My Disney World Guide Blog

A blog relating to a Florida Disney World pass holder's experiences at the parks and hotels.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Holiday Fireworks! - Contemporary Resort

What a great trip we had in early December, when we stayed in a Magic Kingdom view room at the Contemporary Resort! This is the first time we'd stayed at the Contemporary since the renovations. The renovated rooms are spectacular! The rooms are huge, and include a daybed and state of the art plasma flat-screen tv. The bathroom design is unique, with a sliding door to enter, and sink basins that are completely flat. Of course, the best part of the room is the balcony, which gave us a prime view of the Magic Kingdom "Wishes" fireworks show. We were absolutely floored by this beautiful display. Our two young girls (ages 1 and 4) have never been able to see the fireworks before, because they are always too tired to stay at the Park into the evening hours. Being at the Contemporary was ideal, because the fireworks were not too loud from that distance, and didn't scare the kids. Although you could not hear the "story" that goes along with the show, you could hear the music. The girls were thrilled, and even my skeptical husband was really impressed. This will definitely be a trip to remember. We loved the minimal crowds at this time of year, and were really able to enjoy all of the holiday decorations. Not to mention, there was little to no wait to get on the rides, and meet the characters! Despite the low crowds, we were surprised how difficult it was to get reservations at the Contemporary Resort's restaurants. We ended up eating at the food court on the first floor - which actually had very good quality food - but not quite what we expected! Another drawback at the Contemporary we were surprised to find was that the concierge staff was not at all knowledgable - they were unable to answer simple questions we had about the dining options, and the schedules at the Parks - for example, they didn't even know what time the fireworks were going to be shown that evening! It seemed very odd to us, and we wondered if the Resort was experiencing high staff turnover. Which reminds me to give some advice about the fireworks - they are shown at various times, even during the same week. While they might begin at 6pm on weekdays, they might switch to 8pm on a Saturday night. Also, on certain days, there might not be a show at all. Be sure to check your times guide, to make sure you don't miss them - you won't be disappointed!