Nothing says, “I’m at Disney World” more than the awesome sight of that monorail sweeping dramatically through its glassy Grand Canyon Concourse, which it does every few minutes on its way to and from the Magic Kingdom. The building itself, one of the first two to open in 1971, has transitioned from "dated" to a midcentury architectural treasure, and indicative of the revolutionary methods that Walt Disney World hoped to pioneer: The United States Steel Corporation helped design it; its modular, prefabricated rooms were slotted into place by crane. The brilliant idea was that when rooms required renovation, the capsules could simply be removed like drawers, but in practice, they fused to the steel frame, so renovations are done the old-fashioned way. The current look: soothing putty and slate business-class colors. The best rooms are high up in the coveted A-framed Contemporary Tower, but there are stylish low-level Garden Rooms along Bay Lake, too, by a surprisingly blah pool, that are about $150 cheaper. Rooms on the west of the tower face the Magic Kingdom itself—from the 9th floor, the ne plus ultra of Disney views—and every water-view room takes in the nightly electrical parade that floats after dark. Even if you can’t stay here, this is the best hotel to tour. Drop by to see the 90-foot-tall, stylized mosaics of children by the visionary Imagineer Mary Blair, which encapsulate the late-’60s futurist optimism out of which the resort was born. If money were no object, this would always be a top choice.