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    • GoldenOakDreaming

      Registered: April 2016
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Tue April 19, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Transportation so close
      Cons: Check in at The Contemporary

      This is our Home Resort. The rooms are clean, service is great, if there is a problem the desk sends someone ASAP. Walk to the MK, buses are out your front door, and Epcot is just a Monorail hop away. The Top Of The World Lounge is an awesome spot for cocktails and fireworks. This is a fantastic place to vacation.
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      Registered: March 2011
      Location: Rhode Island
      Posts: 40
      Review Date: Tue February 23, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): location to Magic Kingdom, views
      Cons: large resort, lots of walking, must take monorail to Epcot

      We stayed in a studio on the 14th floor. We had a lake view but also ended up with a view of Space Mountain and the Castle.
      It's a quick walk to MK.
      The buses were fairly frequent. Wish they offered a bus to Epcot but you must take the monorail. It's not the most convenient sometimes, since you have to transfer at the T&TC.
      Although we loved the view from the room we received, it was very far from the Contemporary. The walk to the Contempo Cafe for drinks was silly long.
      The room is pretty cool, design-wise. It is small. We did a split stay at BCV and that room was enormous by comparison.
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      Registered: January 2012
      Posts: 7
      Review Date: Tue September 15, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location/Service
      Cons: None

      BLT is our home resort and we love it. We were there over the 4th of July and had a Magic Kingdom view. I think just that night made the price worth it. Fireworks were amazing.

      Resort is kept spotless and the service is great. We had stayed a couple days prior at Caribbean Beach and the difference was night and day.
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      Registered: October 2009
      Posts: 25
      Review Date: Sat August 29, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Convenience to parks and cleanliness
      Cons: none

      9 of us spend 3 nights in August 2015 in a villa at BLT. We were in an end unit and could see both the Magic Kingdom fireworks and a lovely view of Bay Lake.
      The room was beautiful and everyone was very comfortable as we had plenty of room. The staff was great, the resort was very clean.
      The BLT pool is really nice and we used it daily to take a break from the heat.
      Would recommend BLT without hesitation.
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      Registered: August 2008
      Location: Palm Coast, FL
      Posts: 20
      Review Date: Thu August 6, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great transportation access, quiet room, fireworks view
      Cons: None!

      We went for a short getaway 7/29-7/31 and stayed in a studio lake view on DVC points. Room was quiet and clean, short walk to elevator and then Contemporary main shopping area. Easy access to monorail, average wait time for bus to DHS. Enjoyed getting to see the fireworks from the Top of the World Lounge. Would definitely recommend and will most definitely return again!
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      Registered: May 2015
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Mon May 18, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): The space, the view, the location
      Cons: Long drive to get off property.

      My family stayed in a 3-bedroom Grand Villa at Bay Lake Tower (suite 8422) for 9 nights, May 8-17, 2015. The space is spectacular: it's on the 14th floor, with a two-story living room. The view is of the Magic Kingdom. While it's across parking lots, the space is high enough that it doesn't matter. The living room and two of the three bedrooms have great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. The space is well appointed, with full kitchen and dishes for 12 people. The Magic Kingdom is a short walk, and other resorts accessible by monorail or bus from the Contemporary. Cast Members were uniformly helpful, and the space was serviced daily (we were on a hotel, not a DVC, basis). Service was done early enough the suite was clean for an early-afternoon break. It was a level of luxury that we do not generally have, and was seductive. I had two small quibbles. Surprisingly for a resort marketed to children, they do not have one-step stools available. (The child in the party is 5, and she uses a small stool to reach the bathroom sink. She's tall enough that she managed without, but it would have been helpful.) And driving away from the Magic Kingdom area is slightly tedious, but do-able.
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      Registered: January 2010
      Location: Richmond Virginia
      Posts: 91
      Review Date: Thu April 30, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Room views
      Cons: No food options

      We stayed two nights at BLT starting on 4/19/2015. We transferred from PO-Riverside on the morning of 4/19. We arrived around 12:30pm and checked in – our room was not ready. However, an hour later, as we are walking into the Magic Kingdom, I received the text stating that our room was ready.

      Our room was a deluxe studio on the 14th floor of BLT. Officially, our room was a “standard view” room, but we had very good views of the MK while standing on the balcony. We watched the Wishes fireworks show both nights we were there.

      When we stayed at BLT in February, we hated our room and the bed – it was hard as a brick. This time the room was very nice and the bed was much more comfortable. I liked the fact the Disney had added a sink to the bathroom and fixed the gap on bathroom door between the door and the frame when it was closed. There used to be a huge gap that allowed everyone to see into the bathroom.

      We would stay again based on this most recent stay.
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      Registered: July 2010
      Posts: 27
      Review Date: Sat November 29, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Clean, modern
      Cons: Small

      We booked a studio in BLT for a long weekend when nothing else was available at the Contemporary. We found the room rather small, OK for two people but any more and they'll be tripping over one another. Reminded us of a cruise ship cabin. A queen bed was wedged in tightly next to a sleeper sofa, but we can't imagine more than a couple in the studio. The bathroom arrangement is just weird with the basin and mirror in the kitchen alcove and the toilet and tub in a separate alcove. Kinda like shaving in the kitchen. We had a parking lot view room but we could see the MK and fireworks from our balcony, even on a lower floor. No complaints about the cleanliness. Parking lot was never full. Bit of a hike to the Contemporary for amenities but we expected that.
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      Registered: August 2010
      Location: PIttsburgh, PA
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Thu October 16, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location; rooms were a good size
      Cons: None

      We recently joined the DVC, and we stayed for the first time in Bay Lake Tower in August 2014. We are a family of five, with three school aged children, so we stayed in a one bedroom room with a lake view. After several trips of staying in a cramped one room hotel room on property, we felt that our stay at bay lake tower was absolutely wonderful! The full-size kitchen and the laundry room made it worth the extra cost. The master bathroom was beautiful too. The resort itself has a very calming atmosphere, which is very important when you're staying at Disney World. we absolutely loved going up to the lounge on the 16th floor, and then viewing the fireworks from there afterwards. It certainly beats having to watch the fireworks amongst all the crowds at the Magic Kingdom. It will be hard for us to stay anywhere else next time especially since it is only a 10 minute walk to the Magic Kingdom. My kids say that they loved staying here, and I would recommend this resort to anyone!
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      Registered: September 2011
      Location: Oklahoma City
      Posts: 45
      Review Date: Sun September 14, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Close to MK
      Cons: Crowded monorail

      This isn't my favorite resort. I've wanted to stay here for a while thinking it would be fun to be on the monorail line. That fun was gone our first morning to use the monorail as it was very crowded. The lobby in the Comtemporary was very noisy & crowded at almost all times of the day. I've never seen so many strollers in all my life!
      The bed in master bed was sagging on one side & there was literally writing on the bathroom wall.
      As for the positive, we had a party of 5 including a 15 yo girl, so 2 bathrooms were great! The California Grill was fantastic! It was great to see the fireworks from the resort. The staff was always friendly & helpful. A 5 minute walk to MK can't be beat. However, for the cost I'd rather stay at an EPCOT resort.
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      Registered: August 2006
      Location: Central Virginia
      Posts: 46
      Review Date: Mon July 28, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): The View!
      Cons: Studio Size

      With OKW as our home resort, we're used to larger studios, but you can't beat the view. This was supposed to be just my wife and I getting a 1-day jump on the family vacation. The rest of the family was arriving the next day to start a 2 week stay at OKW. At the last minute our youngest got time off from her summer internship and riding with us was cheaper than a plane ticket. For 2 people the studio is fine, but no more than 2.We had a theme park view which was great both day and night views.Took the boat over to Fort Wilderness to enjoy the Trail's End Buffett, well worth the ride & price.Went up to the Top of the World Lounge to watch fireworks. We were seated at the window and enjoyed a few drinks and snacks before it started. While we could see most of the fireworks, it was a little irritating when people arrived and lined most of the railing in front of us, blocking the view of the castle. I mean there's a lot of railing...
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      Registered: July 2006
      Location: Taunton, Massachusetts
      Posts: 42
      Review Date: Tue July 22, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location
      Cons: Crowded elevators, food court

      We are currently staying in a 3 bedroom on a six-night vacation. There are ten of us. The condo is very spacious, beds are super comfortable. Pool is great, and how can you beat a quick walk to the MK? The elevators closest to the walkway going to the Contemporary are always very crowded, however. Small thing, I guess. The biggest con is the food court at Contemporary. You have to order on a touch screen. If you want something modified (no gravy, different side dish, etc) you have to go to the register, have them note the change and pay, then get a beeper and wait for your food. Not very streamlined. Food is "ok", nothing to write home about.
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      Registered: May 2006
      Location: USA
      Posts: 36
      Review Date: Sun June 29, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, bright rooms, pool, did I mention location?
      Cons: Check-in, monorail not always running

      Bay Lake Tower is a great place to stay if you have little ones who love Magic Kingdom, which we do. We booked a 2 BR Lake View Villa, and upon arriving at noon, were told that our room would be ready at 3. We waited patiently, as we know check in is at 4, but it wasn't ready until 4:15 which was a bit annoying but at least we had the pool and Community Hall. The check in staff seemed clueless and couldn't answer questions about the room or transportation.

      Now onto the positives. Our room was beautiful and had a great view of the lake and pool, as well as Epcot in the distance (Illuminations at night) and the water parade. We loved the view, especially in the morning while we ate breakfast and drank coffee on the balcony. The room was bright, clean, and in good condition. The pool area was a lot of fun, including the slide and the Mickey splash area too. The pool staff and campfire staff were wonderful with the kids.

      You can't beat the location for walking distance to MK and monorail too, but on our vacation which was the last week in June (busy time) it didn't start running until 8:30 which was a bit puzzling. Buses were fine but for Epcot, it would have been nice to have a monorail a bit earlier to be there for opening.
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      Registered: May 2014
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Sat May 24, 2014 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 5 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): easy to get to disney world and epcot
      Cons: Need repairs

      Room had trash in it on arrival, and need some repair work. Pool is small and loud
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      Wendy Writes

      Registered: May 2010
      Posts: 34
      Review Date: Sun May 4, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 5 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great Location
      Cons: Cleanliness

      Unfortunately, as I have experienced with other DVC locations it is showing wear and tear.
      The carpet was stained and when we pulled out the sleeper sofa there was garbage behind the headboard area.
      There were leftover items in the drawers in the kitchen.
      They missed towel replenishment on day 4 and when we contacted them they said we would need to pay.
      DVC is a wonderful idea but for the annual dues we pay we expect a fully cleaned room upon check in and top rate service, not second class. I wonder if anyone else in DVC feels that way about the upkeep.
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