How To Spend An Entire Day At Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a luxurious deluxe resort located on the monorail line. This resort is home to Bay Lake Tower which consists of DVC studio rooms and villas. Guests can easily spend an entire day exploring Disney’s Contemporary Resort and experiencing everything that it has to offer. Resort-only days can be very beneficial for your Disney vacation and allow guests to have plenty of opportunity for rest, relaxation, and fun that is unique to their Walt Disney World resort. How do you spend an entire day at Disney’s Contemporary Resort? Read on to find out!


What better way to start your day than with great food? There are several dining options at Disney’s Contemporary Resort but a few in particular stand out for breakfast. If you are looking for something fast and easy, then check out Contemporary Grounds coffee counter. Located right inside the main building, this coffee counter serves Joffrey’s coffee creations, smoothies, and other signature drinks. Contemporary Grounds also serves a variety of pastries. If your family would prefer a sit-down dining experience for breakfast then Chef Mickey’s is the perfect spot. This all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast meal is served buffet style and is accompanied by the “fab five” themselves: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald are present in the dining room and stop by your table for a personal meet and greet. This is a fantastic way to see your favorite characters without waiting at the parks!

Chef Mickey's
Meet Your Favorite Characters At Chef Mickey’s! Photo: Disney

After breakfast is a great time to get active before the heat of the day settles in. Play a game on Contemporary’s basketball, volleyball, or tennis courts, or take a jog around the 1-mile path. Do you prefer to work-out indoors? Disney’s Contemporary is home to Olympiad Fitness Center so you never have to miss a workout. Mornings are also an ideal time to book a guided fishing excursion, or rent one of Disney’s motorized boats.


Now is the perfect time to take a swim in one of Contemporary’s two pools. The Featured Pool is a heated pool with a thrilling waterslide. This pool hosts daily activities like trivia and other games. Poolside cabanas are available for rent by the hour and include flat screen televisions and a mini fridge. A water playground is also located nearby for children. Bay Lake Pool is another option if you want a more laid-back swimming experience. Loud-noises are discouraged at Bay Lake Pool so it is a great pool for relaxation.

The Pool At Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Photo: Disney

For lunch, be sure to check out Contempo Café. This quick-service dining location serves signature salads, sandwiches, burgers, and flatbreads in a casual and relaxed environment. This is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. You can even get it to-go and take it back to your resort room.

Contempo Cafe
Contempo Cafe. Photo: Disney

There is much more to see and do after lunch. Bay Lake Tower is home to a Community Hall, which is yet another perk of being a DVC member. DVC Community Halls are a hub for guests to go and socialize. Guests can play board games, video games, participate in daily crafts, play ping-pong, and rent DVDs. The Community Hall at Bay Lake Tower is open from 10am-10pm, 7 days per week.


Disney’s Contemporary Resort has several evening activities for guests to enjoy. Beginning at 6pm, the Courtyard Campfire hosts campfire activities including marshmallow roasting and other family fun activities. Nearby on the lawn, movies under the stars are shown at 8pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Disney’s Contemporary Resort also has a front row seat to Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant. This water parade is a Disney tradition that dates all the way back to the opening of the resort. Stand alongside the shores of Bay Lake for the best view of the show!

Electrical Water Pageant
Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant. Photo: Disney

For dinner, Steakhouse 71 is one of Contemporary’s finest dining establishments. This high-end steakhouse features some of Walt Disney’s favorite meals such as French onion soup and filet mignon. Steakhouse 71 is a decadent experience and also a very popular one, so be sure to make your reservations as soon as you are able to.

You will never run out of things to do while staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Bay Lake Tower. How do you like to spend resort-only days? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by

Megan Woodard

Contributing Writer

Megan was born into a Disney family. Her first trip to Disney World was when she was only 18 months old. Now as an adult, Megan loves to share the magic of Disney with her two toddlers. Keeping up with Disney news and Disney World knowledge is a fun hobby for Megan. Disney World is her favorite place to be and continuously brings back her childhood joy.

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