This past June, our extended family took a fabulous vacation to Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the new Disney Vacation Club resort that opened in 2009. Our family had purchased points in DVC in June, 2010, and this was the first time we had stayed at at DVC resort. Let me tell you, we were not disappointed by Bay Lake Tower! Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of staying at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort!
- BLT is a brand new 16 story modern resort. On the top floor they have the Top of the World Lounge, a special dining and rooftop viewing location for the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. We were fortunate enough to stay in room 8141, which was on the south side of the building, with a lake view, overlooking the pool area. This photo at the beginning is one of the shots of the pool that I took off of our balcony.
- Being a DVC Resort, it falls under the class of room categorized as Deluxe Villas. Our 2 bedroom suite was huge, had 3 full bathrooms, two balconies, a full kitchen, and a washer and dryer. We were able to sleep nine with no problems!
- The pool is a zero entry pool, and was a lot of fun. The slide on the right side of the pool is great, and was something that we did time and time again!
- BLT has a special walkway over to the Contemporary Resort. Called the Skyway, it is a great way to get over to the Contemporary to get some food, catch the monorail, buy some gifts, and just hang out.
- Lastly, the Top of the World Lounge is, as I mentioned previously, a great place to watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. They even pipe over the music of the show for you to enjoy. This special venue is only available to people that are staying at Bay Lake Tower.
- Because it is a DVC resort, within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom, staying at Bay Lake Tower can be quite expensive if you don’t have points to use. If I wanted to get a 2 bedroom suite at BLT for our next vacation in June for one week, the quoted price on the DisneyWorld.com website is $7,403 for a Lake View (add $800+ dollars for a Theme Park view!)
- One thing to keep in mind is that Bay Lake Tower, other than the lounge at the top of the resort, doesn’t have any amenities directly in the building for food. All of the restaurants are the ones located at the Contemporary Resort. This isn’t a big deal to me, but it might be to some people.
- Because it is located next to the Contemporary Resort, BLT does not have any intricate theming associated with it. It is intentionally modern, and while it’s not a deal breaker for me by any stretch, it is still something that I missed when we stayed in June.
We had a great time staying at Bay Lake Tower, and will consider staying there again. How many of the Chip & Company readers have stayed at BLT? What did you think of it?
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