Disney's CONTEMPORARY RESORT and BAY LAKE TOWER INFORMATION THREAD ~2015~

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  1. lady_hlh

    lady_hlh DIS Veteran

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    Were staying in the garden wing again this year in August because we loved it so much last year. I know that Disney is in the process of fencing in all the pools except the "quite" ones, does anyone know when CR is scheduled to get fences or are they up already? My DH likes to swim late at night and wants to switch resorts if the pools at CR are locked up at night. Maybe I should tell him that they are and I'll get to switch to YC which is another one of our favorite resorts ;)
     
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  3. lovesdumbo

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    Studios at BLT are small with kitchenette taking up quite a bit of room. I liked the layout of the studio and the kitchenette provided a lot of storage but I think you might be better off in a room at CR. Those rooms are huge. In the studio you would have queen bed & full sleep sofa. At CR you would have daybed and either 2 queens or king.
     
  4. krinicone

    krinicone Earning My Ears

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    Thanks. Yes, I am leaning towards CR. I finally found a couple threads from a few yrs ago discussing this. The only concern I have is about elevators at CR, I've read some negative reviews about elevators not working or there just not being enough of them? Are they bad?
     
  5. mom2travel

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    I can't tell you when they are scheduled to go up, but can tell you there were no fences at CR main pool when we checked out a few days ago
     
  6. BlueFairy

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    With the Poly pool closed and the recent announcement that this work will be starting 9/3 at WL and continuing until Nov, rooms around MK are getting scarce and the villagers are revolting. I think you can assume that CR will not have a pool refurb this fall. I also think if they were planning an August refurb it would have been announced or leaked by now.
     
  7. johnsonet

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    I've stayed once at BLT (in a magical, 2-bedroom, Magic Kingdom view villa pixiedust:) and several times over the years at CR.
    In my opinion, if this is one of your first Disney stays, especially with a little one, I'd stay in the hotel. It's more festive and Disney-themed. BLT was gorgeous but when I was there, it was more like a nice apartment building than a hotel. Maybe it's b/c there was no front desk in the lobby :confused3 At least not at that time (2010). Of course, that can be a good thing. But if I was taking my toddler to Disney World, I'd like the added magic of the monorail running through the resort, Chef Mickey's, the shops, etc.

    Just my 2 cents!
     
  8. lady_hlh

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    Thanks everyone for the info. I was thinking it probably wasn't going to happen in August with all the other MK resort rehabs going on. I don't know if I'm happy to stay at CR again so that I won't have to change around all our ADRs/plans or sad that we won't get to go to YC again. Every year my DH declares no Disney trip next year and this time will be our 10th trip. However this year he seems to be really sticking to his guns about no WDW in 2015 and talking about a beach trip in the NE for next summer. Who knows though our 13 year old DD is a Disney freak and daddy's little princess so she might be able to change his mind yet again.
     
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    I agree about KOOK's pics....they are always awesome :thumbsup2.

    How exciting that you only have 25 more days :cool1::cool1:.
     
  10. bama belle

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    Yes, I would think the walkway is open to anyone. It is pretty long and was never very crowded. The Outer Rim is in the CR, so open to anyone.
     
  11. maxsmom

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    Wondering if anyone can help w/ these 2 questions. Thanks!
     
  12. bama belle

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    We never actually tried to watch from the observation deck, so I can't comment on the music being piped in there. The bridge is connected to the ob. deck and open to anyone as far as I know. The first part of the bridge has an opaque glass up, so you have to go down a little further. There was always a good bit of room. The bridge is off of the fourth floor from CR, just past all the gift shops.
     
  13. BlueFairy

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    Thanks.

    Roll Tide. Thank you.
     
  14. johnsonet

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    Thank you :flower3: And I like your new avatar :)


    From WDWKOOK's recreation page at the beginning of this FAQ, I found this info:

    "THE WISHES NIGHTLY MAGIC KINGDOM FIREWORKS last about 12 minutes. Preferred CR/BLT viewing locations:

    ~Magic Kingdom/Theme Park View Tower rooms/balconies.

    ~BLT Magic Kingdom/Theme Park View rooms/balconies and some Bay Lake View rooms on the north side.

    ~The beach.

    ~California Grill restaurant and observation deck (exclusively for guests with same-day reservations only).

    ~Fourth floor observation deck"


    I also found this on the DVC forum:

    Hopefully the observation deck will have the music. I'm there in August too and don't have an MK view this time.
    Outer Rim is the bar in CR and you won't be able to see the fireworks from there.
    Bridge over to BLT I think they discourage people from using for f/w but I have no experience with that. You might ask if you're allowed to do that on the DVC forum: http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=187

    good luck.
     
  15. BlueSkies

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    ~During our recent stay at the CR..we spent a good amount of time on that bridge...:upsidedow ... as we had family members staying at BLT..and we did see a few families watching the fireworks there on two different evenings...

    Didn't seem to be any issue with it..no CMs keeping the area clear....but we have watched the fireworks from the observation deck there on the 4th floor..and its a pretty nice viewing from there....:goodvibes
     
  16. amycishere

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    First time staying in the main tower and we splurged and bought THEME PARK VIEW as we will be celebrating my 30th birthday! We don't need to request the castle as it's all the same view at the CR not like the Poly right? Heard there are two whirlpools. Are they both the small round sit in kind? I am in a wheelchair and it's easier to get my in that type. THANK YOU!
     
  17. johnsonet

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    Oh good - so you didn't need a BLT key to get onto the bridge from CR?
     
  18. LorieDisneyLover

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    We arrived home just a few days ago … and while there is no pool fence at the CR they DO indeed rope off the entire pool area at 11 p.m. The lifeguards are off duty and the ropes do say the pool is closed. The entire area is roped off and I'm not sure if security will tell you to not go in the pool.:confused3

    I know in the past you could swim at your own risk after 11 p.m. With the roping off of the area I got the distinct impression the entire area was now off limits. And I assume they are doing this at all resorts without the pool fencing in place yet.
     
  19. BlueSkies

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    No we didn't have to use a key..come to think of it though..the walk way was busy and I think the doors were generally open... :confused3 lol..

    Wonder if there is still keyed access during the daytime hours??
     
  20. johnsonet

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    Yes. This has been the case at AKL for a while now :worried:
    Maybe that's how they're dealing with it until they can get all the fences up.
     
  21. johnsonet

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    Thanks. I would think the BLT owners would want that access limited to guests staying there but who knows? I've only stayed at BLT once and it was 4 years ago and I have no idea what we used keys for except the villa and the pool.
     

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