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A Complete Guide to Staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

If you’re planning a magical Disney vacation, staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is an excellent choice. Located in the Epcot Resort Area, this Deluxe waterfront hotel offers a unique turn-of-the-century Atlantic City and Coney Island-themed experience. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make the most of your stay at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Disney's Boardwalk Resort Guide

Pros and Cons

Disney's Boardwalk Resort Friendship boat transportation

Pros:

  • Convenient 10-15 minute walk to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Some rooms offer breathtaking views of Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
  • Accessible by boat or a leisurely stroll to Hollywood Studios.
  • Impeccable theming that transports you to a bygone era.
  • Nearby Disney Skyliner station for easy transportation.

Disney's Boardwalk Resort area restaurants

Cons:

  • No on-site restaurants; you’ll need to venture out onto the BoardWalk for dining options.
  • Shared buses can lead to longer commutes to the parks.
  • The resort’s layout may result in long walks to some rooms, especially in the Villas section.

Resort Overview

Location Benefits

One of the major perks of staying at BoardWalk Inn is its unbeatable location. You’re within walking distance of both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, making it a breeze to access these two iconic parks. Complimentary Disney transportation, including the Disney Skyliner, is also available for your convenience.

Additionally, the BoardWalk Inn offers a charming stroll along the waterfront with scenic views and a variety of shops and dining options.

Resort Category: Deluxe
Resort Area: Epcot

Guest Rooms

Disney's Boardwalk Resort standard guest room

BoardWalk Inn offers a range of room types, accommodating 2 to 9 adults, depending on your selection.

Standard amenities in each room include:

  • a hairdryer
  • TV
  • free WiFi
  • Keurig coffee maker
  • telephone
  • in-room safe
  • an iron and ironing board
  • Outlets and USB ports are scattered throughout the rooms for your convenience.
  • Storage space is ample, with closets, drawers, and counter space available in most bathrooms.  Beds are raised to allow for storage under the bed.

It’s worth noting that some vanity areas do not have a separate door for privacy, but there is typically a door separating the shower and toilet from the vanity/sink area.

Room Types

BoardWalk Inn offers various room types to suit your preferences:

Standard room view at Disney's Boardwalk Resort

Rooms & Suites

  • Water View: Views of Disney’s BoardWalk or Crescent Lake
  • Resort View: Views of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Gardens, Leisure Pool, or Parking Area.

Both Views offer:

  • 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 1 King Bed
  • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed
  • Sleeps up to 5 AdultsDisney's Boardwalk Resort 5th sleeper

Deluxe Studios

  • Deluxe Studio – Standard View: Views of Resort Grounds or Parking Area
  • Deluxe Studio – Garden or Pool View: Views of Garden or Pool
  • Deluxe Studio – Boardwalk View: Offers views of Disney’s BoardWalk

All Views offer:

      • 1 King Bed and 1 Day Bed
      • 2 Queen Beds
      • 1 King Bed
      • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed
      • Sleeps up to 5 Adults

Disney's Boardwalk Resort Garden Villa

Villas

  • 1 Bedroom Villa – Garden or Pool View: Views of Garden or Pool
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – Standard View: Views of parking
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – Boardwalk View: Views of Boardwalk

Villas offer:

  • 1 King Bed and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa
  • Sleeps up to 4 Adults

Club-Level Service

Certain rooms and suites at BoardWalk Inn come with Club-Level Service, which includes perks such as evening turndown, secured key access to the club-level lounge, complimentary fax assistance, continental breakfast, midday snacks, evening wine, cheese, cordials, dessert, access to Concierge service at the Innkeeper’s Club, complimentary health club access, complimentary newspapers in the Club Level lounge, and personalized Front Desk and Guest Services.  I have NEVER met a club-level room I didn’t love!

Rooms and Suites with Club Level Service

Resort View – Club Level: Views of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Courtyard Leisure Pool

Deluxe Room – Club Level: Views of Disney’s BoardWalk.

  • Deluxe Room – Club Level is larger than the Resort View Rooms and offers:
  • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa.
  • Sleeps up to 6 adults.

Garden Room – Club Level: Views of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Gardens or Leisure Pool

    • 1 King Bed.
    • Sleeps up to 2 adults

2 Bedroom Suite: Views of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Gardens or Leisure Pool

  • 1 King Bed and 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa.
  • Sleeps up to 8 adults

Sonora VP Suite: Offers views of Disney’s BoardWalk and Crescent Lake

    • 2 Queen Beds
    • Sleeps up to 6 adults

Checking In and Out

Disney's Boardwalk Resort lobby

Checking in and out at BoardWalk Inn is a breeze with multiple options available. You can use the front desk, check-in online through the official Walt Disney World website, or utilize the My Disney Experience app.

After online check-in, you’ll receive a room-ready notification and can use your MagicBand or the digital key feature in the app to unlock your room door.

My personal favorite is on the app.  This means I never have to wait in line to check in at the front desk!  I have occasionally had to return to the front desk for app issues where my key won’t show up. It’s frustrating, but rare.

You don’t need to check out at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. Your credit card on file, you’ll have provided it during your online checkin or at the front desk, will be billed for any charges on your account and you will be emailed a final statement.

Should you need assistance with your bags you’ll call bell services from your room phone and they will come to your room to assist you with your luggage.

Resort Shops

Disney's Boardwalk Resort area shops

BoardWalk Inn offers various amenities and shops for your enjoyment. This is where you can pick up snacks and souvenirs.  Because Disney’s Boardwalk Resort is a DVC (Disney Vacation Club) Resort you’ll also find wine, drinks, meds and other small grocery type items.

The shops include:

  • Disney’s Character Carnival: A shop with apparel, accessories, pins, gifts, home goods, and other supplies.
  • Dundy’s Sundries: Offers food, spirits, camera and media materials, and souvenirs.
  • Screen Door General Store: Sells typical items like food and beverages.
  • Thimbles & Threads: A shop for apparel, accessories, pins, and other souvenirs.
  • Wyland Galleries – BoardWalk: Features art and collectibles.

Thimbles & Threads store near Disney's Boardwalk Resort

Amenities

Laundry room at Disney's Boardwalk Resort

  • Laundry Services: A 24-hour self-service laundry facility is available near the 3rd-floor elevator.
  • Dry Cleaning Services: Offers dry cleaning and valet laundry services.
  • Movies Under the Stars: Enjoy complimentary Disney movies in Community Hall.
  • Muscles & Bustles Health Club: A full-service facility with workout equipment and massages.
  • Pickle Ball & Tennis Courts: Full size courts open to all Disney World guests.
  • Poolside Games: Oversized game favorites.
  • Childcare Services: In-room babysitting for children aged 6 months to 12 years old.
    Disney's Boardwalk Resort Tennis and Pickle Ball courts.Disney's Boardwalk Resort pool side games

Lounges & Entertainment:

JellyRolls at Disney's Boardwalk Resort

  • Jellyrolls: A popular dueling piano bar for guests over 21 (cover charge applies). Not to be missed!!!
  • Atlantic Dance Hall: A dance club open in the evenings (cover charge applies).
  • Carousel Coffee: Offers a diverse selection of coffees
  • Belle Vue Lounge: A café offering breakfast items, desserts, and beverages.

Dining Options

Disney's Boardwalk Resort restaurants and entertainment

BoardWalk Inn offers a range of dining options, though it’s important to note that there is no on-site full-service restaurant. Instead, you can explore the various dining establishments along Disney’s BoardWalk, including:

Table Service

Disney World’s Table Service restaurants offer a magical dining experience, allowing guests to sit back and enjoy a delicious meal in a themed setting. Reservations, can be made up to 60 days in advance, are highly recommended. Table Service options cater to a variety of tastes.  Use the Mobile Dine Check-In feature via the My Disney Experience app, and make checking in for your reservation is a breeze.

  • Trattoria al Forno: An Italian restaurant.
  • Flying Fish: A seafood-focused restaurant known for its creative dishes.

Quick Service

Disney World’s Quick Service restaurants provide a convenient and efficient dining option for guests on the go. Perfect for a quick bite between attractions, these restaurants offer diverse menus, from classic burgers and fries to international flavors.

No reservations are needed; simply order at the counter or on your My Disney Experience app and find a seat. Mobile Ordering through the My Disney Experience app lets you skip lines and customize your meal in advance. Quick Service options ensure you spend less time waiting and more time enjoying the magic of Disney.

  • AbracadaBar: Fun bar full of magic with small bites. One of our personal favorites
  • BoardWalk Ice Cream & Deli: A quick-service bakery serving pastries, sandwiches, and more.
  • Pizza Window: Grab a slice or a whole pizza to enjoy on the go.
  • Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas: Margaritas on the Boardwalk.
  • The Cake Bake Shop: Coming soon
  • Leaping Horse Libations: Poolside bar and grill

Disney's Boardwalk Resort Leaping Horse Libations poolside bar and food

Recreation

Disney's Boardwalk Resort pool and slideDisney's Boardwalk Resort Pool

For guests looking to relax and have fun, BoardWalk Inn offers a selection of recreational activities:

  • Swimming: Enjoy three pools, including the Luna Park Pool with its carnival slide, two whirlpool spas, and a kiddie pool.
  • Fishing: Guided catch-and-release fishing excursions are available.
  • Jogging: Take a scenic run along the mile-long promenade.
  • Surrey Bikes: Rent a Surrey bike and explore the BoardWalk with the family. Surrey Bike Rental at Disney's Boardwalk Resort Ride a Surrey Bike around Disney's Boardwalk Resort
  • Campfires: Gather around the campfire for marshmallow roasting. Smores Campfire at Disney's Boardwalk Resort
  • Arcade: Play a variety of video and pinball games in the arcade. Video games at Disney's Boardwalk Resort Arcade

Transportation

Getting around from BoardWalk Inn is a breeze with several transportation options:

  • Walking: Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are within walking distance.
  • Friendship Boats: Enjoy a leisurely boat ride to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and select Epcot-area resorts. Friendship Boats at Disney's Boardwalk Resort takes guests to Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
  • Disney Skyliner: Located at the International Gateway entrance of Epcot. Access the Skyliner station for quick transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Buses: Disney buses are available for transportation to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs. Bus transportation at Disney's Boardwalk Resort

How to get from Boardwalk Inn to anywhere at Disney World

  • Magic Kingdom – Take a resort bus or Minnie Van to Magic Kingdom. Keep in mind if you Uber/Lyft you will be dropped off at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) and have to take the Monorail or Ferry to the gate of Magic Kingdom.
  • Epcot – Walk to Epcot and enter via the International Gateway Entrance of Epcot. (In the World Showcase in between the UK and France)
  • Hollywood Studios – Walk or take the Skyliner to Hollywood Studios.
  • Animal Kingdom – Take a resort bus or Minnie Van to Animal Kingdom. Uber/Lyft is also a good option as you’ll be dropped off near the main gate.
  • Disney Springs – Take a resort bus or Minnie Van to Disney Springs. Uber/Lyft are an option but they will drop you off at the far end of Disney Springs close to the Rain Forest Cafe area.  It can be a long walk to more central locations.  The bus and Minnie Van will drop you off in a central location.
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports – Subject to events happening.  During RunDisney Events buses will pick up direct at the host resorts and have service to ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Resorts:

Magic Kingdom Area Resorts – including Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Saratoga Springs and Old Key West –

  1. Take a bus to Magic Kingdom
  2. Use Magic Kingdom transportation to the resort of choice.
    1. Walk to Contemporary or Grand Floridian
    2. Monorail or Ferry to Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary
    3. Water Taxi to Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness
    4. Bus to all resorts.
  3. Minnie Van or Uber/Lyft are the fastest transportation from Boardwalk to any Magic Kingdom area resort.

Epcot Area Resorts – including Yacht Club, Beach Club, Swan and Dolphin and Swan Reserve.

  1. Walk to all resorts

Hollywood Studios Area Resorts – including Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach and Rivera Resort.

  1. Take a bus to Animal Kingdom.
  2. Take the resort bus from Animal Kingdom to the resort of your choice.

Animal Kingdom Area Resorts – including Animal Kingdom Lodge, All Stars – Movie, Music and Sports and Coronado Springs

  1. Take the Skyliner to all resorts. The Skyliner is located next to the Epcot International Gateway entrance (World Showcase).

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – Take a resort bus or Minnie Van to Typhoon Lagoon. Uber/Lyft is also a good option as you’ll be dropped off near the main gate.
  • Blizzard Beach – Take a resort bus or Minnie Van to Blizzard Beach. Uber/Lyft is also a good option as you’ll be dropped off near the main gate.

Mini Golf

  • Winter Summerland – Take a resort bus or Minnie Van to Blizzard Beach. Uber/Lyft is also a good option as you’ll be dropped off near the main gate of Blizzard Beach.  Winter Summerland is next to Blizzard Beach.
  • Fantasia Gardens – Walk to Fantasia Gardens. Take the Boardwalk Path to Swan/Dolphin and cross over to the Swan Reserve. Fantasia Gardens is next to the Swan Reserve. Uber/Lyft is also a good option as you’ll be dropped off at Fantasia Gardens.

Tips for Your Stay

  1. Make Dining Reservations Early: You’ll want to make dining reservations at the nearby BoardWalk establishments or other Disney restaurants 60 days prior to arrival, especially for character dining experiences.  Table service dining does fill up and it’s not recommended to try to walk up to your favorite restaurant the day of.  Instructions on how to use the My Disney Experience app are here.
  2. Enjoy the Evening Entertainment: Take advantage of the evening entertainment options along Disney’s BoardWalk, including street performers and live music.
  3. Use Mobile Ordering: To save time and avoid lines, use the My Disney Experience app’s mobile ordering feature for quick-service meals.  Best tips on mobile ordering and some of our favorites can be found here.
  4. Watch Epcot Fireworks from the Resort: Some rooms and the BoardWalk offer partial views of Epcot’s nighttime spectacular, Luminous, so be sure to check the schedule and plan to watch from the resort.
  5. Explore Disney’s BoardWalk: Spend time exploring the restaurants, shops, and entertainment options on Disney’s BoardWalk, which comes to life in the evenings.
  6. Plan for Rainy Days: Pack ponchos or umbrellas, as Florida weather can be unpredictable. Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor activities at the resort to keep you entertained.
  7. Use the Disney Transportation System: Take advantage of the complimentary Disney transportation options to access all the parks and Disney Springs with ease.

Boardwalk Inn Address & Phone Number:

2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8442
(407) 939-6200

Conclusion

Staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort offers a unique and enjoyable experience for guests who want to be in close proximity to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The charm of the BoardWalk and the range of dining options in the area make it a great option for your Disney World vacation. With its themed decor, comfortable accommodations, and recreational offerings, you will surely have a memorable and magical stay at this Deluxe Disney Resort. Enjoy your time at the BoardWalk!

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Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumphhttps://www.loveofthemagic.com
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.
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