Headed over to the Contemporary Resort to check things out. As in the past few resort Walkabouts, we’ll take a look at the Christmas decorations first and then move on to other stuff.
One of two feature attractions is this “Hidden Mickey” wreath. Do you see it?
You sort of have to tilt your head and look at it just right.
Bay Lake Tower while we’re here. They don’t let me inside so I’m not sure what it looks like in there.
Not a lot of exterior decorations, much like the other resorts we’ve seen. Actually, this is a pretty depressing walkway into the resort from the bus stop. When the robot overlords take over in June 2012, I have to assume they’ll run ops from the Contemporary. That’s the kind of vibe I’m getting.
You’ll be greeted by this small orange-ish tree.
The main lobby. There actually isn’t a lot on this floor – just check-in, The Wave restaurant, and a coffee shop.
Just checking in.
Your token Christmas Tree at the end of the walkway into The Wave.
Other than the wreath on the front of the resort, the main attraction is the Gingerbread Tree.
And this ummmmmm…uhhhh….caretaker’s house for the tree?
They look like South Park characters.
Gingerbread for sale. This House is $60.00.
A more reasonable $4.00 for these lollipops. Both are chocolate.
More treats. Click for bigger.
The Chocolate Monorail and Linzer Cookie look particularly good. Don’t recommend the Mickey Shingles though.
That’s all the Christmas related goodies for now. I was in a bit of a hurry when I was there, so I’ll have to return to see what else I’m missing.
We’ll take a look at the walk over to the Contemporary from the Magic Kingdom. It’s not very exciting.
The walkway is clearly marked.
The various bus stops will be on your right.
Budget about ten minutes.
The monorail now on our left. Feel free to wave at all the people crammed into it.
Continuing up to the crosswalk.
Getting ready to cross the street. This picture is actually missing the lane that goes in the opposite direction, so the road is actually twice as wide. It’s not a big deal though – there isn’t a lot of traffic, there’s a stoplight, and the crosswalk works well.
Creeping up on Bay Lake Tower.
The main Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower bus stop.
Bay Lake Tower directly to the left.
And we’re there!
Contemporary Grounds is the coffee shop on the ground floor.
About what you would expect. It’s convenient if you’re leaving/arriving via bus/car – a little less convenient if you’re arriving by monorail.
Not much happening on the Bay Lake side of the Contemporary.
Just an industrial entrance.
A nice Sorcerer Mickey photo-op.
One of the better “fountain opportunities” for kids.
The feature pool doesn’t have much a theme. Maybe “not much of a theme” is the theme and it’s executed perfectly.
Doesn’t look like anyone’s interested in the bullseye pool on such a cloudy day.
The dock would be a good place to run wind sprints. If anyone gives you “a look,” just remind them that you’re paying $300+ a night to stay there.
Now that Jaws is closing at Universal, how hilarious would it be if Disney bought the sharks and installed them around the various docks around property? Can you imagine the number of heart attacks people would have if Jaws popped up right here? Either way, not the best place to be when it starts raining…as it is now.
The beach doesn’t usually look this depressing and desolate.
One more pool shot with the water slide in the background. It’s not one of the more popular pools, but Disney guarantees it’s just as wet as the others!
More information about Sammy Duvall’s Watersports at http://sammyduvall.com/. Assuming you supply the boat and a Budweiser, I would be more than happy to sit on your boat rental and laugh as you wipe out over and over during your first try at water skiing. I mean, offer moral support.
An opportunity to see a Sea Raycer up close.
With a maximum capacity of 320lbs inside, I hope they offer some sort of way to tow the beer. This is about as much instruction as you’ll receive before setting out to play chicken with the various ferry boats.
The entrance to The Wave is located on the first floor. It’s one of the easier reservations to swing at the last minute, particularly for lunch. Consider heading over here for lunch or for dinner on a night that Magic Kingdom might be closing a little earlier than you’d like. It’s a great choice on a Mickey’s Party night because Disney will be running the resort monorail to 12:30am and you can easily walk back to Magic Kingdom to catch a bus back to your resort.
Here’s the full menu: https://www.easywdw.com/reports2/wave_menu_full.jpg.
The dedicated elevator up to the California Grill is located on the second floor. It might as well take you to Bay Lake Tower – they don’t allow me anywhere near this thing. This shot was actually taken with my “zoom lens” from Splash Mountain. Just kidding. Sort of.
The 4th Floor is where you’ll find the “main eateries” at the Contemporary. I overheard one of the cutest things ever while I was standing here. A mom said to her daughter, “Remember when we used to watch everyone down here at Chef Mickey’s when we were riding through on the monorail? Now, they’re looking at us.” So precious. You’ve got the Outer Rim on the left. Other than the bar up at the California Grill, this is the principal lounge at the Contemporary. It isn’t recommended unless you like darkness and people yelling about how long they’ve been waiting past their reservation time at Chef Mickey’s.
Chef Mickey’s Breakfast was up to $32.99/adult over Thanksgiving. Thanks, variable pricing!
Dinner over Thanksgiving at $42.99:
Pretty rough any way you slice that Roasted Pork with Fluffy Rice. A family of six “Disney Adults” would run $304.3761 for TouringPlans.com or $304.38 for the rest of us. I think anyway. Math isn’t really my thing.
Contempo Cafe is the Contemporary’s major quick service. The offerings:
Just in case you’d like to see what a chocolate chip cookie looks like (without having to go to the case), they have a picture. Unfortunately, I didn’t time the roast beef quite as well.
Unlike most resort quick service locations where you order your food from a person at one of a variety of stations, the Contemporary Resort employs these machines, much like you’ll find at the Polynesian. As you enter the Contempo, you’ll see these ordering-booth-things on the right side of the wall.
Items are categorized in a variety of ways depending on what you’re trying to order. It’s a fairly simple process. If you can’t figure out, I suggest crying. Someone will invariably come to help sooner or later.
Most people screw this up on their first try.
After you complete your purchase from the machine-thing, you’ll receive a printed receipt with your order. You don’t take this to the “Pick Up Order Here” area until after you make your purchase. The cash registers are located opposite of this window. Once you pay for your meal, you’ll be given a beeper similar to what you would receive at a table service restaurant to indicate when your order is ready. Once it beeps, head to the Pick Up Window to pick up your food. It’s a pretty goofy system and a lot of people head right to the Pick Up window without paying. After standing there for a while, a guest or a cast member working the window will indicate that they need to pay first. We can assume Disney wants you to pay first just in case you make an error during purchase and select something that you don’t really want. They need better signage though. Of the ten or so people waiting for their food, at least half had to be told that they needed to pay first. It’s just not obvious with the Pick Up window right in front of you and the cash registers in the rear.
How many people’s eyes read the instructions with a beautiful picture of a chocolate chip cookie directly underneath? Not a whole lot.
A case of treats. The Contemporary has a few hard-to-find cupcakes.
It’s probably good.
This has since been replaced with a Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake. Both are probably good.
Most of the cupcakes run about $3.99.
More options. It’s very evident Disney is serious about this whole “healthy eating” initiative, isn’t it?
Machines like this freak me out. I’m always the guy that the machine explodes on.
Not quite as awesome as the self-serve Dole Whip machine at Polynesian. My only question is, what would cause you to stop pulling the lever?
And who wouldn’t request whip cream?
Pricing on everything that’s in the case. It should be very similar (identical) to pricing at the various resorts.
There’s usually adequate seating. The fun part is that the Resort and Express Monorails pass overheard every few minutes. It’s a nice opportunity to make obscene gestures at people that can’t retaliate until they recognize you later in the day.
Oops, almost forgot the bananas.
On to the condiments!
A few options for your sundae.
A few options for your hamburger.
Just kidding!!! Although with the invention of the “Angus Pizza Burger,” the “Camamel Angus Chili Hot Dog” might not be too far off. Should it come to fruition, that’s going to have to be a “guest blog.” I’m not getting anywhere near it.
Your usual assortment of nondurable goods.
Microwaves, should you bring your own Hot Pockets.
Generally speaking, Disney has figured out the flatbread. This is the Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke variety (mother would be so proud). It was excellent – served hot, freshly made, and a large portion. These would be nice split between two people and paired with one of the freshly tossed salads.
Although the ordering process is a bit convoluted (not as much of an issue now that you know what you’re doing), Contempo Cafe is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a quick meal outside of the Park while touring the various Monorail Resorts. You may also want to eat here while waiting for a Magic Kingdom Fireworks show to begin.
While the Contemporary’s “Industrial Complex” theme doesn’t appeal to me personally, it’s a fun resort to visit and worth hopping off the Monorail to visit year-round. For the holidays, they have a gorgeous gingerbread tree and some fun wreaths to check out.