What It’s Really Like to Experience a Walt Disney World Resort
We’re back! If you’ve been keeping up with us, then you know a gaggle of my family traveled to Walt Disney World in February of 2019. Just like preparing for and planning a vacation is a part of the experience, I believe reflecting on your time is the capstone. So, here it is. My Disney Resort Review of eight days, seven adults, three toddlers, two resorts, and one magical experience.
For these eight days, we stayed in a two bedroom villa at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower. We are Disney Vacation Club members and this is our Home Resort. We’ve stayed in this particular location many times, but never in this size room. Because my cousin Ashlee came with us, we wanted to give her her own space. She needed a room, Caleigh needed a sleeping area, and we needed a room. This meant something larger than our typical size. I did post to my Instagram stories a little Disney Resort Review room tour. If you missed that, it’s in my Highlights titled “Disney World”.
Resort Review: Location & View
Bay Lake is always a good bet because of its distance to Magic Kingdom and monorail-capability to EPCOT. During our stay, we returned to the room every day around 1:30 for Caleigh’s nap. Unlike an adult or older kid vacation, we do spent a lot of time in the room because of the necessary evil of napping. This meant we went back and forth during the day – twice. Being able to walk or monorail was a HUGE time saver and extremely convenient!
We also ate breakfast on our final day at Chef Mickey’s, a character dining experience located inside The Contemporary. For us, this was incredibly convenient because it was mere steps away from our room. This is like not an experience we will do every trip, but for the first trip with all three girls, it was a must do!
Something that cannot be underestimated in Bay Lake Tower are the views. We can’t have a proper Disney Resort Review without talking about these! We sprung for a Magic Kingdom view and wow, did Disney deliver!
We could see Cinderella Castle from every window in the space. The best part for me is the bath tub views. I’m convinced they are the absolute best in the world. The tub has panels that slide back so you can see to your balcony, which means you can, from a tub of bubbles, watch the kiss goodnight – the fireworks over the castle as you bathe. Does it get better?!
Resort Review: Toddler Needs
While the room cost us in points, the spacing was perfection. Everyone had their own bathroom and separate sleeping quarters. We set up Cal’s camera and her Mella in her room so we had clear access to see and hear her, just like at home. To keep the space dark at night, Marc bought a tension rod from Amazon and two black out panels and we used this like a curtain going into her room, aka the living area. She slept on the double bed which pulled out from the couch and it worked out great! The extra darkness allowed us to move around outside the living area, including in and out of the room when we had a babysitter (thanks, Ash!).
The kitchen area allowed us to “make” breakfast in the mornings and the night a babysitter came for Caleigh, we cooked dinner for her in the room (okay, so it was Easy Mac, but we still heated it up).
Resort Review: Amenities
I know to some of you this is going to sound ridiculous, but the fact that we had a washer and dryer in our room made me ecstatic! With a toddler (and as someone who under packed for herself), we used it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And we came home with only a small load of washing to do! Sexy? No. Practical? Yes!
We also took advantage of the glorious weather and Ash and I went down to the pool. She used it more than I did and enjoyed her time there. I even had a cocktail from the pool bar!
While we didn’t use it as often as we could, the outside amenities here include boat rentals, a splash pad, nightly movies, and game boards – including an outdoor pool table! If we had more days (is there a certain amount of time when you don’t say that?), we could have used a whole morning just outside the resort without heading into the parks.
Resort Review: Final Thoughts
Some details about Bay Lake Tower that I find appealing and may be weird are as follows:
- The signature scent – it’s clean and light and immediately recognizable in the lobby!
- The artwork – I love the colors and the clean lines
- The tiles in the shower – feels like home
My final Disney Resort Review thoughts: Bay Lake Tower was worth every point we spent. The room gave us the ability to come and go easily, there wasn’t a single inconvenience in spacing, and it provided extra magic to us as we watched the Happily Ever After fireworks from the tub and opened our curtains to Cinderella Castle every morning.
Walt Disney World offers so many resort experiences – which is your favorite! Comment below!