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The 378 room Boardwalk Inn captures the feel of the '20s and '30s Eastern Seaboard. Crescent Lake makes a beautiful place to stroll around the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk itself is reminiscent of an easy going era of entertainment, dining, and vacation fun. The lighthearted, yet elegant atmosphere is pleasing to just about any age.
The lobby has beautiful furnishings, whimsical carousel rugs, interesting models of roller coasters and carousels, and music that will take you back to the Great Gatsby era. The window seats along the hall of the lobby are inviting conversation areas. The chandeliers and hard wood floors add an air of elegance to this lively, fun at heart resort. Outside the lobby is a wonderful deck with chairs to sit back and people watch, read a book, or just take a few moments to relax.
The Boardwalk Inn shares common spaces with the Disney Vacation Club Boardwalk Villas.
Other deluxe resorts are nestled in the Crescent Lake area. The Yacht and Beach Clubs blend in beautifully and the theme fits perfectly with the three resorts around the lake. The Swan and Dolphin are a short walk away and add to the idea of whimsy and fun.
What are the advantages of staying at the Boardwalk Inn?
How are the rooms laid out?
The rooms are well appointed with either 2 queen beds and a daybed, or a king-size bed and a daybed. An armoire houses the flat screen television and provides drawer space for your belongings. There is a small table with 1 chair, a spacious closet, a chest of drawers, and a private balcony or patio. The bathroom is great for more than one person trying to get ready in the morning. The toilet and bathtub are separate from the vanity area. The vanity has two sinks and plenty of counter room, and a full length mirror on the door.
What are the differences between the room views?
The Standard View category can either overlook the manicured grounds near the entrance of the resort, with the parking lot beyond that; or they can overlook beautiful gardens and walkways and quiet pool. These Standard Views seem to be the most private since they are closed off from the Boardwalk and the parking areas.
The Water View room category overlook Crescent Lake and the Boardwalk, and tend to be more lively in the evening hours. These Water View rooms are sometimes referred to as Preferred Views. A Variable View is usually used in conjunction with discounted rooms and means you won't have a guaranteed view because of the discount.
Standard Rooms are for all guests, including Concierge Club. Deluxe rooms are much larger and Concierge.
Are there smoking and nonsmoking rooms?
All Disney resorts are now smoke free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for designated outdoor locations. A $250-$500 room recovery fee, plus tax, will be charged for smoking in Guest Rooms, on balconies or patios.
I hear that there are no more room key cards at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account (http://allears.net/tp/my-magic-plus.htm) and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more here: http://allears.net/tp/magic-bands.htm
How does Check-in and Check-Out work?
Online Check-in is available 10 days prior to your stay. Look for the special Online Check-in line at the resort's front desk.
As with most of the other resort hotels, check-out is at 11am, check-in is at 3pm. Upon arrival head to the front desk for check-in. Rooms are generally not available until 3pm. Early check-in allows you to leave luggage with bell services, get your Magic Bands (if you don't already have them) and head off to the parks or relax around the resort. You will probably be given a phone number to call periodically to see if your room is ready.. When you call in, answer a few questions. You will then be given your room number and yourMagic Band will open your door! Text alerts are also available, just provide a cell phone number to the front desk cast member.
Check-out time is 11am. Express Check-out is available to all guests paying with a credit card, arrange for this service at check-in. A detailed hotel bill is delivered to your door by 7am. If the bill is correct you simply leave. Your Magic Band serves as a Disney souvenir. Late Check-out of noon can be requested without additional cost (very limited availability). If you need Late Check-out, request it at Check-In and as soon as possible the morning of check out (the number of eligible rooms are limited).
Resort Airline Check-In Service at your Disney resort is only available if you are flying domestically (includes Puerto Rico) on specific airlines It is a complimentary (free) service and allows you to check your luggage.
What about the Concierge Rooms and Garden Suites?
The Boardwalk boasts Concierge Service (the Innkeeper's Club) and beautiful Garden Suites, in addition to its already well-appointed rooms.
Concierge service offers deluxe rooms with added amenities such as: robes, TV speaker in the bathroom, deluxe nightly turn down service, and continental breakfast buffet. Most rooms are on the 4th floor. Concierge level guests have their own private lounge and private access. Epcot's IllumiNations can be seen nightly from the balcony in the Concierge Lounge.
The Concierge Lounge "Innkeeper's Club " hours of service are: Continental Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.; Refreshments from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tea and Sweets from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Wine and Cheese Selections from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Cordials and Desserts from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Garden Suites are designed for Honeymooners but can easily accommodate a family of four and are two stories. There are 14 Garden Suites and all but three have private entrance courtyards. The three that do not, have private balconies. The yards are separated by white picket fences that are about 3 feet tall. Each of the front yards are individually landscaped. At the gated entrance to the yard, there is a small decorative bird house with the room number on it. These front yards lead to the one and only entry way of the suite, and are being grown into manicured rose gardens.
There is a living room on the first floor and a bedroom loft on the second floor. The first floor has a TV, 1/2 bath, bread bar, and a queen size sofa bed. The 2nd level loft, in most cases, overlooks the lower level which creates a very large, vaulted ceiling effect. The three with private balconies have more of an actually separate second level. Either way, the second level features an elevated King size bed. Upstairs you will also find an addition TV, and a full bath with a giant Jacuzzi tub that will easily accommodate two people. There is even a third mini TV for viewing while in the Jacuzzi tub.
The Boardwalk Inn is considered a "Deluxe" resort hotel, and its prices are among the more expensive offered at Disney. There are Value Season, Regular Season, Peak Season and Holiday Season rates. These are regular rate prices and do not include the 6.5% Florida Sales Tax nor the 6% county resort tax. Rates are based on double occupancy. No charge for children under 17 years old when in the same room as the adults.
Most rooms have a maximum five-person occupancy per room. Prices are per room, and there is an additional adult charge of $25 per adult per night for more than two adults in a room. Outer Building-garden Room Club Level sleep 2 guests only.
Walt Disney World Resort rates vary by season (there are nine seasons now), and also by day of the week. The holiday season is the most expensive time of the year. It runs from mid-December to early January as well as during Easter Week.
The rates for a:
-- Standard View room range from $381 - $544 (Holidays up to $607)
-- Water View room range from $498 - $690 (Holidays up to $678)
-- Standard Club room range from $573 - $793 (Holidays up to $831)
-- Deluxe Club Level room range from $719 - $988 (Holidays up to $1,009)
-- Outer Building Garden Room Club Level range from $782 - $1,029 (Holidays up to $1,087)
-- Suites begin at $2,094
What's the difference between the Boardwalk Villas and the Boardwalk Inn?
Boardwalk Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club.
These are larger accommodations that include either a kitchenette
or full kitchen, washer and dryer (in all but the studios). The same
Disney resort privileges apply however the DVC villas do not have
daily housekeeping as part of their nightly cost.
Disney's Boardwalk Inn is a Disney hotel in the "Deluxe Resort" category.
What are the services, facilities, and amenities at the Boardwalk Inn?
Some great services, in addition to those normally provided at a resort, are: business center, concierge service, express check-out, 24-hour front desk, disabled-accessible rooms, laundry/valet services, meeting and banquet facilities, valet parking ($ per day/car), and room service.
How do I get to all of the wonderful places at WDW?
You picked a great resort because it is all about Location! Location! Location!
Epcot is a pleasant 5 minute stroll from the Boardwalk Inn. Or if you choose you can catch a Friendship boat from the boat dock right outside on the Boardwalk. The boats leave every 20 minutes and those on the right side of the dock will bring you to the International Gateway, right at Epcot's ticket gates. I highly recommend walking to Epcot. Nine times out of 10 it is much faster than taking the Friendship boat.
To reach the Disney's Hollywood Studios you have two options. You could take a leisurely 15 to 20 minute stroll along the approximately one-mile long path along the waterway connecting the Epcot resort area with the Disney's Hollywood Studios. Or you can take the Friendship boat from the left side of the boat dock on the Boardwalk, making stops at the Yacht and Beach Club dock and then the Swan and Dolphin dock before continuing on to the Studios. Don't worry if you just miss the boat and don't want to wait the 20 minutes for the next one, and don't want to walk all the way to the Studios. Just walk on over to the Swan and Dolphin dock and pick up the boat there.
There are direct buses in front of the hotel to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney (with stops at the Marketplace and the West Side). You can connect to other Disney resorts from either the Marketplace or from the parks.
I know my room will have beds and a bathroom, but what else?
The rooms at the Boardwalk Inn have been thoughtfully stocked with many extras. The closet contains an ironing board, iron, portable crib, small safe for your valuables, and hangers. Hair dryers and make-up mirrors are mounted on the wall in the vanity area. Alarm clocks are provided so you can be the first one in the parks.
Walt Disney World Resort made complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all of its hotels as of March 2012. See our Internet Access page for details.
What about a refrigerator?
Small refrigerators are in all Boardwalk rooms for no additional charge. The refrigerators are handy for snacks, sodas, and baby supplies.
I have to have my morning coffee!
Coffee pots and coffee are provided in your room. In addition, the Boardwalk Bakery offers you an early morning opportunity to see a "Bun-rise" while having your Java fix. Cappuccino and espressos, as well specially made fresh baked goods are offered. Open at 7:00 am (hours subject to change seasonally)
There is also a cart on the Boardwalk called Boardwalk Joe's that serves freshly brewed coffee, cappuccino, espresso, flavored coffees and assorted pastries. Its hours are subject to change seasonally.
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete. For complete details visit: http://allears.net/din/mugs.htm
Is there a lounge in the hotel where I can relax and have a drink?
Yes, the Belle Vue Room is located on the Boardwalk Inn side of the complex. There is a balcony that offers a view of Crescent Lake. Hours are 5 p.m. until midnight. (You can also get your morning coffee/tea here.)
What are the dining options?
Dining options at the Boardwalk Inn are endless. Not only are Epcot and all of its wonderful restaurants just a stroll away, but you also have all of the dining options at the Swan/Dolphin, and the Yacht and Beach Club right there also. The Boardwalk itself boasts many great dining opportunities.
The ESPN Club is a sports club with sports aplenty on the TVs that dot the establishment. The food is standard sports club fare such as burgers, sandwiches, drinks, appetizers, and desserts. The atmosphere is fun and inviting to families for lunch and dinner.
The BoardWalk Bakery offers baked goods, espressos, and cappuccinos, 6:30am to 11:00pm. Expect long lines in the morning, especially before Kouzzina opens.
Trattoria al Forno offers classic Italian cuisine including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, fresh cavatelli pasta and pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Breakfast
and dinner are served. Open 7:30 am to 11:00 am and 5:00
p.m. to 10:00 P.M.
Boardwalk also has a Pizza Take Out window. Open noon to midnight.
Seashore Sweets serves hand-dipped ice cream, salt water taffy, candy, chocolate and cookies. Open 1 p.m. to 11:00pm.
The Flying Fish Cafe presents diners with fresh selections of seafood and steaks. There is an open kitchen there you can watch the chefs work their magic. A great place for a special meal. The Flying Fish is only open for dinner hours. Open Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:00 P.M. Open Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 P.M.
Big River Grille and Brewing Works is a must for any ale or micro-brew fan. Big River has tempting selections of beer breads, sausages, gourmet burgers and salads. A lighthearted atmosphere for a casual meal. Open 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Dine in or out on the Boardwalk.
Leaping Horse Libations at Luna Park is a great place for a sandwich or hot dog, generally open 11am til dusk.
There are also several carts along the Boardwalk, mainly open in the evenings such as the Boardwalk Hot Dog Cart and the Italian Ice Cart.
What about night spots on the Boardwalk?
The Boardwalk itself with the live entertainers who invite you to participate in the magical silliness.
Atlantic Dance is the place to go for music and dancing. Jellyrolls features nonstop live entertainment on two dueling pianos as you join in the fun with singing and surprises (cover charge applies and smoking is allowed). ESPN Club keeps the excitement of the games alive all night with updates and prize giveaways. Check here for more information about the Boardwalk at night.
Where can I buy a T-shirt and some toothpaste?
Dundy's Sundries (very small) is located just off the lobby on the Villa side. It stocks resort logo merchandise and some basic necessities and toiletries. Disney's Character Carnival, Screen Door General Store, and Thimbles and Threads are all located on the Boardwalk. The three stores comprise one giant store and feature character merchandise, clothing for the whole family, as well as groceries and snacks. Wyland Galleries showcases contemporary, environmental art on the Boardwalk Sports fans can find ESPN merchandise at the ESPN Club.
Help! I've run out of clean clothes! Can you point me in the direction of the laundry room?
On the 3rd floor of the Boardwalk Inn there is a laundry room accessible only to Inn guests via their Magic Band. There are three washing machines, one commercial sized washing machine, and six clothes dryers. Each of these machines costs $2 a load to run. Additionally there is a television, a large table on which to fold your laundry, two chairs, three rolling laundry baskets, a telephone and a vending machine selling laundry supplies (Tide, Cheer, Bounce (2 sheets), Clorox 2) at a cost of $1 per box.
Can anyone recommend a baby-sitter for the evening?
The Boardwalk's Harbor Club --a supervised activity center for children 4-12 -- is closed indefinitely. You can use the Sandcastle Club at the Yacht and Beach Club on the other side of the lake. Visit our Childcare FAQ for more info, as well as info on private baby-sitting services.
What types of activities can be found on the Boardwalk?
The Boardwalk offers a wide range of activities that differs from day to day. Seasonally, you will find midway games, jugglers, entertainers, hand wax molds, food vendors, magic shows. Bike riding along the Boardwalk is a popular past time. At night, the night clubs and restaurants spring to life and bring with them music, laughter, and people.
One of the favorite activities for families and groups are renting the Surrey Bikes. You can pedal your way around Crescent Lake over to the Beach/Yacht Club, Swan/Dolphin. Surrey bikes are not allowed on the walkway to Epcot's World Showcase. Rentals are available on the Boardwalk itself.
Visit our Boardwalk section for more details.
Tell me about the pools and other recreation options.
The Boardwalk's themed swimming area is known as Luna Park, and features a large pool with a 200 foot water slide called "Keister Coaster." The pool area has the theming of a turn of the century carnival. Even the water slide looks like a wooden roller coaster. There are playful elephants to shower you before entering the pool. The play area for the resort, Luna Park Crazy House, is also located here. Life guards are only on duty at Luna Pool.
is a Poolside bar, Leaping Horse Libations, conveniently located
next to Luna Park for drinks and snacks. You can't miss it, the bar
is shaped like a giant carousel.
Swimming tubes, noodles, and towels are available at a stand near the pool, where they also check resort ID.
There are two quiet pools: one is located within the Inn's Rose Garden Courtyard, the other next to Community Hall in the Villa area.
Muscles and Bustles Health Club offers free weights, Life Fitness, Stairmaster and Cybex exercise equipment. Also available are: steam room, sauna, tanning bed and massage therapies. The health club is located near Luna Park and is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Membership is free to Boardwalk resort guests for the length of their stay. Disney Vacation Club members may use the facilities free if they are staying at a Disney resort. Guests from other Disney resorts can use the facilities for $/day, based on availability.
As of January 16, 2013, all Disney World spas, salons and fitness centers will be owned and operated by Disney.
An Epcot resort jogging trail map is available from the Health Club.
Community Hall offers a wide range of equipment to pursue just about any recreational inclination. Inquire about fishing trips (there's even one just for kids! $30) at the Hall. Community Hall is on the Villa side and rents bikes ($7.00/hour), tubes, noodles, videos ($3.18), and tennis rackets ($5.30). You can also play ping pong, croquet and more. The paths around the Boardwalk Inn and Villas make for a beautiful run or walk. Marine activities are only as far as the Yacht Club harbor. Bicycles are a great way to motor around the Crescent Lake area and see all of the hotels and their grounds.
There are two lighted surfaced Tennis Courts located on the Villa side of the resort. Courts are free to Boardwalk Inn and Villa guests. Make reservations at Community Hall. Rental equipment is available.
How do I use valet parking?
Simply drive your vehicle to the front of the resort and a Cast Member will them park it for you. Valet parking is $20 per car for the day, even if you are staying at the Boardwalk. Don't forget to tip the valet (both the one who takes your car and the one who brings it back to you - $1-2 is recommended) When you need to retrieve your vehicle, simply give the valet your slip of paper you were given when the car was parked, and your car will promptly be delivered to the front of the hotel. When you are ready to get your car, call the valet stand from your room and ask for your car to be brought around. If you pay for valet at one Disney resort hotel, you can use valet at the other hotels - just tell them you are paying at the Boardwalk.
The Disney resorts contract out valet services, so you are dealing with a 3rd party, not Disney employed cast members.
Does the Boardwalk Inn have a Security Gate?
Yes, the Boardwalk complex has a guarded security gate. Upon initial arrival, simply explain to the guard you are checking in. Once you have checked in, your Magic Band will also serve to open the security gates (pull on the right side to activate the guest gate). Be sure to have your Magic Band ready when reentering through the security gate. During busy times ONLY Boardwalk resort guests may be allowed to enter the parking area.
My child is celebrating a birthday during our stay. Is there something special we can do at the Boardwalk?
Birthday party facilities are available at the Boardwalk Inn/Villa complex. Parties can include decorated party room, personalized cake, hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and sodas, balloons, candy, and swimming at Luna Park and free video arcade. Check with Cast Members at Community Hall.
Does the Boardwalk have Epcot Fireworks Cruises?
Yes, you can rent a Pontoon from the Yacht and Beach Club Marina to enjoy Epcot's Illuminations! This can also be a birthday cruise and will include a driver, cake, balloons, lights snacks and of course the fireworks. For full details on the cruises visit the Illuminations page.
How do I find the Boardwalk Inn?
Take I-4 to Exit 67. Take 2nd exit (Epcot Resorts/Disney's Hollywood Studios). Turn right at 4th traffic signal. The Boardwalk Inn will be on the left.
I want the trip of a lifetime, but I don't want to spend a lifetime financing it!
There are many ways to save a few dollars on your accommodations at WDW. Disney offers several resort "seasons" throughout the year including a Value Season. Annual Passholders can save by visiting during annual Passholder specials. Florida residents get a break for living in the same state as the Mouse. Don't forget holidays are the most expensive time to visit, along with most of the summer. Generally, planning your trip during the off-season can save you money right off the bat.
TIPS on making the most of the Boardwalk Inn
The Boardwalk resort complex has been beautifully landscaped ; be sure to stroll the grounds. Not only can you find colorful flower beds, but you can also enjoy quiet surroundings, fountains and benches.
With a fresh cup of morning coffee, there are many wonderful places to sit and enjoy the view -- Luna Park, the quiet pools, the balcony off the lobby, or even the Boardwalk itself.
Guests cannot access the Boardwalk from the garden and quiet pool areas. You have to go into the lobby first. This is to ensure guests privacy and security.
If you're running late and miss the boat for Disney's Hollywood Studios, don't worry! The Boardwalk is the first stop on the loop of the boat--you can easily catch it at the Swan/Dolphin, which is the last stop.
Jellyrolls charges a cover charge even if you are a resort guest.
Parking - - there is a HUGE lot (actually, two HUGE lots separated by the drive up to the front entrance) where you park your car. It's a long walk from your room to the car, unless you want to pay for valet parking.
The 390 square foot rooms were redecorated in 2008 with whites, light yellows, dark greens and light and dark wood furnishings; the bathrooms and vanities are marble.
Disney's Boardwalk Inn:
2101 Epcot Resort Boulevard
P.O. Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista FL 32830-1000