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Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, a Disney Vacation Club private resort, complements the strong horizontal lines of the original resort while adding its own unique touches, including a fireworks viewing deck, a rooftop lounge, a lakeside pool and much more.  Add to that a sky bridge linking the tower to the original resort’s monorail station, restaurants and shops, and you’ve got a new classic Disney resort that allows guests to blow Tinker Bell a kiss goodnight as they relax after a fun day of theme park experiences.

 Building Upon a Beloved Icon 

Bay Lake Tower builds on the celebrated legacy of Disney's Contemporary Resort, hailed as a modern marvel of American architecture when it opened alongside nearby Magic Kingdom on Oct. 1, 1971.  Proximity to Magic Kingdom continually proves to be among the resort’s most popular “amenities,” allowing families to easily return to their rooms for quick breaks from their busy day in the park.

Bay Lake Tower takes that experience one step further, adding the conveniences of home; to this world-class vacation destination. Most rooms feature full kitchens complete with granite countertops and modern appliances, separate bedrooms, washers and dryers, and other home-like amenities that will add even more comfort and convenience to the unique experience offered by Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

 Rooftop Lounge and Fireworks Viewing Area 

Bay Lake Tower's crescent-shaped tower boasts some of the most dramatic Walt Disney World views available, offering open sightlines to an amenity-filled courtyard, the picturesque lakefront or one of the most beloved theme parks on Earth.  The view is equally appealing on the other side, with rich woods and warm fabrics complementing interior spaces and creating a welcoming, family-friendly environment.

On the top floor of Bay Lake Tower is the Top of the World lounge and observation deck, offering sweeping views of Walt Disney World Resort, as well as a unique perspective for the “Wishes” nighttime fireworks spectacular at Magic Kingdom.  (Availability is limited and open only to Disney Vacation Club members staying at Bay Lake Tower using their membership.)

 Resort Amenities 

After checking in at the original resort, guests' first glimpse of the tower's interior is the lobby area filled with woven woods and glass-wrapped columns. Nestled in the shadow of Bay Lake Tower, the resort’s zero entry pool includes a water slide, separate whirlpool spa and an interactive children’s water feature – all overlooking picturesque Bay Lake. Beyond the rooftop lounge, spacious lobby and lakeside pool, Bay Lake Tower features a covered outdoor sky-bridge that connects to the original resort so that guests can access the monorail as well as the restaurants and merchandise shops.  Plus, Bay Lake Tower guests can order room service available through the original resort or make use of Community Hall, an activity center.

 The No Pixie-Dust Zone 

Growing up in miami in the 70's and 80's, we went to disney alot. There not may options as far as resorts went, so we stayed in the Contemporary alot. There have been alot of changes to the comtemporary over the years, so I was really looking forward to staying here once again. Disney opened Bay Lake Tower within the last year as part of the Disney Vacation Club and it was a blast from the past. The views of the Magic Kingdom from high atop Bay Lake Tower are how I remembered it when I was a child.

The room we stayed in was a studio with a bay lake view on the 11th floor facing the contemporary's marina. This resort is considered a "premimum" resort due to its location and condo feel. The rooms seemed a tad bit smaller than a standard studio. I really enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching people. I always found it fun, even when I was a child, watching the monorails, boats, buses and anything else as the area was always "alive". The room was not perfect either. The one thing that I truely hated was that the bathroom sink area and kitchen area shared the same compact area. With hairspray, deodarant and what else it takes to get ready in the morning landing on the areas where you prepare food seems...well...nasty. I am hoping that a 1-bedroom solves this problem.

The Lake Side Pool is a typical resort-type pool, it has zero-entry, a short kiddie slide and a large slide for the bigger myself. Im not sure if it was because the slide was new or the gallons of suntan oil in the pool, but this was one of the faster resort slides I have been on. Probably the oil. When standing on top of the slide structure, you can see the old River Country and Discovery Island in the distance as a gives you a glimpse of time gone past. We stayed in the main pool alot but didnt "swim" too much because the huge amounts of suntan oil really made your eyes hurt.

Bay Lake Tower also has a covered outdoor sky-bridge thats allows to quickly get to the 4th floor of the contemporary. On the 4th floor you will find a host of restaurants including chef mickey's, access to the monorail system, video game arcade and various shopping locations. The contemporary is just as lively as I remember it but feels a bit different as it seems more "congested" and less "airey". Then again, how bad can it be with a monorail right at your backdoor?

 Resort Info 

4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) WDISNEY
Fax: (407) WDISNEY

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 Current Rack Rates 
Room Type:
Weekday Rate, Weekends Slightly Higher

Value Season:  $415.00
Regular Season:  $475.00
Peak Season:  $550.00
Fall Season:  $455.00
Holiday Season:  $600.00




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