Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
Category: Deluxe Villas
# of Rooms: 295
Disney Vacation Club's Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort features views of the Magic Kingdom and Bay Lake.
This resort has a rooftop lounge, zero entry Bay Cove pool with waterslide, whirlpool and interactive children's water feature, fireworks viewing deck and a sky bridge (elevated walkway) connecting it to the iconic Contemporary Resort.
The Lobby area has glass encased columns and woven woods with views of the pool and Bay Lake. A Community Hall activity center is also part of Bay Lake Tower.
Bay Lake Tower offers studio units as well as one, two, and three bedroom accommodations. The interior furnishings can be described as family friendly with rich woods and warm fabrics. All Villas offer complimentary wireless internet.Studios
There are no restaurants located inside the Bay Lake Tower building (with the exception of the Top of the World Lounge); they are all located in the main building at Disney's Contemporary Resort which is a short walk over the bridge that connects the two.
One of the best views of the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom Park is from the California Grill on the 15th floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you're lucky enough to dine here during fireworks, the music is piped in, so you can get the full effect of the show. If you don't get a good enough view from your table, head outside to the terrace area* surrounding the restaurant for the best view on property. The award-winning restaurant is open from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. and the lounge, where cocktails, California wines, bottled beer, appetizers and desserts are served, is open from 5:30pm - 1am. The restaurant menu changes according to the season and specializes in Californian-style cuisine. The open kitchen features sushi, pizza baked in wood-burning ovens, grilled meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Advance Dining Reservations are strongly recommended.
*The terrace is only for restaurant guests. However, if you are done with dinner before it's time for fireworks, bring back your receipt and you will be allowed up to the terrace. Same day only.
The Contemporary Resorts Contempo Cafe is open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night Dining.
Private pool bar serving drinks and snacks for those guests enjoying a stay at Bay Lake Tower.
One of the most popular spots for character meals is Chef Mickey's. Visit with Chef Mickey himself, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy here. A breakfast buffet is served from 7:00am to 11:1 am and features bagels, fresh fruit, omelets, Mickey-shaped pancakes and waffles, breads, and other traditional breakfast dishes. Brunch is served from 11:30am – 2:30pm and dinner hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Peel-and-eat shrimp, prime rib, parmesan mashed potatoes, chicken, seafood, pastas, and a salad bar are offered at the dinner buffet. Advance Dining Reservations are required.
Steakhouse 71 is located just off the lobby in the Contemporary Resort and has become a highly-recommended hidden gem since it switched over from The Wave. The restaurant’s theme harkens back to the design style of the 1970s, reimagined in a contemporary, comfortable and sleek way. The space gives off a vibe that is similar to the former Steakhouse 55 that used to be located inside The Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA, and even plays the soundtrack from that location.
Diners can feast on a delicious menu that offers a nod to Walt Disney himself with dishes inspired by some of Walt’s favorites, including The Steakhouse 71 Feast or Walt’s Prime Rib Hash for breakfast and French Onion Soup, Prime Rib, 6-oz Filet Mignon or Dry-aged Bone-In Pork Chop for lunch or dinner. Classic cocktails and a portfolio of Disney family wines are also available.
Outer Rim Lounge
At the Outer Rim Lounge, you can enjoy cocktails and appetizers as you feast your eyes on a spectacular view of Bay Lake.
Have a drink and snack by the pool. There is a walk up window where you can order food. Inside is a bar that serves a limited number of frozen drinks and beer.
One of the most exciting features of Bay Lake Tower is the Top of the World Lounge which was named after the original restaurant located at the Contemporary Resort. The outdoor deck offers unparalleled views of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks and the music is piped in so guests can enoy the experience almost as if they're standing right there in the Magic Kingdom. (Access is limited and usage guidelines are enforced.)
TIP: Be sure to ask about the special 7-layer cake that is only served at this location – it's NOT on the menu. If you've got a sweet tooth, this dessert is sure to satisfy it. Also, the slice of cake is giant and made for two – or not!
Magic Kingdom Park: Guests wishing to visit the Magic Kingdom Park have a couple of options open to them. First is the monorail which is fun to travel on, but not necessarily the fastest way to get to the Magic Kingdom Park since it travels clockwise and stops at the Ticket & Transportation Center, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort before arriving at the Magic Kingdom Park. If you are feeling energetic and don’t mind the exercise, you can walk, it is only 5-10 minutes.
Epcot: Take the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center and transfer to the Epcot monorail.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: Take the Disney's Hollywood Studios bus.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Take the bus marked Animal Kingdom/Blizzard Beach.
Disney Springs: Before 4 p.m., take the monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center, and transfer to the bus marked Disney Springs. After 4 p.m. there will be direct Disney Springs buses from the resort bus stop.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: Before 4pm, take the monorail to the ticket and transportation center, and transfer to the bus marked Disney Springs. After 4pm, there will be direct transportation from the resort.
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park: Take the Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park/Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park.
The Bay Lake pool has a two-story waterslide. There are also two spas and a children ’s wading pool that's shaped like Mickey Mouse's head.
Marina Boat Rentals: Guests can rent Sea Raycers, Boston Whaler Montauks, and SunTracker pontoon boats at the resort marina. For more information and pricing click HERE.
On the third floor of the resort, an Olympiad fitness center is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Here you will find Nautilus equipment, 6 Life Circuit Stations, 11 Cybex Stations, hand weights up to 50 lbs., Stairmasters, Life Cycles, treadmills, sauna, massages, whirlpool, and tanning booths. Personal training is available by appointment only. Use of the facilities for Disney Vacation Club members is complimentary.