Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower & Disney Contemporary Resort by Darren Witko

Bay Lake Tower and Contemporary Resort by Darren Witko

Disney Bay Lake Tower is a property of the Disney Vacation Club. The resort has an unbeatable location adjacent to the Disney Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. If you want world class dining and recreation in a sleek modern setting, this is the place for you.

What We Love

  • Location
  • View
  • Access
  • Convenience
  • Service
  • Cleanliness
  • Kitchens in the units
  • Excellent food

What We Don't Love

  • Expensive
  • Most amenities are the main hotel
  • Theming
Bay Lake Tower by Sam Howvit

Photo by Sam Howvit

About the Resort

Bay Lake Tower by Darren Witko

Bay Lake room by Darren Witko

The northern wing of the Contemporary Resort was demolished to make room this modern structure which opened in 2009.The property offers home-like accommodations in vacation villas available to members of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). Villas can also be booked through Disney like a regular hotel room or you can rent vacation club points from a DVC member.

Check in is at 4:00 PM and check out is at at 11:00 AM. Bay Lake Tower has a separate check-in area open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. During off-hours, check in is at the Contemporary Resort. Disney Magical Express drops off Bay Lake Tower guests at the Contemporary Resort main entrance.

You must be a guest of the Bay Lake Tower to enter the building. A bridge goes from the 4th floor concourse of the Contemporary or Bay Lake Tower can be entered from the ground floor.

Bay Lake Tower Kitchen by Darren Witko

Villa Kitchen by Darren Witko

The property has vacation villas equipped with kitchens. The different types of villas are: studios, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom Grand Villas. The decor is very modern and chic with modern art and splashes of Disney to add warmth. Rooms have iPod docking stations and free wi-fi. Views offered are standard, Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom. Studio villas start at $431 per night.

The property has a private outdoor deck on 16th floor overlooking the Magic Kingdom. The view of the fireworks is spectacular. The Top of the World Lounge on the 16th floor serves drinks and appetizers.

Bay Lake Tower Villa by Darren Witko

Villa Dining Area by Darren Witko


  • Cove Pool Bar serving drinks and snacks
  • Top of the World Lounge for drinks and appetizers with a great view

Room service is also available. At the adjacent Contemporary Resort you can enjoy:

  • California Grill signature dining with a great view. Advanced dining reservations required
  • Chef Mickey's for character meals at breakfast and dinner. Advance dining reservations required

  • Contempo Café is a counter service restaurant
  • The Wave for sit down breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free beer tasting on occasion

Reusable refill mugs can be purchased and refilled at the Cove Pool Bar and Contempo Café in Contemporary Resort. Fantasia Market in the Contemporary sells grocery items.


Contemporary Pool by Sam Howvit

Contemporary Resort Pool by Sam Howvit

Online check in up to 10 days in advance; express check out is available.

Housekeeping in the Disney Vacation Club villas is different than a regular hotel. For stays of a week or less, housekeeping trash and towel is provided on day 4. For stays over a week, a complete cleaning is included on day 4 with trash and towel on Day 8. Additional and more frequent housekeeping services are available for a fee.

Disney transportation arrives and departs from the Contemporary Hotel. The monorail goes to the Magic Kingdom, Polynesian and Grand Floridian. Epcot can be reached by monorail, but a transfer is required at the Ticket and Transportation Center. You can also take a short 5-10 minute walk to the front entrance of the Magic Kingdom. Boats go to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground. Buses are available to all other areas.

isney Contemporary Artwork by Darren Witko

Artwork by Darren Witko


  • Zero entry pool including a Mickey shaped children’s water play area. Also has a hot tub and ping pong; Cast members lead games by the pool
  • Movies under the Stars nightly
  • Community Hall has games and DVD’s for rent
  • Bocce ball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Tennis courts
  • Access to Sammy Duvall's Water Sports at the Contemporary marina

Enjoy all the recreational options of the Contemporary Resort next door. Be sure to watch the Electrical Water Pageant Parade on the peaceful lake. Also at the Contemporary are an arcade, health club and beauty salon.

Summing it Up

Disney Bay Lake Tower is a modern Disney Vacation Club property with a superb location. Next door to the Magic Kingdom, the property affords prime access to the most popular theme park in America. The property is adjacent to the excellent dining and recreational offerings of the Contemporary Resort.

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