Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas are styled after the Atlantic Coast boardwalk and beach cottages of the early 1900s.
This Resort takes guest back to a simpler life and time. Outlines of hotels, diners and shops create an inviting waterfront skyline. In actual fact, the BoardWalk Inn and Villas is one complete structure behind the outlines. This Resort is the only Disney hotel that uses neon signs as architectural detail.
The resort is located on the Shore of Crescent Lake and across from the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. This is an extraordinary place to stroll around the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk itself is filled with entertainment, dining, and nostalgia of the Eastern Seaboard. The lobby is styled after the Great Gatsby era with its music, carousel rugs, beautiful furnishings and models of roller coasters and carousels. Once entering the lobby several wings branch out from the lobby, roughly in the form of the letter H.
Staying at this resort is very convenient because it is a short walk to the gates of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are also four other deluxe resorts all within walking distance which have a great selection for dining and entertainment. This deluxe resort allows guests to be pampered and enjoy all the great amenities it has to offer.
The 372 deluxe rooms measure 385 square feet and are decorated in colors of red, white, blue, light green and yellow. The mix of bold colors with floral prints gives each guest room a sense of fun and the feel that the room doesn’t quite match. The room is furnished with cherry wood, the curtains have a print on them and to make the room complete is the marble bathrooms and vanities.
The 532 BoardWalk Villas range in size from 412 to 2,491 square feet and can accommodate four to twelve guests. These rooms range from Studio as the smallest, one bedroom, two bedrooms and the Grand Villa which is the largest. The rooms are decorated in warm tones and primary colors with brighter tile in the kitchen and bathroom. Many of the Villas include full kitchens, laundry rooms and whirlpool tubs. The Villas are more expensive than any similar accommodation because of their location.
The rooms are equipped with two queen beds and a daybed, or a king size bed and a daybed. An armoire holds the television and provides extra drawer space. The rooms have a small table with chairs, large closet, a dresser, and a vanity area that includes two sinks and has plenty of area of counter space which is separate from the bathroom. There is also a full length mirror on the door to the washroom. Most rooms come with a private balcony or patio.
The Standard View rooms overlook the grounds near the entrance and parking lot of the resort, or they can overlook the beautiful gardens, walkways and the quiet pool. The garden and walkway views are the most private since they are closed off from the Boardwalk and parking areas. The Water View rooms are also known as the Preferred Views overlook Crescent Lake and the Boardwalk, and tend to be lively in the evening hours. The Variable View category does not guarantee views because they are used in conjunction with discounted rooms.
At the BoardWalk Villas most overlook the Canal to the west over to the Swan Resort and its access road and parking lots. Another view includes overlooking the front entrance and cars. The odd numbered rooms at the Villas, 3001 to 3033, 4001 to 4033 and 5001 to 5033 tend to have the best views of the Boardwalk and Crescent Lake. Other views of the Villas overlook the Luna Park Pool, Canal and the quiet pool.
The BoardWalk Inn and Villas has Concierge Service in addition to being a deluxe resort. Concierge service offers added amenities such as robes, TV speaker in the bathroom, and nightly turn down service, continental breakfast buffet, and English style afternoon tea, wine, cheese, and cordials in the evening. Most of these rooms are located on the fourth floor. Concierge level guests have their own private lounge and private access. Epcot's IllumiNations can be viewed from the balcony in the Concierge Lounge.
The Garden Suites are two stories and perfect for couples on their honeymoon or can easily accommodate a family of four. There are eleven Garden Suites that have private courtyard entrances and three suites that have private balconies. The courtyards are separated by white picket fences. The front yards of these suites are individually landscaped and are being grown into beautiful rose gardens.
The first floor houses the living room, TV, half bath and a queen size sofa bed. The second level overlooks the lower level and is where the bedroom is located. The three suites with private balconies have more of a separate second level. Either way, the second level features a king size bed, an additional TV, and a full bath with a large jacuzzi tub. A third mini TV can be viewed while in the tub.
The rooms have many extras such as iron and ironing board, portable crib, small safe for your valuables, a hair dryer and make-up mirror which is mounted on the wall in the vanity area. Alarm clocks are provided so you can be the first one in the parks.
Services & Amenities:
- Room Service
- Concierge desk
- Health Club
- Babysitting and child services
- Pak-n-play crib available
- Room and facilities for guest with disabilities
- Self parking
- Valet parking available for a nominal fee
- Laundry facilities and services
- Meeting and Banquet facilities
- Business Center
Check-In & Check-Out:
Check-in is at 4 pm. It is possible your room may be available prior to that time, but it is not guaranteed. If it is not ready, you can leave your luggage with the Bell Services where it will be stored and then delivered when you are in the room. If you decide to wait around until your room is available, you are welcome to take a dip or relax by the main pool area. There are lockers, changing areas and public restrooms for you to use. You can also head out to a theme park and start enjoying the Disney World magic while your room is being prepared.
Check-out is at 11 am. When paying with a credit card, you will not have to go to the desk to check out. An itemized bill will be hung on your door by 8:30 am on your departure day. If the bill looks fine, you’re all set to depart. Your electronic room key will be deactivated at 11 am. Don’t forget to use Bell Services to help you with your luggage, filled with souvenirs, to your car. If you are taking a bus or taxi to the airport, or leaving later in the day, Bell services will keep your luggage until your transportation arrives.
The Belle Vue Room serves a continental breakfast. Croissants, muffins, bagels, danishes, yogurt, cookies, toast, coffee, tea, cereal, juice and fruit are available from the menu. Boardwalk Joe's is a cart on the Boardwalk that serves freshly brewed coffee, cappuccino, espresso, flavored coffees and assorted pastries.
The Boardwalk Bakery offers cappuccino and espressos, as well specially made fresh baked goods.
Dining options at the BoardWalk Inn and Villas are plentiful with the added advantage of dining at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts and the Beach and Yacht Club. Epcot is only a short walk away as well there as well.
The ESPN Club is a sports club with sports always on the TVs. The menu includes food such as burgers, sandwiches, drinks, appetizers, and desserts which is great for lunch and dinner.
Spoodles serves breakfast and dinner and offers Mediterranean style cuisine. The cuisine may sound exotic, but even the picky eaters find something to satisfy themselves here. Spoodles also has a Pizza Take-Out window on the Boardwalk.
Seashore Sweets serves hand-dipped ice cream, salt water taffy, candy, chocolate and cookies.
The Flying Fish Cafe has a menu with fresh selections of seafood and steaks. You can watch the chefs do their magic in the open kitchen. This is a great place for a special meal. The Flying Fish is only open for dinner hours.
Big River Grille and Brewing Works is a place to check out if you are a fan of any ale or micro-brew. There are many selections of beer breads, sausages, gourmet burgers and salads. This is a lighthearted atmosphere for a casual meal which allows you to dine inside or out on the Boardwalk.
Leaping Horse Libations is a pool side bar at Luna Park and is shaped like a giant carousel and is a great place to pick up drinks, a sandwich or hot dog for a snack.
The best beverage deal at the resorts are the refillable mugs. Available for approximately $13, these sturdy plastic mugs can be purchased through any food court vendors and pizza delivery. The mugs are refillable for the length of your resort stay at any self-serve beverage island found in the food court area. Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced tea and coffee and hot chocolate. Milk, fruit juice and alcoholic beverages are not included. The mugs are not refillable at any of the theme parks. This is a very economical deal if you are an avid pop or coffee drinker.
Luna Park is the BoardWalks’ large turn-of-the-century carnival themed swimming area. It features a large pool and a 200 foot water slide called the Keister Coaster that looks like a wooden roller coaster. Find elephants that shower you before entering the pool. There are also two quiet pools; one is located within the Inn's Rose Garden Courtyard, the other next to Community Hall in the Villa area.
Muscles and Bustles Health Club offers free weights, and exercise equipment. For relaxation there is a steam room, sauna, tanning bed and massage therapies. The health club is located near Luna Park and membership is free to the BoardWalk guests and Disney Vacation Club members that are staying at the resort.
At Side Show Games there is a variety of video games that can be played. It is located near Luna Park or at the The Yard at the ESPN club.
Beside the Luna Park pool, there is a play area where kids can climb, slide and play on a 24 hour playground called the Luna Park Crazy House.
Bikes & Boats
Rent a variety of watercrafts and enjoy the calm water of Crescent Lake. Bicycles also available for renting and are a great way to get around the boardwalk and the lake.
Paths around the Resort are great for a run or walk.
Resort guests can use the two tennis courts located on the Villa side of the resort. Rental equipment is available and reservations to use the courts can be made at Community Hall.
Dundy's Sundries is full with resort merchandise and basic necessities. It can be found just off the lobby on the Villa side. Other stores such as Character Carnival, Screen Door General Store, and Thimbles and Threads are all located on the Boardwalk. The three stores contain one giant store and feature character merchandise, clothing, groceries and snacks. Wyland Galleries showcases contemporary, environmental art on the Boardwalk. ESPN merchandise for every sports fan can be found at the ESPN Club.
The BoardWalk offers a wide range of activities and entertainment. Depending on when you go you will find midway games, jugglers, entertainers, hand wax molds, food vendors, and magic shows. The night clubs and restaurants are lively and vibrant throughout the evening.
If you are looking for music and dancing that can be found at Atlantic Dance. Jellyrolls features live entertainment between two dueling pianos. Join in the fun with signing and more surprises. The ESPN Club has prize giveaways and updates game scores all night long.
To get to any Disney Resort or theme park you can drive yourself, take a taxi or use the wonderful Disney Transportation System. Disney Transportation includes buses, boats, the monorail and the Magical Express Service.
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney area are accessible by the bus system. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resorts but do not provide direct service between all destinations and require transfer from one bus to another.
Bus service to the Theme Parks begins approximately two hours before opening. Generally buses will run every 20 minutes throughout the day and continue to operate until two hours after park closing. During peak times, buses can get a little crowded, but there is usually another bus that arrives quickly after so guests are not waiting long periods of time. Magic Kingdom is not accessible by bus from the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.
The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Entering the park by ferryboat gives guests a chance to float by some of the Deluxe Resorts. This is also the best way to get the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. If guests are staying at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground or Wilderness Lodge, the Magic Kingdom is accessible by boat at their own water launches.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat from BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.
There are three loops to the monorail system. Loop A runs counterclockwise connecting Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop B runs clockwise along side Loop A and stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and back to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop C runs from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot including a quick tour inside the park around Spaceship Earth. Service generally starts an hour and a half before opening and ends two hours after closing.
If you bring or rent a car, there is plenty of free parking at the Resorts and parks. Depending on your room location, you may or may not be able to park close to your room. Ask when room selection is made.
Things to Know:
Disney's BoardWalk Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club.
Birthday party facilities are available at the BoardWalk Inn and Villa complex. Parties can include decorated party room, personalized cake, balloons, hot dogs and hamburgers, candies, and swimming at Luna Park and free video arcade. There is also a birthday cruise and will include drive, cake, balloons and snacks as you watch Epcot’s IllumiNations! Make reservations with the Cast Member at Community Hall.