize their airline check-in and baggage check for certain airlines! This was super helpful for checking my mom’s baggage in the morning (they helped her weigh it and everything) so she could go enjoy the park a little bit before she actually needed to head to the airport.
I’ll be completely honest – I would choose the Contemporary Resort in a HEARTBEAT for our anniversary trip later this year (it’s the big TEN for us, so gotta go big, right?) if the cost was a little more in our range. You definitely get what you pay for – it’s amazing, and completely worth every penny if you can swing it.
For couples, families or just a random get-away, the Contemporary Resort is a beautiful and modern choice full of comfort and convenience!
Which WDW Resort would YOU like to try most?
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