Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August 04: Bay Lake Tower Debuts

On this day in 2009, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort officially opened at Walt Disney World. The ninth Disney Vacation Club resort, the sixth on WDW property, and the second to open in 2009 - it was the first DVC resort to be built in the Magic Kingdom area.

Plans for Bay Lake Tower started back in 2006 when Disney filed plans for a project on the site of the Contemporary's North Garden Wing. For the next few years worked progressed but the identity of the structure was kept a secret until its official name was unveiled in September 2008.

A walkway, known as the Sky Way Bridge, leads guests from the 4th floor of the Contemporary to the fifth floor of Bay Lake Tower. Unlike many Disney resorts, one cannot gain access to any part of BLT without a room key. The views from the 16-story C-shaped building are spectacular ... especially when the Magic Kingdom hosts its nightly fireworks show.

"Our resort motto is 'Where Tradition Touches Today,' and the marriage of our iconic resort with this elegant new Disney Vacation Club offering is a perfect example." -Thea Sargent (general manager of Disney's Contemporary Resort)

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