The last time we were together, we were looking at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Today I want to share with you a bit more about that trip. First, I want you to see where we stayed – Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Normally we try to book our accommodations at one of the Epcot area resorts, but this time, we wanted to be on the monorail line so that it would be easy to return to our room for a rest if we wanted.
We had never stayed there before, but I would definitely recommend it for adults. I am not sure I would take young children there though because it is very lacking in the normal Disney theme-ing you find in other properties around the parks. We had two queen beds and a fold down sleeper sofa, but the room looked like it could be in any other nice hotel anywhere.
The views from our balcony were gorgeous.
You can see Bay Lake in the photo below.
Looking to the right was this view of the pool and the Garden Wing.
If you walked right outside our room’s door and looked over the balcony there, this was the view:
Pretty cool, huh? 🙂 The Contemporary Resort is the only Disney hotel in which the monorail runs right through the lobby.
Thanks to our Disney employed daughter, we were staying on the Atrium Club Level. Because I had done all the planning for this trip, we did not really need the concierge services that came with that, but what we did enjoy was all the food available to us at that level. Our room had a coffee maker, but right down the hall from us was the club lounge with coffee, espresso, and cappuccino available from 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. A continental breakfast of pastries, fruit, cereals, and hot oatmeal was provided to us from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
If we had been in our hotel room anytime from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. we could have enjoyed snacks in the lounge. We were in the parks during those hours, but I know they had cookies, candies, potato chips, and more fruit…along with a number of beverage choices. From 5:00 pm. until 7:00 they served cheese and crackers and hot hor’devours, and from 8:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. cordials and desserts were available. So we certainly could have eaten our way through the Contemporary Resort! (And that doesn’t even count the restaurants that are there. 🙂 ) Oh, and let’s not forget the view from the lounge. Do you see how close we were to Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain?!
And how about this view of the castle? 🙂
Not only does the Contemporary Resort have food and restaurants to enjoy, but it also has a number of nice shops. I was very tempted to get one of those black quilted Vera Bradley bags.
And can you believe this is a Disney Dooney and Bourke handbag? 🙂
Not sure who made these red polka dot ones, but they were cute.
In addition to the shopping and dining, one of the biggest reasons to me for staying at the Contemporary is its proximity to the parks. It is actually just a short walk (10 minutes) to Magic Kingdom (or a monorail ride), and it is only two quick monorail rides to Epcot. So on our second day there (which happened to be my mother-in-law’s birthday 🙂 ) we hopped on the monorail and headed over to Epcot.
We rode Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo, Living with the Land, and our favorite, Soarin‘.
Then we headed over to World Showcase. I love love love looking at the various styles of architecture represented in each of the “countries” there.
and many more (China, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Japan, Morocco, and Canada.) On this particular trip, there was even more to experience in Epcot because the Food and Wine Festival happened to be going on. 🙂
They have concerts, cooking demonstrations, special programs, and even creative landscaping for this major event!
But the best part of the festival is….the food! (Of course! 🙂 ) Each of the countries and several companies have kiosks set up all around World Showcase where you can purchase small plates of their food and drink. Here is the one for Scotland.
And at each kiosk you will find a board with the menu. My absolute favorite food was in Canada, and my filet mignon was perfect. Bowls of their cheese soup were flying out of there, so I know it must have been delicious as well. (You can see all 30 menu boards from the festival in a post here.)
We ate our way around Epcot sampling Italian Parmigiana, French creme brulee, American smoked beef brisket, and several other dishes. In between each food stop, we enjoyed the film attractions offered at each country, and later in the day, we took a 2 hour break back at the hotel. We returned around 7:00 p.m. to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico, Soarin’ one more time, and then believe or not, we went to dinner (yes, we ate again) at Via Napoli. 🙂 We had gotten my mother-in-law a “Today’s my birthday” pin to wear, and everywhere she went that day, cast members and Disney guests sweetly wished her a happy birthday (and a few even sang to her on the monorail!) At Via Napoli, the servers surprised her with a dessert complete with their rendition of Happy Birthday to You and a candle to blow out.
The day ended with our viewing of Illuminations on World Showcase Lagoon.
Pretty music and lots of fireworks!
(which look kind of like a battle on the water, don’t they?)
Two more monorail rides and we were back at our hotel for the night. It was a fun (although exhausting) day! If you have the opportunity to attend the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, I would highly recommend it. It runs from mid-September to mid-November each year. I understand that weekends get very busy with not only park guests but also local area residents. So you would probably enjoy it more mid-week.
I am busy working on Thanksgiving decorating this weekend and (fingers-crossed!) will have a post up for you to see it next week. Enjoy your weekend – whether it is with football, food, family, or friends. I hope it’s a fun one! 🙂
Until next time…