recent family trip to Disney-- this time featuring our stay at Bay Lake Tower.
When we first took a tour of DVC in 2009 we were focusing on buying at Bay Lake Tower. After running some financial numbers and analyzing how/when we vacation as well as our long term hopes, we settled on Animal Kingdom Villas. The feel and cost, almost $10 point cheaper, just felt right for our family. We've then spent two years slightly poo poo-ing BLT... We. Were. Wrong.
It started with checking-in to the resort, which is done at the Contemporary Resort front desk. The manager of the entire hotel greeted me as I stood in line and actually helped check my family in. He answered any questions I had about the resort and gave me the wonderful "Welcome Home". The entire staff at check-in was some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable Disney Cast Members I have dealt with.
We then went to the Bay Lake Tower. The interior was beautiful-- especially the entrance of the tower. Nice, clean lines with a simple modern feel to it.
Our room was amazing-- the three bathroom options were great for our party of nine and everyone loved the large windows in the main area. The kitchen was nicely laid out with very convenient storage options. The artwork was amazing as well. I loved the decoration and feel we got just sitting there in the room.
Of course the main focus was the view-- amazing! During the day it was good, you do see a good bit of cars, buses, etc. At night though it was breathtaking. The park, monorail and other resorts illuminated at dark were amazing.
Overall this place is a great resort. Not too big like Animal Kingdom or Saratoga Springs can be. Nice modern feel. Amazing location! However, the point per night costs really make staying her impractical on a regular basis. Bay Lake is probably now my favorite DVC option, but still out of the range of what we can afford.
If money is no object when buying DVC this is the place... For the budget conscious though Animal Kingdom and Saratoga still offer the best value in my opinion.