Thursday, August 4, 2011
57. O.T.D. - 8/4/09 - Bay Lake Tower Opens
Although we have had the pleasure of staying at other DVC resorts since we became members, it was just a few weeks ago that we first stayed at Bay Lake Tower. We were there for four nights and had an amazing time. The first two nights we stayed in a studio, which is basically a deluxe hotel room with a kitchenette. It was up on the 12th floor and had some amazing views. From our balcony we could see attractions at Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, which are all more than three miles away. We also had a great view of Bay Lake and the Wilderness Lodge. If we stuck our heads over the railing and looked around the corner to the right, we could also see part of the Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed this room immensely and didn't think it could get any better.......but it did.
In planning this Disney World trip, we decided to book the second two nights in a one-bedroom villa at Bay Lake Tower. We had some DVC points that we needed to use and thought it would be fun to try out a different type of accommodation. While we were impressed by the studio (and its great views) we were absolutely blown away by the one-bedroom villa. First, we couldn't believe how big it was. There is a very modern and fully equipped kitchen, large living room area and huge picture windows. There are two bathrooms and the bedroom includes a jacuzzi and a large flat screen tv. Although this villa is considered a "lake view," we were able to choose one that also had an amazing view of the Magic Kingdom. The ability to watch the Wishes fireworks display right from our balcony was a real treat and the view of the sun setting over the Magic Kingdom was breathtaking.
Attached to Bay Lake Tower is a covered walkway that connects to the grand concourse of the Contemporary Resort. More specifically, to my wife and son's delight, it brings you right into the gift shop area of the hotel. From there it is a short escalator trip up to the monorail platform where you can board a very unique form of transportation that has been moving guests around Disney World for almost 40 years. The Contemporary is also the place that houses the restaurants and check-in desk that are used by guests of Bay Lake Tower.
In addition to the well appointed villas and fantastic views, Bay Lake Tower has several other unique features. First, there is the Top of the World Lounge which is only accessible to DVC members who are staying at the resort. As the name implies, it is on the roof of the building and includes an indoor seating area with a full bar that also serves appetizers. Bay Lake Tower also has a unique pool in the shape of Mickey ears that includes a nice water slide, hot tub, and pool bar. We spent several afternoons swimming here.
Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!