Opening Date: August 4, 2009
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2060
2020 Annual Dues per Point: $6.58 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $235 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $135 - 150 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: 2021- 2022
In November 2007, as Saratoga Springs and Animal Kingdom Villas were in the middle of construction, Disney filed for the replacement of the north garden wing of the contemporary with a building called the "Kingdom Tower". Disney kept the fact that this was a DVC building very close to the vest to keep the sales at the other resorts going. In February 2008 Dsiney filed with the state government to “add a ninth component site to be known as Kingdom Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.” Yet they still tried to keep it a secret to the public until officially announcing it September 16, 2008 as Bay Lake Tower (BLT). This date should be remembered as the point at which DVC transferred from being more interested in providing a semi-deluxe accomodations at a value to providing deluxe accomodations at a slightly less deluxe price. Sales on the new property began at $112 per point. The resort opened on August 4, 2009 with the price still at $112 per point. Three years later, the price point was $165 - in case anyone is ever wondering when did DVC prices get so expensive? The resort was sold out in the fall of 2011, about 3 years after opening.
BLT has 5,732,762 points, which puts it more or less in the middle of all the resorts in terms of size, but the largest of the MK area resorts. There are 15 floors with three different types of views:
The resort has a total of 281 units. Every single studio and 1-bedroom at the resort is part of a 2-bedroom lockoff, meaning there are no dedicated studios or 1-bedrooms. The Grand Villas are all at the top of the tower. The building itself is connected by a walkway on the 4th floor to the main building of the contemporary.
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility.
It should be noted that the DVC studios are smaller than most every other DVC property, while the 1-bedrooms are a little larger than normal.
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-Off Villa:
3 Bedroom Villa - First Floor:
3 Bedroom Villa - Second Floor:
BLT has very little dining of its own, but because of the walk to the Contemporary, that resort is also included in the list of dining options. Being on the monorail, it is also easy to get to both the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian.
There is one laundry location at Bay Lake Tower - it is on the first floor and contains 3 washers and 6 dryers. Washers and Dryers can be monitored by using the website Laundryview.com (or their app).
American Beauty Shoppe & Captain’s Chair Enjoy haircuts, facials and manicures at this 3rd floor parlor at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Fantasia Market Discover sweet treats, Disney apparel and souvenirs on the 4th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Bayview Gifts Shop for premium Disney souvenirs
While the monorail can take you to both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, the walk from BLT to Magic Kingdom is around 5 minutes and one of the highlights of this resort. The monorail can also take you to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian.
Boat Transportation will take you to Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness, but not to any of the parks.
Bus Transportation is also available to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, as well as the two water parks and Disney Springs. Transportation is often shared with another resort - usually Wilderness Lodge.