The first hotel we stayed at during our split stay is Disney’s Boardwalk Inn & Villa’s Resort. Staying here has always been on our Disney short list, so we were very excited to check it off.
So I remember visiting Disney’s Boardwalk Resort with my family when it first opened in the 90’s. My parents already owned a Marriott timeshare, but went on a presentation to check out Disney’s equivalent. My little brothers and I tagged along too. I remember hating it. The sample villa we saw was so tiny compared to the Marriott’s. The pool was small in comparison, and I remember being overall worried that our parents were going to buy. I didn’t want to have to split our time between the Marriott and this Disney resort, or worse, what if they purchased and sold Marriott? I loved our Marriott home. The villa’s are huge, the restaurants are amazing, and the pool is my favorite. My brothers and I weren’t shy about our dissatisfaction. Luckily, my parents didn’t care for Disney’s timeshare either. We happily stuck with Marriott.
Many, many years later I returned to Disney’s Boardwalk with my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time). It was during one of our two 2007 Disney trips. One night we came to Disney’s Boardwalk for dinner, and I didn’t even remember this place existed! It was almost 10 years later, after all! We loved the food and the atmosphere! It was also my husband’s very first time here. He loved it. After dinner we walked around, watched Epcot’s fireworks, and he fell in love with the rooms that were right over the Boardwalk. He envied those being able to sit on their private balcony and bask in the amazing view.
This trip, he got that Boardwalk view.
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort is huge. It’s has an inn side (hotel rooms) and a villa side (Disney Vacation Club owned studio, one, two, and three bedroom villas). After researching the different Boardwalk views, we determined the best are on the villa side of the resort. We then sought to rent out someone’s Disney Vacation Club points. See, Disney wants over $500 per night for this room/view, and let’s face it – Disney hotels are not five star resorts. While we didn’t care for Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort (another Disney Vacation Club property), we had a good experience with renting points. We set out to do the same again, and as I said here, we only paid $180 per night!
After arriving via Magical Express, we checked in and immediately fell in love with the lobby.
The inn side and villa side each have their own check in areas. I actually liked the villa’s side better. It’s much more open and airy.
Even at night the lobby is an open, bright, and inviting place.
One thing you don’t get when renting points is daily housekeeping. Instead you get it on every fourth day. I can’t picture being on vacation and not having daily housekeeping. It’s one of the major perks about being away that I love. However, there are different add on cleaning services you may choose from, such as trash and towel removal, all the way to a full clean. We added the full clean for $30 per day, and it was very worth it.
To make a super long story short, the first day we returned to our room to find it untouched. At that point, it was the worst thing that could have happened. We were SO tired from not only our early flight, but a long park day as well. The manager ended up getting involved, apologized for what turned out to be a computer error (something do with the magic bands). Not surprised. Anyway, we had no issues the rest of our stay, and housekeeping came as planned. We also never got charged either.
A complaint I often read about is that the preferred Boardwalk view is a trek from the lobby. We did not find this to be the case at all.
Look at the Mickey ears on the carpet! Aside from the big one, he’s also sitting first row on the roller coaster. It reminded us of the carpet at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (where we stayed in 2010). We loved these small Disney touches!
If you end up finding the trip to your room lengthy, there are plenty of places to rest your feet along the way.
However, I assure you, the Boardwalk view is worth any long walk you may embark on. Even though the rooms themselves are outdated, THE VIEW IS SO AMAZING!
I can’t believe Disney charges over $500 a night for this bathroom!
On the plus side, I was happy to see Disney got rid of their horrible bedspreads. They finally switched to – no, not duvet covers, that would be too luxurious – but triple sheet bedding. The germaphobe in me was very pleased.
Now onto the pièce de résistance!
Aside from the actual Boardwalk, we had a great view of the Epcot ball!
There was nothing better than sitting on our balcony, people watching and enjoying the view, especially at night!
I’ll get into some of the things we did at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort in a later post (check back here), but one hotel perk we thoroughly enjoyed was the constant Mickey and Minnie touches. Not only did Mickey and Minnie leave us a special message on our room phone, but we returned to find a surprise from them in honor of our fourth wedding anniversary. So cute!
Another thing we enjoyed here was the pool. There are certainly better hotel pools in the area, but it’s not bad, and the theming is on point.
The biggest benefit to staying onsite is convenience. At Disney’s Boardwalk Resort guests can walk, and/or take a boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
We utilized the bus system once during our entire stay, and did so while at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. We waited until we got to the second part of our trip to visit certain parks, because of the Grand Floridian’s convenience (which is the other hotel we stayed at). Unfortunately, the bus system here isn’t great. Disney’s Boardwalk Resort shares a bus with Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort AND The Swan & Dolphin. Eek!
More from Disney’s Boardwalk Resort coming up!