Disney offers a variety of hotels for a variety of tastes, features, and budgets. I've stayed at most starting with the original 2 (Poly & Contemp) back in the 70's, and became a vacation club member in the 1st year or so of operation ('93). I stayed at the Boardwalk Villas when it opened in '96, and just returned from a stay. It is not among my favorite DVC properties, but does have it's attraction and advantages. The pros: Easy access to 2 of the parks (Hollywood Studios & EPCOT), most conveniently by boat (launch) running at short & regular intervals, and being in the heart of the EPCOT resort area. In other words, location. The Boardwalk itself is themed to the hayday of the Atlantic City Boardwalk & has numerous shops, restaurants, clubs, & attractions. There is, of course, the obvious advantage of a family-style villa (or smaller studio), be it a 1, 2, or 3 bedroom. While my list of 'pros' is short, it's significant. Location can be paramont. Also, the nightclub or ESPN crowd will like this resort. The advantage of a villa can be had at any DVC resort.
The cons: I point these out not to be necessarily critical, rather so you know what to expect. 1st, parking is a real hassel. Unlike some DVC resorts you can't park at your villa, rather in remote central lots which are a hike. You can valet park - at a price. You can stop at the front just to unload & villas can be a long way off. When you pull up, staff is ready (& eager) to load your luggage on a cart - a separate bellman delivers to your villa, so there are 2 to tip. This is a very large complex, so your room/villa can be a very long way off, and potentially a very long walk to the actual boardwalk.
The original 3 DVC locations (Old Key West, Vero Beach, & Hilton Head), built around '92-'94, were much more spacious, comfortable, and accomodating. I had a chat with a DVC exec around the building of the Boardwalk Villas, who said they had realized they'd been wasting a lot of square footage. I disagree. Spaciousness is luxury. The original Disney World location, Old Key West, has room for a family to enjoy. It has a large dining area & full size table, and a spacious living room with a huge easy chair that can fit 2, along with an L-shape sofa arrangement of a 2 seat sofa & 3 seat sofa. Six can sit & chat comfortably. The Boardwalk LR is cramped, with one not-so-easy chair & a 2 cusion (sleeper) sofa that can seat 3, but we found not very comfortable. Totally, only 4 can sit comfortably. Dining is at a very small table with 2 chairs & 2 more chairs at a shelf on the kitchen half-wall. The kitchen is VERY compact. The 2nd BR lock-off has a queen & a sleeper sofa. So, you have a 2 BR villa, but only 2 beds. Someone is bound to get stuck on the 2 sleeper sofas, which may be OK for kids. Overall, the villas are showing their 17 years of wear & tear. They refurb every so often, but ours was rather worn. Balconys are very small with 2 chairs. For comparison, Old Key West has large balconys with a table & 4 chairs you can eat dinner on.
So, chose this resort if it suits your needs. The location will have advantages for many, but there are far better DVC resorts. The overall complex, to me, has the appearance & feeling of not-so-high-end apartments. We stayed for 2 nights this trip. It was nice to be on the boards for that time, but it was nicer to then move to another DVC resort for the remainder of our vacation.
Note: We stayed at Bay Lake Towers DVC the rest of our visit, which is a high security building. We then stayed at DVC Hilton Head en rt. home, which is on it's own island & you cannot even get onto the island unless you're staying there. The Boardwalk, however, is different. Many people not actually staying here have access & come there to walk the boards, party & drink, or go to the dance club. Theme Park goers can easily exit a park & access your resort. Be particularly aware of security here.
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