2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #20

#20 - Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Sliding Glass Curtain

From the Walt Disney World website:
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort—is designed to complement the fabled styling of the classic Disney's Contemporary Resort building and delivers some of the most dramatic views available anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort.

Bay Lake Tower balances a modern and luxurious experience with warm and innovative features. This description extends to its exclusive and impressive pool—complete with a unique water slide wrapped in an intriguing glass block.

Spacious rooms (equivalent to 2-bedroom Villas) are furnished with contemporary custom pieces, such as the pull-out pantry in the kitchen and the sliding doors in the bathrooms. These pieces are as functional as they are attractive. The rooms maintain the feel of clean lines and open spaces, with plenty of details and touches you expect from a Disney Deluxe Villa. Enjoy views that may include old-growth cypress trees, the lush landscape near Bay Lake, the courtyard, pool or Magic Kingdom theme park.

Restaurants, a health club, tennis courts and other recreational facilities are shared with Disney's Contemporary Resort. Whether your wish is to relax by the pool, indulge in a revitalizing massage or savor sensational food as you take in stunning views at the California Grill restaurant, Bay Lake Tower is sure to please.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort has been designated by the Florida Green Lodging Program, recognizing the Resort's environmentally responsible practices.

Architectural Design
To add an elaborate sense of arrival, the 2-story lobby is filled with warm woven woods and expansive glass-wrapped columns.

The curvilinear, crescent-shaped Tower blends modern architectural sensibilities with the trademark visual cues of its influential neighbor, Disney's Contemporary Resort. The exterior color palette, strong horizontal lines and angular rooftop lounge mimic the original Resort's A-frame structure.

A convenient (and covered) Sky Way Bridge, accessible only with a Bay Lake Tower room key, links the Tower to the shops, restaurants and monorail station in the original Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Activities for Children
In addition to the pool, with its 148-foot-long water slide, there is the Community Hall, where ping-pong, foosball and video games are available as well as equipment for basketball, tennis and shuffleboard. Check the chalkboard in the children's area, located in the main lobby, for games and crafts offered by the recreation team. Children will also enjoy the nightly Electrical Water Pageant that floats through the waters of Bay Lake.

Accommodations for Business Meetings
Disney's Contemporary Convention Center is near Bay Lake Tower. The facility includes full catering services, state-of-the-art audio/video equipment and 115,000 square feet—4 ballrooms and 35 modern breakout rooms to be divided, decorated and equipped to meet all business needs. If you are planning a meeting, please call (321) 939-7129. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Location and General Information
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort is conveniently located within walking distance of Magic Kingdom theme park. It is a smoke-free Resort; smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor smoking locations.

Why am I looking forward to Bay Lake Tower?
The Contemporary has been my favorite resort since the first time I stayed there back in 2002.  Yes, I even loved it when the colors were bright and some thought obnoxious.  I fell in love with being able to walk to the Magic Kingdom, seeing the monorail zip through the resort, the food choices, and the recreation options.

I was nervous when they demolished one of the wings and started building a new building.  Would it detract from the resort, would the new building match the fun architecture, what would the new rooms be like?  I had so many questions and concerns about what would happen to my beloved Contemporary and then they finally announced that it was going to be a DVC resort.

Before DVC was announced at the Contemporary - DVC intrigued me, but I didn't see how it could benefit me being a solo traveller.  Now I started to seriously consider it.  Staying at Bay Lake Tower swayed me enough and after a bit of thought and the realization that runDisney events were costing me a lot of money, I took the plunge and purchased points at Bay Lake Tower.

The 2011 Dopey Trip was my first stay at Bay Lake Tower.  I was very excited to see my deluxe studio with a Magic Kingdom view.  It did not disappoint me.  Deluxe studios include a queen bed, double sofa sleeper, a kitchenette and a balcony.  It's a nice sized room - capacity is 4 people, but I think this would be a bit crowded with 4 people.  I think it would be okay with 2 and maybe 3 people.

Now, I know that a lot of people had issues with the bathroom sink and the kitchenette being in the same area and I can see their point from a family point of view, but for a solo traveller it really wasn't an issue for me.  DVC is supposed to be changing the arrangement.

I'll be staying at Bay Lake Tower again for the 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend and I have to tell you that it's the height of convenience for the race events.  Buses are provided to the expo and the 5K start and the monorails run for the half and full marathon.  This makes races day transportation a no brainer and so convenient.

As an added bonus, if you have a Magic Kingdom view, you should be able to watch Wishes from your balcony.  This is always a huge treat to me - such a great way to view the fireworks every night!  And don't forget that also means you can wake up to a view of the Castle and Space Mountain.
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-J.Darling said...

You have BAY LAKE TOWER POINTS?! I'm sorry, but I have to hate you now. lol Maybe I'll buy DVC once the credit cards are completely paid off...

Rae! said...

Great article! One of these days I will get to stay there.

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