Disney's Contemporary Resort

Fun Facts

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Contemporary Resort

  1. The mosaic mural in the fourth-floor lobby of Disney's Contemporary Resort was created in 1971 with 1,800 1-square-foot tiles and took 18 months to construct. pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  2. An oldie but a goodie, one of the goats in the tile mosaic in the atrium of the Contemporary has 5 legs.
    REPORTED: Mark Matthews 01 JUL 95
    CONFIRMED: Dean R. Hayes 05 JUL 95
    I would like to contribute the reason for the five leg goat in the mosaic at the Contemporary Hotel. As a Cast Member at Traditions they tell us that the goat represents that although we strive to provide the Disney Magic, Cast Members are only human and make mistakes, but always try to hide the imperfections in order to provide the Magic at all times for our guests!
    CONFIRMED: John 09 MAR 96
    CONFIRMED: Julie Crutchley & Mary Glenn Crutchley 02 JUL 96
    He is on the Monorail side of the mural at the very top of the mountain. He is blue I believe.
    CONFIRMED: Justin 23 JAN 98
    The reason that the goat has five legs is to make it, thus the entire building, imperfect. Indians believe that nothing man made can be perfect, hence it is Disney's way of being infallible.
    UPDATE: John Langas 09 MAR 98
    When you get on the monorail, or are traveling on the monorail, and you are heading to the TTC, be sure to look at the mural on the side of the wall. It is made of little tiles, and there are a few goats there as well. One of the goats has 5 legs. You can get a good view of this when you are standing in line for the monorail and you look up. It is the one near the top, on the right. Remember that there are two murials, look at the one when you first come up the escillator. And if you're on the monorail, its the second mural on your left.
    CONFIRMED: chris art 07 AUG 98
    Its is located on the moral on the wall tward the monarail station by the escalators
    CONFIRMED: john wolf 20 AUG 98
    CONFIRMED: anon 03 AUG 00
    CONFIRMED: Paul A. Matloc 16 SEP 01
  3. The rooms of the Contemporary and the original Polynesian buildings were actually made individually, poured as concrete shells offsite, and then stacked using a crane.. Problems developed when mold began forming between the concrete walls and a foul odor emanated... This method of construction was then abandoned.
    REPORTED: Mark Matthews 07 AUG 95
    CONFIRMED: Ryan Mann 22 MAY 97
    CONFIRMED: anon 03 FEB 98
    The Contempory Resorts construction was completed by building the Mexican Architecture shaped sell. Then, with a crane, slipped the nearly completed guest rooms in their places, like a three-dimensional puzzle. This was obviously only needed for the main tower, not the wings.
    CONFIRMED: Athena5026 26 FEB 02
  4. The floor to tile mural depicting Indian children, stylized flowers, birdss, trees, and other scenes from the Southwest is 90 feet tall. It was created by designer Mary Blair.
    REPORTED: Kenneth Klingensmith 22 JAN 97
  5. Did you know that the connecting water way between the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake (at the Contemporary Hotel -- the road goes under the waterway) is one of the few aqueducts left in this country.
    REPORTED: Mary Glenn Crutchley 12 MAR 96
    It is called a "Water Bridge" there are three of them at Walt Disney World. They are built the same as a bridge for cars but used for water one is on World Drive just south of the contemporary Resort. One is on the east side of Epcot Resorts Drive just north of the Boardwalk Resort. The other is back stage at Epcot next to the one on Epcot resorts Drive they are used in place of cart bridges so that the views of the waterways are not broken up by bridges.
    UPDATE: Ron Patterson 11 OCT 97
  6. There are two signs to every sign - the signs for showtimes and parktimes are on a conveyer belt and this belt rotates every few minutes...
    REPORTED: Kenneth Klingensmith 22 JAN 97
  7. For those of you who have ever taken Disney Transportation to the Magic Kingdom or stayed at the Contemporary Resort, you may have wondered where the rest of that road leads...well, here it is!! If the Disney Transport Buses were to continue going straight, they would come across the MONORAIL SERVICE STATION!! All the way back and to the right, is the location where the train, Busses, and all the monorail trains are stored. Also, if you were to continue and take a left at the station, you would pass by the entrance to the utilidors and discover a parking lot in the back behind Splash Mountain. This is where electric water pagent boats, garbage collection, float storage, and rehearsal areas are located. However, only performers in the Magic Music Days and Disney Employees are allowed back here.
    REPORTED: Matt Warfield 29 JAN 00
  8. The most maneuverable boat operated by Magic Kingdom Watercraft is the ferryboat. The boat is 120 feet long, and weigh nearly 300 tons, yet╩the boat can be rotated 360 degrees╩on it's own axis, it can move completely sideways and it╩can even round corners...sideways. During training, pilots are usually taken to the Grand Floridian dock and told to plant the bow╩a few feet off the dock, then "walk" the boat sideways, turn it around the corner of the dock and then "walk" it sideways down the side of the dock.╩Guests are usually surprised to see this manuever and it╩was alot of fun to do. The ferryboats can also be driven through the narrow waterbridge channel, with only about 8 feet of clearance on each side during the most narrow part. Each ferryboat must make this journey at least once a week to go to drydock for fuel. This╩manuever is also a very fun thing to do.
    REPORTED: Matt Fierro 08 JAN 04

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