Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is one of the deluxe resorts of Walt Disney World, as well as one the resorts included in the Disney Vacation Club.
Located on Crescent Lake, one of the most important features of the resort is that fact that it is within walking distance of both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Guests can enter Epcot from the International Gateway, which almost never has a line of more than five people. You can also take the Friendship Boats to both theme parks if you don’t feel like walking.
The Boardwalk Inn and Villas is described as capturing “the charm, whimsy and elegance of 1940’s Atlantic City.” This is a fairly accurate description. The resort is charming and features a Boardwalk entertainment district with restaurants, games, shops, and night-time entertainment. I definitely recommend having dinner at Flying Fish!
While the Boardwalk Inn doesn’t have a grand lobby like the Grand Floridian or Wilderness Lodge, it still boasts a lot of detail.
From its elephant statues to beautiful light fixtures to the miniature Boardwalk and carousel, there’s quite a bit to the lobby within the somewhat small space and is a good place to just sit and relax for a few minutes.
There are several other places to relax throughout the resort as well, such as the deck right outside the lobby with rocking chairs overlooking the boardwalk and lake. The Bellevue Lounge is also a nice place to relax with a drink.
The rooms at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn are excellent and keep with the Atlantic Boardwalk theme with a subdued color theme. I do have to say that they beds are definitely more comfortable than some other resorts I’ve stayed in, which is one of the most important things when it comes to a hotel room.
The restrooms are more on the average size, maybe not as large as some other deluxe resorts, however, they’re still nice. You also get some nice complimentary toiletries.
There is one thing that I wasn’t too fond of at the BoardWalk Inn, and that’s the main pool. It’s not that it’s a bad pool…I just don’t like one particular feature: the weird clown that is a bit of nightmare fuel for me. Fortunately, I’m not really a sit by the pool person, so this didn’t really affect my stay at the resort.
I don’t really have anything negative to say about Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, except for the price. At a price of $400-$500/night, it certainly is on the expensive side, but that’s just what comes with Disney’s deluxe resorts. It’s extremely close proximity to Epcot and some amazing restaurants certainly make it worth the extra cost for me.