Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's Official! Bay Lake Tower is the next DVC!

Rumors have been circulating since construction began, if the new building replacing the Contemporary's North Garden Wing would be the next DVC (Disney Vacation Club) development? It's been dubbed Disney's Best Kept Secret.

When we were down in May, I did a blog entry on the Contemporary Resort Construction showing how far the construction had progressed plus photos that showed the addition of the walkway that was connecting the new building to the existing one. We talked to a couple DVC castmembers and all rumors were pointing to it becoming the next DVC but nothing had been confirmed.

The rumors can finally be put to rest! It's Official! Bay Lake Tower (about 300 units that will be linked to the Contemporary Resort by a fifth-floor pedestrian bridge) is the newest DVC hotel with an estimated completion in Fall, 2009. This will bring the total of DVC resorts at Walt Disney World to seven (7). Bay Lake Tower will join Old Key West Resort, the Boardwalk Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Animal Kingdom Villas.

The company also unveiled plans to sell 60 timeshare units at the Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. The 60 elevated homes of the Treehouse Villas will be built as a new phase of the Saratoga Springs resort near Downtown Disney. The Treehouse Villas will open Summer, 2009.

Update: Current DVC members will have the first opportunity to purchase these units, which will go on sale this Sunday. Prices for Bay Lake Tower begin at $18,000 -- the most expensive starting point of any DVC resort (for comparison, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas, begin just below $17,000).

Check out AllEars.net for official photos from Disney that show proposed renderings of the outside during the day, night and interior shots of the one-bedroom living area, bedroom & bath plus Bay Cove Pool.

The news was broken by Deevy See (pictured above) regarding Bay Lake Towers, the First Lady of Disney Vacation Club! The Travel Channel will air a special on Thursday evening, September 18th at 8:00pm EST entitled Season of Disney: Disney's Best Kept Secret. The special will show viewers the newly unveiled resort.

Since Deevy See won't be in the special, she's taped her very own YouTube sneak peek:


Babette said...

that clip was too funny! corny, but funny!
although I don't know about the bathroom wall opening into the bedroom......

Duckman said...

I couldn't quit laughing. The woman was a natural. You can bet I'll be watching the special tomorrow night, too bad that she won't be part of it :(

I can't recall the other DVC units but know at Old Key West (in the one and two bedroom suites), there is an opening between the bathroom and master bedroom that has sliding shutters that you can open or leave closed that overlooks into the master bedroom when in the jacuzzi. I'm thinking they'll do something similar at Bay Lake Towers but that did look a bit too large.