TWO NEW DISNEY VACATION CLUB RESORTS OPENING IN 2009
BAY LAKE TOWER
DISNEY'S CONTEMPORARY RESORT
Disney Vacation Club's "Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort" will feature views of the Magic Kingdom and Bay Lake.
Plans include a rooftop lounge, zero entry Bay Cove pool with waterslide, whirlpool and interactive children's water feature, fireworks viewing deck and a sky bridge (elevated walkway) connecting this new resort to the iconic Contemporary Resort.
Bay Lake Tower will offer studio units as well as one, two and three bedroom accommodations. The one/two/three bedroom units will feature a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops, washer/dryer, separate bedrooms and other amenities which provide a "home" environment. The interior furnishings are described as family friendly "rich woods and warm fabrics".
The Lobby area will have glass encased columns and woven woods with views of the pool and Bay Lake. A Community Hall activity center will also be part of Bay Lake Tower.
One of the most exciting features will be the "Top of the World Lounge", named after the original restaurant located at the Contemporary Resort. The outdoor deck will offer unparalled views of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks. (Access is limited and usage guidelines will be enforced.)
Bay Lake Tower is expected to be completed by Fall of 2009.
DISNEY'S SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT & SPA
The "Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa" will feature 60 three bedroom units which will accommodate up to nine guests.
The original Treehouse Villas were opened in 1975 and accommodated guests through 2002. These octagon shaped units, nestled in the woods, featured elevated views of the tranquil surroundings.
Of concern in building the new units are the surrounding wetlands. Disney has decreased the footprints of the original treehouses which has reduced the encroachment of the wetlands by 70 percent per unit.
When completed, the Treehouse Villas will be elevated 10 feet from ground level. Each accommodation will feature three bedrooms with flat screen TV's. Two of the bedrooms will have a Queen bed and one will have bunkbeds, with a Queen sleep sofa and a sleeper chair in the living room. The units will have two bathrooms, an open kitchen with a granite counter with seating for three and separate table with seating for six. The living room will also have a flat screen and cathedral ceilings.
The Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will have its own pool and will share the featured amenities at Saratoga Springs including the boat transportation to Downtown Disney, tennis, bike rentals, kid's playground, spa/fitness center and feature pool with slide.
The Treehouse Villas are expected to be completed by Summer of 2009.