By DVC Diva
Bay Lake Tower, my home resort. Ahhh, I just love the sound of that.
There is no denying that the proximity of the closest Disney Vacation Club resort to the Magic Kingdom makes it one of the most sought after resorts on property but there are so many more features of these beautiful vacation homes that make it the favorite of my family.
Up until the addition of the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort was the only Disney Vacation Club resort that was located on the monorail. Even with that addition, I still prefer Bay Lake Tower because of the beautiful views of Bay Lake on one side and the Magic Kingdom on the other. It’s almost impossible to have a bad view here plus you have the bonus of being in walking distance to the Magic Kingdom as well as the many amenities of the Contemporary Resort!
The room types available at Bay Lake Tower are Studios, One-, Two-, and Three-Bedroom (Grand Villa) Units and are designed in “Contemporary” styling boasting stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.
The Studio sleeps up to four (queen-size bed plus full-size sleeper sofa) and has a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker. Square footage measures at about 300 square feet and laundry facilities are located in the lobby. Point values for the studio unit range from 14- 38 points per night based on season, view, and day of the week.* Disney’s “rack rate” pricing currently starts at $438.00 per night for a standard view, $470.00 for a lake view, and $520.00 for a theme park view.
The One-Bedroom Villa sleeps up to five (master bedroom suite with king-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa in living room, sleeper chair in living room) master bathroom with walk-in shower and whirlpool tub, second bathroom off living area, stacked washer and dryer for laundry, private patio/balcony, and a fully equipped kitchen. Point values for the one-bedroom villa range from 26-75 points per night based on season, view, and day of the week.* Disney’s “rack rate” pricing currently starts at $544.00 per night for a standard view, $577.00 for a lake view, and $627.00 for a theme park view.
The Two-Bedroom Villa sleeps up to eight (plus one child under 3 in a crib) by providing an additional bedroom with private bath (one queen-size bed and a double sleeper sofa) and removing the sleeper chair in the living room. All other one-bedroom amenities listed above are included. Point values for the two-bedroom villa range from 37-98 points per night based on season, view, and day of the week.* Disney’s “rack rate” pricing currently starts at $738.00 per night for a standard view, $785.00 for a lake view, and $863.00 for a theme park view.
The Three Bedroom Grand Villa sleeps up to twelve and is a two-level beauty. Master bedroom suite with a king-size bed, four bathrooms (one master with a whirlpool tub), two additional bedrooms with queen-size beds, queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, full kitchen and dining room, and four balconies! Point values for the grand villa range from 84-206 points per night.* The “rack rate” for this one is unpublished, which is probably a good thing because I almost had heart failure typing out the two-bedroom pricing! When you travel like this, becoming a Disney Vacation Club member becomes a no-brainer. At the very least, I highly recommend anyone staying at the DVC resorts to look into the possibility of renting points from another owner before paying Disney’s rack rate pricing.
What’s the old saying…you get what you pay for? Well, in my opinion, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is where its at. If being close to the “Magic” sounds like your cup of tea, I recommend that you consider using or renting DVC points at least once and checking it out for yourself. Location, location, location!
Stay tuned for future reviews of the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort highlighting more perks of the location, pools, dining, and more!
*Based on the 2014 Disney Vacation Club points chart.