Imagine Coney Island magically transported to Orlando, and you have the Boardwalk Inn at Disney World. Half way between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Boardwalk Inn is one of three Disney-owned properties encircling Crescent Lake. On the opposite side of the lake are the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. All three are considered Disney Deluxe Hotels.
Beds are comfortable and you’ll always find a towel Mickey greeting you on one of them upon your arrival. And while we discovered a mini-fridge came with our room at the Yacht Club, we had to call the front desk and have one brought to our room at the Boardwalk.
We had a beautiful view of a courtyard from our balcony. Balconies always get a lot of use when we travel. It’s where like to eat our breakfast in the morning, and unwind at night. We even had a pretty good view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from ours.
As with most hotel rooms, the only thing missing from this one was more outlets and more accessible outlets. Pulling the nightstand away from the wall was the only way to find an outlet near the bed.
One of the plusses of staying at the Boardwalk Inn over the Yacht and Beach Clubs is the boardwalk. Here you’ll find street performers, midway games and food, night spots and the ESPN Club. There are no restaurants inside the hotel, unlike the Yacht Club which has several, and the Beach Club Resort which also has a character dining experience. Fortunately, it’s just a quick five-minute-walk to the other side of the lake to enjoy those options.
You can choose to walk 10-15 minutes to either Epcot or Hollywood Studios from the Boardwalk, or take a boat. A boat ride from the marina is a fun way to start your day and is the only transportation to/from both parks. Or, you could always take Cinderella’s carriage. I had just finished riding along on a test-drive of the brand new Chevy Impala when Cinderella’s sparkling white carriage, complete with footmen, pulls up in front of the hotel. Chevrolet has been a sponsor of our Traveling Mom writers retreat at Disney World for the past two years. Tough call on whose ride was more magical that day, the bride’s or mine.
We spent our first night of our recent five-night stay at Disney World at the Yacht Club, then transferred to the Boardwalk Inn the next day. The nice thing about transferring between Disney Resorts is that you can drop your bags at the Bell desk of your first hotel in the morning and find them magically transported into your room at your next hotel when you arrive home from your day at the park. Or, so we were told.
What actually happened is when I checked with the Boardwalk’s Bell desk to confirm my bags were waiting for me in my room, I was told they’d be retrieved and brought up in ten minutes. I was in a hurry to meet up with my family at the park and a little perturbed that they weren’t already in my room as promised. As my husband, Danny pointed out, how else would the bell men get their tip?
On the flip side, I have nothing but praise for the housekeeping staff who turned in my Nook that I didn’t even know was missing. We were on our way to the airport to fly home when I got a call from the Boardwalk Inn letting me know they had found my Nook and would be mailing it to my home since I could no longer stop by to pick it up. It arrived two days later and I couldn’t have been more relieved.
Disclosure: Our accommodations were provided for us by Walt Disney World for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and without influence by Walt Disney World.