Bay Lake Tower - Part Three
This final blog about Bay Lake Tower will contain some odds and ends not previously covered. Also, at the end of this article, I have included a Q&A section.
Let's start with the Community Center. Located off of the Bay Lake Tower Lobby, the Community Center is where you'll go if you want to engage in some sort of activity. When you check in, you should find a "Recreation Activities" bulletin in your room. This sheet lists all of the activities provided for the next week as coordinated through the Community Center. These include Disney trivia challenges, campfire/marshmallow roasts, pool volleyball, ceramics, and sand art creations, just to name a few. DVD's can also be checked out here. They are free to members and a $5 charge for others.
Also in the Community Center are a number of games. These include Wii, computer, and the board variety. This is also the spot where you can check out shuffleboard and bocce ball equipment.
At the Cove Bar out by the pool, you can enjoy a refreshing libation. Also available is a limited menu offering quick service meals.
Also at the Cove Bar you can order Private Dining. Just pick up the phone and place your order. Within thirty minutes your meal arrives in an attractive bento box. (Mine arrived in less than ten.)
I ordered the Contemporary Club Sandwich from Private Dining. The second meal is from the Cove Bar and is the Five Spice Chicken Lettuce Wrap.
Next to the Cove Bar is the beverage refill station for those of you who have purchased refillable mugs.
Next to the pool is a Mickey shaped fountain for kids to run and splash in.
The swimming pool features zero entry at one end.
On the shores of Bay Lake is the best spot on property to have a BBQ. Several covered picnic tables are available and you can't beat this view while basting those ribs.
To the north of BLT are two new tennis courts. These are for the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower only. No reservations are needed as this is a first come, first serve facility. Please limit your play to one hour.
When you arrive at your room, one of the first things you should do is study the Evacuation Route sign on the back of the door. You need to know how to exit the building in case of an emergency.
This picture hangs over the sofa. Pretty cool.
These next two pictures were taken while I was lying in bed. Nice view, huh?
Back at the Top of the World, I wanted to give special thanks to my waiter Dan. He took care of serving me drinks and food for two evenings and I couldn't have asked for a better cast member to wait on me.
Here is the menu featuring the items served at the Top of the World. Last night I opted to try the Chicken & Vegetable Summer Roll. To be honest, I thought they were somewhat bland, but the accompanying peanut sauce added a nice flavor.
I've created a short video of the Wishes Fireworks Show and the Electric Water Pageant as seen from the Top of the World.
Questions & Answers
Many of you asked questions about the resort, and I did my best to answer them when I posted your comments, but I realize that it's not easy to wade through the comments looking for something in particular. Below, I tried to capture all of the questions asked over the last several days and provide an answer to the best of my understanding.
Q. Is there music in the lobby and halls?
A. Light Jazz/New Age music is played in the lobby, but not on the hallways. More upbeat music is played out by the pool.
Q. Are there age/height/weight restrictions for the pool slide?
A. I could find none. All I could find was a sign displaying general safety rules.
Q. Is there a charge for the pool lockers?
A. The lockers cost a quarter and are coin operated.
Q. Are the room washer and dryers reduced in size?
A. Although the washer and dryer are stacked, they seem to be of a standard size, large enough to hold a decent load.
Q. Does the pool bar accept the Disney Dining Plan or Tables in Wonderland?
A. Not at this time.
Q. Can we watch the fireworks from the Skyway Bridge?
A. Yes, and the music is played in this area.
Q. Can we watch the fireworks from the elevator lobbies?
A. Yes, but there is no music played in this area.
Q. Can you see the fireworks from the pool and hot tub?
Q. Are there speakers on the room balconies?
A. No. However, your television broadcasts the fireworks music on channel 20.
Q. In what rooms can Ethernet/HSIA connections be found?
A. In the one-bedroom units, the only connections are in the master bedroom at the desk.
Q. What room is the balcony next to?
A. On the one and two bedroom units, the balconies are situated off of the bedrooms with sliding glass doors. An additional standard door connects the balconies to the living room.
Q. Do guests staying at the BLT have a separate check-in line at the Contemporary Resort.
A. No. All cast members can provide service for both resorts.
Q. Do the bathroom doors have locks?
Q. Can the sliding doors between the master bedroom and bathtub be locked?
Q. Is there someone who can provide "general information" at the BLT?
A. An information desk is located in the lobby and is manned during much of the day.
Q. Does the monorail stop at the BLT?
A. No. You must take the Skyway bridge to the Contemporary to catch the monorail. If you're heading for the Magic Kingdom, it may be quicker to walk.
Q. How long is the walk from the BLT to the Magic Kingdom?
A. I think the average walker could make it in ten minutes.
Q. Does the Skyway Bridge have glass to protect you from the wind and rain?
A. No. One small section of the walkway has frosted glass panels, but this is to shield your view of the loading dock below.
Q. What is the music you used on the video you created (on the BLT Part 1 Blog)?
A. The title of the piece is "Behind the Waterfall" and can be found on the CD titled "Natural States."
Q. Will the addition of BLT increase the number of people boarding the monorail at the Contemporary?
A. Not really. Remember, the North Wing was located here before the BLT. The two structures have basically the same amount of rooms. Although the number of people may increase some, that number is insignificant compared to the monorail capacity.
Q. The furniture looks uncomfortable. Is it?
A. The barstools were fine, but the sleeper sofa and sleeper chair were stiff and I did not find them comfortable. This simply might be because they're new. I'm hoping that after they're "broken in" they will be okay.
Q. Are hair dryers provided?
A. Yes. One can be found in the master bathroom drawer.
Q. On what floor do the rooms start?
A. In an earlier answer, I said the 2nd. This is incorrect. There are some rooms on the first floor.
Q. Do all of the rooms have a balcony?
A. Yes. Studio and one-bedroom units have one balcony. Two bedroom units have two balconies. And the Grand Villas have four. Units on the first floor have a small patio.
Q. Is construction of BLT complete?
A. Construction on Bay Lake Tower is complete. Of course, being new, there are bound to be a few things here and there that require attention. But if you're worried about hearing jackhammers, that's not going to be a problem.
Q. Does Bay Lake Tower offer room service?
A. A complete room service menu is offered. The kitchens in the Contemporary will be servicing the BLT.
Q. What type of cooking utensils/pots and pans are in the kitchen?
A. There is a full set of pots and pans, casserole dishes, knives, tableware and flatware. You name it, it's here. You will have no problem preparing meals in this kitchen.
Q. Did I see an overhead nozzle in the master bathroom shower?
A. Yes. There are two nozzles here, one on the wall and one on the ceiling. However, only one can be activated at a time.
Q. Can I use filters and loose grounds to make my coffee in the provided coffee maker?
Q. Is the sofa bed comfortable?
A. I never slept on it so I can't answer your question. However, the bed in the master bedroom was extremely comfortable.
Q. Who may use the Top of the World lounge?
A. Current policy states: Only DVC members staying on points and staying at the Bay Lake Tower, and those staying in the room with them, may use this lounge.
Q. Will this policy change?
A. Probably. At the moment, Disney does not know what the actual demand for this venue will be, and until that can be ascertained, they're taking a conservative approach and limiting access. I'm certain that this policy is in flux and we will probably see it change several times before a permanent procedure is settled upon.
Q. How do you gain access to the lounge?
A. Guests must check-in at a podium in the lobby of BLT. A cast member will check your room key. They can tell by the information printed on the card whether or not you're allowed to access the lounge. Once you have been cleared, you are escorted to a dedicated express elevator.
Q. I don't like this policy. Who can I complain to?
A. Since this policy is in flux, you might want to wait a month or so and see what happens. But if you want to voice your displeasure now, contact a DVC representative if you're a member. Non-DVC members should contact guest relations.
Q. Are children allowed at Top of the World?
A. Yes. Children, accompanied by an adult, can visit the Top of the World. However, they should refrain from sitting at the bar.
Q. What is the capacity of the Top of the World?
A. The lounge and outdoor viewing area combined can hold 499. The lounge alone can accomodate a little over one hundred.
Q. What are the hours of the Top of the World?
A. The Top of the World is open from 5pm until midnight -- last call is at 11:45.
Q. Can you make reservations for Top of the World?
Q. Can you use Table In Wonderland at Top of the World?
Q. Can you use the Disney Dining Plan at Top of the World?
A. Yes. But you might not want to. It takes one full-meal credit to order one flatbread. This would not be a good use of your credits.
Q. Does Bay Lake Tower have its own bus stop?
A. No. Guests staying at BLT share the Contemporary bus stop.
Q. Does Bay Lake Tower have its own exercise room?
A. No. Guests staying at BLT will use the gym at the Contemporary.