Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing our reviews of the deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.
What Is So Special About Disney’s Boardwalk?
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas is a favorite location at Walt Disney World Resort. It is right in the middle of all the action, fronting Crescent Lake between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Being able to walk to either of these parks is a great bonus should you decide that the Boardwalk is the resort for you. If you prefer a more relaxed commute grab one of the friendship boats. These operate daily between the parks and surrounding resorts.
This “seaside” resort takes you back to the heyday of the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the 1920s and 1930s. Pulling up to the the Boardwalk Inn you will be reminded of an elegant bed and breakfast inn. This impression is continued inside with old fashioned furnishing and soft muted colors. Outside, along the lake the vibrant promenade offers great views, family fun, and more eateries, clubs, and shops than you can visit.
There are two different sides to The Boardwalk each offering varying accommodations. These range from 359 to 2,142 square feet and are suitable for parties of all sizes. The Boardwalk Inn has 378 rooms while the Boardwalk Villas, which as associated with the Disney Vacation Club feature 532 studios and suites.
Unique to the Boardwalk is a lively entertainment complex along the quarter mile waterfront promenade. The innovative mini-park offers plenty to do on your day of rest from the parks. If shopping is your thing you will want to check out one of the Boardwalks four specialty stores. You will find everything from gifts and souvenirs to apparel and collectibles in these quaint little shops.
Dining Options and Desserts
For foodies of all types, the Boardwalk has something for you too. There are plenty of dining options including favorite sit down restaurants like Big River Grille and Brewing Works, Flying Fish, and the ESPN Club. Trattoria Al Forno offers old world Italian favorites and is even a great place to grab breakfast before a crazy day at the parks.
If you have a sweet tooth you wont want to pass up Ample Hills Creamery or the Boardwalk Bakery for some of the best ice cream and cupcakes at the Walt Disney World Resort. Our favorite option is to go in full boardwalk mode and grab a margarita from Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas followed by pizza at the Pizza Window and a funnel cake if we are lucky.
Entertainment and Nightlife
For those looking to turn their Disney days into Disney nights after the parks close, The Boardwalk is rich with lounges and clubs. Stroll on over to the Atlantic Dance Hall or Jelly Rolls which both serve up drink and tons of fun. Inside the resort itself is the Belle Vue Room which is perfect if you prefer a quiet drink and perhaps a game of chess. Fans of magic won’t want to miss the Boardwalk’s newest lounge addition, Abracadabar. It is one of our favorite spots to travel back in time and conjure up a drink.
The Fun Stuff
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas has some of the best options when it comes to water recreation. You wont want to miss the Luna Park Pool. This carnival-themed pool is home to a 200-foot-long waterslide. The 184,217-gallon Luna Park Pool invites you to clown around in the water and make a splash under the spouting trunks of grinning elephant statues. Adults will enjoy the serenity of the whirlpool spa while little ones will surely want to splash it up in the kiddie pool. The Leaping Horse Libations pool bar located at the Luna Park pool so you can grab a quick drink or snack. The resort also features two liesure pools for those wanting a more relaxed and quieter experience.
Adventurers can explore the waterfront boardwalk and woodsy trails on both regular and surrey bicycles. These are available to rent daily on a first come first serve basis. They are a fun way to see more of the resort and let’s face it, you have already done enough walking at this point.
Should You Stay?
With so much to see and do at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas it is definitely on our list of must stay Disney properties, if your budget allows. Rooms are currently starting at 408.00 which we feel is in the median range for a deluxe resort at Walt Disney World. Have you stayed at The Boardwalk Inn and Villas or another deluxe resort? We would love to hear your experience on your stay.
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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | WDW Deluxe Resort Reviews Loop:
- 1st Stop – Magical Mickey Tips | Four Seasons Resort Orlando
- 2nd Stop – Trips with Tykes | Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- 3rd Stop – DISTherapy | Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- 4th Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- 5th Stop – Dad for Disney | Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- 6th Stop – What’s the Point? | Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- 7th Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek
- 8th Stop – Adventures in Familyhood | Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- 9th Stop – Running on Disney | Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- 10th Stop – The Blogorail | Disney’s Yacht Club Resort