Bay Lake is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 23 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 22. It is named after Bay Lake, a lake east of the Magic Kingdom. Most of the Walt Disney World Resort, including all four theme parks and one of the water parks, is located in Bay Lake. It is one of two Florida municipalities controlled by The Walt Disney Company.
Chapter 69-836, which became a law on July 3, 1969, without the Governor's approval, redefined the city boundaries to exclude the easternmost part. Chapter 69-1527, which became a law the same day, completely moved the City of Reedy Creek, with the land given up by Bay Lake included in the new city. Since then, Bay Lake has expanded to fill the original RCID west of Bonnet Creek, but the Reedy Creek Improvement District has expanded to include new land not in the City.
The RCID had all the powers of the City and more, raising the question of why cities were incorporated inside of it. Walt Disney's original plans for the site included at least one futuristic living area. This was never built, but some of the ideas were incorporated into EPCOT. The later Celebration, Florida was deannexed from the city and the RCID in 1994 so the Walt Disney Company would not lose control of the District. The only residents of the city are Disney employees that live in a community on the north shore of Bay Lake (on Bay Court). The only landowners are fully-owned subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Company, right-of-way for state and county roads, and five 5 acre (20,000 m²) lots owned by senior Disney employees to give them voting power in the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
The principal border that divides the cities of Lake Buena Vista to the east and Bay Lake to the west is the canal called Bonnet Creek, adjacent to Bonnet Creek Parkway. Most of the attractions associated with the Walt Disney World Resort are actually located within the City of Bay Lake, including all four theme parks. Due to the fact the resort's primary mailing address is in Lake Buena Vista, it is commonly and erroneously held that the theme parks are also in Lake Buena Vista.
There are nine households in Bay Lake, out of which three have children under the age of 18 living with them, five have married couples living together, one has a female householder with no husband present, and three of the households are non-families. Three households are made up of individuals and one consists of someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with six people under the age of 18, one between 18 and 24, seven from 25 to 44, eight from 45 to 64, and one who is 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there were 155.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 183.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $86,288, and the median income for a family was $86,288. Males had a median income of $76,284 versus $21,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,731. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.
Because of Bay Lake statistics, legislators have to be careful not to use the words "maximum" and "average" in the computations used for the State of Florida's 2007 property tax reform debate. For example, in 2006 the “per capita levy” of property tax in Bay Lake was $176,230. Since the statewide average that year was $475, legislators have had to be careful to distinguish the phrase "average savings" from the phrase "savings by the average taxpayer."