It’s Disney World, so it should come as no surprise that this hotel is “Family Friendly.” But, how does it stack up in a review where a knit-picky Momma of three occasionally exhausting (read “always exhausting) little people sets out to see if it could be a perfect fit? First of all, we keep coming back. Second of all, fireworks. This hotel makes the difference to this family of five because of the fireworks.
Even after nearly seven years of going to Disney World multiple times a year, I have never managed to see the fireworks at any park with my little people in tow. This is both a curse and a blessing. It means that my park-loving, night-owl husband is forced to leave the parks at a semi-decent hour for the littles (they need sleep after the mouse-induced hysterics of the day…well, really it’s that I need them to sleep after the mouse-induced hysterics of the day, but really, the details are unimportant right?). Having little people who are petrified of fireworks also means that we miss some of the fun of each night. And because it’s the oldest little who has the fear, each subsequent little has taken that fear as his own. Some day though…some day.
But the beauty of Bay Lake Towers (which is also true of the Contemporary Resort as a whole) is that the music for the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom is pumped through the speakers, all speakers. I’m talking even parking lot speakers. There is a firework viewing deck, with a perfect view of the castle. Here it becomes how obviously spectacular the show is, in a way that’s not perceptible by those people actually in the park. The sheer size of the display, the length that it spans from one end of the park to the other, becomes clear. Here, my little people get all the splendor and awe of the display, but with a much more tempered explosive sound, which really is the part of fireworks that they fear.
But it isn’t just the fireworks that keep this traveling family coming back, especially when there are so many options out there. So why? Well, let me explain:
The options of Disney resorts can be mind boggling, and Bay Lake Towers is one option that presents itself as a perfect base for those who plan on placing their Walt Disney world energies into Magic Kingdom. The sheer access to this park pushes it above and beyond other resorts, especially for the littlest of little people. The spacious rooms provide a safe, exciting view of the fireworks or, alternatively, The Electric Water Parade for those little people who want to spend the day at Magic Kingdom, but have fears once it turns night. This traveling tribe will be back to celebrate another of Mickey’s special parties, and who knows, maybe the next time we stay here, my little people can find their shoes in a reasonable amount of time and we can see the special moments when Magic Kingdom opens up for the day once again (we’re nowhere near that together right now, but some day…maybe?).
Note: Hotels are based on a four level scale: Child Centered, Child Friendly, Child Accommodating, Unsuitable. A Child Centered hotel is a hotel in which the child’s comfort, happiness, etc. is paramount. A Child Friendly hotel has those implements in place to create a fun atmosphere for the child, though it is not the apparent mission of the hotel to continuously do so. A Child Accommodating hotel is that hotel where it will assist the parents in making the child comfortable at the parent’s request only. An Unsuitable hotel is a hotel that has no accommodations suitable for a child or the cons of the hotel make the hotel dangerous for the well-being of the child.
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