We celebrated our daughter's 16th birthday with a trip to Disney this past August. We decided this was going to be a splurge. There were 7 of us in the group which included my husband, three daughters (20, 18 & 16) plus another 20 year old and another 16 year old. We rented a 2 bedroom villa through a Disney Vacation Club owner so we saved a considerable amount of money booking this way instead of directly through Disney. The resort was lovely. The rooms were well appointed, spacious and immaculate. The beds were very comfortable and everyone was very comfortable. We had a lake view which was also very nice. The best part was being able to walk to the Magic Kingdom (a brisk 8 minute walk). There were a few negatives that I would like to mention. First, if you plan to use the DIsney bus system, be aware that you will be leaving from the Contemporary resort next door. It's not a far walk but you are sharing a bus with that resort . I thought the wait times could have been better, especially when going back to the hotel. It seemed like there were ample buses passing for other resorts but very few going to the Bay Lake/Contemporary. Second, the pool at Bay Lake was very noisy. There were always two different sources of music being piped into the lounging area which to me was very annoying. We opted to walk over to the Contemporary pool which was more spread out. It was easier to find a quiet spot to relax there. My last complaint about Bay Lake is the monorail ride to Epcot. When you hear that Bay Lake is a monorail resort, keep in mind that you must change monorails at the Ticket center and this ends up being very time consuming. In the future I would plan to drive to Epcot. For this trip we opted not to rent a car which for the most part was fine because we usually were not in a rush to get to Epcot. All in all, we had a magical trip which is what we set out to do. Bay Lake is a lovely resort and I would stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort—balances a modern and luxurious experience with warm and innovative features and delivers some of the most dramatic views available anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Lake Tower At Disney`s Contemporary Hotel Orlando