Disney's CONTEMPORARY RESORT and BAY LAKE TOWER Information and Questions Thread

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  1. Jkzl

    Jkzl Earning My Ears

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    My DS is going to be disappointed about the arcade as well. It was a nice break from the heat and park crowds for him. But I can see how the Pixar Play Zone may be more profitable.
     
  2. Deb & Bill

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    I know they had one the one time we used the Community Hall at OKW.
     
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  4. DLgal

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    I just feel like they have so much other space at the Contemporary that they could have used for the Pixar Play Zone. My mind goes to Level 2 (I think)..where the gym and salon are...there is a LOT of space up there.
     
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  5. KevM

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    Maybe (although highly unlikely) they put the arcade in a new area.
     
  6. DLgal

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    I doubt it...it's no longer listed on the offiial WDW site.
     
  7. KevM

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    That really sucks. Although, the current one didn’t live up to my nostalgic memory of the arcade from the late ‘80s/early 90s I still enjoyed going i there for some pinball.
     
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  8. Tink-osophy

    Tink-osophy Just chatting

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    ::yes::::yes::::yes:: The original arcade was awesome!
     
  9. SueandPooh24

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    I’m in the minority, but I’m relieved it will be gone. We are going this fall for the first time. I could see my tween wanting to spend a lot of time and money in there. I’d rather be at the parks or pool. We can play video games at home.
     
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  10. drquest

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    My wife and I were just saying the same thing... Level 2 has plenty of room. My kids and I have spent tons of time and money at the arcade, and the old one at level 1 over the years... They won't be happy to hear this...
     
  11. klacey1

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    Currently standing out by the marina on this windy morning, ME is due to come at 11.
    We are so very sad to check out of the Contemporary for the first time. It was absolutely wonderful! We got upgraded from the Garden wing to the Tower, which was amazing. Wouldn’t stay again NOT in the tower. Cast members were lovely, Contempo Cafe was delicious and we loved the walk to MK and monorail to Epcot.
    Rooms are so nice, spacious and functional. My boyfriend, who hated the Poly, fell absolutely in love and only wants to stay here on our trips again!
     
  12. ninafeliz

    ninafeliz DIS Veteran

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    I've finally caught up on this thread, we haven't stayed at the CR since Christmas 2016 (which has been our only previous stay, actually)!

    We will be there June 18-22 Standard View Atrium Club after spending 4 nights each at the YC and BC. I put in a request for north end odd numbered room, through touring plans and will do it through DSS also, but one thing I LOVE about the CR is there are no bad rooms or views and none are far from the lounge, so there is very little to stress about regarding room location.

    We have reservations for CM and the CP, haircuts for all 4 kids (2 are first haircuts) and my DH at Harmony Barbershop, and the CL extra FP booked for the MK the 19th. Because we booked so late I haven't been able to get Ohana or EMM (although with the extra FP program I'm not sure that would be a good use of money anyway, it's just that my kids always loved it and wanted to do it again). I'll keep watching, those might pop up and if they don't there's always next time!

    I just wanted to add that I've been coming to WDW since 1984, and while I always thought the CR was "neat" I never really had any desire to stay there because I thought the theming was boring or non-existant compared to the other disney resorts. Then when we decided to stay over Christmas we opted to try the CR because of being able to walk to the MK - we had 2 kids and I wanted to actually go on Christmas Day, so it seemed like a great time to try it and to be able to avoid any transportation lines. Also, our DS7 loved Chef Mickey's and the monorail and wanted to stay there. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised, and really enjoyed our stay there. Even though there isn't the theming in the sense of a lot of the other resorts, it is amazing to be able to see the monorail going through the resort as soon as you walk out of your room. The views from both sides of the resort are amazing, one thing I love about the Atrium Club is we can get the best of both worlds - the wonderful Bay Lake View without giving up the fireworks view because we can go to the lounge to watch. Plus you can see Space Mountain and Astro orbiter clear as day from the inner hallway when walking to your room if you are in the north end. The pools are not up to par theming-wise (or zero entry wise) IMO, but despite that there is just something special about being in that bullseye pool and leaning back and seeing the CR tower towering over you. It's like you're in the middle of Bay Lake, it's very serene and the view is amazing. We were lucky that we went in December but it was in the 80's every day and we swam there on Christmas Eve and Day. So now the CR also has a lot of nostalgia for me, I'll always remember that amazing trip! I hope this one can live up to that one,we're really looking forward to it!!:love:
     
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  13. GADisneyDad14

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    Love your post. We love CR and Atrium Club, and you captured nearly all of the attributes that we like as well. Hope you have a great trip in June. :-)
     
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  14. ninafeliz

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    Thanks GADisneyDad14! Your posts all over have been very helpful and fun to read! You recently made me really want to try AKL CL, which is one we haven't tried yet and one I was reluctant to try because of the lack of proximity to the lounge. Alas, now that we cannot fit in rooms that only hold 4, I don't see that in our future unless we leave a couple (or all!) of the kids behind, and then I see us staying at a MK or Epcot resort. But you never know...
     
  15. MickeyReeds

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    We stayed at BLT in February, just me and DH and now he doesn't want to stay anywhere else! He loved walking to the MK! So, no we are buying a resale DVC contract! Super excited! Probably won't stay again until our DS's grad trip in 2020 but so fun to be able to look forward to staying in such a great place!
     
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  16. Jill29

    Jill29 Earning My Ears

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    We were there the same time as you, left Wednesday. We too were upgraded to the tower from the garden wing and it was amazing! I’m ruined for ever staying in the garden wing again. Went over to do laundry one night and it’s just not the same. We stayed at the Contemporary as a second choice and it ended up being so much better than I ever imagined!
     
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  17. B. Shoe

    B. Shoe Blow me to Bermuda!

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    Reading the stories of getting upgraded from Garden Wing to the tower gives me hope that maybe we'll receive the same upgrade! Will be happy either way, but that would definitely be exciting.::MickeyMo
     
  18. SueandPooh24

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    For those who got upgrades, did you originally put in a room request or did it just magically happen when you got there? We have a reservation for a garden view room, and I'm wondering if we should put in a room request or lay low and see if we get an upgrade. Either way, we'll be happy.
     
  19. Jill29

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    I requested “close to transportation” or “close to main building” through our TA and touring plans...can’t exactly remember, but that was all. We arrived about noon and went to the desk to see if it was possible to check in early. That’s when we found out the happy news. We didn’t get a room ready text so I’m not sure if the upgrade was preassigned or if we were just a lucky recipient of pixie dust from the cast member checking us in.
     
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  20. SueandPooh24

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    That's so great! Ok, I'll put in a room request and leave it up to the Disney gods. Thanks!
     

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