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Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

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Disney's Bay Lake Tower view of fireworks over the Magic Kingdom

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort view of fireworks over the Magic Kingdom

Copyright Charlyn Keating Chisholm, licensed to About.com.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort has suites and guest rooms in a brand-new building adjacent to Disney's Contemporary Resort and connected by a sky bridge. This is as close as you can stay to the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. Of course, rooms facing the theme park are extra. Take a photo tour of Disney's Bay Lake Tower

Disney's Bay Lake Tower: Guest Rooms

How's this for a view from your room? Disney's Bay Lake Tower is so close to the Magic Kingdom that we could watch the fireworks from our balcony. We could even hear the crowds ooh'ing and aah?ing when the show was over.

The smallest room type, the studio, was perfect for our family of four with two small children. We shared a Queen bed while the kids bunked in the pull-out sleeper sofa. A small kitchenette had a mini-fridge for milk, water and snacks, and having a microwave came in handy.

Disney's Bay Lake Tower: Restaurants

Crossing to the Contemporary Resort via the skybridge was a novelty as well as a convenience, and we had a wide selection of restaurants over there, from the casual and quick Contempo Caf? to the fabulous rooftop California Grill, where they squeezed us in at the sushi bar with no reservations. We even got up early to dine with Mickey Mouse, Goofy and the gang at Chef Mickey's, a character buffet. The Wave, off the lobby of the Contemporary Resort, serves organic breakfast fare that somehow manages to taste decadent; lunch and dinner are great here also. Bay Lake Tower has a poolside bar and caf?, with inspired but disappointing prepackaged food.

Disney's Bay Lake Tower: Activities and Amenities

  • Lots of activities happen at the swimming pool, where cast members arrange dance parties, bingo games and crafts. A large twisting water slide, zero entry pool, toddler slide and interactive fountain provide fun for kids of all sizes.
  • Disney's Magical Express is a complimentary service that transports you and your luggage to the hotel.
  • You can see the fireworks from the roof of the hotel when you dine at California Grill.
  • The Electrical Water Pageant can be seen from the beach nightly just after 9 pm.
(Reviewed 11/11/2009)

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Disney's Bay Lake Tower is located on Bay Lake adjacent to Disney's Contemporary Resort, next to the Magic Kingdom.
4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000 USA
Reservations: (407) 939-6244
Web site: Disney's Bay Lake Tower
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