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“Great Location, Great View” 4 of 5 stars
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Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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Ranked #35 of 329 hotels in Orlando
Hamilton, Canada
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“Great Location, Great View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband and I booked a one-bedroom villas (theme park view) for five days for our anniversary. When we arrived, a whole group of staff surrounded our vehicle with waves and smiles (they must've been really bored!) Check in was smooth, my one complaint is that the lobby smelled REALLY bad... overwhelming floral scent, it was just way too much.

The one bedroom villa was perfect-- with the full kitchen we were able to have breakfast and some dinners in our room, we used the dryer once (got caught in the rain), and the second bathroom also came in handy (even with just two of us!). There was a LOT of space and it would've been very easy to stay for a longer period and even add two or three more people.

Location was PERFECT. We could easily walk over to the Contemporary to hop on the monorail or walk to Magic Kingdom.

Room Tip: Theme park view was great-- we saw the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom every night! The windows ar...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

What else can you say when you can walk to Magic Kingdom in less than five minutes? The walk was faster than the monorail! We stayed at Bay Lake for Night of Joy weekend and chose it due to its close proximity to Magic Kingdom. I really enjoyed the hotel and thought the room layout was outstanding. We stayed in a 1BR and had tons of room for our family of 5. They have two bathrooms and two showers in these 1BR suites. Unbelievable! The only downer on the room was that my wife was displeased with the cleanliness of the room. Disney needs to address their housekeeping services at this resort. Everything else about the resort was outstanding and first class! We stayed here using DVC points, would caution anyone about the pricing of these rooms as they are very high. If money isn't a problem, the room layout, amenities and location cannot be beat at Disney.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Pensacola, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed in a family suite - It was fabulous. A little more pricey, but we brought our own breakfast and lunch. So, with a full kitchen, we saved a lot on our food budget. The location was fantastic - we could see the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom from our balcony (boy -were we spoiled when we left!). Ask for the floor with the sky walk to the Contemporary - it was a quick walk to the Monorail. Of course, the walk to the Magic Kingdom is surprisingly short and doable (July and August aside, perhaps). The only drawback is you have to go to the Contemporary for food and such - but honestly, we stayed at the All Star Resorts a couple months later and the walk to their food and store was longer than the trip to the Contemporary. I cannot wait to go back!

Room Tip: Stay on the Skyway floor
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed at many Disney properties over the years and chose BLT for its short distance to MK. We splurged on a room with theme park view, and I'm so glad we did. We watched the nightly fireworks from our window in our jammies, and the kids went straight to bed afterwards. The bed was comfortable, and we liked having our own kitchen for meals (we're not fans of Disney food!) the only reason for the 4 instead of 5 is this resort wasn't included in the fast pass plus system, which was disappointing since it is so expensive.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This has to be the best resort i have ever stayed in except for animal kingdom lodge, the rooms are magnificent. We had a 2 bed accommodation which was huge with a theme park view which was lovely. When i laid in bed i could see Cinderellas castle all lit up and splash mountain it was truly magical. we were on 8th floor and next time i want to go higher. Pools were lovely and nice to have choice of private pool and then contemporary pools. Next time we will ask for bay lake view so we can have stayed in both. food halls in contemporary were great as were the choice of transportation i loved going on the monorail. If i had to criticise anything it would be the staff uniforms they looked creased and untidy but that does not affect the holiday. thats the only thing. we should have stayed here for two weeks

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views but staff would change if you weren't happy
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

It was our first time at Bay Lake tower, on this trip we stayed the first 2 nights at Kidani Village and 5 night at Bay Lake both in Studios. We preferred Bay Lake Tower over Kidani because the bed and pull out were comfier, the location is amazing, and Bay Lake is smaller and it doesn't feel like you have to walk a mile to your room after a long day at the parks like at Kidani. The set up of the room was perfect for my Aunt, mom and me in the morning with multiple areas to get ready. Lots of storage throughout the room for clothes and food. We are not DVC members but rented points and didn't realize that rooms only got fully cleaned on about the 8 day and trash and towels on day 4, this was a little weird for us since we have always stayed in the Deluxe resorts with cleaning everyday. We just got extra towels delivered when needed and made up the bed and pull out in the mornings so it worked out ok. The skywalk from Bay Lake to the Contemporary was very nice and put you right on the one of the main floors with all the shops. Also the path from the resort to the Magic Kingdom nicer then taking the monorail to and from the park and it was only about a 5 minute walk. This resort was also nice because we only used the bus once, which was nice, at Animal Kingdom Resort it feels like the bus rides take so long, this was a nice change. We would stay here again :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The amenities are great, the service is superb, the pools are amazing and well maintained --- and all of that pales to the perfect location. 2 minute walk to the buses to the various parks, 4 minute walk to the monorail, and 10-12 minute walk to the front gate of the Magic Kingdom.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Bay Lake Tower At Disney`s Contemporary Hotel Orlando
Bay Lake Tower At Disney`s Contemporary Hotel
Address: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Family Hotel in Orlando
#35 Spa Hotel in Orlando
#35 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort 3.5*
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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