Community Hall at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
One of the worst kept secrets at Walt Disney World is that of the Disney Vacation Club. This timeshare style program allows you to travel to Walt Disney World and beyond staying at the condo style rooms for a fraction of the costs.
To older kids this is a place to congregate and meet other kids. For the younger kids it is a play room filled with something new each time they stop by.
On out last trip Mr J actually would request going to the ‘play room’ rather than to the park to ride rides. We actually had to make sure our walking path didn’t take us near the place unless we were willing to spend some time there.
I have to admit I have a soft spot for the Community Hall and I love taking the kids there during an afternoon unwind or while waiting for our room to be ready.
Here is some of what you can find there.
The club itself is filled with activities for kids of all ages and is open 9am to 12pm. Kids 12 and older can come and go as they please. Kids under 12 must be with an older sibling or a parent.
There is a tv front and center either playing a Disney channel, a Disney movie or running a video game. If no one is watching you are welcome to make a special request.
There are also games, blocks and other toys that you can choose to pull of the shelf for a little fun. Most of them will be the Disney versions to keep you in the mood. (Disney Candyland is my favorite.)
Each club also had a larger game like air hockey or a pool table. The Community Hall at Bay Lake Tower hosts it own bubble hockey (foosball) game. (This was a big hit with Mr J and my husband. My husband said Mr J took his beating like a man.)
In addition to the games and activities you will also find loads of FREE, yes free, crafts to do with the kids. They do vary by Community Hall but here at Bay Lake Towers there were a lot to choose from.
The first thing that caught our eye was the coloring table. It was already laid out with coloring sheets and can anyone else appreciate all the colors carefully sorted and organized for your use.
Another thing that was a bit different here was the magnet board. You could just pick one you liked and color it right there.
You then could take it with you and decorate your room with them. We but ours on the refrigerator.
Another free option they had in this Community Hall was the bead station. You could have a field day here. There were no limitations.
You could create anything you wanted.
We made bracelets and they did have elastic handy so you could make them fit any wrist.
They did have cording available in multiple colors if you wanted to make a necklace.
Low Cost Crafts
They also offer many crafts you can make for a nominal cost.
For a dollar you can color your own stuffed reptile. Too cute!
For two dollars you could make a brightly colored ‘fairy house’ (a.k.a. bird house) or for five dollars create a treasure chest.
You can try your hand at ceramics and color a coin bank for five dollars. These will have to stay in the Community Hall overnight to cure so make sure you don’t do this on the last day.
Moving up in cost, you can create a t-shirt with your favorite Disney characters for ten dollars.
This is a pretty good deal as there are lots of character stencils to choose from and the t-shirt is included.
The most expensive item was the character umbrella for twelve dollars. You could easily spend an afternoon creating your masterpiece.
In addition to crafts you can rent things to take out of the Community Hall. There is no fee for these rentals (except if you do not return them) but you will need a room key or magic band to check them out.
One option is to grab a movie for the room. They have hundreds of Disney videos on hand.
They also have lots of sports equipment to rent. You can check out basketball, bocce ball, tennis and shuffleboard equipment. (We tried our hand at shuffleboard. My J was a natural.)
In addition to everything else, they also have special activities scheduled throughout the day. So check the calendar you get at check in for more details.
The Community Hall really does make a rainy day much better or can easily replace a day in the park. So enjoy it if you find yourself near one.