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Much Needed (and Lengthy) Refurbishment Announced for Bay Lake Tower

Much Needed (and Lengthy) Refurbishment Announced for Bay Lake Tower

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Bay Lake Tower is the DVC portion of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It is in desperate need of some love, and Disney is finally addressing the issues with a much needed (and lengthy) refurbishment.

Bay Lake Tower

Disney Resorts That We Think are in Need of Some Love
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Bay Lake Tower (or BLT for short) is the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It was built in 2009 and is a favorite among fans because of the proximity to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney completed a really fun renovation of the cash rooms at the Contemporary Resort. The Incredibles theme is appropriate and exciting for this resort.

However, Bay Lake Tower was not included in the general retheme of Contemporary Resort, and it definitely shows. We are excited Disney is finally addressing the issues.


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The rooms are in desperate need of not just a cosmetic upgrade, but also logistical/technical upgrades as well. There are not enough outlets and/or USB ports to charge electronics in the rooms. This can be especially difficult for the MagicBand+ and other devices to charge.

As far as aesthetics, I think the room is really puzzling. The headboard has a light wood, while the small table and chairs and kitchenette feature dark wood. Then, the dresser is white and black. It all feels confusing as there is no continuity throughout the room.

Another component I am not a fan of is the separate kitchenette in the studios. It does offer a dedicated space, but it is a poor use of the already-small square footage. Many deluxe studios are able to sleep 5 with a pull down bed, but Bay Lake Tower does not. In my opinion, these rooms should offer a 5th sleeper instead of the kitchenette space.

Refurbishment Dates

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The Disney World website states room refurbishment work will take place from September 2024 to September 2025. During this time, Guests will hear and see construction work throughout the tower.

While we don’t expect the Incredibles theme to continue into Bay Lake Tower, we are excited to see what Disney accomplishes with it. Crossing my fingers for more outlets!

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Some people vacation with just 2

Sunday 28th of April 2024

Not everyone wants to cram 5 people into a studio. The kitchenette is nice and a definite difference and great spot for storage, and doing hair and make up in the mornings. It gives a nice semblance of a home-away-from-home. Though they may go with a 5th sleeper, as a large contract owner at BLT, I hope not.

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