Bay Lake Tower, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, rounds out my family’s Top 3 Most Favourite Deluxe Resorts within the Disney Vacation Club program. This property is Gorgeous! One of the most aesthetically appealing resorts in my opinion. The monorail running through the main resort is always jaw dropping!
In a nutshell, this resort gives you the best of two worlds; small footprint with plenty of fun things to do at Bay Lake Tower and all the food and action you could desire at the connected Contemporary Resort. Want to feel like you are living in a private, lakeside condo geared towards fun? Want to be on the Monorail System? Want to walk over to the Magic Kingdom? Bay Lake Tower is the place for you!
Top 6 Reasons I Love Bay Lake Tower
#6. Modern Rooms with Inlet Kitchenettes
At Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, we have one of our top three Deluxe Studios at Disney World. The modern décor was appreciated, and the separate inlet kitchenette ensured that hall traffic never interfered with kitchenette use. Feeling comfortable in your room is so important, especially when an afternoon nap is mandatory while on vacation!
Bay Lake Tower is situated upon the Monorail Loop which gives you the convenience of visiting Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort with ease. Such convenience opens the doors to additional dining, exploration, and fun! You can also take the Monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center where you can then jump onto the Epcot Monorail Loop. Getting home from Epcot via Monorail transportation is a breeze when you are at Bay Lake Tower. We love being able to stay at a property that enables nightly dinners and snacks at Epcot’s World Showcase.
#4. Community Hall
We love all Community Halls but the one at Bay Lake Tower has a very special place in our memories. We were speaking with some Bay Lake Tower regulars and they told us that if we were to hang out at the Community Hall in the evenings at about 8 p.m., there would be a good chance of catching some time with Peter Pan!
Well, they were not wrong… Peter Pan coloured with my son for half an hour. They chatted like old pals. It just melted our hearts to see the joy on our son’s little face. Peter was in full character mode for the entire time. Then, to our surprise, we had Peter visit again the next evening. But on the third evening, we had an even bigger and more rare surprise… Mr. Smee showed up! He was so silly… he played hide-n-seek with my son, and they laughed so much!
Then, something even more rare happened and it was a highlight of the trip… Captain Hook arrived! Captain Hook coloured and played games with the kids for half an hour! It was truly magical…. Something truly heart touching and incomparable. My son talks about Peter, Mr. Smee, and his friend, Captain Hook to this day.
#3. On-Site Character Dining
Having a Character Dining Experience on-site is such a fun little treat. At the connected Contemporary Resort there is a wonderful restaurant called Chef Mickey’s. They serve an American-style buffet breakfast and dinner with all the big Characters present! We saw Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto.
We really enjoyed the atmosphere in the restaurant; it was very busy, but we had lots of fun interactions with each character and Cast Members were in no rush to get us out.
The food was yummy too!
#2. Proximity to the Magic Kingdom
This resort is the closest property to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and an easy 10-minute walk from the lobby of Bay Lake Tower to the entrance of the Park. You have your very own Walkway from Bay Lake tower to the Magic Kingdom! The best part is that you have your very own bag check and security stop that ONLY serves guests walking along the path. That means your time spent at security before entering the park is about 2-minutes!
We walked over to meet Pluto, and then had a wonderful Lobster Roll at Columbia Harbour House. It also means you can walk over in the morning, have some fun, and then walk back to Bay Lake Tower for an afternoon nap before heading back over for some evening fun!
The views from your balcony or from the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower are also quite breathtaking!
#1. Amenities and Fun Galore!
So, we made it to the Number One Reason for loving Disney’s Bay Lake Tower Resort. This DVC resort offers guests a small, personal footprint that abounds with activities and fun!
Not one, but TWO pools, TWO aqua-play areas for kiddies, TWO regular slides, a kiddie slide, and fun fountain action! The big slide at the DVC Pool over at Bay Lake Tower was AWESOME!
When a resort location can offer an outstanding Counter Service such as the Contempo Café, an on-site Character Dining restaurant such as Chef Mickey’s, a Signature Dining experience such as California Grill, and an elevated table service restaurant such as The Wave, it stands heads above the competition.
It also has a nice Pool Bar and Grill (The Sand Bar) and a conveniently located lounge, the Outer Rim Lounge, as well as Monorail access to all of the dining options at the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resorts! Not to mention the proximity to the Magic Kingdom and easy transportation access to Epcot!
Beyond wonderful food options, there are also two separate shopping places on the Concourse at Contemporary Resort, as well as their Marketplace. They have a conveniently located Coffee Shop, Contemporary Grounds, to keep you full of caffeine for those late nights. And the Arcade located on Contemporary’s Concourse is one of the most fun on Disney’s Property!
In the Activity Yard, just outside the main back doors of Bay Lake Tower, you have Ping Pong tables, Bean Bag Toss, Giant Chess Games, a Mini-Putt Lawn, Giant Connect Four Games, and a Bocce Course!
So, for maximum action and a long list of options for dining, fun, and leisure, Bay Lake Tower is a top choice.
Of all the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts, Bay Lake Tower is my family’s #3 resort. It offers something for everyone, including fun, food and prime location on the Monorail; it is also the closest resort (within walking distance) to the Magic Kingdom.
You cannot go wrong with a stay at Bay Lake Tower.
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