Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bay Lake Tower Resort Review

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We loved Bay Lake Tower!  The Christmas 2013 trip was our first time staying at BLT, and our first at a Disney Deluxe resort!  Check out this entrance:

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For those who aren’t familiar with Bay Lake Tower, it is the Disney Vacation Club property at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  We arrived at BLT around noon.  Check in was very smooth.  We pulled up and immediately were greeted by cast members with iPads.  They unloaded and stored our luggage (Tip: they will refrigerate perishable items for you!  We didn’t know this until we got there.) and took us inside to check in.  I had done online check-in for this trip, so there was not much to do.

The whole resort is beautiful, in my opinion.  I like a very modern, sleek style, and this resort appeals to that style.  The lobby has some very cool woodwork  and a bubble chandelier that I loved.  While we waited for our room, we wandered outside and ate lunch in the bamboo courtyard.

Our villa was ready fairly quickly even though we arrived before our check in time.  We had rented points for a 1 bedroom villa through David’s Vacation Club.  Renting points allows you to purchase points from a Disney Vacation Club member who is not going to use their points for the year.  It can be way cheaper than booking the same room directly through Disney.  Our experience was easy enough that we are renting points again for our next trip!

Here our some pics of our villa:

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The one bedroom villas have a full kitchen, pull out sofa and chair, and master bedroom with a king size bed.  The villas at BLT also have two bathrooms which made the mornings run very smoothly!

The villa was a lot larger than we had expected.  We had a lake view, so we could see the Electrical Water Pageant, as well as some Epcot fireworks, at night from our balcony.  We could hear the fireworks and the pageant, but the room was soundproofed enough that we could not hear any other guests in other rooms, even though we were visiting at the busiest time of the year!

For all of this, the best part of BLT was being able to walk to Magic Kingdom.  We were able to get there early in the morning, stroll back and eat dinner in our villa, and return for the evening.  The walk took about ten minutes.  So easy!  We also were able to take the monorail to Epcot.

We liked being able to walk over to the Contemporary building and shop and see the Christmas displays.  We ate both from the Contempo Cafe and at the California Grill (watch out for our review coming soon!).  The Contemporary has a huge gingerbread tree on display in the lobby during Christmas.  We were able to get a picture with Chip and Dale dressed as toy soldiers.  On Christmas Eve, Santa was there!  Isabella had already met Santa several times, but since there were only two people in line, we hopped right in!

If you are staying at Bay Lake Tower, there are several places to watch the fireworks.  We liked watching from the sky bridge that connects BLT with the Contemporary Tower.  The music is piped in, and it is not crowded because only BLT guests are allowed on the bridge.  It was awesome being able to watch the fireworks in our pajamas!  You can also see the fireworks from the Top of the World Lounge if you are staying on points.  The lounge serves drinks and small appetizers.  Although the lounge was higher, I preferred the sky bridge.  Check out this view from the bridge:

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Overall, staying at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower resort made our trip so magical.  Being able to walk to Magic Kingdom, eating meals in our villa where we were able to relax and be comfortable, and watching the fireworks were the highlights of our trip.

What is your favorite resort?  Which Disney resort made your trip magical?

Mickey Valentine’s Cookies

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Have you seen the new Disney shorts?  I think they are adorable.  They are really inspired by the old shorts, but with a modern take.  I especially love the Mary Blair-esque backgrounds. Here’s my favorite:

I thought this one with Mickey professing his love for Minnie was so appropriate for today!

Isabella and I made Mickey Valentine’s cookies for our friends:

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These were inspired by Spoonful’s Mickey Valentine’s cookies.

Minnie Mouse Skirt with Trimmed Tulle

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Five days to go until Valentine’s Day.  Isabella’s outfit started with a t-shirt using our free printable.

The next step was something to go with it.  The polka dot fabric came from Isabella’s great-grandmother’s stash.  We used this tutorial from Make It-Love It for the skirt.  A couple of black buttons on the waistband were the finishing touch.

Hmmm….maybe we should have planned to run the Princess Half Marathon again so she could wear this in the parks?

Gwarsh!!! It’s the Best Disney Souvenir Ever!

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Isabella loves Goofy.  At age 2, she hasn’t gotten into the princesses yet, but couldn’t get enough of Goofy on our Christmas trip to Walt Disney World.  We wanted a way to remember the sight of her running up to meet her beloved Goofy.  We took lots of photographs, but wanted a little something more to commemorate our trip.

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I have been printing  handprints and footprints from Isabella since she was born for a future quilt.  As I looked at them, an idea popped into my head.  A little paint, some cardstock, minimal drawing skills and a little bit of time and we now have the perfect personalized memento of our trip!  And best of all, it was FREE!

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It’s very simple to make your own.  First, apply a generous amount of acrylic paint to your child’s foot and press it on the cardstock.

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A heavy coat of paint gave a better base shape for Goofy’s head than a light one.  Let the paint dry.  Then, paint the eyes in with the bottom of them at about the halfway mark of the footprint.  Add an oval nose at the bottom center, ears at the sides, facial wrinkles and whiskers and last of all, Goofy’s quirky hat resting on the heel of the footprint.  Done!

Next time, we’ll do it before we go and get Goofy to sign it.  “Yaaah hoo hoo hooey”!