Boardwalk Inn at Walt Disney World
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is styled after Atlantic City circa 1940, offering a Old World charm and plenty of things to do and see. Striped awnings, pastel-hued facades, smooth archways, and towering columns add plenty of authenticity to the setting. The boardwalk is the fruit of the designer’s work, replicating renowned boardwalks famous in the early to late twentieth century in cities like Atlantic City, Coney Island, and New Jersey.
As the name denotes, the whole complex is centered around the boardwalk, backed by almost 100,000 square feet of various shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, and sits on Crescent Lake, the central activity hub of Disney’s Yacht Club, Beach Club Resort, and Beach Club Villas, located across the water. The Boardwalk Inn spans a long quarter of a mile and once the sun sets, it comes alive with midway games, food vendors, live music, and other entertainment.
The Disney Boardwalk Resort is an ultra-convenient lodging choice for vacations centered around Epcot Center or Hollywood Studios, both reachable via a short walk. Transportation to other Disney theme parks and water parks from Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is available via boat on Crescent Lake of bus and by boat to neighboring resorts.
Standard rooms might be base-level options but they are outfitted expertly and designed with appealing adornments. If the view or a private patio is desired, try arranging a specific request ahead of time for a garden or pool view and a patio. Standard rooms offer space for five when a junior day bed is requested. Microwaves are also available upon request. Upgrade privileges with Club Level status, which also includes concierge services. The upgrade offers access to the private lounge, personal service, and planning services for vacations within the Disney resort.
A variety of Disney Boardwalk Resort suites are available. Garden Cottages are most quaint, with white picket fences and a multi-level interior featuring a walk-up loft, parlor, and two baths and situated by the leisure pool and main building. Two-bedroom suites are larger options with kitchenettes and sleeping quarters for either six or nine people. Plenty of luxurious details are found throughout all suites, affording guests with all necessities and plenty of affluence. The Sonora Vice Presidential Suite and Steeplechase Presidential Suite are expansive and regal indeed, with wood flooring and plush carpeting throughout, stately furnishings, lush plants, and resort services that cover all needs and wants.
In addition to a mini golf course, arcade, and community hall are three separate pools scattered across the grounds of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. The Keister Coaster water slide is a 200-foot feature at Luna Park Pool, where sliders pop out of a massive clown’s mouth. A surrounding sundeck is fit with lounge chairs and patio sets for drinks and dining. Two additional pools south of Luna Park offer a tranquil background ideal for adults.
The Disney Boardwalk Resort has many dining options. Signature dining is offered via combination grill and brewery where light fare and brews (from the only microbrewery in the entire Walt Disney World Resort) are served. Mediterranean fare at a cultural hotspot and a six-course wine tasting dinner are specialty dining choices. The sweet shop and bakery are perfect for quick stops for resort guests on the go or just for a treat. The sports bar and 1930s themed lounge provide more varied menus with a casual backdrop.
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