My earliest memory of a Disney hotel is riding through the Contemporary Resort in 1975. My family never stayed there for even one night, as my Dad made no secret that it was WAY out of our price range. I rode through the building by day, then rode home late at night in a 1973 Ford LTD to sleep on my parent’s friend’s couch 28 miles from the Disney property. We snuck our lunch into the park during the 1970s as well, which I absolutely hated. I vowed to stay at the Contemporary when I grew up. Now I look back, and I’m just grateful I was even in Orlando on vacation.
Here I am as an adult, riding pretty much the same monorail through pretty much the same Contemporary Resort, but hark…what new building is that out yonder monorail window? THAT is Disney’s Bay Lake Tower. If you’ve seen it, you instantly wonder, how much it costs to vacation there? Ok, Disney Princesses, you might want to sit down…
With amazing views of Bay Lake, there is no closer walk to the Magic Kingdom from any Disney resort. The 16-story, 428-room Bay Lake Tower Resort, one of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts, was built to resemble the modern-styled Contemporary, with the two buildings linked by covered walkway. They also share multiple amenities, so you reap many of the fabulous benefits of the Contemporary just by staying next door.
Room perks of Bay Lake Tower
- Free Wi-Fi, free wired high-speed Internet is available in all rooms
- Flat – panel television
- 24-hour room service is available
- Your own patio
Resort perks available at Bay Lake Tower
- arcade/game room
- on site marina
- massage/spa treatment rooms
- 3 outdoor pools and a water slide
- 4 spa/hot tubs
- 2 restaurants within walking distance
- coffee shop/cafe within walking distance
- poolside bar
- fitness facility and tennis
- wedding services
- room service
- beach/pool umbrellas
Let’s get to the price with no room discount and before taxes are applied. For Value Season, which includes dates in January, February, August and September, 2013 prices are as follows per night on a week day:
Studio – Standard View – $431
One Bedroom – Standard View – $535
Two Bedroom View – $726
Three Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View – $1838
For Summer Season, which includes dates in June and July, 2013 prices are as follows per night on a week day:
Studio – Standard View – $482
One Bedroom – Standard View – $584
Two Bedroom View – $924
Three Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View – $2040
And check out Holiday Season, for all of you who really want to experience the Christmas holidays at Walt Disney World. 2013 prices for December 20th to December 31st are as follows:
Studio – Standard View – $609
One Bedroom – Standard View – $776
Two Bedroom View – $1299
Three Bedroom Grand Villa – Lake View – $2441
Notice those are not weekend prices; weekend princes are, of course, even higher.
Have you caught your breath yet?
I did my price research at expedia.com and Disneyworld.com. What I’ve shown you are show room prices – exactly what you would pay, pre-tax mind you, if you booked a room with no discounts. Remember that prices change frequently, so don’t make any reservations without checking the prices out for yourself.
There are other options for staying at Bay Lake Tower. You can travel during times of year when Disney offers discounts on rooms. I have noticed these occur most often in the fall and pre-spring, when your children are in school.
The Disney Vacation Club offers a chance to pre-pay for your room through a financial arrangement similar to a time share. That topic is for a different day, but it’s certainly not cheap, although I am a fan.
So can a Disney Princess afford to stay at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower without a discount? If you can’t pick up a room discount, you just might have to sell off some of the royal jewels!
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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you on the walkway over to the Contemporary Resort for some lunch at the Contempo cafe.
Disney’s Cheapskate Princess