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Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort “Top of the World” Lounge and Fireworks Viewing – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

We were invited to the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort by friends to enjoy an evening at the Top of the World Lounge.  I’d spent some time last year taking photos and video of the resort prior to opening, but had not yet been inside. In the lobby, there is an area set up for a cast member to assist guests who want to go up to the lounge and observation deck (below, right).

A sign points the way to the Top of the World (below, left). This beautiful artwork (below, right) of two Mark 1 monorails by John Hench is the same print I have in my office. It is easiest seen when the curtain is drawn in the lounge.

This gorgeous chandelier (below, left) is one of the focal points of the room. A closer look of the John Hench monorail crossing (below, right) also shows the reflection of the chandelier.

There was plenty of lounge seating (below left and right) for all the guests who were there the evening we went. In the picture at the right, you can see the tip of Cinderella Castle.

There is a small room that can be made private that has back lit concept art from Tomorrowland. Nighttime on the Avenue of the Planets by Steve Anderson (below, left) shows Tomorrowland after it’s 1994 renovation.  Early Space Mountain concept art by John Hench (below, right) also is part of the 8 picture set.

Steve Anderson also created this artwork of the Astro-Orbitor (below, left), which opened when the new Tomorrowland premiered in 1994.

The Space Mountain concept art (below, left) is supposed to be from 1965. Herb Ryman created the concept art of the Moonliner (below, right).  It’s called “Tomorrowland Entrance” from 1954.

Bonus Video – Walt Disney World, Bay Lake Tower, Top of the World – 6/7/2010 – This is a short video showing the inside of the Top of the World at the Walt Disney World Bay Lake Tower. This is a DVC resort and only members staying in the Bay Lake Tower (plus their guests) can visit.

The observation deck was not too busy when we arrived (and even when the fireworks went off). The capacity says 499, but I think it’d be very tight with that many people! Everyone on the night we went had a great view all around, including of the Contemporary Resort main building (below, right).

The view of the fireworks was spectacular, I always enjoy watching from different angles – you can see how much of it actually occurs behind Space Mountain, with a small amount of pyro at the castle (below left and right).

A variety of shapes (below, left) illuminate the night sky. There are several times when perimeter fireworks are part of the display (below, right).

Another look at the amazing perimeter fireworks (below, left) on the new Summer Nightastic Fireworks Show – which are very similar to Magic, Music and Mayhem from the former Pirates and Princess Party. The leftover smoke from the fireworks (below, right) casts an eerie spell around the castle.

One of my favorite parts of the evening was getting to see the Electric Water Pageant (below left and right) from the observation deck!

A fun looking Mickey Mouse shaped fountain (below, left) and the pool (below, right) are seen from above.

Another view of the John Hench concept art behind the bar (below, left) and the maximum occupancy sign (below, right).

On each floor, there is a piece of artwork that includes at least one Disney character in front of the elevator. Snow White (below, left) and Ariel from the Little Mermaid (below, right) are two characters that make appearances!

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

Latest Release – Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010:

Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Jeff Lange brings the grandeur of Spectromagic, the brilliance of the Main Street Electrical Parade, and the dazzling display of the Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show to your door with Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010.

Featurers: SpectroMagic (Final showing of the season 06/05/10), Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show (Premiere 06/06/10), Main Street Electrical Parade (Premiere 06/06/10) plus, BONUS: “Top of the World” Fireworks Viewing (2010)

Running Time: 66 Min

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Classic Disneyland/WDW Main Street Electrical Parade:

jwl-media-main-street-electrical-paradeJeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade!

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience the evolution of Disney’s beloved nighttime classic, “The Main Street Electrical Parade”.

Features: Disneyland: Main Street Electrical Parade (1993), Walt Disney World: Main Street Electrical Parade (1991), California Adventure: Disney’s Electrical Parade (2007) and Walt Disney World: Electrical Water Pageant (1992)

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: The Main Street Electrical Parade in New York City

Vintage Disney-MGM Studios:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Disney-MGM Studios Classics – Vol 1

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience the early years of the Disney-MGM Studios. This first volume in a series features the following vintage footage:

Studios Entrance Scenes (1989-1992), Here Come The Muppets (1991), Soundstage Restaurant (1992), The Studio Showcase (1992), Star Today Ceremony (1992), The Great Movie Ride (1991) and more!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Disney-MGM Studios Parade Classics – 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition DVD

Remember Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2010.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s  Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 09, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

Wishes Fireworks – All Versions!

magic-kingdom-wishes-cover1Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Wishes DVD

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to experience the best of all the “Wishes” nighttime fireworks spectaculars!

Features: Wishes – A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Holiday Wishes – Celebrate The Spirit of the Season plus Bonus: Magic, Music & Mayhem Fireworks!

Running Time: 61 Min

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

wdw-1986-coverJeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Relive Favorite Disney Parades:

disneyland-parade-classics-copyJeff Lange’s Disneyland Parade Classics Vol 1 (Featuring Disneyland’s Very Merry Christmas Parade 1985)

Jeff Lange takes you back in time to experience this first in a series of DVDs featuring vintage parades from the “Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland!.

Features the following classic Disneyland parades: Very Merry Christmas Parade (1985), Totally Minnie Parade (1986), Party Gras Parade – Disneyland’s 35th Anniversary (1990) and The World According to Goofy Parade (1992)!

Running Time: 60 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Parade Classics Vol 2Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Parade Classics Vol 1 and Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Parade Classics Vol 2.

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

disneyland-classics-vol-5-smallJeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

Remember Halloween 2009 (2003-2008 Also Available):

Trick or Treat 6 CoverJeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 6 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2009)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2009 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Alice & Mad Hatters Treat Party, TheHeadless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade,Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 5 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2008) – Click HERE

Remember Christmas 2009 (2006-2008 & Classics Also Available):

Holiday Treat 09 copyJeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 09 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2009)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2009 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)”, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade”, “Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season”, “Celebrate the Season Show” special holiday decor, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: a full range of Holiday Titles from Disneyland and Walt Disney World HERE!

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