California Grill
  • On Aug 15, 2023
    Katelin from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I'm taking my mama to Disney World in September and we are staying at the Contemporary. This has been her dream resort since she was 11! Are there any fun resort-themed extras I could book or a way to let the Cast Members know ahead of time?

    Hiya, Katelin! Welcome to planDisney, and thanks for stopping by with such a special question!

    In just weeks, you and your mama will be embarking on the most magical adventure at The Most Magical Place on Earth, and I could not be happier for you two! Like your mom, Disney's Contemporary Resort is the quintessential Disney Resort hotel for me and was always what came to mind when I thought of a Disney Resort as a kid. I mean, how could you not?! With gorgeous rooms, the iconic Mary Blair mural, the monorail soaring in and out of the Resort and stunning views of Magic Kingdom Park, it's the perfect pixie-dusted home away from home right in the middle of the magic. I am thrilled to help you and your mama make even more magical memories together!

    I love booking Enchanting Extras to add extra pixie dust to every Walt Disney World Resort vacation, and one of my favorite things to do at the Contemporary is rent a poolside cabana. You get privacy, shade, comfy seating, a fruit tray, a stocked fridge, and more. It is fabulous and the best way to kick your feet up and relax while still having the best Disney day. 

    Speaking of relaxing, I also recommend renting a motorized boat right from The Boat Nook outside the Resort on Bay Lake. Then, the two of you can cruise around Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, taking in the Disney sights and sounds while spending quality time together. Don't want to drive the boat? Hakuna Matata! You can also charter a private fireworks Specialty Cruise from the marina at the Contemporary! You get a captain, drinks, snacks and the best views of Happily Ever After over Seven Seas Lagoon. You can charter a boat for up to eight or ten people, but chartering a private fireworks cruise for two is so special and worth the splurge!

    If you and your mom enjoy arts and crafts, I suggest Once Upon a Painting (or the current art activity offered) for a small fee. Just stop by the front desk at the Resort to see if there is an art activity available and how to sign up. The last time we participated in this awesome activity, it took place at The Outer Rim, and we painted an adorable ceramic castle lamp while we took in views of the iconic Mickey sculpture on the shore of beautiful Bay Lake. It was pure pixie dust!

    No stay at the Contemporary is complete without a fabulous dinner at California Grill, and if you want to add even more magic, I recommend booking Celebration at the Top - Sip, Savor, Sparkle. The two of you can enjoy a fabulous cocktail party, complete with fine food, delectable desserts, libations and unbeatable fireworks views. 

    Speaking of unbeatable views, don't miss the Electrical Water Pageant that will sail right past the Resort on Bay Lake! While the time of the show depends on the time of the fireworks, it usually sails past the Contemporary around 10:00 p.m. What a perfect way to top off the BEST. DAY. EVER!

    To let the Cast Members know you are celebrating such a special event, I recommend calling Disney Resort Hotel Reservations to add the celebration to your reservation. Once you arrive, stop at the front desk to grab some celebration buttons to celebrate dreams coming true!

    I hope this helps, Katelin, and I hope you two have the most magical and memorable time together! Stop by any time with any questions you have.

    Stay magical,

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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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