Officially announced in the Fall of 2008 and open to guests in the summer of 2009, Bay Lake Tower is perfectly located between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom. As the Disney Vacation Club’s seventh resort to open at Walt Disney World, guests can choose between studios or one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas. If you’re not a Disney Vacation Club member, you can still make a cash reservation. While Bay Lake Tower is a separate resort from Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the theme is very similar with modern décor in the rooms, lobby, and pool area. With an ideal location, stylish furnishings, and easy monorail access, this resort is always on the top of my list. Here are a few things guests might not know about this resort that make it one of my favorites.
6. Skyway to Disney’s Contemporary Resort
An outdoor covered skyway connects Bay Lake Tower to the Contemporary Resort. It’s a quick walk between the two buildings, but the view is stunning. On one side guests have a perfect view of Bay Lake, while the other side of the walkway offers clear sight lines of the Magic Kingdom. Guests can walk across the skyway for access to restaurants, transportation, and shopping.
5. Electric Water Pageant
If you’re on the skyway at night, look out over Bay Lake to catch the Electric Water Pageant, a whimsical parade with lit-up floats set to music that sails around Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon.
4. Bay Cove Pool
Tucked in the curve of Bay Lake Tower and bordered by picturesque Bay Lake, Bay Cove Pool is a perfect spot for relaxation. Guests can enjoy the zero entry pool, a Jacuzzi spa, a children’s water play area, a fun waterslide lit up in neon at night, and a pool bar.
3. Secure Access
Unlike some of the other resorts at Walt Disney World, only guests staying at Bay Lake Tower are permitted to enter the building and pool area. Access is secured by guest MagicBands.
2. Scenic Walkway to the Magic Kingdom
Guests staying at both the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower can take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom, but another choice is taking a scenic pathway to the front gates of the park. It’s a short 10-minute walk each way, and at the end of a busy day, sometimes a leisurely stroll back to the resort, away from the crowds, is a welcome option.
1. Top of the World Lounge
Watching the Happily Ever After fireworks show from the 16th floor of Bay Lake Tower is a special treat, and Disney Vacation Club members get to take advantage of this at the Top of the World Lounge. This 77-seat lounge offers appetizers and a full service bar to Disney Vacation Club members, along with a private outdoor observation deck. During the fireworks show, the accompanying music from the Magic Kingdom is played both inside the lounge and outside for guests watching from the observation deck.