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Contemporary Resort Dining Guide and Reviews

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort has quite a few fun and tasty options for dining along the monorail. From a quick service with a monorail view to the most famous character meal on property, dining at the Contemporary is a must-do. Here is my Contemporary Resort Dining Guide. 

One of two Disney resort hotels that opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971, Disney’s Contemporary Resort was built on a 55-acre site adjacent to Magic Kingdom. Living up to its modern style, the hotel was constructed by methods that were ahead of their time.

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Getting to the Contemporary Resort is easy. You can get there by taking a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then taking the monorail or a boat to the resort. You can also just walk to the resort by using the walkway, it is maybe a 5-10 minute walk. 

Disney World’s Contemporary Dining Guide

Contemporary Quick Service Dining

Contempo Cafe. The Contempo Cafe offers many quick-service options that the whole family will love. They even have a self-service ice cream machine! The cafe gives you a great view of the monorail while you dine. Mobile ordering is available.

Contemporary Table Service Restaurants

Chef Mickey’s. Chef Mickey’s is the character dining option at the Contemporary. To me, this is quintessential first day Disney World dining experience. You get to meet Mickey Mouse and the rest of the Fab Five, get views of the Monorail, and a tasty meal.

California Grill. With sweeping views of Magic Kingdom fireworks from atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the California Grill also features a design inspired by mid-century modern California, and a menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and a lighter touch.

California Grill is one of my top choices to have Thanksgiving dinner at.

view of Magic Kingdom from California Grill

Known for its stellar wine list, the restaurant now boasts about 250 wine selections, 80 by the glass, an expanded sake list, eight kinds of craft beers and ciders and signature cocktails created by staff mixologists.

You can also enjoy a wonderful Sunday brunch at the California Grill. Enjoy live musical entertainment while sipping on complimentary mimosas throughout the brunch. You can even interact with Disney chefs as they artfully prepare dishes in the open show kitchen.

Then, sate your taste buds with a menu of charcuterie, sushi, inspired salads and seasonal brunch entrees made from the freshest ingredients. Drinks include a Bloody Mary bar, cocktails, craft brews and an extensive list of the finest wines from around the world.

Cap off your meal with a decadent dessert-like Macarons or Chocolate Truffles—it’s the sweetest ending for a brunch you’ll never forget! For your convenience, complimentary valet parking is available for this event.

The Wave of American Flavors. For breakfast you have a choice between an à la carte morning meal or an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM—perfect fare for fueling up before going to the parks!

At lunch, options include yummy sandwiches, signature burgers, or an assortment of fresh salads.

Dinner options include dishes as grilled beef tenderloin and seared potato gnocchi.

the wave entrance

Contemporary Bars and Lounges

Cove Bar. Find specialty cocktails, beer, wine, wraps and salads at this private poolside bar for Guests of Bay Lake Tower and Disney Vacation Club members. Nonresort guests can not dine here. 

The Sand Bar. Picnic poolside with burgers, hot dogs and more. Tropical cocktails, draft beer, sangria and wine make it even more fun! Or cool off with a full bar menu and some AC inside the enclosed bar. Dessert items are also available. 

Contemporary Grounds. Coffee counter featuring gourmet coffees, iced tea, hot chocolate, smoothies, and assorted baked goods. Located on the first floor. 

California Grill Lounge. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and first-come, first-served seating in the lounge, offering the same menu as the restaurant.

Outer Rim. Admire stunning views of Bay Lake with specialty cocktails before—or after—dinner. Try a Piña CoLAVA, Red Stag Lemonade, Blue “Glow-tini” or more! A full bar menu is also available.

the outer rim

The Wave Lounge. A stylish bar inside The Wave… of American Flavors restaurant. Serving organic beer, New World wines, and trendy cocktails, this elegant oasis promises a chic retreat for adults looking to unwind. 

Contemporary Dining Events

New Year’s Eve at the Contemporary- Pixar Party

Sarge waits to escort you into this extraordinary party at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, with his hands on his hips and a bark in his voice!

Enjoy a fun and family-friendly buffet. The menu is inspired by some of your favorite Pixar pals, including items such as pan-seared grouper, slow-roasted beef tenderloin, white-cheddar baked macaroni and cheese—and even a seasonal ratatouille fit for Remy!

Activities include a DJ led dance party, Pixar face painting, balloon artists, and characters meet and greets with popular Pixar characters.

At the end of the night, accept an invitation to the Porte Cochére and view the famous fireworks of Magic Kingdom Park in an experience you’ll remember well into the new year and beyond!

  • Dates: December 30th and December 31, 2019
  • Time: Check-in begins at 7:30 PM and the event will run from 8:00 PM through 12:00 AM.
  • Price: $199 per Guest (tax and gratuity included)
  • Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center—Second Level

Celebration at the Top – Savor, Sip, and Sparkle

Celebration at the Top is held in the Sonoma Room and the Napa Room at California Grill, an award-winning restaurant located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. These private rooms are ideal for intimate events, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and connecting to an exclusive observation deck—where you can enjoy sweeping views of Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom park.

  • Pricing:  $110 plus gratuity and tax per person, includes valet parking
  • Dates: Held on select Saturdays and Sundays

Food offerings include small bites and refreshments for one hour prior to the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Culinary offerings include Canapés, sushi and small plates inspired by the California Grill menu. Drinks include California wines, beers, and cordials.

As showtime approaches, step out onto the intimate and private observation deck reserved just for Celebration at the Top Guests. The lights will dim as music is piped into California Grill—so you’ll be immersed in the magic of the night. After the fireworks, head back inside to enjoy a sweet spread of petit four desserts, cordials and coffee.

Contemporary Resort Dining Reviews 

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