What is Top of the World Lounge?
Disney Vacation Club’s Top of the World Lounge is a lounge located on the 16th floor of Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This area is specifically designed for and available to members of the Disney Vacation Club to enjoy drinks and light bites to eat. It also offers an incredible view of the Magic Kingdom, including the nighttime shows at the park. The lounge is open most evenings from 6:00 pm until midnight. It is occasionally closed for private, hard-ticket events, such as the New Year’s Eve celebration, so be sure the check the Walt Disney World website for hours prior to your visit.
Who can visit and how do guests access Top of the World Lounge?
According to Walt Disney World, “Disney Vacation Club Members staying at any Disney-owned-and-operated hotel at Walt Disney World Resort (whether they booked with Vacation Points or cash) may enjoy access to this exclusive space just outside Magic Kingdom park.” Disney Vacation Club Members and their guests staying on that Member’s reservation are allowed to visit the lounge.
During a recent visit to Walt Disney World, my husband and I enjoyed pre-dinner drinks at Top of the World. After arriving in Bay Lake Tower’s main lobby, we proceeded down the hallway toward the elevators. Once there, we checked in at the podium located near the elevators that would take us to the lounge. We presented our blue Disney Vacation Club membership card and the Cast Member scanned my MagicBand. She then escorted us to the elevator, where we rode to the 16th Floor. Once there, we exited the building and made our way to the lounge entrance around the corner from the elevators.
What is Top of the World Lounge like?
When we arrived, the lounge was still fairly empty since it was still early in the evening. We found a table near the windows overlooking Magic Kingdom and looked over the menu. Several Cast Members were available to assist guests. We asked opinions on the drinks available and were happy with the recommendations. The appetizers are made for sharing, so you could easily make a meal out of several appetizers!
Outside of the lounge, a wide high-ledge balcony allows guests amazing views of the area. This is beautiful in the daytime and affords a unique view of the nighttime fireworks shows in the evenings.
While we were dressed nicely for an upcoming dinner at California Grill, we also saw people in the lounge in shorts and t-shirts, having just come over from a day in the parks. There is no dress code or age limit for visitors to Top of the World. The lounge is a popular place for families, especially during the fireworks.
What are the highlights of Top of the World Lounge?
The view, of course! Seeing all of Magic Kingdom from this level was spectacular. During the Happily Ever After, the evening fireworks show, many people leave their tables to head out to the large balcony area to get a better view. Top of the World will play the music from the show over speakers on the balcony. Watching the show from this high up doesn’t allow you to see the amazing projections on the Cinderella Castle as well as you would from inside the park, so if you have never seen the show within Magic Kingdom, be sure to see it there if you have a chance!
When it comes to the menu options, the Seven Layer Cake gets amazing reviews, along with the highly recommended Bay Lake Sunset drink. We have also heard that the pretzel is enormous and can serve as a meal in itself!
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