Disney resorts are unique places. One day you can be visiting the Hawaiian Islands and the next visiting a turn-of-the century boardwalk. Enter Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort. Identified as an Epcot area deluxe resort, the Boardwalk has been offering fun and luxurious accommodations and activities to Disney guests since 1996. Check out a glimpse of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort is located in a great area. It is within walking distance of both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is a very convenient place to stay in if you love Epcot and the World Showcase. It is a really easy walk over and you enter Epcot in between the England and France Pavilions. Since Epcot features so many dining locations, it makes getting to your reservation easy if you didn’t spend the day in the park. The area is also home to Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club across the way and the Dolphin and Swan Resorts right down the road. Between all of these resorts, there is tons of shopping and dining available, making this a prime location to visit and stay.
Following true Disney fashion, the Boardwalk resort is on theme. At some points, you probably would never realize that your at a Disney Resort. The turn of the century styling makes you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. There is a carousel figure in the lobby and a photo booth on the Boardwalk, making this feel like you’re actually somewhere such as Atlantic City, New Jersey. Plus, this theme is extended to the pool area and outdoor areas as well.
The rooms at the Boardwalk are simple and on-trend with the Boardwalk theme. Most rooms feature a balcony which is a nice addition as well. Besides the look of the rooms which are beautiful and spacious, I love that you can access most of the standard rooms from the main building. No need to start finding buildings and trekking outside if it’s raining.
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort offers a multitude of restaurants from quick service options to signature dining. The Boardwalk Bakery is a great place to grab breakfast. Please note that the Boardwalk Bakery is not your typical Disney resort quick service restaurant. There is no indoor seating which makes rainy days a hassle and they don’t offer options like the Bounty Platter or Mickey Waffles. You can grab different types of breakfast sandwiches or pastries here. Other restaurants at the Boardwalk include Flying Fish Cafe, ESPN Club Big River Grille & Brewing Works and Trattoria al Forno. In addition to the Boardwalk restaurants, there are also restaurants located at the Beach and Yacht Club and at Epcot, which are all within walking distance of the resort. (Tip: If you are looking for a quick service restaurant that offers options such as the Bounty Platter for breakfast, head to the Beach Club Marketplace. A ten minute walk from the Boardwalk, you can pick up your favorite breakfast items here and eat in air conditioning.)
The Boardwalk Resort features a multitude of transportation options for guests. To get to Epcot, all you have to do is walk or you can grab a small boat that takes you straight there as well. There is also a walkway that allows you to walk to Hollywood Studios. The boat option is available for that as well. To head to the Magic Kingdom, there is Disney Bus Service that will pick you up at your hotel. Another option is to walk to Epcot and pick up the monorail. You can then transfer at the Ticket and Transportation Center to head to the Magic Kingdom. While this may be more steps, some people prefer the monorail to the bus. To head to Disney Springs, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, you can pick up the bus in front of the resort.
Amenities & Activities
In addition to the perks you receive for staying on Disney property, such as Magical Express service, complimentary transportation to the parks and complimentary WiFi among others, guests at the Boardwalk are in for a treat in terms of amenities and activities. The Boardwalk features three pools for guests to enjoy. There is a larger, extremely themed one that overlooks the Swan & Dolphin resorts, while there are two quiet, smaller pools, in other areas of the resort. There are also Campfire Activities, Movies Under the Stars and Jogging. Plus, there is other entertainment available on the Boardwalk. You can head to the arcade, the ESPN Club, the Atlantic Dance Club and Jelly Rolls. Plus, due to the close proximity to EPCOT, you can grab a spot on the Boardwalk and watch Illuminations from the comfort of your resort.
There are 4 different shopping experiences at the Boardwalk. Whether you are interested in grabbing some Disney souvenirs, need some toiletries or are looking to pick up some art, there is a store for you. The options include Disney’s Character Carnival, Screen Door General Store, Thimbles & Threads and Wyland Galleries- Boardwalk.