Yesterday (May 27, 2009) I was one of a privileged few to be allowed to view a Grand Villa at Disney's Bay Lake Tower, a Disney Vacation Club property. Scheduled to open in early August of this year, this new resort is sure to become one of the most popular at Walt Disney World. Its close proximity to the Magic Kingdom combined with its beautiful styling will put this property at the top of many folk's lists.
Since Bay Lake Tower is still under construction, we entered the building through a loading dock rather than the main entrance. We boarded an elevator and up we went to the top. Upon entering the Grand Villa, everyone's reaction was the same… Oh my god! The view of the Magic Kingdom is stunning when seen from this level through two-story windows. We were all blown away.
Here are a few more pictures of the living room. Note, the flat-screen television is wired for surround sound.
A dining table seats ten and can be expanded to twelve.
The kitchen has a very modern design and features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
A Grand Villa has four spacious balconies, one off of the kitchen and others off of the three bedrooms. The balcony off of the first floor bedroom can also be accessed from the living room. Take a look at the view!
This next picture hangs in the entryway. Also, notice the hidden Mickey on the rug.
Since the resort is still under construction, many of the amenities like towels and small appliances were missing from this unit. In addition, we were asked not to take pictures of the beds since they did not have sheets or bedspreads.
Here are some pictures of the master bedroom and bath located on the first floor. The bathtub is separated from the sleeping area via sliding doors.
Now we venture upstairs where we find a loft and laundry room. There is also a second door to the hotel hallway on this level.
These next pictures are of the second-story bedrooms and baths that flank each side of the loft. Note, the bedrooms have windows that look down into the living room.
I think Disney did a great job of creating a “contemporary” décor that doesn't sacrifice warmth for styling. From what I could see, the color palette looks vibrant and compliments the dark woods chosen for the cabinets and flooring. I'm looking forward to seeing one of these units when all of the final touches have been added.
Here are two pictures of the pool area. The pool offers zero-entrance.
I asked a few additional questions of my guide, and here's what I found out. The Contemporary and BLT will share the existing bus stop for folks traveling to the Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Downtown Disney, and the water parks.
Check-in, concierge, and bell services all originate at the Contemporary.
As of today, only members staying on points and guests of members staying on points may use the lounge at the top of Bay Lake Tower. Guest using cash to stay here are not eligible for this perk. But please note, this policy is still in flux and could change frequently until all the dust settles and actual demand can be determined.
As far as food service, the lounge at the top of BLT will offer light appetizers (afternoons and evenings), but that's all. At this time, I do not know what food will be offered at the pool.
There are no restaurants at BLT. For these you need to walk over to the Contemporary.
Room service is available at Bay Lake Tower via the Contemporary kitchens.
The entire resort and all of its amenities will open simultaneously.
In all, Bay Lake Tower will offer 295 units made up of studios, one, two, and three bedroom plans.
The previous post in this blog was Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs.
The next post in this blog is Magic Kingdom Opening Show.