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Set on the picturesque Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort brings all the best Walt Disney World has to offer with the fun twist of a seaside vacation. Between the real boardwalk and fun activities, you’ll never want to leave the resort!
However, all of this would mean nothing if it weren’t for the amazing and comfortable lodgings. The resort is split into two sections, classic Disney resort rooms and Disney Vacation Club (DVC) accommodations. While both are incredible, it is important to choose the right living space for your vacation based on your party’s needs, how long you’ll be staying, and how much time you plan to spend at the resort.
We’ll help you break down each room option to assist in making your decision to insure you have the best time possible!
What This Guide Covers
The BoardWalk Inn hosts the typical resort rooms, available for a nightly rate like a standard hotel. These rooms are separated into two categories – standard and club level. Within these categories, you’ll find different view options, each at their own price level.
Classical turn of the century architecture gives the rooms a vintage hotel feel, with bright colors contrasting with dark woods for a warm and cozy atmosphere. Beautiful pictures of historic boardwalk and seaside attractions adorn the walls, fitting with the overall theme of the resort. Don’t forget to look for the hidden Mickeys and other Disney touches, including Mickey and Minnie dressed in early 20th century garb!
The standard rooms come equipped with these amenities:
- Soaker Tub
- Internet – Free WiFi Service
- Coffee Maker
- Telephone with voicemail
- In-Room Safe
- Iron & Ironing Board
As you can see, these are the sort of amenities you would expect out of a typical hotel experience. The mini-fridge is particularly nice, is it gives you the option to bring and store small food items. For example, feel free to have cereal in your room before going to the park, as you have a place to store a carton of milk. You can always request disposable bowls and utensils from room service, or bring your own.
The standard rooms all sleep up to five adults, depending on the layout of the room. Based on the room you select or the size of your party, you could end up with two queen beds and one day bed, two queen beds, or one king bed. If you’re having trouble finding the right set up for you, you can always call (407) 939-5277 to get help with your booking.
There are three view options available to you – standard, water, and garden views. The water views overlook Disney’s BoardWalk or Crescent Lake, giving you that real boardwalk feeling. Sit out on your balcony in the evenings and watch the other guests go by, or enjoy an early morning coffee in the quiet of the sunrise before heading to the parks. Garden view rooms allow you to take in the beautifully cultivated gardens at the BoardWalk Resort. Some of these rooms open to the ground floor, allowing you direct access to the grounds.
Club level rooms are slightly larger, and include more amenities. They have all the features of the standard rooms, with the addition of the following:
- Evening turndown
- Access to Disney Signature Services—for personal assistance with your vacation.
- Secured key access to the club-level lounge, serving refreshments 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
- Complimentary health club access
- Continental Breakfast, Midday Snacks and Evening Wine, Cheese, Cordials and Dessert
- Personalized Front Desk and Guest Services
- Access to Concierge Service at the Innkeeper’s Club
These amenities are particularly nice if you’re staying for a week or longer, or if you are planning on hanging around the resort for a good portion of your vacation.
Within the club level you will also find different room types. The standard rooms typically overlook the leisure pools on the Inn side, sleeping up to five adults. The configurations are similar to the standard level counterparts, with two queen beds and one day bed, one king bed, or two queen beds. In the rooms with two queen beds and a day bed, the day bed is set into its own alcove for a bit of separation.
You can also choose to go for the deluxe club level room, which is slightly larger than the standard. If space is important, but you don’t really want to go for the villas, this is a great option for you. Both of these rooms have spectacular bathrooms, with plenty of space for everyone in your group.
The last club level room is the outer building garden room, also called the garden suites. These rooms are particularly special, as there are only fourteen of them in total on property. Designed like an old-fashioned honeymoon cottage, these rooms are built for two and are perfect for a romantic getaway. The outside of each cottage is slightly different, with their own trestle and gate entrance leading into a personal garden before finally coming to your door. Inside, you’ll find the cottage separated into two floors, with a living area and tiny kitchenette on the ground floor and a loft bedroom and ensuite bathroom on the upper floor. The adorable décor fits the theme of the rest of the resort, with a few color touches (like the pink sofa) to hint at the element of romance. While the loft bedroom has the same style and color scheme as the other rooms on the Inn side, the bathroom has bright blue walls that make you think of the ocean and a clear sky. If you want to splurge a little on your stay, or it is in fact your honeymoon, the garden suites are an amazing option!
This half of the resort holds the DVC studios and villas, built to make guests feel like they are staying in a vacation home rather than a hotel. These rooms come in studios, and one, two, or three bedroom villas. DVC rooms tend to be larger and have more amenities, making them perfect for longer stays.
The décor takes on a slightly different feel on the Villas side, bringing more natural sea and beach colors and white Victorian accents. Lighter woods used in the floor, tables, and other accents fit with the light and airy feeling of the villas. A few of the furniture pieces are still vintage dark wood, but the prevailing color scheme is lighter in tone. You’ll be so at ease, you’ll forget you’re not in a seaside villa!
Studios are a great option for couples or young families, as they are all one room but still sleep everyone comfortably. Studios also have a kitchenette, allowing you to cook quick or small meals, which will save you a few dollars.
Studio amenities include:
- Internet – Free WiFi Service
- Telephone with voicemail
- High Chair
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Hair Dryer
- Soaker Tub
- Flat-Panel TV
- DVD Player
- Coffee Maker
- In-Room Safe
You’ll be amazing how the simple addition of the microwave, toaster, and mini-fridge will make your mornings smoother and save you money. We will often pack items like Pop Tarts and breakfast cereal and make them in the room in the morning before going to the park. It saves time, not having to go down to the counter service location, and you don’t have to spend the money at these locations. You can also bring back leftovers to the room and have them for lunch on a non-park day, again cutting the costs.
Studios sleep up to five people, with one queen bed, one double-size sleeper sofa, and one twin size pull down bed. With this sleeping arrangement, you can perfectly accommodate a family, although studios work nicely for a couple as well. If you’re bringing the kiddos, one of them is going to love sleeping the pull down bed, which is concealed under the TV. Hidden along with the bed is incredible Disney artwork to accompany your sleeping little one.
One Bedroom Villa
Villas have all the same amenities as the studios, with the addition of a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and whirlpool tub. While the whirlpool tub is nice, the full kitchen and laundry units really make the space. There’s something both liberating and relaxing about being able to make your own food, particularly if you have picky eaters or dietary needs among your party. The laundry is especially nice, as you can choose to pack less or dry your towels and swim gear.
One bedroom villas have one king bed in the bedroom and a queen sleeper in the living area. The bathroom is split, putting the sink and bathtub in one space and the shower and toilet in another. A small window opens into the bedroom, making the room feel bigger, but can be closed for privacy if needed. Both the living room and bedroom have balcony spaces, ideal for early morning coffee or in the evening.
The kitchen is adorable, mimicking carrying through the beach house theme, down to the windows on some of the cabinets. A small table seats two, and two more chairs are at a low bar on the other side of the sink. You can always pull those chairs over to the table if you would like.
Two Bedroom Lock-Off Villa
If you’re interested in a two bedroom, there aren’t any true two bedroom villas at the BoardWalk Inn. However, there is a lock-off option, which connects a one bedroom villa together with a studio. This is a great choice for two families traveling together, or a larger party. The studio will still have its own front door and key, but the rooms will connect by two doors in the living room.
While having one bedroom is nice, for a bigger group two bedrooms just brings that extra level of privacy. You can’t argue that having an extra bathroom also makes a huge difference in terms of getting your party out the door, not to mention providing everyone with enough room.
With the lock-out, you’re essentially combining the best a studio has to offer with the best of a one bedroom. Win-win all around, and you’ll be glad for the space!
Three Bedroom Grand Villa
Grand Villas have the reputation of luxury, opulence, and taking villa accommodations to the next level. From the moment you approach the room and see the double doors (yup, double doors), you know you’re in for a treat.
The main living area is spacious and comfortable, separating a TV area from the sitting area, with the dining room closest to the kitchen. A fully equipped kitchen, the area is open and spacious, which is nice if you have several people working together to create a meal. The dining table is perfect for seating your whole party, or you can use the smaller breakfast nook if you’re eating at different times.
As you head towards the master bedroom, you’ll see that you have a full laundry room. Not just laundry units in a closet, but an entire room dedicated to this purpose! There’s even a small sink in the room, in case you have items that need to be cleaned that you would prefer not to do in your kitchen or bathroom sinks.
The master bathroom is incredible, separated into the shower space and the tub area, similar to the one bedroom villa. You’ll also find the window that connects the tub area to the bedroom, tying all of your spaces together. You can access the master bedroom both from the hallway and the bedroom, making it easy to transition from space to space.
In the master bedroom, you’ll find an amazingly comfortable king bed, your own TV, and personal balcony access. While the balcony for the villa runs the length of the room, the section for the master bedroom is partitioned off from the rest. You can have some privacy, whether it’s from your kids or your in-laws, and enjoy some time to yourself.
The other two bedrooms are identical, each with two queen beds and their own bathroom spaces. The vanity is separate from the shower and toilet, allowing one person to get ready while the other person showers. Having three total bathrooms is ideal for a room of this size, particularly if you’re at full capacity of twelve people.
This villa will cost you a bundle, whether you’re using DVC points or not, but it’s worth it if you’re traveling with a large party. Such a villa is great for multiple families traveling together (which also will help with the cost) or for a special occasion, like family Christmas or a wedding party. To get the most out of the grand villa, we recommend staying at least a week and planning on bringing in some groceries.
Comfortable, tranquil, and quaint, Disney’s BoardWalk will bring together all the best elements of vacation. You have access to the boardwalk and all its entertainment, incredible pools, and of course fantastic rooms.
Wherever you stay at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, you’re going to love your living space!
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Written by Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer
Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.