I have always loved the Boardwalk. The theme of this Deluxe Resort being the New Jersey Boardwalk during the early 20th Century. Ever since I was a Cast Member and hung out on it’s planks and danced in the Atlantic City Dance Hall on my nights off I have wanted to stay here. So we made sure this time that we booked a room at this resort.
Arriving at the resort we valet parked our rental car, and stepped into the Main Hall. The resort is divided up into the Inn on the right hand side and the DVC Villa resort on the left. The Concierge and Check In services both sides to the resort, but we moved through very quickly. I then took our tickets we purchased outside of our room and had the wonderful people at the Concierge Desk merge them with our Room Keys. This way it kept down on the amount of items we were juggling within the parks, and while it took 5-10 minutes to do so, was well worth the wait!
We booked a 1 Bedroom Villa and it was a nice spacious room for the four of us complete with:
- Master Bedroom with a King Size Bed
- Master Bathroom with Whirpool Bath
- Second Bathroom with Shower
- Fully Equipped Kitchen and Dining Area
- Living Area with Sleeper Sofa (more on that in a minute)
- And a Private Balcony that stretched from the Living room to the Master Bedroom
Here was our view:
Our luggage came up from Bell Services within 20-30 minutes. So very quickly since we arrived in the middle of the day.
The beds were very comfortable which is important with how much you do push yourself to go go go! on a Disney Vacation. Our boys slept on this really cool sleeper sofa that literally folded in on itself every day. The pillows were stored within and it was easy to simply pull on the strap and their bed was ready to go. Our Mousekeepers were all excellent and even arranged the boys’ growing collection of stuffed animals as though they were eating, watching t.v., & looking out the window waiting for our return. The Whirlpool bath was a great feeling at the end of a long day in the parks and kept us from feeling too beat up! It was also nice to have several bathrooms to get ready in the morning to make those rope drops when we had to.
Pool & Recreation
The Boardwalk Resort has several pools. The Luna Park Pool main pool (seen above) is of course the most popular, with the Kuester Coaster water slide, as well the Pool Bar, and to top it all off Poolside games hosted every afternoon by Cast Members. We availed ourselves of this pool several times during our stay and it was a delightful reprieve from the heat of the Florida sun and the rush of the crowds. You can use your room key at Leaping Horse so long as you have a credit card attached to it for charging to minimize the amount of items you are carrying back and forth. The Leaping Horse also serves more than merely adult beverages, so if you need a bottle of water or light snack while your kiddos are splashing around you can find that here as well. The Luna Park Pool is open from 6:30 a.m. to Midnight with a lifeguard from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. most evenings. There is a children’s pool area, but most of the larger pool was shallow enough for our two primary school aged boys to enjoy playing around.
The Boardwalk also hosts movies poolside every evening and we were lucky enough to catch a couple while we were there, Toy Story and The Muppets. It is a free event to resort guests and quite relaxing at the end of a long day. They also host a marshmallow roast immediately before the movie, but unfortunately we didn’t get down to the pool in time to enjoy this portion.
The Boardwalk also hosts an arcade within the main building, and Muscles and Bustles Athletic Facility. I found Muscles and Bustles great for a quick work out, but the real fun is the running/walking path you can find that leads you towards Epcot. Nothing like a quick jog on the Boardwalk in the morning to start the day off right.
Community Hall as well offers an assortment of activities every day for families and children. This is a resort that even if you didn’t go to the parks you could find plenty to do throughout the day and be quite content at the resort!
The Boardwalk area comes alive in the evening, and we were fortunate to be able to simply walk up to many of the restaurants and be granted a seat. At the Brew Works company you can grab not only good food, but if you time it right an excellent view of Illuminations across the Lake! Some of the other notable restaurants include: Couzzina by Kat Kora, The Flying Fish Cafe, Jellyrolls & ESPN Cafe.
There are plenty of other stop in places for ice cream, confections, and baked goods and sundries that dot the Boardwalk.
Entertainment & Shopping
One of our absolute favorite portions of staying at the Boardwalk was experiencing the live entertainers each evening. Specializing in stunt acts, juggling, magic, card tricks and much more the entertainers of the Boardwalk made just walking it’s planks an adventure and delighted our boys with experiencing new things! One of our favorites was BoardUp! a laugh out loud funny feat of skill and balance.
There are also sury bikes to rent, Boardwalk Carnival games to win, and much more. If you are someone who enjoys the resort as much as the park, this is the place for you. There are also quite a few specialty shops located both within the resort and on the Boardwalk. So if you miss an item in the parks, the resort may in fact have it.
Trust me, I’m a believer.
To get to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios you will have to take the Friendships which come by the resort every 15 minutes. We found this a wonderful way to get around and often sat out on the back “porch” of the boat to take in the sights and feel the breeze. To get to Animal Kingdom or the Magic Kingdom you will need to take the bus system. This is located down a small path to a depot. We took our car mainly and Valet services did an excellent job with keeping us going and never let us linger long in the parking area.
You also have the added bonus of being able to walk to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s not a very long walk and in the evening especially it can be a very nice transition from the parks back to the resort.
As well if you need to go off property to Wal-Mart, Winn Dixie, Publix, Walgreen’s and so on the wonderful people at Bell Services have a handy dandy map they can provide with implicit instruction on how to arrive at your desire destination.
I believe our family has found our favorite resort on property. The Cast Members were all very friendly and each seemed of the utmost concern as to how our visit to not only Walt Disney World but their resort was going. Little things mean a lot, and whether it’s turning on the carousel in the front lobby to surprise my boys, or helping my oldest son spot Hidden Mickeys in the carpet the Cast Members at the Boardwalk always went out of their way to make us feel at home every step of the way. I cannot recommend this resort enough.