Bay Lake Tower – Opening Day
Before I get into the nitty-gritty, I need to give you a little background. When I covered the Kidani Village, I was given a private, VIP tour about a week before the resort opened. Because of this, I was able to get a lot of pictures beforehand and obtain answers to the questions I knew you were going to ask. Unfortunately, that was not the case with Bay Lake Tower. So you need to bear with me.
I checked in this morning (August 4) at 7:30. I rushed around like crazy taking pictures and videos for this blog. Since my laptop isn’t as powerful as I’d like, I returned home to create this blog. I’m heading back to Disney later this afternoon.
I know you’re going to have dozens of questions. But at the moment, I don’t have the answers. I usually try to answer my comments within 24 hours, but that’s not going to be the case over the next three days. Please feel free to send your questions via the comments section of this blog, but understand, it’s going to take me some time to get back to you with an answer.
Also, this blog will be heavy on pictures and short on commentary.
Okay, let’s begin.
To start, you check-in at the Contemporary. Bay Lake Tower does not have a “front desk.”
Here are some pictures of the front of the resort.
Just inside the front door are modernistic paintings of the Magic Kingdom castle.
Here are some pictures of the lobby.
You can also gain entrance to BLT via a walkway connecting it to the Contemporary. Okay, here comes the confusing part. The walkway at the Contemporary is on the fourth floor. It connects to the fifth floor of BLT.
You cannot gain access to any part of Bay Lake Tower without a room key. You can’t enter the lobby doors. You can’t walk across the skyway, and you can’t enter the pool without a key.
These next three pictures were taken just outside the lobby as you walk toward the pool area.
Here are some pictures of the pool.
Next we see three pictures of the slide.
There is a pool-side bar that also serves light meals. These include: Caesar Salad w/Chicken, Club Sandwich, Five Spice Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and Vegetable Summer Rolls.
Here is the hot tub.
Adjacent to the pool is a lovely beach with lounge chairs. To me, this might become the most romantic spot at all of Disney. Being early morning, the chairs were not yet set up.
There are a limited number of lockers at the pool.
Next we see pictures of the two elevator lobbies. Notice the Contemporary and Space Mountain in the background.
Here is a picture of a typical hallway and room-door exterior. Also, notice the Hidden Mickey in the carpet.
The first thing I noticed when I entered my room was the lamp positioned squarely in front of the window. What were the designers thinking? I’m paying for a view. I didn’t want a lamp in my way, so I immediately moved it.
Here are some pictures of the living and eating areas. Take a look at the Andy Warhol-esque picture of Space Mountain over the dining table.
There is a full bathroom off of the living room.
I was staying in a one-bedroom unit. Here are pictures of the sleeping area.
Next we see the balcony off of the bedroom. There are two chairs and a small table. As you can see, there is plenty of room for several people to stand here and watch the fireworks. This is the view from the seventh floor.
The master bath is separated from the bedroom by sliding doors.
Here we see photos of the master bath.
Also found in the one, two, and three bedroom units is a washer and dryer. For those of you staying in a studio, a laundry facility is located on the first floor off of the lobby.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got for now. I hope to visit the lounge this afternoon and hopefully have more pictures and information for you tomorrow. Below is a quick video I put together to try and give you a better idea of what the resort is all about. Enjoy.
The previous post in this blog was Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama.
The next post in this blog is Bay Lake Tower – Part Two.