Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Disney's BoardWalk Inn Review | A Disney Mom's Thoughts


The one and only time I stayed at Disney's BoardWalk Inn was in the late 1998 when the resort was still new. At the time, I was actually a member of Disney's Vacation Club. We stayed in a studio villa on the second floor overlooking the Boardwalk and Crescent Lake. Obviously, I was not blogging then, so I didn't take any photos of our room, the resort or the extra amenities this amazing resort has to offer. Luckily, I was able to find photos from wdwnews.com to use!
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This resort was built in 1996 to complete the resorts located around Crescent Lake joining Disney's Beach & Yacht Clubs and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. The BoardWalk brought additional entertainment, shopping and restaurants to the area. The BoardWalk Inn has 378 rooms and shares space with the Disney Vacation Club BoardWalk Villas, which is where I actually stayed.
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The rooms have either two queen beds or one king bed along with a day bed. There is an armoire with a flat screen TV and drawers for your things. There is also a table and chair and a chest of drawers. Each room comes with a small refrigerator, coffee pot, an ironing board and iron, safe, hair dryer, and alarm clock. All WDW rooms have free WIFI. There is also a private balcony or patio with each room. The bathroom, with the tub and toilet, are separate from the vanity area which has 2 sinks, a full length mirror and plenty of counter space. Portable cribs are available upon request and availability. 

The lobby of this resort is beautiful as it reflects the feel of a1920's and 1930's eastern seaboard. You will hear amazing music as you look at models of wooden roller coasters and carousels. The furniture is beautiful with the  hardwood floors and chandeliers. The deck outside the lobby has a great view of the Boardwalk and Crescent Lake with lounge chairs to relax and take in the view.
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There are two quiet pools at the BoardWalk Inn and the must see Luna Park swimming area with a large pool that has a 200 foot water slide called "Keister Coaster." This pool has a turn of the century carnival theme. At The BoardWalk Inn, you also have access to a business center, concierge services, wheelchair accessible rooms, laundry services, meeting facilities, valet parking, room service, and a 24 hour front desk. 

There are many different dining options at this resort and along the boardwalk.  ESPN Club is a sports bar, but is appropriate for families with kids too. The BoardWalk Bakery has amazing baked goods and coffee.  Trattoria al Forno is an Italian restaurant. Seashore Sweets serves hand dipped ice cream, candy, and cookies. The Flying Fish Cafe serves seafood and steaks. Big River Grille and Brewing Works has beer offerings and burgers. Along the Boardwalk you can find hot dog carts and Italian ice carts. There is also a pizza window for take out pizza.
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There is entertainment all along the BoardWalk. You can rent bikes or surrey bikes to ride. You can play carnival games or watch the entertainment along the way such as jugglers, magicians, and more. You can also dance at The Atlantic Dance Hall or enjoy dueling pianos at Jellyrolls.

In addition to the BoardWalk Inn, is Disney's Boardwalk Villas, which are part of the Disney Vacation Club. These rooms are larger and have a kitchenette or full kitchen and a washer and dryer.

When we had the opportunity to stay at the BoardWalk, we liked the convenience! We could easily walk to Epcot and enter through the International Gateway. We could walk to Hollywood Studios easily too. Or, we could take the Friendship Boats to either park. The bus was also an option. In addition to being so close to 2 parks, we could also enjoy the restaurants, shops, and extras at the neighboring resorts: Yacht, Beach, Swan and Dolphin. We were never at a loss for things to do at the BoardWalk. There are always plenty of options!

What we didn't like so much was the price. That was it.  We loved everything else! The rates for a standard view room range from $381- $544 a night, depending on the season. The suites begin at over $2000 per night!  WHOA! While these rooms are more expensive, you do have easy access to 2 of the parks and many amenities that other resorts don't offer. 

For additional information and details about this resort, see what All Ears has to share! 

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