Disney's Contemporary Resort is a resort hotel located at the Walt Disney World Resort.
1971 as one of the first two hotels in the resort complex. It is categorized as a 'Deluxe' Disney
resort. In October 2007, the resort received designation in the Florida Green Lodging
The most prominent of the hotel's four stand-alone buildings is the Contemporary Tower, built
as an A-frame with outer walls which slope inwards around an inner atrium. This design was a
collaboration by Disney, the United States Steel Corporation, and Los Angeles architect
Welton Becket. To construct it, steel frames were erected on site and modular
pre-constructed rooms, designed by California architect Donald Wexler, were lifted into place
by crane. Approximately 500 guest rooms line the outer walls of this building. Most of Disney's
Polynesian Resort was built this way also.
The Contemporary Tower houses most of the resort's key facilities, including resort
registration and the guest service concierge. The main hall, named the Grand Canyon
Concourse, is also located in the main Tower, and houses two restaurants and a variety of
shops. The Walt Disney World Monorail System runs through the inside of this building,
providing a monorail station here for resort guests. Also adorning the concourse walls is a
mosaic designed by Mary Blair.
One three-story wing flanks the south side of the Tower and offers an additional 250 rooms.
A convention center was added to the resort and opened on November 11, 1991, with more
than 90,000 square feet of convention space.
sitting table, a credenza with a TV and a coffee maker, a small refrigerator, and a closet.
Bathrooms for standard rooms at the Contemporary usually have dual sinks and vanity, a
standard toilet, and a bathtub. The guest rooms make use of muted browns, reds, purples
and greens as a part of their theming, partially inspired from current Asian interior design
trends. Rooms previously made use of vivid primary colors red, yellow, and blue, to match
the theming of the hotel, which was said to be influenced by contemporary art from the 1960s
and 1970s. As one of the original resorts on property, the Contemporary Resort has some of
the largest rooms on Disney property, matched only by Disney's Polynesian Resort which
also opened in 1971.
referred to as "club") service on the 12th and 14th floors.
Tower rooms are located in the original A-frame building through which the monorail runs.
The Garden View rooms are detached from the A-frame.
There are several restaurants in the Contemporary Resort's main building.
The California Grill: provides is a full-service dining restaurant. Located at the top (15th
floor) of the Contemporary Resort's tower, the California Grill offers views of the Magic
Kingdom, the Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney's
Polynesian Resort. In addition, it offers a view of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks shows.
The Wave Restaurant: The Wave, on the main lobby level, is the resort's newest dining
facility. It offers casual table-service dining featuring American cuisine. It replaces the
Concourse Steakhouse, which was originally located on the Grand Canyon Concourse.
Chef Mickey's: on the Grand Canyon Concourse, is a buffet that features appearances from
Disney characters. Open for breakfast and dinner, Chef Mickey's offers a view of the monorail
entering the resort and character appearances. There are children's items including Goofy's
pizza, Mickeyroni and cheese, and other novelties. There is also an adult buffet which
includes pot roast, steak, potatoes etc. There is also a great dessert bar
Contempo Cafe: on the Grand Canyon Concourse, is a quick-service eatery serving lighter
fare and snacks. It is the permanent replacement for the Food & Fun Center previously
located on the main lobby level. Contempo Cafe is often open late into the evening, and is
situated in the location once occupied by the Concourse Steakhouse.
The Sand Bar: located alongside the main pool, offers a variety of outdoor treats from
burgers to ice cream sandwiches. There is also a cocktail bar that serves alcoholic beverages.
The open space between the shopping areas of the Grand Canyon Concourse has a gift
shop which opened on November 21, 2007. This is the previous "Fantasia Gift Shop" that
used to be located under the Monorail station (where the new game room is currently located).