Don’t Skip This Disney World Hotel When You Visit For the 50th Anniversary

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a popular place to stay at Walt Disney World, with its ideal location, restaurant offerings, and convenient access to the Monorail.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Although the Contemporary has been under a LOT of construction lately while Disney refurbishes several areas and re-themes rooms to Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles, there are several reasons why you might want to consider a stay there if you’re planning to visit Disney World for the 50th anniversary. Let’s get into it!

From a new restaurant to certain incentives, Disney’s Contemporary Resort might be one of the best hotels for a stay during Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration!

Steakhouse 71

Steakhouse 71 is a new restaurant replacing The Wave…of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort. This family friendly steakhouse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and opened on October 1.

Some of Steakhouse 71’s offerings ©Disney

Steakhouse 71 also has a lounge for more casual dining, so if you’re not able to get an ADR, you can still enjoy the refreshed space and new menu.

Enjoy breakfast at Steakhouse 71 here.

Walkable to Magic Kingdom

One of the Contemporary Resort’s biggest benefits is having a short walkway to Magic Kingdom. For the 50th anniversary, being able to walk to the park will be a major perk! Not only can you quickly make your way to Magic Kingdom, you can also skip crowded transportation and traffic.

Contemporary Walkway

It’s safe to say we can expect large crowds for the 50th anniversary (which lasts a full 18 months!), so if you can save time on transportation or avoiding crowded areas, it could give you more time to spend in the parks. And if you have plans to stay for the new Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Disney Enchantment, you don’t have to worry about a long line to a bus after the show!

Read more about the new Magic Kingdom fireworks show here!


The Contemporary Resort is a great spot to view Magic Kingdom fireworks, and Disney offering the new Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors & Fireworks dining party which began on October 2. This cocktail party features small dishes from California Grill with a private viewing deck for Disney Enchantment.

Celebration at the Top Desserts

This fireworks dining experience costs $129 per person at California Grill, and after the fireworks show guests enjoy a dessert spread of petit fours and cordials with coffee.

Click here for more about Contemporary’s fireworks dining party!

Monorail to EPCOT

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a Monorail Resort, with a Monorail stop inside the hotel. That means it’s a quick Monorail ride (with one stop at the Transportation and Ticket Center) over to EPCOT, where another new fireworks show began on October 1: Harmonious.


If you prefer to use the Monorail, you can also ride it to Magic Kingdom. The convenience of both the Monorail and walkability of the Contemporary Resort make it an ideal location throughout Disney World’s 50th anniversary!

Here’s more information about Harmonious in EPCOT!

So if you’re visiting Disney World for the 50th anniversary celebration, you might want to consider staying at the Contemporary Resort.

Is Disney World actually more expensive now?

Have you ever stayed at the Contemporary? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. Always loved the Contemporary and have stayed there many times, but Disney has priced me out now for it. Stayed off site in October 2021 and loved it.