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Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Last updated: April 20, 2024

Overview

A unique, 15-story resort in the shape of a letter C, Bay Lake has excellent views of the Magic Kingdom on one side, and Bay Lake on the other. Its rooms are some of the quietest on property.

Cost Range

$672 - $5,681

Lodging Area

Magic Kingdom

Category

Deluxe Villa

Transportation

Bus, Monorail, Walk

Guest Overall Rating

Based on 315 surveys. (See our Ratings and Research page for details)

Our Overall Rating

Room: A-

Pool: B-

Lighting: C

Pillows: B

Room Quality
Check-in Efficiency
Quietness of Room
Park Transportation
Hotel Pool
Staff
Food Court

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Room Tour

Resort Strengths

Large rooms with views of Bay Lake

The quietest rooms in Walt Disney World

Easy walk to Magic Kingdom

Convenient parking

Best louge at Walt Disney World (Top of the World Lounge)

Recreation options on Bay Lake

Resort Weaknesses

Studios sleep no more than 2 people comfortably

Hallway decor can feel institutional

Bus transportation to Studios, Animal Kingdom, water parks, and Disney Springs can be shared with other monorail resorts

What Readers Are Saying About Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

We found Bay Lake Towers to be a pleasant place to stay and its proximity to the Magic Kingdom was a plus.

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Peter K

January 5, 2020

The location is outstanding and from every window and walkway you really feel like you are in the magic. We loved our stay here and would easily stay again.

A

Ann W

May 4, 2021

Great view of the water pageant each night, and you can also glimpse the fireworks from EPCOT and the Studios. One of - if not the - highlight of our trip was the time we spent enjoying the view. Thank you!

R

Renee B

June 23, 2019

Bay Lake Tower was fantastic. We had the theme park view 2 bedroom suite and it was truly wonderful. Used 2 years worth of our DVC points but we really enjoyed it a lot.

P

Phil C

November 25, 2018

I cannot understate the importance of being able to easily walk to the Magic Kingdom. Not having to deal with the hassle of bus transportation made our trip much more enjoyable.

C

Cory W

June 25, 2018

Rooms

Rooms are well-appointed. Brightly colored accessories, paintings, and accent walls complement an otherwise neutral color scheme. The rooms we've stayed in tested as the quietest on Disney property.

  • Room with King Bed and en-suite bathroom
  • Double-Size Sleeper Sofa
  • Balcony or patio
  • Four chairs
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Full-size refrigerator
  • In-room washer and dryer
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Full set of kitchen and cooking utensils, including flatware, pots, pans, plates and bowls.
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

The two-bedroom villas are our pick for the best room type at Bay Lake. These sleep 9 and include a full kitchen and a third bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom.

Studios sleep up to four people and include one queen-size bed and one double sleeper sofa. The part of the studio with the bed, sofa, and TV measures about 170 square feet and feels small with just two people; four would be an adventure.

  • Room with Queen Bed(s) and en-suite bathroom
  • Balcony or patio
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Starter supply of disposable kitchenware: paper plates, bowls, and cups; plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

Studios come with a private balcony that affords views of Bay Lake, the Contemporary Resort, or Magic Kingdom.

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bedroom

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bedroom

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bedroom

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bedroom

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Living Room

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Living Room

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Living Room

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Living Room

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Living Room

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Living Room

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Kitchen

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Kitchen

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bathroom Tub

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bathroom Tub

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bathroom Shower

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bathroom Shower

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bathroom Sink

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa Bathroom Sink

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom 8635 View

Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom 8635 View

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Room

Bay Lake Tower Studio Kitchenette

Bay Lake Tower Studio Kitchenette

Bay Lake Tower Studio Kitchenette

Bay Lake Tower Studio Kitchenette

Bay Lake Tower Studio Bathroom Sink

Bay Lake Tower Studio Bathroom Sink

Bay Lake Tower Studio Bathroom Shower and Tub

Bay Lake Tower Studio Bathroom Shower and Tub

Bay Lake Tower Studio Bathroom Toilet

Bay Lake Tower Studio Bathroom Toilet

Bay Lake Tower Studio 8018 View

Bay Lake Tower Studio 8018 View

Pick the best Disney resort room possible

We’ve mapped and taken photographs of the views from every single room on Walt Disney World property! Our Room Finder helps you find the perfect room for you and then request that room from Disney.

Dining

Bay Lake Tower has no on-site dining of its own - it shares all the restaurants (some of them very good) with Disney's Contemporary Resort. Room service is available.

California Grill In spite of the noise, California Grill is one of Walt Disney World’s top dining experiences. Disney has’t said what it’ll entail. It’s our guess that given the high ratings and high prices, Disney may not change much here.

Chef Mickey's

Steakhouse 71 Steakhouse 71 is located on the first floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort. It is a casual steakhouse serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with decorative reminders of 1971, the year the hotel opened. The lounge keeps the large, rectangular bar from the previous tenant and serves a few food options as well.

Contempo Café Faster service and less expensive than The Wave, and the food is fresh and tasty. There are some grab-and-go items and cashiers waiting to take orders for meals, which are brought directly to your table. Noise from the nearby Chef Mickeys can drown out all but the most enthusiastic conversationalist.

Contemporary Grounds

The Sand Bar The Sand Bar at the Contemporary Resort is one of the strangest pool bars at Walt Disney World. For one thing, it is not all that close to the pool. Second, it’s indoors... well, sort of. Essentially, Sand Bar consists of a few stools and a wall of glass behind the stools, and that’s pretty much it. What it represents is a way to get out of the Florida afternoon sun while enjoying a drink. That drink will be one of the few selections available from the standard Disney menu. A few food items are available from a walk-up window on the backside of the bar along with a few tables. It’s hard to recommend the Sand Bar to anyone not staying at the Contemporary since there are many more interesting options along the monorail loop.

California Grill Lounge You generally can order food from the full restaurant menu.

Cove Bar Much like the Top of the World lounge, the Cove Bar at the pool of Bay Lake Tower is technically for hotel guests only. The bartenders won’t demand proof before ordering, but there is a gate around the exterior of the pool area that requires a room key to open. If you find yourself inside the fence and in need of a drink, the Cove Bar is there for you. Unfortunately, the bar’s location is about the only thing to say about it as it is a wholly unexciting structure that looks more like a takeout window than a bar. The menu is equally unexciting with bits and pieces of the standard bar menu. A handful of food items are found here such as a Caesar salad, club sandwich, and an Asian chicken salad. The only saving grace for the Cove Bar is that there are a few beach and waterfront spots scattered around its building. Few things are more peaceful than a lounge chair, and adult beverage, and Bay Lake. Even with the nearby views, there is little reason to visit the Cove Bar unless you are already spending time at the Bay Lake Tower pool.

Outer Rim Lounge

Top of the World Lounge Access is limited to Disney Vacation Club members. Present your DVC member card or Magic Band in the hotel lobby to take the elevator up. During holiday fireworks, access may be limited to DVC members staying onsite or only members staying at Bay Lake Tower. Top of the World is a beautiful lounge that is overwhelmed with families during the Magic Kingdom fireworks, but very pleasant any other time. Take in the John Hench concept art in the alcove just inside the doors (you may find TouringPlans people taking business meetings here - it is one of our favorite places onsite). Or sit at the bar and check out the beautiful rendering of a monorail behind it (yellow, of course). The Lounge is a great amenity for DVC members and their guests.

Bay View Gifts

Contemporary Market

Private Dining at Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower

Private Dining at Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower

Refillable Mugs Allows guest self-service soft drink refills from quick-service locations in hotels (NOT in theme parks) for $21.99 for the length of stay.

Contempo Cafe Seating Area

Amenities

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Bay Cove Pool

Bay Cove Pool features a zero-entry poolside for small kids, and a zippy 148-foot water slide for more adventurous swimmers.

WDW Resort Pool FAQ
Outdoor Movies

Free Disney Movies Under the Stars are shown most evenings, weather-permitting, near the Sky Way Bridge between Bay Lake Tower and the Contemporary Resort.

Business Center

A small business center offers computer and internet access, including printers, on the Contemporary's first floor.

Jogging

One loop around Bay Lake Tower and the South Garden Wing of the Contemporary Resort is just under 1 mile.

Fitness

Guests may use the Olympiad Massage & Fitness Center, where you will find cardio machines (treadmills, regular and recumbent bicycles, and ellipticals), free weights, and weight machines. It's open 24 hours a day and is located on floor 3 of the Contemporary's Main Tower.

Boat Rentals

Pontoon boats that seat up to 10 adults can be rented at the marina. Check with the marina for cost and operating hours.

Early Theme Park Entry

Disney resort guests get into each theme park 30 minutes earlier than off-site guests, every day.

Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

Disney's Deluxe and DVC resort guests get two extra hours in select theme parks on certain days of the week. The schedule changes, so check with the front desk.

Monorail

Board the Walt Disney World Monorail on Floor 4 of the Contemporary Resort's Main Tower for convenient access to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and the Grand Floridian and Polynesian hotels.

Electrical Water Pageant

Performed at nightfall on Bay Lake, this show is a stunning electric-light show aboard small barges and set to nifty electronic music.

Resort amenities at-a-glance
Disney-owned
Early Theme Park Entry
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours
Book Lightning Lane access via Individual Purchase Early
Suites
Room Service
Wireless Internet
Fitness Center
Water Sports
Marina
Beach
Transportation to Parks
Club Level
Tennis
Biking
Airport Transportation

Practical Matters

Check In/Out Time
Online Check-In
MagicBand
Theme Park Tickets
Dining Reservations
Laundry
Lost and Found
Shopping
Child Care

Transportation

Driving to the Resort
Getting to the Parks
and Disney Springs
Getting to Another Hotel from Bay Lake Tower
Getting to Universal Orlando

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