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    Contemporarily confused

    Just booked two nights at the contemporary resort for the last weekend of food and wine. I'm so freaking excited, or at least I was. While trying to find more pics of the resort to drool over I came across quite a few reviews saying its dirty and rundown. Are these people crazy? Or should I prepare to be dissapointed? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Contemporarily confused

    I'm gonna be there that same weekend! haha. But, I wouldn't listen to those reviews. I stayed there a little bit less than a year ago, and it was clean! I loved the resort. The best thing is that you think the monorail would be noisy but you dont hear it, we stayed right near it and it was perfect! You're gonna have a great time, don't listen to a few bad reviews, WDW has a standard and they stick to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFreakEst1994 View Post
    I'm gonna be there that same weekend! haha. But, I wouldn't listen to those reviews. I stayed there a little bit less than a year ago, and it was clean! I loved the resort. The best thing is that you think the monorail would be noisy but you dont hear it, we stayed right near it and it was perfect! You're gonna have a great time, don't listen to a few bad reviews, WDW has a standard and they stick to it
    thanks so much!! i've never been on property before so i'm very excited! i'm actually in the garden wing? is that still nice? also on disney's site they seem to show two different decor styles, how do you know which one you'll get?

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    Re: Contemporarily confused

    I've only stayed at the Contemporary once and that was in the main building, and it was for one night haha. But, my mom has stayed in the garden wing, she said she liked it just as much as the main building. As for decor, I'm not sure. I dont really even remember much about when I stayed there. Have you been to the food and wine festival before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyFreakEst1994 View Post
    I've only stayed at the Contemporary once and that was in the main building, and it was for one night haha. But, my mom has stayed in the garden wing, she said she liked it just as much as the main building. As for decor, I'm not sure. I dont really even remember much about when I stayed there. Have you been to the food and wine festival before?
    thanks! i went to food and wine last year with about 5 people it was fun!

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    My family goes every year, its so fun! Have a great trip! Maybe we'll see each other haha
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    Re: Contemporarily confused

    Well here is the thing:

    The contemporary has received some great refurbishments in the past few years. The decor was updated, and improved.

    That being said, if you are used to 4 Diamond amenities, and atmosphere, you will not really get that there. Some things that people find charming others find... not

    The monorail going through the hotel either excites you or turns you off.

    The loudness of the concourse floor with Chef Mickeys' the monorail, the kids, the stores, etc can really seem a bit pedestrian.

    The giant mural by Mary Blair is an amazing piece of art, one that I hope Disney preserves and cherishes. However, because of it's colors and styling to some people they feel it adds a dated feeling to the property.

    The concrete on the exterior is kind of unforgiving in the fact that it isn't super attractive after all these years.

    That being said this is a great property. If you are looking for a Waldorff or Ritz, you should stay at those places instead.

    If you are looking for a great comfortable property with monorail access, some great amenities, and great atmosphere, then this is your hotel.
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    Re: Contemporarily confused

    KingEric more or less nailed it. Is The Contemporary everything it could be and should be? Not by a long shot. Have the standards of The Contemporary declined since its opening in 1971 when it was the flagship resort of WDW? Absolutely. Is The Contemporary "dirty and rundown?" No. Maybe a little dirty in spots (the monorail beam comes to mind) but certainly not rundown or pervasively dirty. I think you'll have a wonderful time. I've stayed at almost every resort on property and The Contemporary is definitely among my favorites.
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    thanks so very very much! i've never stayed at anything nicer then a new marriot/hilton so i'm sure it will be amazing. again i really appreciate the insight!

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    Re: Contemporarily confused

    Quote Originally Posted by KingEric View Post
    Well here is the thing:

    The contemporary has received some great refurbishments in the past few years. The decor was updated, and improved.

    That being said, if you are used to 4 Diamond amenities, and atmosphere, you will not really get that there. Some things that people find charming others find... not

    The monorail going through the hotel either excites you or turns you off.

    The loudness of the concourse floor with Chef Mickeys' the monorail, the kids, the stores, etc can really seem a bit pedestrian.

    The giant mural by Mary Blair is an amazing piece of art, one that I hope Disney preserves and cherishes. However, because of it's colors and styling to some people they feel it adds a dated feeling to the property.

    The concrete on the exterior is kind of unforgiving in the fact that it isn't super attractive after all these years.

    That being said this is a great property. If you are looking for a Waldorff or Ritz, you should stay at those places instead.

    If you are looking for a great comfortable property with monorail access, some great amenities, and great atmosphere, then this is your hotel.

    To clarify Disneys contemporary resort is a AAA Four Diamond resort. I've stayed at the contemporary many times in the tower and have never found the resort to be unclean. As far as noise in the tower goes The only time we heard noise from the room was when they were performing the celebration song at chef mickeys. And the noise was minimum at that. Contemporary should be tried at least once by all Disney fans. is it my favorite place to stay ... no but nothing beats the view and the monorail going through the building. Have a great time!

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    Re: Contemporarily confused

    Quote Originally Posted by cbconglom View Post
    Just booked two nights at the contemporary resort for the last weekend of food and wine. I'm so freaking excited, or at least I was. While trying to find more pics of the resort to drool over I came across quite a few reviews saying its dirty and rundown. Are these people crazy? Or should I prepare to be dissapointed? Thanks in advance!
    Lucky you I hope you have a great time. I'd love to stay at the Contemporary if I ever save up enough to visit stateside again.

    Be sure and let us know how you got in with a trip report and don't forget the pics!

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    Re: Contemporarily confused

    Quote Originally Posted by cbconglom View Post
    Just booked two nights at the contemporary resort for the last weekend of food and wine. I'm so freaking excited, or at least I was. While trying to find more pics of the resort to drool over I came across quite a few reviews saying its dirty and rundown. Are these people crazy? Or should I prepare to be dissapointed? Thanks in advance!
    Has been a few years since we stayed in that one, but when we last did it was as good as the renovated rooms at Disneyland Hotel, in fact it looked like they were using some of the same designers from the contemporary for the Disneyland Hotel. It was very nice then and I can't imagine it could go to the state of rundown in a few years. Usually it takes a decade or more before a Disney hotel starts looking worse for wear.

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