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sandieb
04-20-2012, 05:37 PM
We just stayed in the Bay Lake Villas at the Contemporary. Because it was the first time staying there, we reserved the Theme Park View. Ugh. I call it the parking lot view. In your field of vision, you see 4/5 parking lot and 1/5 theme park. It was a major disappointment, and I would definitely recommend the lake view. However, it was a nice resort and it didn't ruin anything. Just not worth the extra points or good for sitting on the balcony.

drusba
04-20-2012, 05:47 PM
We just stayed in the Bay Lake Villas at the Contemporary. Because it was the first time staying there, we reserved the Theme Park View. Ugh. I call it the parking lot view. In your field of vision, you see 4/5 parking lot and 1/5 theme park. It was a major disappointment, and I would definitely recommend the lake view. However, it was a nice resort and it didn't ruin anything. Just not worth the extra points or good for sitting on the balcony.

Which floor? Yours is one of the repeated complaints of TPV. As a result, beginning next year, the 3rd and 4th floors are being converted to standard view (second floor has always been standard view). My personal view is that still is not enough of a conversion to solve this problem and they need to go up at least one more floor on that conversion but it is a start.

sandieb
04-20-2012, 06:11 PM
We were on the 6th floor.

When we checked in they gave us the 7th floor. We had a "deluxe" theme park view and were right by the elevator. The Grand Floridean was straight ahead and we could not see the theme park at all. I called down and talked to the front desk who moved us.

We were surprised that the second villa had a much worse view - but we did see the theme park. Anyway, we just decided to live and learn, and we won't stay there again.

The place is lovely, but we like the hustle & bustle of the BCV & Boardwalk, the location, and all of the assoiciated amenities.

rascalmom
04-20-2012, 07:28 PM
We were there last month - 7th floor. I was surprised how prominent the parking lot was in the view. I had asked for a high floor - but I guess 7 was the best they could do.

We loved the location - my "kids" are young adults now, but even though our focus isn't on the MK as much anymore, we loved having the restaurants of all the monorail resorts at our easy disposal.

I keep going back the fireworks though - I'd MUCH rather watch them from the park than from my balcony or the lounge. Now that I realize that, I'll save on points and go lake view if we ever decide to try BLT again.

Sammie
04-20-2012, 09:44 PM
No offense to anyone but I am surprised anyone is surprised at the views for BLT. :confused3

The hotel was built right where the North Garden Wing was and even though it is much taller they did not change the location.

I have never thought the views from the Contemporary resort were good compared to the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian.

The parking lot will always be in your line of view and location will always be to the side of Space Mt. not straight on.

The views at GFV will not be good ones either.

Other than the view; hope you had a good stay.

laura-k
04-21-2012, 01:41 AM
We just stayed in the Bay Lake Villas at the Contemporary. Because it was the first time staying there, we reserved the Theme Park View. Ugh. I call it the parking lot view. In your field of vision, you see 4/5 parking lot and 1/5 theme park. It was a major disappointment, and I would definitely recommend the lake view. However, it was a nice resort and it didn't ruin anything. Just not worth the extra points or good for sitting on the balcony.

I'm sorry you were disapointed ,I was so anxious when they were still building,that as soon as it was open I started watching on here to see the different views and thought the same thing regarding the parking lot and have just gone for the lake view . Glad you didn't let it ruin your trip-

smidgy
04-21-2012, 04:19 AM
this is exactly the reason we booked lake view. we stayed at BLT, once. never again. It's basically a hotel. and, of course, basically surrounded by parking.
we prefer the themes of beach club, boardwalk, wildreness lodge, carribbean beach port orleans, etc, etc.
we live near Chicago.. some of the priciest penthouses on the "outer drive" have "wonderful views" of the chicago lakefront, including numerous buildings (ok, also lake michigan).

i knew when choosing the view (and points) that any MK view would also include parking lot. from our lake view, we could watch the electrical water pagaent.
and one night (hallowwishes night) we went up to the top of the word to view hallow wishes!

WDW1
04-21-2012, 04:22 AM
Unfortunately the main thing that makes it theme park view is that you can see the fireworks... but if you want to see the fireworks, you will most likely be in MK seeing them there. But as previously stated, you live and learn.

Dziactor
04-21-2012, 10:29 AM
When we had a BLT Theme Park view at night we had a great view of the fireworks. We could even lay in bed and watch them. During the day I really didn't mind the parking lot view for what we got at night.

honeymo78
04-21-2012, 11:00 AM
We love the MK view from BLT. Yes, there is a parking lot below but we love watching the monorail, train, castle, astro orbiter and even splash mountain during the day. Heck I even don't mind watching the buses come and go both from CR and MK.

We used to stay at CR and loved the MK view from there. We bought at BLT so we could stay MK view in a 1br, but we knew exactly what to expect.

tammydel
04-21-2012, 11:35 AM
We had Lakeview last summer and loved it!
I would recommend it!!!

snackyx
04-21-2012, 12:44 PM
There does seem to be an ongoing problem with preminum views at some Disney resorts. While I have yet to stay at BLT, the MK views just do not seem THAT magical. The highest floors will get you the best chance, but most of the views from that building, from any floor, seem to really be parking lot views.

Check our some of the comments about the ocean view rooms at Aulani. Stand on your balcony, lean over the railing, turn your head 90 degrees and look across the pools and--presto--there is the ocean! Oceanview! More Points!

Inkmahm
04-21-2012, 12:55 PM
When it is just DH and me, I will do lake view. But in March we took my extended family with us so I did MK view. We were 5th floor, dedicated 2 bedroom, next to the north elevator. It was okay, but didn't seem to impress the family all that much since we weren't going to spend that much time in the room anyway.

Then my sister got sick and spent a whole day in the villa while the rest of us went to the parks. When we got back, she told me I hadn't wasted the points for the better view because she had spent much of the day staring out the window at the MK and enjoying the view. At least someone enjoyed it. :)

RachaelA
04-21-2012, 03:05 PM
Unfortunately the main thing that makes it theme park view is that you can see the fireworks... but if you want to see the fireworks, you will most likely be in MK seeing them there. But as previously stated, you live and learn.
Not if you have an infant like we do. We love Wishes, but I can't keep my 11 month old out every night. Therefore even some sort of a view of the fireworks is great for us. Now we won't get theme park that often, but I'm going in knowing its probably a so so view.

I know you said most likely but a lot of people aren't out late every nigh fighting the crowds. So we take what we can get :)

monkeyknuckler
04-21-2012, 05:11 PM
We've stayed at BLT in a std view and Theme Park view and not seen any difference, since the std view was only 1 floor down from the Park view. One good thing about Florida and BLT is that there are very few rusty cars in the parking lot. Where I'm from, you never see so many clean cars all at once. Its so magical.

Shellandscott
04-21-2012, 06:00 PM
We did TPV (8th floor) in May 2011 and it was theme park view if you stood on the balcony and twisted your neck to the right. From what I understand the layout goes Studio, 1 bdr, 1 bedroom, studio which each connect to make a two bed unit. If you get the first studio you have a great view of the MK as you go along the view gets worst but they all cost the extra points. We were very disappointed.

joeytdog
04-21-2012, 09:29 PM
Some background: gone 3x to Disney: 2007 BWV, 2009 BCV, 2011 BLT, all one bedrooms. We are renters not owners

Wanted to try BLT and took the plunge. did some research and was told some special requests to make to hopefully make our LV a TPV and it paid off as I would consider the room we had a TPV.

My first impression of the view was wow-that castle is far away and this is the parking lot.

We did a 9 night trip and early in our stay we did the fireworks from MK in the park (kids ages 6 and 7). It was trerrible. But I am glad we did it for the parade.

After that, we piped the music in on TV's and watched the fireworks from the balcony (as another poster stated) and that was just priceless! NO crowds, NO fighting, NO exiting. Just fireworks and bedtime---pure bliss!

Now that all being said---I can understand the original posters frustration--I know the points are high for a TPV--as I said I had a LV room.

--the points are so high maybe expexctations were too high? I dont know

--maybe he/she got the "worst" TPV while I had the "best" lake view?

All I can say is that I was afraid of so many of the things you hear about BLT--sterile, high rise, low themed, etc etc

But I really enjoyed it - just as much as BWV and BCV

What it does lack it makes up for -- monorail, view, the lack of walking those longggg hallways, pool, etc

I dont own and I dont have a hand in the pot this is all JIMO

I think it is worth a try for something new--in 2013 I am doing Fantasy cruise and probably back to Disney after that for GFV--I think I will LOVE that

Sorry you had a bad experience - or should I say, sorry your expectations are not met---I hate when that happens....

sandieb
04-21-2012, 09:37 PM
I am glad to hear that many liked the theme park view - it does make sense if you have little ones and need to get them to bed before/or just as the fireworks go off.

It didn't ruin my trip. The decor was quite elegant. I am glad there are so many DVC areas from which to choose. Also, now I know what I like and what I could pass up.

DizDays
04-22-2012, 01:02 PM
When we stayed at BLT in a LV, we were a little surprised at that. We had the most interior room of the LVs (it's sort of like a "u" around the pool and we were at the bottom right corner of the "u" and most of the lake was obscured by the two lengths of the building - but it was still a nice pool view anyway.

Because of the view experience in the LV, we took the BLT sales talk and they had rooms open. We wanted to see what the TPV looked like. In the bright sun of mid day, we were shocked. It was all parking lot dominant and the castle seemed so far away. That night, we watched the fireworks from the TotW platform - what a difference nighttime makes. The night erases the parking lot and all the park lights make the Kingdom look magical. It's definitely an evening view sort of resort.

But it's still Disney! And there's still the monorail and that easy walk to the park.

TisBit
04-22-2012, 01:11 PM
As others have said, unfortunately the parking lot is in between the Contempoary and the Theme park, so any theme park view is going to have a great view of the parking lot. And just like most other resorts, you have to keep in mind that Disney wants to shield guests inside the park from seeing things outside of the park. So, you really will only get to see the tops of buildings. The premium is charged for the fireworks and that is pretty much it (oh and even without the fireworks all the people that would still want to face the parks for whatever reason).

This isn't a DVC problem, as most resorts have similar problems with the views.

disneynutz
04-22-2012, 01:15 PM
It is what it is. Some folks like it, others don't. Disney's marketing info tends to hype things up a bit. We find the view less than expected.

:earsboy: Bill

abner1776
04-23-2012, 08:39 AM
Stayed at BLT in 2011...asked for lake view and while initially disappointed with 8th floor - south side view, we could see over to the GF on the far right and the lake on the far left with the Contemporary Resort and pool in front of us. The view was actually pretty good as we were high enough up to see all the way to Epcot and the fireworks at night...ya, it was a bit far away. As owners we watched wishes from the lounge at the top of BLT, so not having a MK view was not a big deal.

I would not dismiss the lake views at least from the outside rooms and from reading some of these posts, it looks like we had a better view than some of the MK rooms.

Sammie
04-23-2012, 08:06 PM
I am sure also it is much easier to like a view or be content with lack of a view when you are getting a room for about 50% off rack rate over owning.

4Ds4Diz
04-23-2012, 09:09 PM
Did we miss something? LOL :lmao:

I know what you mean when you talk about the parking lot. We stayed at the CR Theme Park view back in 2008. It was our first time with my kids. They were 5 and 8 at the time and being able to lay in bed at night and watch the fireworks was priceless to us. I loved the view in the morning of the Floridian, Poly and the monorail gliding by. Ahhhhh.....memories.

To be honest, I didnt realize how much parking lot there was until I looked at the photos once we got home! :rotfl2: Ahhh that Disney magic, it does provide the rose colored glasses.

I guess I can understand the disappointment with a view after using all those points, but I guess I am a "glass is half full" type. Beats a week at work!

Glad to hear it didn't ruin your trip. :hug:

LJD2143
04-23-2012, 10:48 PM
Contrary to the OPs experience, we booked a LV room last year and ended up with a partial Theme Park view....it was spectacular!:cloud9:

For those considering a stay at BLT, I would highly recommend taking a look at the BLT thread with room views. It can help with your expectations.:thumbsup2

Anal Annie
04-23-2012, 11:53 PM
We just got back from our first stay at BLT over spring break. We felt like we truely splurged just to do the LV. I would never "spend" so many points for a MK view. I had requested "upper floor, north side, even numbered room" and we got a great view on the 8th floor that was half lake / half tennis court, parking & theme park. We watched the fireworks from our balcony the first night and it really almost rivaled the night we watched them from the TOTWL. (NOTHING beats seeing them from a prime spot in the park itself though.) I think the 8th floor is still pretty close to the parking lot though & I feel like the higher the floor the less you notice the parking lot. We stayed there as a matter of convenience for easy access to the monorail and less need for buses over the busy Easter crowd week and I was happy with the LV villa that we got...although I could see easily being disappointed if you booked MK view and got a lower floor right above the parking lot.

YankeePrincess
04-24-2012, 04:15 PM
I will be doing my first TPV this May and I have no expectations of not seeing the parking lot. I mean it is common sense that you would see the parking lot since the hotel faces the parking lot. I just want to see the fireworks and the parking lot doesn't bother me.

Think Pink Tink
05-25-2012, 08:49 PM
We stayed at the Contemporary Resort in 2006 in a room with a TPV. At the time DD's were 3 and 5 and we were spolied by watching the fireworks every night from our room. It was the most magical thing we ever saw. And like a few others stated, at night, when it it dark, all I could see was the castle all lit up and it was beautiful! Not to mention how convienent it was to sit on our balcony and watch the fireworks...the kids had their baths and were in their PJ's and once the fireworks were over, BAM, into bed. A view of the parking lot is a small price to pay for the convienence and comfort of watching those fireworks from our room and not having to battle with the crowds with two small children.

We stayed at the Poly three years in a row after that and would watch the fireworks from the beach...it was also a great experience because they streamed the music from Wishes through speakers. But we always missed being able to sit on our balcony sipping a drink and watching from the comfort of our room. This August we are staying at BLT and have a room with a TPV and I am hoping the view is just as special as it was from the CR six years ago. I already know the parking lot will be there but once the sun goes down all I am going to see is the most magical view of the most magical place on earth pixiedust:

RobPickles
07-11-2012, 07:26 PM
It all depends on your room location.

We have done the MKV at BLT twice and the first time we had a room smack in the middle of the building and had a "perfect" dead on view of the Castle. We were able to see the fireworks from any part of our room and really enjoyed it since we had our DD who was 9 months old and didn't stay late in the park that often.

Last year, we tried it again and had a room that was off to the left, closer to the Contemporary and the MKV was not all that great. This time you could NOT see the Castle from ANYWHERE in the room and had to go out on the balcony to see the fireworks AT ALL.

We mentioned it to a few people and they told us to complain about it and most likely they would move our room, but we decided against it. We only did a few firework views from our room this time around anyway and figured we would let another family have the good view.

This year we figured it wasn't worth it. We took a LV room and extended our stay three extra days.

BWV Dreamin
07-12-2012, 04:28 PM
Which floor? Yours is one of the repeated complaints of TPV. As a result, beginning next year, the 3rd and 4th floors are being converted to standard view (second floor has always been standard view). My personal view is that still is not enough of a conversion to solve this problem and they need to go up at least one more floor on that conversion but it is a start.

I would not want anymore re-categorizing. Every time this happens it changes the point chart, increasing the points per night. The points chart is already high enough.

Sunshine22
07-12-2012, 05:18 PM
The MKV is quite magical if you are on a high floor (10th or greater IMO) directly facing the castle. Otherwise, the parking lot becomes a distraction during the day and somewhat at night. We had a spectacular exterior LV room on the 14th floor where we could see the lake but also MK to our left (castle, space mountain, etc). If we had been in our room during the fireworks, we would have had a decent view of them (only had this room for 2 nights). For the points, I would prefer this view vs. the MKV on a lower floor or not directly facing the castle. I've also stayed in interior LV rooms that face the pool and rooms on the other side of the resort with limited views of the lake. These rooms are not as magical as the exterior LV rooms. Since we own at BLT and know that we will be back, we are ok knowing that we will have great views on some trips and ok views on other trips. We will probably stay in MKV rooms when it's not peak season and LV rooms when it is.

Sandisw
07-12-2012, 06:58 PM
I would not want anymore re-categorizing. Every time this happens it changes the point chart, increasing the points per night. The points chart is already high enough.

One thing they could do, I think, without further affecting the points chart is make rooms on a certain floor--maybe 7th or 8th--and higher a booking category. Same points as those other TPV rooms, but you'd know when you booked what you were getting. Sorta of like how BW view and pool/garden are the same points.

dvcforever
07-12-2012, 09:08 PM
Love the Mk view rooms at BLT!!! So worth it!!!!

Finally DVC
07-12-2012, 09:27 PM
One thing they could do, I think, without further affecting the points chart is make rooms on a certain floor--maybe 7th or 8th--and higher a booking category. Same points as those other TPV rooms, but you'd know when you booked what you were getting. Sorta of like how BW view and pool/garden are the same points.

I so love this idea! As at BWV (and also OKW) it guarantees owners the chance to book the best rooms. On a side note, I'd love it if SSR bookings could be done by section. It's such a big resort and I've always thought owners (and anyone else booking, but especially owners) should be guaranteed the section they want.

JJSWDW
07-13-2012, 01:37 PM
Per other comments about the view being over hyped and not accurately represented in the marketing, there's probably some truth to that. Think about how many people stay at AK and expect to have animals eat out of their hands from their balcony. Either way, I don't think I've ever let the view from a hotel room ruin a trip, but maybe I've just been lucky.

Sandisw
07-13-2012, 02:22 PM
Per other comments about the view being over hyped and not accurately represented in the marketing, there's probably some truth to that. Think about how many people stay at AK and expect to have animals eat out of their hands from their balcony. Either way, I don't think I've ever let the view from a hotel room ruin a trip, but maybe I've just been lucky.

I do think you have a good point--how someone judges view is a matter of opinion so it would be very hard to completely meet everyone's mindset.

I am sure that the higher up you are at BLT, the better the view in those TPV rooms but we are like you--we don't go for the view but the location so seeing the parking lot--or the dumpster--would not bother us when we have the castle and Space Mountain in the distance.

Personally, we would never book a TPV room because the cost, compared to SV rooms, just wouldn't justify spending those points on view. But, for others, I am glad that they have at least changed things so that those that book know they will be 5th floor and higher.

las3888
07-13-2012, 09:10 PM
I just wanted to chime in and agree with the OP. We were disappointed with our MK view when we stayed at BLT. We were on a higher floor but basically had a monorail view. Also, it is super sunny in the late afternoon and that made it difficult to sit outside on the deck in the late afternoon/early evening. However, that is just one of our pet peeves. We booked a lake view this past spring and I'm not sure if we were given a true lake view--we checked in really really early and were given an available room--I don't think it was our intended room, but we took it since we really wanted to get settled. It was facing the lake if we were on the balcony and faced to the right. However, it was shady and we could watch the pool activities. It wasn't our favorite, but it was probably better than the MK view. I would love a standard view--I feel like we probably would end up with our best view ever and save a ton on points!!!!

supersuperwendy
07-14-2012, 01:15 AM
I don't think I'd splurge for theme park view at BLT....a couple of weeks ago I splurged on a lakeview 2 bedroom with dreams of really seeing beautiful bay lake. Instead I was 4th floor northfacing and could see space mountain and wishes clearly. I enjoyed seeing the fireworks but wasn't in love with my lake view. Our standard view in 2010 was far more worth the points for the view we had. So from now on it's standard view or nothing. I'd be afraid of splurging on a theme park view and hating it.

smidgy
07-14-2012, 01:21 AM
I just wanted to chime in and agree with the OP. We were disappointed with our MK view when we stayed at BLT. We were on a higher floor but basically had a monorail view. Also, it is super sunny in the late afternoon and that made it difficult to sit outside on the deck in the late afternoon/early evening. However, that is just one of our pet peeves. We booked a lake view this past spring and I'm not sure if we were given a true lake view--we checked in really really early and were given an available room--I don't think it was our intended room, but we took it since we really wanted to get settled. It was facing the lake if we were on the balcony and faced to the right. However, it was shady and we could watch the pool activities. It wasn't our favorite, but it was probably better than the MK view. I would love a standard view--I feel like we probably would end up with our best view ever and save a ton on points!!!!

hiere is our mantra: always, always wait for the better room rather than just take what is ready.

what's a few hours to wait (at the pool , getting something to eat, going to a park) compared to the whole stay in a room you don't care for.. just cause it was ready?

Sandisw
07-14-2012, 09:03 AM
I don't think I'd splurge for theme park view at BLT....a couple of weeks ago I splurged on a lakeview 2 bedroom with dreams of really seeing beautiful bay lake. Instead I was 4th floor northfacing and could see space mountain and wishes clearly. I enjoyed seeing the fireworks but wasn't in love with my lake view. Our standard view in 2010 was far more worth the points for the view we had. So from now on it's standard view or nothing. I'd be afraid of splurging on a theme park view and hating it.

It's amazing how the number of points you spend can alter one's perception. We too will only book SV rooms--unless I hit the lottery and then it will be GV all the time!!!:rotfl2:

When we go next month, we have both SV and LV rooms--had them all at SV and then canceled one of the rooms when one of my guests couldn't go and realized that is was a mistake so could only get back LV--so we will see how it goes...just hoping that we can all be the same floor with the SV rooms on the front of the building and the LV on the back so they can be close.

dizkneedreamers
07-15-2012, 05:58 PM
we loved our lake view and our theme park view. you can complain about the view, but it is the best theme park view at WDW. We stayed at grand floridian with a theme park view, and although it is our favorite hotel, the view doesn't come close to BLT.

RayJay
07-15-2012, 09:53 PM
No offense to anyone but I am surprised anyone is surprised at the views for BLT. :confused3

The hotel was built right where the North Garden Wing was and even though it is much taller they did not change the location.

I have never thought the views from the Contemporary resort were good compared to the Polynesian or the Grand Floridian.

The parking lot will always be in your line of view and location will always be to the side of Space Mt. not straight on.



Totally Agree, didn't think the water view was much better when we stayed in the garden wings, the tower is the place to be.

RayJay

PistolPeteCO
07-17-2012, 01:23 AM
Agree on the recategorization. The Park View rooms vary so much by location of the room. They do have great views though. Love when a LV room gets you a sneak peak of the parks.

MrsBlovesDisney
07-17-2012, 05:56 AM
One thing they could do, I think, without further affecting the points chart is make rooms on a certain floor--maybe 7th or 8th--and higher a booking category. Same points as those other TPV rooms, but you'd know when you booked what you were getting. Sorta of like how BW view and pool/garden are the same points.

Love that idea!!;)Love the Mk view rooms at BLT!!! So worth it!!!!

AGREED!!!!:cool1: