Bay Lake Tower Resort

Warm luxury meets modern elegance at this lakeside Resort hotel located within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom. Delight in studios and multi-bedroom villas, kitchens or kitchenettes, and dramatic views that may include old-growth cypress trees, the shimmering Bay Lake, the lush courtyard, or Cinderella Castle. Enjoy enchanting pools and award-winning dining — plus the extensive offerings of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, connected by the convenient Sky Way Bridge.

Address:
4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8413

Rooms and Accommodations:
This Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort features one and two bedroom villas, as well as deluxe studios.

The one-bedroom villas accommodate up to five guests plus one child under the age of 3 in a crib. The villa offers a king size bed in the master, a queen size sleeper sofa, and twin sleeper chair. The two-bedroom villas accommodate up to nine guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib. There is a king bed in the master, two queen beds in the second bedroom, a queen size sleeper sofa, and a twin sleeper chair. Both the one and two bedroom villas offer a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, and private porch or balcony.

The deluxe studio rooms accommodate up to four guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib.  There is one queen size bed and a full-size sleeper sofa. The studio includes a private porch or balcony and a small refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave.

Rooms are modern and offer nice amenities for guests to enjoy during their stay including:
Complimentary Wireless Internet
Flat panel TV
Ironing board and iron
Hair dryer
Digital thermostat
Small safe

Transportation:
Bay Lake Tower shares transportation with the Contemporary Resort. Disney’s Magical Express is complimentary between Disney Resorts and the Orlando International Airport. 

Magic Kingdom - Monorail (20 minutes) or Walk (10 minutes)
Epcot - Monorail (15 minutes, must switch lines at the Ticket and Transportation Center) or bus (15 minutes)
Animal Kingdom - Bus (15 minutes)
Hollywood Studios - Bus (15 minutes)
Disney Springs - Bus (20 minutes)

Minnie Vans, Lyft, Uber, and Taxis are also available at a cost.

If you rent a car or drive yourself to this resort, overnight parking is $25 per night and will be charged to your room.

Pool:
Make a splash at the enchanting and exclusive Bay Cove Pool. Breeze down the 20-foot-tall waterslide surrounded by glass blocks. Relax in the whirlpool spa, and enjoy refreshments and light bites from the poolside bar. Kids can delight in bubbling geysers at the children’s water play area and the pool’s gently sloping, zero-depth entry similar to a natural beach. Bay Lake Tower guests can enjoy the recreation areas at The Contemporary Resort, but the pool at this resort is reserved for Bay Lake Tower guests only.

Other Recreation:
Guests can mosey on over to The Contemporary Resort to enjoy movies under the stars, volleyball, tennis, a jogging trail, and a playground. The Contemporary also offers campfire activities and marshmallow roasts. If your kiddos haven’t already had enough fun, they can also play video games, pinball, and more at The Game Station. Lakeside Yoga is a great way to start your day. Guests can also rent boats and schedule fishing excursions and specialty cruises at the resort marina. The Olympiad Fitness Center is a full service facility featuring exercise equipment.

Dining:
There are no dining options located within Bay Lake Tower itself, but many options can be found next door at The Contemporary Resort.

California Grill - This signature dining location offers an award-winning culinary experience and an epic vantage point for brunch or dinner. Dinner guests can enjoy a wonderful view of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks.
Chef Mickey’s - Join Mickey, Minnie, and friends for an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Wave… of American Flavors - Try the latest trends in American cuisine - from local to organic offerings - at this restaurant and lounge.
Contempo Cafe - Catch breakfast, lunch or dinner at this quick service location. Diners might catch a glimpse of the monorail gliding by overhead.
Contemporary Grounds - Jumpstart your day with some java and a pastry - or perhaps a smoothie - at this convenient coffee counter.
The Sand Bar - Plant yourself poolside after picking up something to munch on from the quick-service bar and lounge.
Cove Bar - Make the most of this private pool bar that offers a full menu of adult beverages.
Outer Rim - The perfect time to enjoy this lovely lounge is as the sun is setting over Bay Lake.
The Wave Lounge - Enjoy draft beers and small bites at this chic retreat.

Gift Shops:
Bay Lake Tower does not have its own gift shop, but there are three shops located in The Contemporary where you can find everything you need. Bayview Gifts offers men’s and women’s clothing, watches, unique souvenirs, and small decor for the home. The shop also carries necessities like sunscreen and beach wear. Fantasia is right next to Bayview Gifts and carries Disney-branded clothing for adults and kids and the types of souvenirs you’d find in the parks. Fantasia Market is the spot to visit for newspapers, magazines, over the counter medicines, beauty necessities, and snacks.

Cons:
Bay Lake Tower itself does not offer dining, shopping or many recreation options.  All of these can be found a short walk away at The Contemporary Resort.
Because DVC members are able to gain first access to rooms at Bay Lake Tower, there can be very limited inventory for non-DVC members.

Pros:
Location, Location, Location. Proximity to Magic Kingdom is a huge perk of this resort. If you are planning a trip with multiple days at Magic Kingdom, Bay Lake Tower is a great resort choice.
All rooms offer a view of either Magic Kingdom or Bay Lake, and include a balcony on which you can enjoy the scenery.
The rooms are very spacious and there is space for everyone to spread out and enjoy the accommodations.
DVC members have exclusive access to the Top of the World Lounge located at this resort where you can enjoy an appetizer and cocktail while you watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

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