Review of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort
We are Florida residents and Disney Annual Passholders. We will sometimes take the opportunity to go down to Orlando for a night or two on weekends to get away. The previous time we were down, I made breakfast reservations for the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno. On our way to breakfast, we walked through Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort and thought it has a nice atmosphere that we’d like to check out.
When we go to Walt Disney World, we will typically visit the park at least once- if only for an hour or two. Our favorite resorts to stay at are the Magic Kingdom resorts. Why? Monorail and/or boat access. This means I can skip the transportation center and tram to get to the park. The stress relief this gives me in not having to get two young kids into the car with all their stuff, then take out the stroller long enough to get to the tram so that I can fold it up again… and so on.
As Annual Passholders, Disney often offers some great room discounts that you can take advantage of.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort Review
Disney’s description of the resort is “the charm, whimsy and elegance of 1940s Atlantic City.” This description fits the resort perfectly. The resort has an Atlantic City-boardwalk feel to it begining with your arrival. The curved entrance with the letters above spelling out Boardwalk. Located steps away from Epcot which can be reached on foot or via a boat on Crescent Lake.
The Rooms at the Boardwalk Inn
The rooms are well themed with the whimsy elegance of Atlantic City. The artwork in the room was all continued the Atlantic City-Disney tie-in theme.
We were in a 2nd floor Garden View room. You actually come in on the second floor from the lobby. The balcony view room was nice and peaceful feeling.
The bathrooms came with the standard two sinks outside the bathroom with toiletries (mouthwash, sun lotion, vanity kit). Inside the bathroom, there were dispensers filled with soap, shampoo & conditioner. While I do like the mini soaps, and shampoos it does make it much more convenient with little kids to just have the dispenser inside the shower.
The Boardwalk Pool
One of the best parts of any Disney Resort is the pool area. The Boardwalk pool does not disappoint with its slide. Full warning though- if you have a fear of clowns, it’s NOT for you.
My 7-year-old LOVED the slide and its twist and turns. My 4-year-old was not so enthused. His first reason was he thought the clown’s hair was it’s brains. Then he said he didn’t like the “loopty loops” and my husband says it was because he didn’t like the idea of coming out of the clown’s mouth. It mostly came down to the “loopty loops.” I did have him go down once and he screamed all the way down. Literally. The kids both had on life vest but the depth at the end of the slide was 3ft. 6 inches.
Outside the Boardwalk Resort
Outside there is a green (artificial) grass area that is great to just hangout and relax on. You can see a view of Crescent Lake along with the Yacht and Beach Club resorts. There is a boat ramp that will take you to either the Yacht/Beach Club or to Epcot.
Walking out past the grass area you come to the boardwalk. Disney has done a great job of making you feel like you’re on a working boardwalk.
The Boardwalk Bakery makes alot of the breads/desserts for the hotels located on the Boardwalk. It is also where you get your resort mug refilled (typically done at the quick service locations inside the various resorts).
Walking the Boardwalk
We walked to Epcot from the hotel and even came across a furry friend! There’s always a good chance you’ll see one of these little bunnies around.
We also visited the Yacht Club Resort and walked around. On our way back to the Boardwalk Inn we took the bridge over the lake
Night Time at the Boardwalk
At night is when the Boardwalk comes to life. There are vendors selling funnel cakes, ice-cream, pizza. The smell fills the air and takes you away to another time. There are also a few carnival games and performers that are entertaining. There is also the Ample Hills Creamery which I highly recommend!!
Great Location and Atmosphere
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort is a great location to experience some non-park entertainment as well as have close access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Overall it was a fun experience that I’d suggest trying out!