By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Review: Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Page 5

By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Bay Lake Tower, see this.)


Courtyard Bay Lake Tower from

Because the two sets of options at the Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Saratoga Springs are so different, and the Polynesian offering is so distinctive, for review purposes I count a total of twelve resorts, but rank only eleven.

Their overall ranking for first time family visitors is as follows:

  1. Copper Creek Villas  at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  2. Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Jambo House
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Kidani Village
  5. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  6. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  7. Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  8. Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
  9. Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  10. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, main resort
  11. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Treehouse Villas area

My rankings exclude the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, as it does not offer one or two bedroom villas. If the ranking were based solely on studios, the Polynesian offering would be near the top.

These resorts are available to anyone to reserve through the regular Walt Disney World website or resort reservations phone number at 407-939-7675.

They also are available to the general public at great discounts through renting points from a Disney Vacation Club member.


All Disney Vacation Club resorts except the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows have studio rooms, One-Bedroom Villas, and Two-Bedroom Villas. Most have Grand Villas as well.

Bay Lake Tower has rooms of all types.

Studio Bay Lake Tower from

At Bay Lake Tower, Studios sleep four on a queen and a fold-out couch, and have a microwave, toaster, utensils, and a mini fridge.

Studios are recommended only for three person families, with the third short enough to sleep on the couch un-opened–the couch cushions are 5′ 4″ long in this dimension.  Otherwise, tower rooms at the Contemporary Resort are a much better choice.

Living Dining Kitchen Area Bay Lake Tower from

One-Bedroom Villas have a master bedroom with a king and a private master bath, a particularly livable full kitchen/dining/living space with a second bath, and sleep 5.

Floor Plan Two Bedroom Villa Bay Lake Tower from yourfirstvisit.netTwo-Bedroom Villas add a second bedroom with a queen and a full sleeper sofa, or two queens, to the amenities of a One-Bedroom, and sleep 9.

Some Two-Bedroom Villas are “lock-offs.”  This means that they combine a One Bedroom Villa and a Studio via a connecting door.

Such lock-offs will have the same space problems in the studio bedroom that studio rooms do, but the extra space of the combined living/dining/kitchen space may make them sufficiently comfortable for smaller groups.

Grand Villas at Bay Lake Tower sleep 12 in a little less than twice the space of a Two-Bedroom Villa, in three bedrooms (one with a king, and two with two queens) plus sleeper sofas.

Floor Plan Grand Villa Bay Lake Tower from yourfirstvisit.netAt Bay Lake Tower, Grand Villas are two-story spaces, fronted with a two-story window.

Wishes from Bay Lake Tower from

Magic Kingdom views through these windows are particularly spectacular.

The master bedroom, small living room, dining room, and kitchen are on the first floor, and the two other bedrooms are on the second.

The second floor has a small loft sitting area–welcome, given how small the living area on the main floor is.

Although you’ll note only 5 beds, there are also two sleeper sofas–one on each floor.

(To each of the capacity figures above, you can add one more kid under 3 at time of check in who sleeps in a crib.)


This review continues here!

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