We've just returned from a 10-day/9-night stay at Disney's Boardwalk Inn, travel dates March 1, 2014-March 10, 2014, and we had the vacation of a lifetime! We traveled as three adults and a child, my husband, my daughter (20), our son (17), and me. We love, love, LOVE this resort. We enjoy its close proximity to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as the nightlife on the Boardwalk itself. The desserts at the Boardwalk Bakery are to die for! It truly was "home away from home" for us. We have stayed here before, but never for this length of time. We have stayed in both deluxe and moderate resorts. I prefer the deluxe resorts, Boardwalk being my top choice.
Upon our arrival, we were met at the door by cast member Nick with his iPad to facilitate the check-in process. I had already checked-in online which made it even easier. I had requested a certain room, with a particular view. Since it was our 23rd wedding anniversary, we wanted everything to be special. Nick let me know that the room we were assigned was "close" to what I had requested and he saw the disappointment on my face. So, he went to see what he could do and he was able to put us in the exact room that I had wanted, #4306, with my perfect view! I didn't request a particular room number. I only described the view that I had dreamed of having on this vacation and Nick went out of his way to find out which room would fulfill that wish. :) We had arrived around 1:00 p.m., so our room wasn't quite ready. We had planned to just go to Downtown Disney while we waited for the room. We only had enough time to pick up our resort rapid refill mugs at the Boardwalk Bakery before we received a text that our room was already ready for us! It was less than 30 minutes!
Our room was so spacious, clean, well-appointed, and quiet. It must have been one of the newly refurbished rooms. I found nothing wrong with it (with the exception of a little one arriving next door two days before we checked out that literally screamed at the top of his/her lungs at the parents when awake. SCREAMED. Fortunately, we were rarely in the room when "precious" was, so it was never something that bothered us for long or kept us awake. I just found myself feeling sorry for the parents. None of this was the Boardwalk's fault, though.) Mousekeeping was AMAZING! We had Maria for eight of the ten days... absolutely exceptional... and every day she left us the cute, little towel animals. If she didn't make a new one, she would move the existing ones to a funny location, like on the back of the sofa, or on the desk, placing my daughter's pen in it as a pen holder. Too cute! We were also pleasantly surprised the next day to find an autographed photo of Mickey and Minnie, congratulating us on 23 years of marriage, along with special Boardwalk Inn chocolates. What a special touch! We also had a message that day from Mickey and Minnie singing "Happy Anniversary" to us.
I love the classy feel of this resort. The theme is spectacular. The lobby is beautifully decorated. Disney's attention to detail never ceases to amaze me. Even the elevators were bright with marble flooring and mirrored walls, and you never felt them move... unlike the Polynesian's that actually scare me because they're so dark, small, and rickety.
We never used the Disney transportation system because we had a rental car for the entire stay. So, I am unable to provide a review of that.
I slept soundly every night because the beds were SO comfortable. The double sink was a nice feature for two ladies getting ready every morning. My daughter and I placed our clothes in the armoire and put our suitcases away in the spacious closet. We had plenty of room for four and never felt crowded. The shower had great water pressure and was always very clean... a MUST for me. Kuddos, Maria!
We enjoyed our balcony and the view of the Epcot ball and the France Pavilion every day, with a view of Illuminations every night. We were able to enjoy the quiet pool twice during our visit. It was so relaxing. There were always plenty of towels beside the pool for guests.
We were able to enjoy dinner at Kouzzina by Cat Cora on Friday night (the cinnamon-stewed chicken is PHENOMENAL!). My husband and I also took a few strolls on our own on the Boardwalk, where we were able to enjoy a few of the street performers. So much fun! Nick Paul was so entertaining! We were a short walk to Disney's Beach Club where we had breakfast at Cape May Cafe and later that evening, we had the infamous "Kitchen Sink" at Beaches n Cream Soda Shop. I highly recommend both experiences! Don't forget to make advanced dining reservations for those. I didn't mind Boardwalk Bakery's breakfast bowl on one morning, but it wasn't my favorite breakfast. The only lunch item I liked there was the apple-cranberry-chicken salad. I didn't really care much for the sandwiches. I suggest planning breakfast and lunch elsewhere. You can't go wrong with its desserts, though! (key lime tart, strawberry cupcake, and cheesecake brownie... drool!) If you love cheese or pepperoni pizza, you need to have lunch or dinner from the Boardwalk Pizza Window. For only two quick service credits, you get a large pizza. The eight slices of cheesy wonder were so yummy and enough to feed our family of four! The gift shop located on the Boardwalk, The Screen Door, is always really nice. We had items we bought in the parks delivered there on three separate occasions and the transaction went smoothly each time. Two of the cast members there, Wendy and Rebecca, were very kind and friendly to us.
Our MagicBands worked perfectly every time. My suggestion would be to put the MagicBand on with Mickey's head facing away from you, or appearing upside-down to you, in order to be able to match it up perfectly to the room door, the park entrance scanners, and fastpass+ scanners.
We asked for, and were granted, an extended check-out until 1:00 p.m. That was so helpful because of our flight time! Our only problem during our 10-day stay occurred when my son became ill two days before we left and we had a nasty run-in with a worker on the Friendship boats that provide service to and from the resorts and nearby parks. Jorge from Dearfield Beach, FL was one of the rudest people I have ever encountered. My son barely made it off the boat and got sick. Jorge proceded to yell at us (YELL AT US) to, "Get off the dock! Ma'am! I need you OFF. THE. DOCK!", while my son was vomiting into the water. My son was so sick that he could barely walk and we had departed the boat so that he wouldn't get sick on the boat and ruin other passengers' experiences or cause a mess for the boat crew. While I understand "procedure", my son and I needed help, and instead, we were yelled at to get out of his way when we were up the ramp and he was leaning over the edge of a railing because he couldn't physically make it any further. When the night manager at the Boardwalk Inn, Jose, heard about what happened to us, he went above and beyond to make it up to us and offered to get us medical attention as well. He even called for the Friendship's night manager, Nathan, who went out of his way to come over to talk to us after 11:00 p.m. They were both amazing to us... understanding and kind. I hope that Jorge from Dearfield Beach, FL is never allowed to treat another person like he treated us. It was despicable and the worst treatment I have EVER received from anyone Disney-related and I have traveled to WDW eight times.
Other than that dreadful experience, completely NOT the Boardwalk Inn's fault, we had the best vacation we have ever had the pleasure of taking... a much-needed get away with absolutely perfect weather in a perfect setting! Other than wanting to try the Grand Floridian on our next visit, I will always call Disney's Boardwalk Inn "home".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the charm and whimsy of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City at this waterfront Resort hotel. Make a splash at Luna Park Pool and delight in a massage at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Discover carnival games, unique dining and exciting nightlife on the Coney Island-style boardwalk. Strung like saltwater taffy along the shimmering Crescent Lake, Disney's BoardWalk Inn is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Boardwalk Hotel Orlando
- Disney Boardwalk Hotel
- Orlando Boardwalk Inn
- Boardwalk Villa Disneyworld
- Disney Boardwalk Inn
- Disneys Boardwalk Hotel
- Disneys Boardwalk Resort
- Disneys Boardwalk Inn Resort