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:
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:
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:
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?