DVC Resort Review Series: Disney’s Bay Lake Tower



Disney DVC Bay Lake Tower

Each week we’ll review one of Disney’s DVC Resort locations and provide our readers with an overview of the resort, it’s rooms, amenities, and dining options. We’ll also offer our pros and cons list of the resort to help DVC members and renters make the best choice for their future family vacation.

Bay Lake Tower

Opened in 2009 as an addition to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower is one of the best located resorts on Disney property. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Magic Kingdom, this is the place to stay if you’re planning to visit the Magic Kingdom on your next trip to Disney World.

Built to match the Contemporary’s modern aesthetic, Bay Lake Tower is a sleek, modern and luxurious addition to the DVC family. The single C-shaped tower, which sits on the beautiful Bay Lake, offers guests a variety of fun activities, beautiful views of the lake and Magic Kingdom and access to the Contemporary Resort and all it has it offer.

Bay Lake Tower is also home to the Top of the World lounge. Unlike any other lounge at Disney, Top of the World is a bar with a massive outdoor balcony where guests can view Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show. All DVC members with a membership card staying at a DVC Resort are welcome to visit Top of the World. DVC members may also bring the number of guests on their room reservation with them to the lounge. See the following link for more information on Top of the World access and eligibility.

Accommodations

The 16-story building has a total of 295 rooms, ranging from Studios to 3-Bedroom Grand Villas. All rooms were refurbished in 2016 and included new carpeting, upholstery, paint and some furniture replacement.

Available Rooms

Deluxe Studios

1-Bedroom Villas

2-Bedroom Villas

3-Bedroom Grand Villas
These massive, two-story villas offer accommodations for up to 12 people, have four bathrooms and multiple balconies.

Available Views

Theme Park View
Views of the Magic Kingdom, a great way to experience the fireworks each night

Bay Lake View
Views of the beautiful Bay Lake and the gorgeous interior courtyard with the resort’s pool.

Standard View
Views of the parking area or obstructed views of Magic Kingdom or the lake

Resort Dining

Disney California Grill
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While the Bay Lake Tower offers just a few dining options, just across the elevated walkway at the Contemporary Resort, guests will find a larger selection of casual to fine dining options.

Cove Bar

Located at the Bay Lake Tower pool, this bar offers drinks and snacks to keep you nourished during your pool time. The menu here is fairly standard with hot dogs, wraps and snacks served all day.

Top of the World

Along with a long list of wine, beer and cocktails served each evening, Top of the World offers tasty bar snacks as well like Pretzel Bread with Cheese Sauce.

California Grill and Lounge

One of Disney World’s most famous fine dining restaurants, California Grill offers fresh California style cuisine for brunch and dinner with magnificent views of the Magic Kingdom.

Chef Mickey’s

Enjoy a meal with Mickey and his friends in this all-day buffet.

The Wave Restaurant & Lounge

This casual restaurant and lounge offers all-day dining with locally and regionally sourced food. Guests have a choice of a la carte or buffet breakfast. All other meals are served a la carte.

Contempo Cafe

Located in the Grand Canyon Concourse, this quick-service establishment is perfect for a quick meal any time of day.

Contemporary Grounds

Convenient coffee and pastry stand for a quick meal before heading to the parks.

The Sand Bar

Located at the Contemporary Resort’s swimming pool, grab a quick snack or tropical drink and enjoy your time in the sun.

Outer Rim

A great option to grab a relaxing cocktail with views over the beautiful Bay Lake.

Amenties

Bay Lake Tower offers a wide range of recreation activities for the whole family. Additionally, guests may use all amenities at the Contemporary Resort, adding even more fun to your BLT vacation.

Pools

Disney DVC Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower’s zero entry pool with its 148-foot long waterslide is a great way to relax in the afternoon sun. This area also has a kiddie slide and a kid’s splash zone.

The Contemporary’s pool is also available to BLT guests and boasts its own 17-foot high waterslide, whirlpools, cabana rentals and more.

Lake Activities

Disney DVC Bay Lake Tower

Being situated lakeside means that are plenty of activities guests can enjoy on the lake, from boat rentals to guided fishing excursions.

Other Bay Lake Tower Amenities Include:

  • The Game Station
  • Basketball
  • Lakeside Yoga
  • Cabana Rentals
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Jogging Trails
  • Contemporary Resort Campfire
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Community Hall

Pros

  • Arguably the best location of any DVC Resort, within just a short walk to the Magic Kingdom
  • Monorail service to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Polynesian and Grand Floridian
  • Studio units have a kitchenette alcove as opposed to kitchens that are part of the main living area
  • Very comfortable sofa beds
  • Amazing views of Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom

Cons

  • Theming is more urban-modern than a vacation resort like other DVC Resort locations
  • Small TVs in Studios and bedrooms
  • Many amenities are located at the Contemporary Resort, which is a short walk away

Interested in purchasing a DVC contract at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower or staying at the resort as a rental? See the links below for more information.

Bay Lake Tower Point Chart

View Current Beach Club Villas Resales

Submit a request for a Bay Lake Tower DVC Rental

Have you stayed at Bay Lake Tower? Tell us about your experience and what you love about this DVC Resort in the comments below.

Katherine Rand

DVC Shop Editorial Team

2 comments on “DVC Resort Review Series: Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

    1. Hi Tami! Thanks for your message. We’d love to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. I’ll have Bee Thaxton contact you as soon as possible. Feel free to email her directly at bee@dvcshop.com as well.

      – Katherine

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