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Exploring Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

December 3, 2022

Located along the monorail loop just outside of the Magic Kingdom, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the most convenient resorts, especially for families with young children.  Here are some of the top reasons to stay at Bay Lake Tower for your next trip to Walt Disney World!  

Easy Access to the Magic Kingdom

Out of all the resorts at Walt Disney World, Bay Lake Tower is the closest you can stay to the Magic Kingdom.  It’s easily accessible by monorail or the walking path.  If you are traveling with little ones, this means there’s no need to collapse the stroller to get to Magic Kingdom, and it’s easy to take mid-day breaks or naps.

Incredible Views from Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower Deluxe Studio View
The view from a Bay Lake Tower Deluxe Studio

Speaking of Bay Lake Tower’s proximity to the Magic Kingdom, this resort also has beautiful views of the theme park!  One of the booking categories for Bay Lake Tower is Theme Park View, and it’s a great way to view the Magic Kingdom from your very own balcony.  You can even tune in to channel 150 on your television to pipe in the music from Disney Enchantment as you watch the fireworks from the comfort of your villa.

Spacious Villas

While the Deluxe Studios are on the smaller side and only accommodate up to four adults, the One Bedrooms Villas and larger units are very spacious and have an additional full bathroom.  For example, instead of having only one full bathroom like most DVC One Bedroom Villas, the One Bedroom Villas at Bay Lake Tower have two full bathrooms.  The Three Bedroom Grand Villas also have beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room with views of either Bay Lake or Magic Kingdom.  

Lots of Dining Options

Oak-Fired Filet of Beef from California Grill

Bay Lake Tower itself has the Cove Bar as its pool bar and Top of the World Lounge, which is exclusive to DVC members who qualify for Membership Extras.  However, as part of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower is just a short walk across the 5th Floor Skybridge to all of the Contemporary Resort’s dining options.  This includes quick service options like Contempo Café for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and Contemporary Grounds for coffee, tea and pastries.  For casual table service, you can head to Chef Mickey’s for all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and dinner with Mickey and friends or Steakhouse 71 for breakfast, lunch, or classic steakhouse cuts for dinner.  For signature dining, head to California Grill for gourmet dishes and rooftop fireworks views.  There are also a few bars at the Contemporary, including Outer Rim, Steakhouse 71 Lounge, and The Sand Bar.

If none of these dining options interest you, you can also monorail hop to the Polynesian or Grand Floridian for additional restaurants.

Reasonable Point Charts for Bay Lake Tower

The monorail resorts (the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Bay Lake Tower) tend to have relatively higher point charts due to their premium location, but Bay Lake Tower has the lowest point chart among the three monorail resorts.  For example, if you were to stay in a Deluxe Studio on a weekday night in mid-May to early June, a Standard View at Bay Lake Tower would be 16 points, and Lake View would be 19 points.  By comparison, a night at the Polynesian for that same timeframe would be 19 points for Standard View or 22 points for Lake View, and a night at the Grand Floridian would be 18 points for Standard View or 21 points for Lake View.  While it may only seem like a few points, these differences can add up over the length of your stay.

Interested in renting points to stay at Bay Lake Tower?  Contact the DVC Rental Store for confirmed reservations or future availability.

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