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Disney World Bay Lake Tower - A Resort With A View Of The Magic

  • Dec 19, 2011

At the Disney Vacation Club's newest resort at Walt Disney World : Bay Lake Tower At Disney's Contemporary Resort you can get incredible close-up views of the Magic Kingdom and an experience that differentiates itself from all other Disney Vacation Club Resorts.

Bay Lake Tower

Staying true to the design elements of Disney's Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower takes that "contemporary" feel and applies it to the design of the rooms and amenities for the new hotel.



The studio rooms have the same amenities that you will find in the other Disney Vacation Club Resorts, but the layout is different and the feel is a little on the cozy side.


Incredible Views

What sets Bay Lake Tower apart from the other Disney Vacation Club Resorts is Location, Location, Location.  You are right next to the original Disney World Theme Park and have both walking access and monorail access to the Magic Kingdom.  Along with the close proximately comes some incredible views.

The pictures shown above and below are taken from the 12th floor of Bay Lake Tower.  The above picture is from the exit to the elevator, while the ones below are taken from a Magic Kingdom View Studio.




The views get even better as you move on to night time.  There is nothing like seeing the Magic Kingdom at night.  It takes on a whole new persona.




Top Of The World Lounge

At the top of Bay Lake Tower is the exclusive Top Of The World Lounge that is only accessible by Disney Vacation Club members that are staying at Bay Lake Tower.




The inside of the glass walled lounge follows the theming of the Contemporary Resort and offers a full bar and a limited appetizer type food menu.


The most impressive part of the lounge though is the rooftop views.  It is also a great place to catch the Wishes Fireworks.  The music from the show is pumped into the lounge and the outside viewing area.  It is really neat to catch Wishes from a whole new perspective.




Bay Lake Tower Amenities

Like all Disney Vacation Club Resorts, Bay Lake Tower also has great amenitiess like a feature pool with slide, microwave and mini refrigerator in the studios and full kitchen in the larger rooms.  There is also a Community Hall where you can go for fun activities or just pick out a DVD to take back to your room to watch for FREE.





Quick Review Of Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower is a beautiful Resort Hotel.  You check in at the main desk of the Contemporary Resort and then head to the self contained Bay Lake Tower.  It is connected to the Contemporary Resort by covered Walkway.

The rooms are beautiful and the furnishings fit well with the Contemporary theme.  The studio felt cozy compared to other Disney Vacation Club Resort Studios, but it still fit my family of 4.

This may sound funny, but one of the comments I had after leaving was that it did not feel as "homey" as the other DVC Resorts.  Then again it is "Contemporary," and "homey" was not quite the look that they were going for.

If you plan on spending a good part of your vacation visiting the Magic Kingdom there is no better place to be.  It is a wonderful convenience to be able to walk to the Magic Kingdom and even better to be able to walk back to the Resort at the end of the night instead of waiting on a bus.  This also makes it incredibly convenient if you are planning to dine at one or more of the great restaurants located at the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort, or the Grand Floridian Resort.

 At the end of my stay I would definitely have to say that I enjoyed staying at this beautiful resort with the incredible views.  With that said, it did not become one of my favorite Disney resorts.  The contemporary styling did not fit as much with the relaxing style that I personally look for on vacation.  There are several other Disney World Resorts that I have enjoyed better.

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December 19, 2011
This looks like a great place to stay, especially with the conveniences that it provides. I loved the photos you included, it helped me understand what you meant by contemporary and not as homey as you would've liked. Great review!
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Corporate Description: Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort—a new Disney Deluxe Villa Resort—has been designed to complement the fabled styling of the classic Disney's Contemporary Resort building and promises to deliver some of the most dramatic views available anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort.Bay Lake Tower balances a modern and luxurious experience with warm and innovative features. This description extends to its exclusive and impressive pool—complete with a unique water slide wrapped in an intriguing glass block.Spacious rooms (equivalent to 2-bedroom Villas) are furnished with contemporary custom pieces, such as the pull-out pantry in the kitchen and the sliding doors in the bathrooms. These pieces are as functional as they are attractive. The rooms maintain the feel of clean lines and open spaces, with plenty of details and touches you expect from a Disney Deluxe Villa. Enjoy views that may include old-growth cypress trees, the lush landscape near Bay Lake, the courtyard, pool or Magic Kingdom theme park.Restaurants, a health club, tennis courts and other recreational facilities are shared with Disney's Contemporary Resort. Whether your wish is to relax by the pool, indulge in a revitalizing massage or savor sensational food as you take in stunning views at the California Grill restaurant, Bay Lake Tower is sure to please.Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort has been designated by the Florida Green Lodging Program, recognizing the Resort's ...
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