Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Location

Bay Lake Tower is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – in other words right next door to Magic Kingdom! They are the closest villa options you can get to Magic Kingdom and also the newest villas, having been opened in 2009.

Villa options

Despite being one of the more expensive options, its location and the fact that it is so new means it is hard to get a villa at Bay Lake Towers, so if you’ve got your heart set on it (and why wouldn’t you?) book early.

Studio Rooms

  • Sleep 4, plus one child under age of three
  • 1 Queen size bed and 1 double sized sofa bed
  • Table and chairs
  • Balcony or patio
  • Kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, toaster and coffeemaker
  • Amenities include in-room safe, voice mail, high-speed Internet access (additional fee), hairdryer, iron, ironing board, and Pack ‘n Play® playard.
  • Unlike standard rooms they will come with a limited number of paper plates and cups, glasses, bottle opener, disposable cutlery etc.
  • You have the options of a standard view, lake view or Magic Kingdom view

1 bed villas

  • Sleep 5, plus one child under age of three
  • One-bedroom, one-bath room, with a separate living room
  • Fully equipped kitchen, including a washing machine and dryer
  • Dining area with table and chairs
  • Patio or balcony
  • Master bedroom suite includes a king-size bed and bathroom with whirlpool bath
  • The living room has a queen-size sofa bed and a single sized sleeper chair
  • Amenities include DVD player, in-room safe, voice mail, high-speed Internet access (additional fee), hairdryer, iron, ironing board, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker and Pack ‘n Play® playard.
  • You have the options of a standard view, lake view or Magic Kingdom view

2 bed villas

  • Sleep 9, plus one child under age of three.
  • Master bedroom with King size bed, private bathroom with whirlpool tub
  • 2nd bedroom with 2 Queen sized beds and second bathroom (sometimes 1 queen bed and one double sofa bed)
  • Living room has queen-sized sofa bed plus a single sized sleeper chair
  • Third bathroom is off the living room
  • Fully equipped kitchen, including a washing machine and dryer
  • Dining area with table and chairs
  • Patio or balcony
  • Amenities include DVD player, in-room safe, voice mail, high-speed Internet access (additional fee), hairdryer, iron, ironing board, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker and Pack ‘n Play® playard
  • You have the options of a standard view, lake view or Magic Kingdom view

3 bed grand villas

  • These are not standardly offered to UK guests – try the Walt Disney Travel Company directly if you’re interested
  • Sleep 12 plus one child under 3
  • Very expensive and hard to get – they book up quickly
  • 2 storey
  • Full kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry room
  • Master bedroom and bathroom on ground floor
  • Two additional bedrooms on first floor, both with 2 queen beds and each has a private bathroom.
  • Additional ground floor bathroom – (4 in total)
  • The living room has a queen sized sofa bed
  • There is also an additional dining area which has a second double sized sofa bed. This does not add to the 12 person maximum occupancy, but does allow more flexibility with sleeping arrangements.
  • Balcony
  • Grand Villas have Bay Lake or Magic Kingdom View

Dining

The only options at Bay Lake Tower are:

  • The Cove Pool bar
  • Top of the World Lounge – but this can’t be reserved, only serves appetizers and is currently only available to Disney Vacation Club members (subject to change)

But there is a sky walkway across to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and there are numerous options there including counter service, table service, character meals and signature dining.

Transport

  • Walk to Magic Kingdom
  • Monorail to:
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Transportation and Ticket Centre – to change to Epcot monorail
    • Grand Floridian and Polynesian – for some great dining options
  • Disney buses to all other Walt Disney World parks and Downtown Disney

Other Facts

  • You can see Magic Kingdom Fireworks from the Sky Bridge
  • There is a pool, water slide, children’s water fountain play area and hot tub
  • Bay Lake Tower is the first Walt Disney World Resort to have secure access – you can only enter the Tower with a key card.
  • There’s a fireworks observation deck and lounge on the 16th floor but you have to be a Disney Vacation Club member to access it.