Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
4600 N. World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, 32830
Phone: (407) 824-1000
Fax: (407) 824-3539
Deluxe Resort Classification
Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area
Check In: 4:00 p.m. / Check Out: 11:00 a.m.
Crescent-shaped Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort has been designed to complement the fabled styling of its classic neighbor, the Contemporary Resort. Rising 15 stories just outside the gates of the Magic Kingdom, it delivers some of the most dramatic views available anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort. The largest suites have windows two stories tall. The exterior mimics the original resort’s A-frame structure, while the two-story lobby is filled with woven woods and glass-wrapped columns. The pool has a unique water slide, wrapped in glass block.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, like all Disney resorts, is smoke-free. Designated outdoor smoking areas are indicated on the Resort Map.
Check our Rehabs and Closures schedule for any refurbishments or work taking place at the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort during your visit.
Note: Guests check in at Bay Lake Towers via the lobby (instead of at the Contemporary Resort). In addition to handling check-in and check-out, the Bay Lake Tower lobby will be able to provide dining reservations, recreation, ticket sales, and planning assistance. The lobby front desk will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Bay Lake Tower has a modern theme with innovative features and a warm, luxurious feel.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Rooms
There are two sections of this resort, the Bay Lake Tower, and the adjacent Contemporary Resort. Accommodations are located in Bay Lake Tower, while shops, dinning, recreation and monorail transportation are accessible via the convenient Sky Way Bridge to the Contemporary Resort. Guests must have a Bay Lake Tower room key to access the Sky Way Bridge. Room types consist of studios (sleep 4), one and two bedroom units (sleep 5 & 9), and 3-bedroom Grand Villas (sleep 12). Views include Standard View, Bay Lake View and Magic Kingdom View.
One-bedroom villas and larger include full kitchens that feature a full-size refrigerator, oven, stove, sink, dishwasher, dinnerware, glassware and flatware, pots and pans, and toaster. They also feature extra bathroom(s), sleeper sofa, sleeper chair, laundry area w/stacked washer and dryer, and whirlpool tub. Studios include smaller kitchenettes that feature a mini-refrigerator, wet bar, and paper & plastic dinnerware.
295 two-bedroom equivalent villas (428 rooms)
Building offers elevators and interior corridors
Disabled accessible rooms available
Private Balcony or Patio
Coffeemaker & Setup
Telephone with Voicemail
Complimentary wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) (click link for specific details)
Flat-panel Satellite TV with Disney programming (in each bedroom and living room)
In-Room Wall Safe
Iron and Board
High chair (except Studios)
Pack ‘N Play portable crib
Table & Chairs
Self service laundry facilities
Valet laundry service
Whirlpool Tub w/sliding window & Shower w/standard shower head & overhead rain shower
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Dining
Two Quick Service locations
Contemporary Grounds Coffee Bar at the Contemporary Resort
Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort
2 Lounges (including Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower)
2 Pool bars (including Cove Bar at Bay Lake Tower)
Three Full Service restaurants:
California Grill at the Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey’s Character Dining at the Contemporary Resort
The Wave at the Contemporary Resort
In-Room Dining: Available 24 hours
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort boasts its own beautiful Bay Cove Pool, a zero-entry pool, exclusively for Guests of Bay Lake Tower. The main feature of Bay Cove Pool is a 20-foot high and 148-foot long water slide. Guests of Bay Lake Tower also have access to Bay Lake Pool, a round, quiet pool which is shallow on the outside and deeper in the center, and to the larger pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which includes a 17-foot high curving slide.
Interactive water play area
2 whirlpool spas
Shuffleboard and Bocce Ball Courts
Electrical Water Pageant view
Nightly Disney movies under the stars on the lawn near the Sky Way Bridge
Community Hall (Bay Lake Tower Guests)- Designed for all ages with many options to choose from including video games, foosball, ping pong, and arts and crafts. With your room key, you may rent DVD movies or sign out a board game to enjoy with your family.
Pool Side Cabanas:
There are 4 poolside Cabanas for rent located in the four corners of the Contemporary Resort pool. Cabanas include 2 chaise lounge chairs, 2 chaise beds, locking cabinet, DVD Player (upon request), LCD TV with cable, ipod docking station, mini-frig w/complimentary sodas & water, and complimentary fruit basket. Morning (10 am-2 pm) or Afternoon (3 pm-7pm) rentals cost $100 per session. All day rental is $185. Maximum accommodation is 6 people. Private dining and massages are available upon request at an additional cost.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Shopping
Fantasia stocks Disney character apparel and souvenirs as well as logo merchandise. You can also find a large assortment of Disney pins
Fantasia Market is a new sundries shop that carries cigars, cigarettes, beer, wine, liquor, food items and more.
Bayview Gifts offers homewares, art collectibles, jewelry, clothings watches and assort chocolates and fudge.
Disney’s monorail service is available to the Magic Kingdom and via transfer to Epcot. The monorail station is on the 4th floor of the resort. Disney’s bus service is available to and from this resort to Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Downtown Disney and the water parks. The bus locations are to the right of the lobby as you exit the hotel. A walking path to the Magic Kingdom is also available as you walk past the bus stops.
Transportation Times Between Bay Lake Tower/Contemporary Resort and Disney Destinations
These times are approximate, provided to give you an idea of average travel times. Please plan on up to a 20 minute wait for Disney transportation in addition to walking time to resort or theme park transportation stops.
Magic Kingdom – 12 minutes by walking, 19 minutes by monorail
Epcot – 22 minutes by monorail, 22 minutes by car
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 22 minutes by bus, 23 minutes by car
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 25 minutes by bus, 20 minutes by car
Downtown Disney – 30 minutes by bus, 19 minutes by car
Blizzard Beach Water Park – 24 minutes by bus, 18 minutes by car
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – 25 minutes by bus, 20 minutes by car
In-room child care is available at all resorts.
Bay Lake Tower Photo Gallery
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Bay Lake Tower VIP Top Tips
This section is sponsored by the Disney experts at The Magic for Less Travel, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
If you eat early at the California Grill (Contemporary Resort), you can return later with your receipt to watch the Magic Kingdom Wishes fireworks from the roof. They turn down the lights and pipe in the music…very romantic.
I like that there are two separate check-ins for both Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower. Although you can still check in at the Contemporary, but it’s so convenient to have a check-in at Bay Lake Tower! Also, it’s important to note that you cannot use the pool at Bay Lake Tower unless you’re staying at Bay Lake Tower and only Disney Vacation Club members can access the Top of the World Lounge. One of my favorite spots to watch Wishes is on the big verandah off of the Grand Canyon Concourse.
Contempo Cafe is a great counter service spot with tasty desserts.
There is boat transportation to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort.
Rooms with a view of Bay Lake also have a great sunrise view.