The Contemporary Resort is one resort that sticks
out when people talk about Disney resorts. This is because the monorail
goes right through the middle of the main building (with a station
inside too). The Contemporary offers
a wide variety of activities and dining choices for guest of the
resort and other WDW guests to enjoy. The marina is one of the largest
at WDW and they have watercraft of all shapes and sizes available
for rent. This is also where parasailing, water skiing, and fishing excursions depart from.
In 2007 they finished a complete overhaul of all the guest rooms bringing them up to modern times. All rooms now have an LCD TV, computer, refrigerator, and a more modern feel to them. In 2008 Disney should be wrapping up the renovation work on the main tower with the final restaurant reconfiguration finishing up. The Concourse Steakhouse was removed and that space will be shared between a new Fast Food space and Chef Mickey's. The old Fast Food/Arcade area opened as a new dining location called the Wave in June 2008.
I stayed at the Contemporary in April 2008 and here are some thoughts from my trip report:
This was my first stay at the Contemporary Resort, hard to believe that on my 19th trip to WDW over the past 26 years I have never stayed at one of the original resorts, but I had not... and this time happened by accident due to booking difficulties and Disney being Disney and fixing a disappointing situation (for info on this check out my forum posting on the reservation hassle). it was a bit surreal for me to be staying there. Over the years I have spent a lot of time at the resort, accessing the Marina, restaurants, etc.. but staying there was different since it was "your resort". I have only seen pictures of the original and old room decor so I have no real comparison but on the whole I have to say the rooms looked great and were huge (my last several stays have been moderate and value resorts). The CM's say they are the largest standard rooms on property still. Having a flat panel TV and computer in the room were great touches. I would have liked to have had the tree outside our room cut down, so my garden view would become a lake view but other than that no complaints about the room.
In 2007 the North Garden Wing was torn down and a new Tower is being constructed there. This is rumored to be a Disney Vacation Club property but as of June 2008 no official announcement has been made.