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Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Magic Kingdom® Park Area ·
4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

About Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Relish the modern theming of these lake-side towers. Walk to Magic Kingdom® Park and to nearby amenities at Disney's Contemporary Resort.
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Amenities

  • Monorail Transport
  • Boat Transport
  • Bus Transport
  • Skyliner Transport
  • Suites
  • Waterslide
  • Quick Service
  • Table Service
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
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On-Site Theme Park Benefits

  • Extended Evening Theme Park Hours
  • Early Theme Park Entry
  • Free 2025 Water Park Admission on Arrival Day

Magic Kingdom® Park 0.6mi
EPCOT® 3.6mi
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park 4.1mi
Disney's Hollywood Studios® 4.2mi
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Rooms Offered at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Deluxe Rooms & Villas6 Rooms

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In Each Room:

  • Alarm Clock with mp3 Player 
  • Bath and Facial Soap 
  • DVD Player
  • Fire Extinguisher 
  • Graco Pack 'N Play 
  • Portable Crib
  • Hair Dryer 
  • High Chair (except Studios)
  • Ice Bucket
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron and Ironing Board 
  • Shower Gel, Shampoo, Conditioner 
  • Telephone 
  • Television in each Bedroom and Living Room (closed captioning available) 
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Whirlpool Ttub (except Studios) 
  • Wireless Internet 
  • Bed Boards/Rails (available upon request) 
  • Down Pillows (available upon request)
  • Electric Adapters (available upon request) 
  • Electric Mixer (available upon request) 
  • Extra Portable Cribs (available upon request)
  • High Chairs (available upon request) 
  • Shower Cap (available upon request) 
  • Shower Seat and Accessible Toilet Seat (available upon request) 
  • Smoke Detector and Telephone for Hearing Impaired (available upon request) 
  • Tea Bags and Decaf Coffee (available upon request)
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Deluxe Studio - Lake View

  • 1 queen bed and 1 double-size sleeper sofa
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults and 1 child under 3 years old in a crib
  • Views of Bay Lake
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Deluxe Studio - Standard View

  • 1 queen bed and 1 double-size sleeper sofa
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults and 1 child under 3 years old in a crib
  • Views of parking area or obstructed views
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1 Bedroom Villa - Standard View

  • 1 king bed, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa and 1 twin-size sleeper chair
  • Sleeps up to 5 adults and 1 child under 3 years old in a crib
  • Views of parking area or obstructed view
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1 Bedroom Villa - Lake View

  • 1 king bed, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa and 1 twin-size sleeper chair
  • Sleeps up to 5 adults and 1 child under 3 years old in a crib
  • Views of Bay Lake
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2 Bedroom Villa - Standard View

  • 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa and 1 twin-size sleeper chair
  • Sleeps up to 9 adults and 1 child under 3 years old in a crib
  • Views of parking area or obstructed view
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2 Bedroom Villa - Lake View

  • 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 queen-size sleeper sofa and 1 twin-size sleeper chair
  • Sleeps up to 9 adults and 1 child under 3 years old in a crib
  • Views of Bay Lake
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FROG FAMILY REVIEW
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort*

What we love

  • Spectacular views of Magic Kingdom® Park, Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • One of the most convenient villas on property with some of the newest, nicest rooms
  • Sleek, minimalist design and vibrant Disney-themed art
  • Walking path to Magic Kingdom® Park, the quickest way to get there (10-minute walk); monorail access to Epcot® via the Sky Way Bridge
  • Great shopping in the 4th floor Tower stores at the main resort hotel
  • Character dining with Mickey and the gang at Chef Mickey's
  • Multiple table-service dining options, including one of the best restaurants on property at California Grill
  • Watching the fireworks from park view rooms and the observation deck at California Grill
  • On-site tennis and volleyball courts
  • Free parking!

Keep in Mind

  • Hotel charges $33 per night (sales tax included) for valet parking
  • Minimalist theming doesn't feel very "Disneyish" (aside from artwork)
  • Among the most expensive Deluxe Resort Villas on property
  • Theme Park View includes the parking lot
  • Pool doesn't have a discernible theme, other than modern
  • Deluxe studios only sleep 4 plus an infant in a crib; some of the other deluxe villas sleep 5

Notable Facts

  • The Top of the World Lounge on the 16th floor is exclusive to Disney Vacation Club members staying at Bay Lake
  • Bay Lake Tower was the last work of architect Charles Gwathmey
  • The award-winning California Grill underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2013, adding a sleek design and lighting, onstage kitchen, sushi bar and more than 250 wine selections

Frog Family Tips

  • For the shortest transport time, walk to Magic Kingdom® Park, but take the monorail back to the hotel
  • For transport to Epcot®, take the Monorail to Transportation and Ticket Center and then transfer to the Epcot® line
  • Consider upgrading to a Theme Park View; request a higher floor for a better view of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
  • If you're watching Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, turn to channel 20 to hear the show
  • If you're dining at California Grill on the 15th floor of the Tower, watch Wishes Nighttime Spectacular from the roof viewing area; earlier diners can show their receipt and come back up for the show

Best For

  • Families, especially larger families, who appreciate modern design, being right next to Magic Kingdom® Park and on the monorail, and plenty of amenities

*The views and opinions expressed here are those of Undercover Tourist.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort Information

The tower blends modern architectural sensibilities with the visual cues of its neighbor. The exterior mimics the original resort’s A-frame structure and the building’s shape also creates tremendous views. The pool has a unique water slide, wrapped in a glass block. The two-story lobby is filled with woven woods and glass-wrapped columns. The accommodations offer sweeping views. A Sky Way Bridge links the tower to the original resort.

EXCLUSIVE THEME PARK BENEFITS:
  • Early Theme Park Entry for Resort Hotel Guests - guests of Disney Resort hotels and other select hotels can get a 30-minute jump on their Disney day with early theme park entry—available at all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks—for each day of your stay, subject to capacity
  • Extended Evening Theme Park Hours – guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels or Disney Deluxe Villas and other select hotels can enjoy extended evening hours—experiencing select attractions, shops, and dining after regular park hours—in select theme parks on select nights.
  • Start Your Stay with a Water Park Day in 2025 - Unwind and start your vacation as soon as you arrive! Registered Disney Resort hotel guests arriving in 2025 can enjoy water park admission to either Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park on check-in day—included with your stay!

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort Amenities

General Resort Info:

  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • 428 Villas
  • Disabled accessible villas available
  • All villas non-smoking
  • Buildings offer elevators and interior corridors
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free self-parking

Dining at Disney's Contemporary Resort:

  • Steakhouse 71 & Lounge, full-service restaurant and lounge
  • California Grill & Lounge, full-service restaurant and lounge
  • Chef Mickey's, character dining all-you-can-eat feast
  • Contempo Café, quick-service cafe
  • Contemporary Grounds, quick-service cafe
  • Outer Rim, lake-view bar and lounge
  • The Sand Bar, poolside quick-service bar

Dining at Bay Lake Tower:

  • Cove Bar, poolside quick-service bar

Recreation at Disney's Contemporary Resort:

  • 2 Pools - Feature Pool - 6,500 sq ft with waterslide and waterfalls and a leisure pool
  • Interactive water playground with fountains
  • 2 whirlpool hot tubs
  • Cabana rentals
  • Arcade
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Lakeside yoga
  • Fishing
  • Motorized boat rentals
  • Jogging trail
  • Contemporary Resort campfire
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Nighttime water parade across Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Olympiad Fitness Center

Recreation at Bay Lake Tower:

  • Bay Cove Pool - Feature Pool with waterslide (exclusive to Bay Lake Tower guests) 
  • Community Hall with foosball, air hockey, pool, ping pong, darts, and more! (Bay Lake Tower guests) 
Motorcoach transportation:
  • Epcot®
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios®
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
  • Disney Water Parks
  • Disney Springs™
  • Official Walt Disney World® Hotels (requires one transfer at a Disney Theme Park)

Water launch to:

  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Walking Distance to:

  • Magic Kingdom® Park

Monorail Transportation:

  • Magic Kingdom® Park
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
  • Epcot® (requires a Monorail change at the Transportation & Ticket Center)

Other Services:

  • ATM
  • Mail services
  • 7 Merchandise locations (gifts, sundries)
  • Self-service laundry facilities
  • Valet laundry service
  • Club Level concierge
  • Business Center
  • Convention/meeting space
  • Salon/barber services
  • Hotel charges $33 per night (sales tax included) for valet parking

 

General Walt Disney World® Resort Benefits

Staying on-site at an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel gives you several great complimentary benefits, including free transportation and more. 

The Frog Family absolutely loves staying on-site not just for the fun themes and Disney atmosphere of the hotels, but also for the convenient amenities. Some of the other complimentary benefits include:

  • Convenient Proximity - You can easily go back to your hotel from the parks if you need a break or want to relax at the pool. It's just as easy to head back to the parks after relaxing at your hotel for a couple of hours.
  • Free Park Transportation - Overnight self-parking at the hotel is free and depending on which Official Walt Disney World® Hotel you stay at, you'll have access to the Disney Skyliner, monorails, water launch and/or bus transportation. Many of the Official Walt Disney World® Hotels are also within walking distance to the parks and other resorts.
  • Early Access to Dining Reservations - Disney Resort guests can make Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) for their entire vacation 60 days in advance, giving them the earliest access to the most popular restaurants such as Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest.
  • Free Wi-Fi - When staying on-site, you'll have access to complimentary wi-fi, available in your room and select public areas, such as the pools, arcades, restaurants and more.
  • Recreation and Fitness Activities - Disney Resort hotels offer a variety of wellness activities through Disney Family Wellness. Some favorites include dancing to Disney songs, family fun walks and, yes, even pickleball!
  • Travel Light with MagicBands - Guests of Official Walt Disney World® Hotels can check out MagicBands that let them into the theme parks, unlock their Disney Resort hotel room, link Disney PhotoPass photos, make purchases and more – just with a tap of their band! Disney Resort hotel guests also have the option to purchase a MagicBand+ at a special discount before they arrive for their stay, allowing them to be an interactive part of the magic.
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