And it’s left our jaws on the floor!
Since mid-July Disney’s Contemporary Resort has underwent a massive refurbishment to its iconic first floor lobby and check-in. During the refurbishment period, guests needing to check in physically at the desks were relocated to the second floor and many were strongly encouraged to utilize the online check-in through the My Disney Experience app. Disney’s Contemporary Resort has been a staple in Walt Disney World since its opening in 1971 and its flagship resort closest to the Magic Kingdom. Legendary artist Mary Blair was consulted for the design of the interior and amidst its A-frame structure guests boarded on the monorail from all over the world are able to appreciate her artwork on the popular mural just outside of Chef Mickey’s on the resorts fourth floor.
Guests seemed to be weary (and we were too) of this latest update especially with such mixed reviews of the newly reimagined Incredibles themed rooms, but now that the walls are down and the paint is dried, we’re so happy to report we can set those anxieties aside.
Disney seemed to nail this latest refurbishment staying true to the contemporary’s timeless feel while maximizing the space at the same time. Modern touches with a newly themed structure wrap depicting call backs to Mary Blair’s artwork that can be seen upstairs on the mural in the main atrium, updated furniture, sketch photos depicting early resort and room concept artwork, and even a reimagined check in area have really given this resort quite the face life.
With more and more guests opting for self check in conveniences, Disney has partitioned the check in desks for those stations remaining to give a more private vibe and have included a brand new seating area conveniently located just down the way from the new Steakhouse 71.
Scroll to browse a before and after overview of the area, as well as a few more shots of the updated touches: