Posts Tagged by Contemporary Resort

Bay Lake Tower Grand Villa Tour


The Contemporary Resort is a classic fixture at Walt Disney World.  Even after 40+ years, it’s 70’s era charm still seems, well contemporary, in a nostalgic sort of way.  And who doesn’t love gliding through the lobby on the monorail or looking down on the Magic Kingdom from California Grill?  The perks of this resort just go on and on.  So in 2008 when the announcement that a new Disney Vacation Club (DVC) property was being built as part of the resort, Disney fans were thrilled!  This was the perfect addition to the Contemporary and the DVC resort group!

The Grand Villas at Bay Lake Tower are all two stories and located on the top 2 floors of the building.  These are perfect for a big family getaway or a runDisney race weekend with friends, which is when I stayed there.  Let’s go inside!!

Living Room & Kitchen

The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the villa are the GIANT windows!  The windows are two stories and look out over Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom.  While the furniture isn’t the most comfortable (most contemporary designs really aren’t in my opinion), the views make you forget about that.  Well that and the large flat screen TV 🙂



I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the kitchens at Bay Lake Tower.  Look at this thing!  Stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, tons of cabinets…how do I bring this home??


The Views

Our villa had a Lake View, so we were able to watch the Contemporary Resort marina and see Epcot and even all they way out to Downtown Disney!



Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom is located on the first floor with a king-sized bed and a bathroom the size of my first apartment in NYC.



Look at this shower…I was dying to check out the rain feature!  Sadly it wasn’t my room…


Second Floor Lounge

Heading upstairs there is another seating area to relax in.  This was B’s favorite area 🙂


You can kind of see why…the couch is a little more welcoming than the one downstairs.



Also looking downstairs is pretty cool from up there!



 Upstairs Bedrooms

The two bedrooms upstairs are virtually identical.  They each have 2 queen beds, an over-sized closet, spa like bathrooms and their own balconies.






Added Bonuses!

There are a lot of added bonuses to staying at one of these Grand Villas.  First (and one of my favs!) is the laundry room.  It’s not just a stackable washer and dryer in a closet like other resorts, but a full on laundry room.  This is so perfect to wash all your nasty running clothes after a race before heading home!


Next is the additional bathroom on the first floor.  When staying with multiple people it’s nice to have a bathroom off of the living room to quickly use if your bedroom is upstairs.  Oh and by the way, that make 4 full bathrooms.  That’s 3 more than I have in my home!!!


If you have a lake view villa (which I actually prefer!), you get your own “private” show of the Electrical Water Pageant.  You just can’t been that music 🙂


And last but certainly not least, because the 2nd floor of the villa is on the 16th  floor there is easy access to my favorite lounge on property…Top of the World!  It really is the best place to end a magical day at Walt Disney World 🙂



I can’t say enough good things about the Grand Villa at Bay Lake Tower.  Basically, I’d just like to move into one.  Or at the very least stay there for every runDisney race weekend.  Now how to win that DVC lottery???

Which DVC Grand Villa would you most like to stay in?

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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: July 30, 2013

It’s been a slow week for me around here because my Mom was visiting from South Carolina!  It’s the first time I’ve seen her since WDW Marathon Weekend in January so we’ve been spending a lot of time catching up.  Sometimes it’s important to unplug and spend time with the ones you love, even if it means falling behind on your blogging every once and a while 🙂


In case you missed it, here’s what’s been happening on Running at Disney this week:

And here’s what’s new over on RAD Living:

Now on to some RAD Reads…I’ve fallen behind on my running & fitness reading, but I’ve get a bunch of great Disney stuff for ya!

Running & Fitness Posts
Carrots ‘n’ Cake looks at a variety of different running workouts.

Disney Posts
Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free in WDW indulged in some beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory…SO excited about these!

Main Street Gazette takes a look at some of the best cast members in WDW.

Imagineering Disney has some great construction photos of the Contemporary Resort.

Eating WDW enjoys Roxanne’s Kitfo Leb Leb Flatbread on Jiko’s new menu…YUM!

Disney at Work has some rumors about the expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

A Pinch of Pixie Dust shares her early impressions of My Magic Plus.

Weekly Review
I dealt with some dehydration earlier in the week, but managed to get some good workouts in.  To view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: 3.2 Mile Run
Monday: CrossFit: Back Squats, Pull Ups & Wall Balls
Tuesday: CrossFit: Power Clean, Dead Lift, Clean & Jerk
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: CrossFit: Hang Squat Cleans, Push Jerks & Running
Saturday: Yoga – 75 min

Since Mom was here and we were traveling around a bit, I didn’t get a long run in this weekend, but I did take her to her first yoga class and she LOVED it!  I’m going to get back at it this week…along with blogging on the regular!

Friday Feast: One Day in the World

Next Saturday I will be in Walt Disney World for only one day, my shortest trip ever.  Since dining in WDW is one of my favorite things, I’m having quite the dilema trying to figure out where to go.

Here’s the scenario:
Arrival: 11:00 pm Friday night
Departure: 9:00 am Sunday morning
Resort: Beach Club Villas (BCV)
Priorities: Star Wars Weekend (SWW)
Transportation: Rental Car

My original thought was to go to SWW in the early part of the day, returning to BCV for a short rest, then head to Flying Fish Cafe for dinner, and finish the night back at the Studios for the Hyper Space Hoopla.  But my plans have derailed due to a few factors…

1. Tutto Gusto opened.  Wine, meats, cheeses…who can pass that up?  After seeing all of the recent reviews on sites like the Disney Food Blog and Eating WDW, I NEED to go here!  My mouth is watering just looking at the photos!  These are some of my favorite things.  Since I’m staying at BCV, I can probably pop over there, but will have to sacrifice some SWW time.  Is it worth it?

2. Hubs has requested sushi at California Grill.  How can I say no to this??  This is one of our favorite things about WDW and something we look forward to every visit.  Sushi back home just doesn’t compare anymore now that we’ve been privileged to California Grill’s Sushi.  The Dragon Roll is simply life changing.  This will take a serious chunk of time to get over to the Contemporary Resort, but it will also make us both VERY happy.

Who can pass this up??

So what to do??  We are both HUGE Star Wars fans and this will be our first SWW, so we want to take in as much as possible.  On the other hand, this is our first vacation in a while so we feel we should indulge in our favorite thing…dining.  Oh the first world problems we have… 🙂

I want to hear from you!  

What would you do?  If you had only ONE day in WDW, what would your priorities be?  What would your dining priorities be?