Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort Overview
Opened in 2009, Bay Lake Tower is a 15-story, 295-unit DDV resort featuring studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, as well as two-story, three-bedroom Grand Villas with spectacular views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom. Laid out in a semicircle, Bay Lake Tower is connected to the Contemporary by an elevated, covered walkway and shares the main resort’s monorail service.
Bay Lake Tower has its own check-in desk as well as its own private pool and pool bar, plus a small fire pit on the beach. Its Top of the World lounge is the best bar on Disney property; unfortunately, it’s only for DVC owners. If you’re not one, offer to buy the first round of drinks in exchange for an invite.
Please see our description of the Contemporary for more information about the amenities shared with that resort.
Unofficial Guide reader opinions of Bay Lake Tower have been mostly positive. A Minnesota family of four loved Bay Lake Tower as well:
We had a studio with a Magic Kingdom view. The balcony was a private oasis where my husband and I would relax and watch the fireworks together after the kids were asleep. O n our second night he looked at me and said, "We're always going to stay here."
A Tennessee family wasn’t in love with Bay Lake Tower’s views:
The Magic Kingdom view isn’t as magical as Disney wants you to believe. Sure, you can see the fireworks from your room, but they’re off- center over Space Mountain. During the day, your view is the Bay Lake Tower parking lot. The lake view, on the other hand, may be the most peaceful view at Walt Disney World, and is a far better use of your money or points.
How Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort Compares to Other Disney Villa Resorts
The major advantage of Bay Lake Tower is that is a short walk to Walt Disney World's flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom. If you don't want to make the 10 minute walk you can also take a Monorail, which has a station in the Contemporary's lobby. The same Monorail can be also be used to ride to the Transportation And Ticket Center, here guests can tranfer to another Monorail and ride to the front gate of Epcot.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to Bay Lake Tower's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Check-in time at Bay Lake Tower is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contemporary participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Bay Lake Tower's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
Bay Lake Tower's Rooms
Bay Lake Tower Studios: Studios sleep up to four people and include one queen-size bed and one double sleeper sofa. The part of the studio with the bed, sofa, and television measures about 170 square feet and feels small with just two people; four would be an adventure. A recent refurbishment of all studio rooms moved the bath’s sink from the kitchen to the bathroom.
Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa: The 1-bedroom villa sleeps 5 and provides a formal kitchen, a second bathroom and a living room in addition to the studio bedroom. The living room's chair and sofa fold out to provide beds for 3 more people.
Bay Lake Tower Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep nine and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one- bedrooms, a sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room provide extra places to snooze, though they're best suited to small children. Bathrooms in the two-bedroom villas are laid out a bit better than those in the one-bedrooms, with more room to move about. One odd feature in these (also found at other DVC resorts) is a folding door separating the tub from the master bedroom. Nevertheless, we think the two-bedroom villas are the best of Bay Lake Tower's standard offerings.
Bay Lake Tower Grand Villas: The two-story Grand Villas sleep 12 and include four bathrooms, the same master-bedroom layout, and two bedrooms with two queen beds apiece. An upstairs seating area overlooking the main floor provides a sleeper sofa and chair. These rooms have two-story windows offering unparalleled views of the Magic Kingdom - and unparalleled prices to match.
A lot of thought went into the bathroom design. You enter the bath through a sliding pocket door instead of a traditional hinged model. The pocket door provides plenty of room and makes it easy to move around inside. The curved shower-curtain rod is inspired. Combined with the pocket door, the curtain rod makes the bathroom feel much bigger than it is. Another thoughtful touch: A small motion sensor detects when you’re up and moving at night, and turns on a dimmed bathroom light to help you find your way.
Bay Lake Tower's bathroom sinks have an avant-garde flat-bottom design. If you can name a single Belgian architect or you own shoes made in Scandinavia, you’ll probably love them; other folks think they look like lab equipment. When brushing your teeth, spit directly over the drain; otherwise, the toothpaste glob doesn't move. One minor gripe: You have to scoot around one of the sinks to get in the shower. (We’re sure George Clooney has his quirks, too.)
Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.
A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and enough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are also two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a sliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.
Handicap-Accessible Room Options
Disney's Bay Lake Tower has around 44 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature
Bay Lake Views, Theme Park Views and Standard Views
Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Contemporary's hotel rooms based on what you see from inside the room. Luckily both sides of Bay Lake Tower offer great views.
Here's the system Disney uses:
- Theme Park View: The view
from your window for the most part includes nice views of Magic Kingdom. But
unfortunately Theme Park View rooms have a parking lot between them and Magic
- Bay Lake View: At the Contemporary, any rooms facing the
Bay Lake are tagged with the Bay Lake View. Rooms have a view of the lake, and
the resort's pool complex.
- Standard View: Most Standard View rooms have view of
landscaping. You can see Bay Lake from some rooms but the view is nothing special. Some rooms
face a parking lot.
Bay Lake Tower Pools
One pool is for use exclusively by guests of Bay Lake Tower. Bay Cove Pool sits sits in the middle of the courtyard in the middle of Bay Lake Tower. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.
Bay Lake Tower guests may also use the Feature Pool and Bay Pool over at the main Contemporary Resort tower.
Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Contemporary also has a hot tub located near Bay Cove Pool.
Bay Cove Pool and Feature Pool each have one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Pool hours are at least 10AM to 10 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. Feature Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.
Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Contemporary's pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.
Pool toys are permitted in Contemporary's pools, including "pool noodles," and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Contemporary's Pool
Contemporary's Feature Pool Bay Lake Tower's Bay Cove Pool each have a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
Bay Lake Tower Restaurants and Dining
Bay Lake Tower has no dedicated dining of its own, but it does have an exclusive lounge. Top of the World Lounge is located at the top of Bay Lake Tower, where both indoor and outdoor areas provide excellent views of Magic Kingdom fireworks. Access to Top of the World Lounge is limited to Disney Vacation Club members staying on Bay Lake Tower using points.
Contemporary Resort Restaurants and Dining
High atop the Contemporary Resort, the award-winning California Grill sets the standard for Disney dining. But expect a boisterous crowd-the noise level makes quiet conversation difficult. Still, the view from the 15th floor is stellar, one of the best spots for watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks. It's so popular that the Grill no longer allows just anyone on the elevator for a ride to the top - you must have a dinner reservation. A show kitchen is the centerpiece of the airy dining room.
The California Grill still is one of Disney's top dining experiences, more like a hot spot in L.A. or New York City than Disney World. We like the seats at the bar in front of the kitchen, or a coveted window seat. Though it's a sophisticated dining experience, be warned that you'll see plenty of kids in the dining room.
Chef Brian Piasecki takes advantage of seasonal produce, fish, and meats. Sushi chef Yoshie has been there for more than 16 years, creating sublime, artful sushi that's a meal in itself. Oven-fired flatbreads are always on the menu, as well as grilled pork tenderloin with creamy polenta and Zinfandel glaze, a favorite since day one.
Chef Mickey's is a all-you-can-eat buffet with that features a colorful, open dining room with the monorail running overhead, this is one of the most popular Disney-character restaurants-mostly because you're guaranteed an audience with Mickey Mouse, who dons a chef's toque and visits every single table for photos. (Goofy, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto are on hand, too.) The buffet circles the center of the room. It's loud, crowded, busy, and fun for families. We rarely see anyone here without kids in tow.
Go hungry, and this all-you-can-eat buffet is a good value for families; there's plenty for picky eaters, and you can start or end the day with a full tummy and photos of the top Disney characters already checked off your to-do list. Selections at both breakfast and dinner are freshly prepared and served in casseroles and platters on special heated countertops - a small step up from chafing dishes.
The Wave...of American Flavors
On the first floor of the Contemporary just past the front desk, The Wave has one of the coolest lounges at Disney World, adjoining a dining room with the feel of an upscale coffee shop - wooden tables, white-linen napkins.
The kitchen continues to create healthful dining options and source local products, setting a good example for other Disney restaurants. Organic beers, organic coffees, hip cocktails, and all-screw-cap wines focusing on New World wines from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa are part of the forward-thinking menu.
The Wave serves unusual drinks like the Antioxidant Cocktail and the strawberry-lychee margarita; For breakfast, a new buffet, Supercharged Tropical Smoothie, multigrain pancakes, make-your-own muesli; for lunch, avocado-and-citrus salad, Italian chef salad, Reuben; For dinner, sustainable fish, braised lamb shank.
Contempo Cafe is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has faster service and is less expensive than The Wave, but still has its quirks. For one, you place your order on an ATM-like touch-screen kiosk, leaving one to wonder whether dining at a $300 per night resort is supposed to feel like the self-checkout aisle at the grocery store. If you want to modify your order in any way - say, hold the onions on the flatbread - you have to walk to the pick-up window and instruct the staff. The food is fresh and tasty, but the ordering process is a bit convoluted. Noise from the nearby Chef Mickeys can drown out all but the most enthusiastic conversationalist.
Contempo Cafe participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3- day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.
Restaurants at Contemporary participate in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at The Wave, Chef Mickey's and Contempo Cafe, and 2 credits at California Grill. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at all resort gift shops.
Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.
Contemporary Resort Bars and Lounges
Outer Rim Lounge is located amid the busy dining and shopping on the 4th Floor of the main tower at the Contemporary. Outer Rim Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu, with several beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily. The The Sand Bar is located adjacent to the Feature Pool at the Contemporary. It also has a selection of beers, wines, and cocktails. Plus a small menu of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and desserts is available.
Transportation to and from Disney's Bay Lake Tower
Driving Your Own Car Disney's Contemporary Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr. and you'll end up on World Drive. Take World Dr. for about 5.6 miles, and Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower will be on your right.
Disney's Contemporary Resort's GPS address and location are:
Disney's Contemporary Resort
4600 North World Drive
Orlando, FL 32830
Latitude: 28.415 North, Longitude: 81.574 West
From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Disney's Bay Lake Tower, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.
From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Contemporary Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Contemporary Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Bay Lake Tower. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.
Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Contemporary Resort to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Disney's Contemporary Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Bay Lake Tower does not have its own bus stop or Monorail station. Guests must use the stations at the Contemporary.
Magic Kingdom is accessed via Monorail via the station inside the Contemporary Resort's Grand Canyon Concourse. Monorail service may be suspended at any time. Monorail service is not available during Extra Magic Hours.
Epcot is accessed by taking the Monorail via the station inside the resort's Grand Canyon Concourse to the Transportation And Ticket Center. There guests travel to Epcot via the Epcot Monorail.
Disney's Contemporary Resort's Bus Schedule
Ask a Disney Castmember about Contemporary's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Contemporary's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.
For example, if you're headed to the Animal Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 13 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 8-17 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes for a ride.
Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.
If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's Contemporary Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.
Getting to another hotel from Disney's Contemporary Resort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Contemporary Resort to Downtown Disney (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Contemporary Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the other Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.
The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Contemporary to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Contemporary, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.
You can also take a boat in Bay Lake to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, Fort wilderness, and the Magic Kingdom. This option can also take some time depending on where you are going and how frequent the boats are running.
To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.
Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do
Note: All the fitness center, recreational activities, and gift shops are available in the Contemporary Resort's main building.
Olympiad Health Club is Contemporary's fitness center and spa. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Swedish, Aromatherapy, and Firm Pressure massage treatment services are available.
Watercraft Rentals are available for use in Bay Lake 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and Sea Raycers can be rented. Prices vary. All rentals can be purchased in a booth near the Feature Pool.
Contemporary's gift shop is Fantasia Market. It is located on the fourth floor. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Fantasia has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.
Fantasia Market also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Fantasia Market has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.
Also located near Fantasia Market is the The Game Station Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in.
Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The trail is a 0.89-mile jogging trail. The trail is located on the northern end of the resort between Bay Lake Tower and the Garden Wing.
Disney's Contemporary Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care
Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at Contemporary Resort, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.
The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Lilo's Playhouse at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $15 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).
All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no- shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Hotel||Name of Program||Ages||Phone|
|Animal Kingdom Lodge||Simba's Clubhouse||3-12||407-938-4785|
|Dolphin and Swan||Camp Dolphin||4-12||407-934-4241|
|Polynesian Resort||Lilo's Playhouse||3-12||407-824-1639|
|Yacht and Beach Club Resorts||Sandcastle Club||3-12||407-934-3750|
|Contemporary and Villas||Cub's Den||3-12||407-824-1083|
Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
All WDW and Orlando-area hotels
Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $18
2 children, $21
3 children, $24
4 children, $26
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion
Coin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities located in Bay Lake Tower on the first floor. Cost is $3 per wash, and another $3 per dry cycle. The machines take credit cards. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.
Laundry room cards can be purchased for $7 (using cash or credit) at the hotel's front desk. These cards get you one wash and one dry cycle, plus text messages letting you know when your laundry has been completed. Walt Disney World laundry rooms now make use of a technology called "LaundryView" which displays washer and dryer availability on their website.
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Contemporary Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-1000.
Blog Posts About Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
|Hotel||Definitely (+/- since last year)|
|Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort||87% (+22%)|
|Average for WDW hotels||76% (+0%)|
|Average for off-site hotels||57% (+0%)|
|Hotel||Definitely (+/- since last year)|
|Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort||97% (-3%)|
|Average for WDW hotels||92% (+2%)|
|Average for off-site hotels||79% (-7%)|
Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Disney's Contemporary Resort
TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Disney's Bay Lake Tower map and to choose a room to see the view.
Bay Lake Tower is laid out in a semicircle, with rooms facing northwest having direct views of Magic Kingdom. Most Theme Park View rooms have a large parking lot between Bay Lake Tower at Magic Kingdom. Luckily you'll notice the parking lot less the higher floor you stay on. Once you get to around the seventh floor it doesn't become an issue.
Rooms on the south side of the tower face the Contemporary Resort's main building. Again, you'll see a lot of the parking lot in these rooms. Beyond the parking lot you'll see Seven Seas Lagoon and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Low level rooms around the resort are usually tagged as Standard View rooms. Views include landscaping, foliage, the courtyard and pool complex, and service areas.
We mentioned that Bay Lake Tower is laid out in a semicircle. Inside the semicircle you'll find views of the resort's Bay Cove Pool. Upper level rooms also have good views of Bay Lake.
|On Magic Kingdom Monorail||Sterility of theme and decor in hallways|
|10-minute walk to Magic Kingdom||Shared bus service with other Magic Kingdom resorts to Animal Kingdom park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, water parks, and Downtown Disney|
|Extremely nice 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas||Tiny studios|
|Beautiful views of Bay Lake from upper floors||Not so great views of your neighbors' decks from some rooms inside the C-shaped building|
|Fireworks view from upper floor theme park view villas||Views from lower floor theme park view villas are underwhelming given the premium charged for those rooms|
|Fantastic mid-century modern decor in lobby|
|Best lounge on Walt Disney World property|
|Marina and recreational options, including super games arcade, shared with the Contemporary|
|Restaurant selection via monorail|
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||10 min|
|Hollywood Studios||29 min|
|Animal Kingdom||25 min|
|Quietness of Room||A-|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|