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Family Resorts and Travel: Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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When it was announced that Type-A Parent Conference would be held at Walt Disney World I was so excited!  I had watched through social media the last several Type-A Conferences and had it on my list of blogging conferences for several years, so I secured my ticket and decided I would work out the rest of the details later.  I was thankful I did, as later the tickets were sold out.  The conference would be held at the Contemporary Resort, which was a resort I had traveled through on the monorail since I was a child.  We love family resorts and travel so the idea of being able to stay at the Contemporary Resort was thrilling!

My husband and I traveled down the day before the conference with only our youngest in tow.  It was the first time, other than being in the hospital to give birth that we would be away from our other children.  We decided to use this time to explore the resort, and hop on the monorail to explore the other resorts along the monorail.  If you are planning to stay at the Contemporary resort, I would highly suggest setting aside time one day to explore the other resorts!  They are amazing and so vastly different.

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We stayed at the resort for a reduced conference rate in the Garden wing.  I truthfully thought we would be in the building the monorail actually passes through but that was not the case.  The rooms in the Garden wing are in a separate building located between the main A-Frame style building and Bay Lake.  It seemed like a little hike back to the room but once we made the trip a couple of times it didn’t seem so bad.  The view was great!

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During the course of our walk we passed the volleyball court and the pool.  Unlike other resorts we have stayed at, the pool isn’t themed but still nicely laid out with a fun waterslide and hot tubs.  It sits very close to the lake and there was quite a breeze, which most days was very refreshing.  Our children loved the pool, our oldest enjoyed the waterslide about a dozen times back to back and I loved how attentive the life-guards were.  I have to say I have never been disappointed with any of our experiences with the life-guards at Disney hotels.  One child struggled greatly after hitting the water from the waterslide and they were in the water and the child in their arms in a matter of seconds.  It was very reassuring.

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The room was spacious and equipped with two queen sized beds and a pull down single bed from the sofa.  The room was equipped with all the amenities that you would expect from a Disney Resort, with lots of fine touches in bold, modern designs.  The bathroom had a sliding door that enters into a room with a bath/shower and double sinks.  Disney is famous for it’s H2O bath products you are treated with but we were also supplied with toiletry staples such as toothbrushes, floss picks, toothpaste, nail file, cotton swabs, cotton pads and shower cap.  There was another sliding door to separate the water closet, which is nice because it allows access to the other areas of the bathroom.

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The main A-Frame building of the resort holds several restaurants, including quick-service dining, The Wave and Chef Mickey’s, which is a character dining experience.  We stuck to the quick-service dining due to not needing reservations and thoroughly enjoyed each time we dined.  Bryan loved one of the burgers, I adored the pot roast and each time they went above and beyond with our family’s food allergies.

Chef Mickey’s is also a family favorite but we were not able to get reservations this trip due to timing.  If you are looking for a character dining experience, I would suggest making your dining reservations as soon as you make your trip reservations, or up to 180 days out.  If you can’t get in, don’t give up.  People adjust their plans constantly and times do open up regularly.  There were times available during our stay, but none during the times after the conference when we were available to attend.

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On the fourth floor is where the quick-service dining and Chef Mickey’s can be found.  It is also home to the two main shops and the small market on the resort property.  You access the monorail from the fourth floor also, so it could be considered the main hub of the resort.  The Signature dining is on the top level of the resort and also requires reservations.  It would be a phenomenal place to watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.

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We made our way out to the balcony of the fourth floor of the main building to watch the fireworks one evening.  It was spectacular to watch, even though from that angle there was some slight obstruction from the monorail tracks.  We still thoroughly enjoyed it but decided the next night we would watch from a slightly higher balcony.

We also enjoyed the fireworks close to the shore of the lake so that we could take in the water show on Bay Lake.  It was a nice surprise for the children that they absolutely enjoyed.

There are lots of reasons to stay at the Contemporary Resort, the number one reason for many is its location!  It is literally right next to the Magic Kingdom.  You could walk if you wish, or simply hop aboard the monorail and the last stop before returning to the Contemporary Resort is the Magic Kingdom.  No need to use the bus transportation, the monorail is fun and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I don’t have to fold down my double stroller!  That is huge for me!

The elevators in our building was on the small side and there was usually a little wait to hop aboard the elevators in the main building but that is to be expected from a property that is bustling.  Overall our experience was very positive.  The grounds are very nicely up kept, just as you would expect from a Disney property.  It was so much fun to experience a new Disney Resort property and get to check one off our Disney Resort bucket list.

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Contemporary Resort?