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Contemporary Resort Facts and Fun

The Electrical Water Pageant, a floating, lighted procession of "sea creatures," takes place each night on Bay Lake at 10:05 p.m. (weather permitting).

Disney's Contemporary Resort opened on October 1, 1971.

The design of the mall and mural at the Contemporary Resort were inspired by the concourse's theme, the Grand Canyon — named because of its vastness and similarity to a great open canyon.

Disney's Contemporary Resort was built by a method called "unitized modular construction." The A-frame structure resembling a honeycomb was built, then rooms manufactured offsite at a special plant were trucked in and fitted into the main structure one-by-one.

One of two Disney resort hotels that opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971, Disney's Contemporary Resort was built on a 55-acre site adjacent to Magic Kingdom. Living up to its modern style, the hotel was constructed by methods that were ahead of their time.
While the hotel's steel skeleton was being constructed at the site, individual rooms were being built and finished at Walt Disney World on an "assembly line" with workers completing 15 units per day. As each room passed through the specially constructed building, the electrical, mechanical and plumbing facilities were added piece by piece.
Once furnished, the nine-ton guestrooms were trucked to the site, lifted by crane and slid into the steel structure -- much like an oversized set of dresser drawers. The entire structure was then covered by specially designed, sun-resistant glass.

The 90-foot floor-to-ceiling ceramic mural at Disney's Contemporary Resort was designed by Walt Disney Imagineer Mary Blair, who was also responsible for the distinct look and feel of the "it's a small world" attraction at the Magic Kingdom® Park. It was created in 1971 with 1,800 one-square-foot tiles and took 18 months to construct. Look closely: there's a five-legged goat facing the monorail track.

Watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the observation deck on the fourth floor of the Tower Building.

Hidden Mickeys

On the arches at the main entrance.

A large Mickey Mouse watch at the front of the resort (you need to go inside a up a few floors to be able to see it properly).

The pool is in the shape of Mickey Mouse.

Underneath the metal Mickey ears structure at the back of the resort, going towards the lake.


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