Review: The Incredibles Room at The Contemporary
Pixie Dust is real at Disney parks and resorts!
During a recent hotel stay, I confirmed this truth once again. All my Disney resort starts are magical, which is why I always stay at official hotels.
However, this one proved especially so. As part of my poorly planned trip, I booked two nights at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
There wasn’t much strategy to this decision. Instead, I took what was available.
In the process, I accidentally wound up with one of the best rooms at Disney.
Here’s a review of the new The Incredibles rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
About My Visit
I assure you that I hadn’t planned any of this. Instead, I basically took what was left at the Contemporary on this fateful night.
I’d scheduled several other nights of my hotel stay at other places, including the adjoining Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
So, the idea of another two nights at the Contemporary appealed to me. Honestly, that was lazy thinking on my part, though.
The Garden Wing of the Contemporary resides about as far away from Bay Lake Tower’s lobby as possible, something I regretted when I moved my luggage during check-out.
Still, I’m a fan of the Contemporary, especially its amenities. For this reason, I took a shot on a place I’ve never stayed before, the Garden Wing.
As fate would have it, I realized my good fortune as I approached. This picture was hanging outside the door to my hotel room.
Yes, that’s an indicator that the person is staying at one of the new rooms themed to Pixar’s The Incredibles franchise.
Approximately one year ago, the Contemporary unveiled this room design. Notably, you’ll find it throughout the resort.
When you stand on the Grand Canyon Concourse on the resort’s fourth floor, you’ll notice several of the wall pictures I mentioned.
All these rooms feature The Incredibles. I hadn’t expected that statement to apply to the Garden Wing, though.
Suffice to say that we were thrilled by our good fortune! Do the rooms live up to the hype? In a word, yes!
About the Theming
If the exterior paintings don’t give away the theme, you’ll know the instant you enter these rooms.
I say this because the color palette from The Incredibles is on full display throughout the hotel room. Also, the characters are seemingly everywhere.
Here’s a picture of the closet’s interior. When you walk into your hotel room, a giant red door hints at a closet.
However, you won’t be prepared for what you find inside. Yes, those are four body suits for Incredibles costumes!
Obviously, you won’t wear them. Imagineers have painted them on the walls to add to the effect that you’re dressing in the same location as the Parr family.
The design here creates the illusion that you’re staring at two rows of a closet. The far row contains super suits. You hang your clothes on the closer row.
Also, while the theming is more Superman-ish in nature, Disney has playfully made the space look vaguely like a phone booth.
So, you enter the closet and put on your super suit like a hero!
My favorite part is something that you need to be tall to appreciate. The top shelf includes wall paintings of masks. Disney hides your superhero identity for you!
Touches like this permeate throughout the room. Also, the inspiration comes more from The Incredibles 2 than the original.
Disney chose this tactic because one of the memorable scenes from that film occurs when Helen Parr stops a runaway monorail.
What’s the underlying theme of the Contemporary as a whole? Monorails! They go straight through the building! For this reason, the theming never feels forced.
The Room Highlights
Honestly, if I designed my own hotel room, it wouldn’t look that different from these rooms.
I say this because The Incredibles is my favorite Pixar movie, while the Contemporary has bewitched me since childhood. I’m a monorail fanatic.
The combination of these two things delighted me during my hotel stay. I was that annoying tourist who kept saying, “Honey, come look at this! Isn’t that great?!”
Thankfully, my wife agreed with me. The sense of whimsy and wonder on display will warm the heart of any Disney fan.
The bed features pillows with the faces of Edna Mode and Frozone, while a Jack-Jack action shot delighted me for longer than I’d care to admit.
This image shows many of Jack-Jack’s superpowers on display. Also, it snuck in one photo of him dressed up like Edna Mode. Adorable!
Still, these rooms offer more than merely Incredibles style. They’re also quite functional. An oversized sofa became a home base for me during my stay.
I loved that I could empty my luggage and still have plenty of room to sit down and stretch out.
Similarly, the dual-head shower in the bathroom rejuvenated me after a Disney after-hours ticketed event.
This entire bathroom is spacious and features several subtle nods to Disney monorails. You’ll also find monorail lamps embedded in the walls by the beds.
Speaking of which, make sure to open the bedroom drawer! It includes images of an eaten num-num, a familiar remote control, and an odd to-do list.
The final room highlight involves the television and its tech. These TVs include casting ability. So, you can throw whatever’s on your phone on your HDTV!
I played with this feature a LOT more than any sane person ever should. Also, I loved how the HDTV blended into the wall.
I won’t lie and say that everything about this hotel room was perfect. We were right beside the water, and that’s the likely culprit for a massive cockroach skittering around our room.
This critter also exposed some of the cracks in the 50-year-old room, as it used them as hiding places.
Also, Bell Services took twice as long to reach our hotel room.
A VERY friendly cast member explained during pick-up that it took longer since the Garden Wing is so far away from Bell Services.
I didn’t blame them at all, but I did make note of it for future reference. For this reason, I’d recommend the main hotel rather than the Garden Wing.
Still, these are trivial concerns relative to the joy we felt in staying in The Incredibles hotel rooms.
I’m confident that we’ll prioritize the Contemporary in the future because of the theming here. These are A+ rooms!
You should speak with a MickeyTravels agent about booking one. You’ll be soooo happy that you did!
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