Disney’s Bay Lake Tower: What to See and What to Do!

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One resort I have always wanted to stay at is Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

On previous trips to Disney and visiting the resort, I’ve always loved seeing recreational activities on the property, plus it is just a short walk from the Magic Kingdom! 

walkway to the Magic Kingdom

walkway to the Magic Kingdom

Guests are surrounded by spectacular views of Bay Lake, Cinderella’s Castle, and a beautiful courtyard where a warm sense of richness becomes mixed with present elegance.  

Exterior space at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Exterior space at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Exterior space at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

When spending a day at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, you will have lots to enjoy! On a sweltering day, you can make your way over to the Bay Cove Pool, which is exclusive to guests staying at this resort. This zero-depth entry pool has a 20-foot-tall waterslide surrounded, and the pool area also has a glass block design with a giant Hidden Mickey. 

Bay Cove Pool at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

waterslide at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Cove Bar at Bay Cove Pool

If you’re not looking to dip your toes in the pool, you can relax in the courtyard, play games, or stop by the different sports courts for some basketball, volleyball, or tennis. Be sure to check out the Community Hall (which is one of my favorites out of all the DVC Resorts for the different activities they have).

Giant Chess set at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Ping Pong at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Giant boardgame at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Basketball court at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Community Hall at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Another option to fill your day is to walk over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and explore the food options. The vast majority of food options available for guests staying at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower are located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and can be easily accessed by using the Sky Way Bridge.  

Sky Way Bridge at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

For something quick, you can stop into the Contempo Café and grab something for any meal of the day! Located close by is Chef Mickey’s, where guests can enjoy a family-style, character dining experience for breakfast or dinner.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort also offers a casual dining experience at Steakhouse 71 for breakfast, lunch, or dinner featuring some of Walt Disney’s favorites! Or, if you desire to go out for a fine dining experience, look no further than the California Grill, where you can take in some of the most stunning views of Disney while relishing in some of the finest, Californian tastes.  

Entrance to Steakhouse 71

By far my favorite thing about this resort is that it is close to the Magic Kingdom. I love being able to get a head start on the day; or make a quick exit back to the resort after a long day. Disney’s Bay Lake Tower is about an 8-10 minute walk depending on your speed when travelling the Magic Kingdom. If the Magic Kingdom is going to be the park that you’ll frequently be visiting during your trip, nothing beats Bay Lake Tower’s location!  

Fireworks seen from Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

Another bonus is that the room types at this resort can be epic! It was the first DVC resort at Walt Disney World to offer a theme park view and makes it feel like you’re surrounded by magic! 

View of a sunset as seen from a theme park view at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

studio at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

There’s also the option for standard views and lake views, so something for every family. 

If I can give a tip, the Sky Way Bridge has a magnificent view of the fireworks, plus they play the matching music from the Magic Kingdom.  

In all its glory, Disney’s Bay Lake Tower is a resort I want to stay at and cross off my Disney bucket list!

Monorail passing by Disney’s Bay Lake Tower


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