We spent 2 weeks at Disney Orlando. One week at Saratoga Springs Resort and one week at Boardwalk. We preferred Boardwalk. It seems closer to the park action and it is such a nice quaint setting. However, this is just personal preference. Both have the same sorts of amenities or lack thereof. Disney does NOT clean the rooms all week! Tuesdays you get clean towels. That is it. Only Disney could get away with this. Units are very clean but seriously need updating. The couch was from the 1980's as was the decor. All was too old for the price. Our view was overlooking a construction sight on the 1st floor. So not much here to brag about. They would have moved us but we thought "so what" we won't be in the room for that long of a time. We had a one bedroom unit and size wise, it was more than adequate. Each room has its own washer and dryer which I love.
One thing worth mentioning is that the handicapped service at Disney is FANTASTIC! It has free valet parking for handicapped individuals (you must bring your state sticker/card/window hanger). Since Boardwalk has such tight parking that is far from the rooms, I thought this was a godsend for my handicapped husband. Boardwalk is about a 2 block walk to a back Epcot entrance or there is a boat stop right outside the complex which takes you to Epcot, Wild Kingdom or the resorts across the lagoon from Boardwalk. In addition the free Disney bus service is nearby and just a great way to go. It's clean, easy to use, very regular and goes to all parks and resorts. Food wise, there is no restaurant place to eat in the Boardwalk villas. So you must travel or use the very limited kitchen and cook your own. We got the regular meal plan so we did very little cooking in the villa. Instead we made reservations via our iphone for sit down meals at various other resorts and ate most fast food meals at the Boardwalk Bakery which we found to be one of the best deals at Disney. We found that eating at the resorts was much better than eating at the parks. The quality and quantity of food is better at the resorts with less horrible crowds and some places to sit. In addition, the meal plan is the only way to go. Food is vastly overpriced anywhere and with the regular meal plan we had our fill. Often it was quite good. We found that buffets were a cut above the horrible, carb laden, fat filled steam table buffets we have at home. Many resort restaurants have themes and the food was often a little different experience which we like. We didn't feel that the restaurants which "cost" 2 sit down meal credits were necessarily worth it. There are resorts for one credit that are fairly good. Living on the Disney Boardwalk is a pleasant experience itself. There are benches all over and it is a lot of fun to sit, relax and enjoy people watching. There are a couple of sit down restaurants along the boardwalk that you can walk to but when it is raining, its not fun. We enjoyed the ice cream and candy shop on the boardwalk and sat out people watching or relaxing after returning from the parks. This would not be a good place for young kids who could not spend all day at the parks. There was little for small kids to do and I did not see any playground equipment. We had the Magic Bands and the concept is just great. It is your room key, meal counter, park ticket, parking entrance checker etc. Just about anything you do is recorded on the band. Sometimes the bands did not work and that held us up. However, Disney folks who are arguably the most polite folks in the country quickly helped us. We saw a TV ad for the bands and it made us laugh to see how easily the bands worked on TV. Reality is more like trying them 3-4 times, contorting your wrist to connect and finally ripping the thing off your arm and sticking it up to the receiver. I thought that the same company who rolled out the Affordable Care Act, developed the bands (heehee)! Anyway, it was magic when they worked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timeless elegance meets old-fashioned charm at this waterfront Resort hotel. Delight in saltwater taffy-colored cottages, private courtyards and picturesque gardens-plus the ragtime sounds and carnival pastimes of the exciting Coney Island-style boardwalk. Reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City, Disney's BoardWalk Villas 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 Villas Hotel Orlando
- Disney Boardwalk Hotel
- Disneys Boardwalk Hotel
- Disney Boardwalk Villas