Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Resort’

Towering UnDVC

by on August 31, 2007

A tower crane has recently been installed near the Contemporary Resort for the “completely and entirely not a DVC because it’s really our best kept secret – shhh!” building. Tower cranes assemble themselves to rise to heights higher then possible with other cranes – like skyscrapers, 15 story crescent shaped DVC buildings, and other such large structures.

Work also continues inside the resort on the new temporary quick service grab-n-go location on the 4th floor as well as the new Fantasia gift shop and remodeling of the check-in desk.

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Contemporary Artwork Changes

by on August 23, 2007

The lobby of the Contemporary is walled off in sections as it is renovated to fir the new look of the resort, as seen in the concept art seen below.

Also, work has begun on the new store for the 4th floor concourse, which has changed in style from being a simplistic series of kiosks to a fully developed store space.

Some find the new design a bit overwhelming with its giant Mickey ears. It is assumed the new design is to better enclose the store and prevent theft. (Ignore our flash remnant in the photo please!)

Other areas of the concourse are also walled off as they work to install a temporary quick service restaurant near Chef Mickey’s and also work to replace the flooring. From above, the footprint of the new store is clearly visible behind the refurbishment walls.

These renovations are expected to last well into 2008 before the entire project is completed. Perhaps by then Disney will acknowledge the DVC building they’re constructed next door.

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Contemporary work update

by on July 14, 2007

A small update on the progress at the Contemporary Resort: The 4th floor concourse is getting ready to install the permanent replacement for the Fantasia shop soon. Work should begin shortly. Down at the Lobby level, refurbishment walls have gone up and the lobby is beginning its transformation. They’re closing it off in sections.

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Contemporary shuffle dates

by on May 3, 2007

Please be aware if you plan on visitting the Contemporary Resort in the future that several areas are about to change location.

A temporary quick service restaurant location will open
near the Outer Rim lounge on the 4th Floor on July 30, 2007, and will
operate through August 14, 2008. The Food and Fun Center will be closed
during this timeframe as the space is being converted into a new table
service restaurant called The Wave which will open in late March or
April, 2008. Concourse Steakhouse will at that time to make way for a
new, permanent quick service restaurant which will open in mid-August,
2008.

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Contemporary’s Arcade on the move!

by on April 24, 2007

In a bit of news we’ve been waiting to hear about for weeks, the Food and Fun Center Arcade at the Contamporary will begin moving it’s games upstairs to the rennovated location on the 4th Floor Concourse as of today. The current arcade will continue to operate through Friday (4/27/07) as various games are removed and transported. Saturday and Sunday the new location on the 4th floor will be operating in a “soft opening” format during the day, and then finally on Monday (4/30/07) the new arcade is scheduled to Grand Open on the 4th floor concourse at 9am.

The rumored name of the new location will be Contemporary Games. How the “Food” part of the Food and Fun Center will operate going forward is unknown – though the lobby level arcade is ceasing operation.

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Contemporary North being Demolished

by on February 11, 2007

Confirming the what the permits filed we reported previously stated, the North Garden Wing of the Contemporary Resort is now being demolished.

The buildings closest to Bay Lake is being demolished first, with the areas near the Magic Kingdom and the monorail beam still being stripped prior to demolition.

The site will be the future home of the yet-to-be-announced Disney Vacation Club resort at the Contemporary.


Prime viewing of the demolition is from the Contemporary’s marina on Bay Lake.



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Raze the Racquet

by on January 29, 2007

Disney’s Racquet Club at the Contemporary Resort now ceases to exist entirely. The complex located just north of the North Garden Wing of the resort has been demolished and removed from the face of the earth. The facility once provided professional tennis lessons to Disney guests and had superb court facilities.

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Contemporary Games concept art

by on January 13, 2007

The Fantasia gift shop on the 4th floor concourse of the Contemporary Resort has closed and been surroudned with construction walls. Hanging on those walls is concept art depicting the shop’s replacement: Contemporary Games.

Contemporary Games will house the arcade for the resort, replacing the Food and Fun Center, allowing for futher expansion to later develope in that space on the ground level.

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Fantasia gift shop at Contemporary to Close

by on January 6, 2007

The Fantasia gift shop, offering childrens gifts and plush toys will be closing in order to be converted into a 4th Floor arcade for the Contemporary Resort. Official paperwork for this construction was signed on December 28th, 2006.

This is one of many coming changes to the 4th Floor Concourse at the Contemporary Resort. Earlier, when the Pin Station shop which previously existed on the Concourse was being demolished, the refurbishment walls contained images of the finished 4th Floor Concourse conceptual artwork – rather, how it will appear when all construction phases are complete. These are the photos we took of those images at that time:

The Sundries shop located adjacent to the Fantasia gift shop is mentioned in the paperwork to only be involved minimally in the current phase of construction.

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Contemporary Demolition Permit Filed

by on November 24, 2006

Since the walls have gone up around the North Garden Wing at the Contemporary Resort there has been some debate as to wether or not the work was for refurbishment akin to the South Garden Wing or demolition to allow for the building of a DVC resort.

Disney filed papers for demolition.

They can be found at THIS LINK.

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