Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort and Boardwalk Area
by Christy Todd, Playtime Vacations Travel Consultant
The Boardwalk Inn resort is an opportunity to experience turn of the century Atlantic seaside. As you approach the resort the lively colors and nautical charm exudes excitement. The lobby welcomes you with colorful patterns, beautiful wood, whimsical vintage furnishings and décor sending you back to a bygone era. There is also a deck just off the main lobby to give you a wonderful view out on Crescent Lake and the Boardwalk water front. Relaxation calls to you!
The Boardwalk resort is located conveniently between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios making transportation a breeze. An advantage to staying at a resort right on the lake is the variety of transportation options available to you. Disney transportation from the Boardwalk includes the standard bus services, a boat ride to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studio. It has close proximity to EPCOT and some other resorts so there is also the option of walking over for a visit!
At night the Boardwalk resort area takes on a whole new life! The buildings are lit up brightly and there is music floating out from the two nearby nightclubs. There are midway games set up along the wooden boardwalk to stop at and try your hand at winning a prize. The smells from the boardwalk area restaurants, bakery and a sweets Shoppe fills the air as you stroll along making your senses come alive!
The standard rooms at the Boardwalk Inn resort have two queen beds (or one king), table, and couch, double vanity and a separate area with the shower and toilet. There are 378 guest rooms and 383 vacation villas. The rooms have a simply elegant early 1900 aura with a touch of whimsy. Comfort and tradition come together in your resort room to welcome you back each day after exploring Walt Disney World. There are choices of rooms that overlook gardens, the pool, or the boardwalk itself.
The pool at the Boardwalk Inn is a carnival park called Luna Park. It has a 200 ft waterslide called the Keister Coaster. The waterslide is created to look like an old fashioned wooden rollercoaster with a clown face at the end of the slide to drop you in the pool! There is also a kiddy pool, a playground and a hot tub! There is also the option of two separate quiet pool areas located in the resort. Most afternoons there are poolside games and activities scheduled for fun in the sun!
There is a variety of restaurants and eateries to choose from on the boardwalk. There are some full service restaurants such as Flying Fish, Trattoria Al Forno, ESPN club, and Big River Grille and brewing works. Big River Grille also happens to be a micro-brewery, brewing some of their beers right on site! You can even inquire about taking a small tour of their brewing area in back! There are also some quicker choices to quench your appetite. The Boardwalk bakery and the Boardwalk Pizza window are great options to grab a bite and take a seat on the boardwalk with a great view to enjoy while eating! You can also grab a drink at the Belle Vue Lounge, Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas, Jellyrolls, The Atlantic Dance Hall and even poolside at the Leaping Horse Libations pool bar. At Jellyrolls you can grab your drink and sing along with Dueling Pianos as they entertain everyone with their antics. The Atlantic Dance Hall you can get out on the dance floor and dance your heart out with a live VJ playing some of the greatest hits!
Along with all of that the resort also offers several activities to enjoy your time on vacation. There is an outdoor campfire and movie (on select nights), a community area for arts and crafts, jogging trails and a health club for those “go getters”, a play park area, guided fishing tours (additional cost) and Surrey Bike rental available. A little something for everyone! There is also plenty of shopping available! Screen Door General Store (groceries/dry goods), Disney’s Character Carnival (apparel/accessories) and Seashore Sweets just to name a few!
The early 19th century Atlantic seaboard theme is very authentic and will transport you back to yesteryear. A time that is reminiscent of both fun and relaxation at the seaside. Book your stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn today!!