Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort Overview
Near Epcot, the BoardWalk is an idealized replication of an East Coast 1930s waterfront resort. Open all day, the BoardWalk features upscale restaurants, shops and galleries, a brewpub, and an ESPN sports bar. In the evening, a nightclub with dueling pianos and a DJ dance club join the lineup. There’s no admission fee for the BoardWalk, but some individual clubs levy cover charges at night. In addition to the public facilities are a 371-room Deluxe hotel and a 532-unit time-share development. The BoardWalk is within walking distance of the Epcot resorts and Epcot’s International Gateway. Boat transportation is available to and from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios; buses serve other Disney World locations.
Facades of hotels, diners, and shops create an inviting and exciting waterfront skyline. In reality, the BoardWalk Inn & Villas are a single integrated structure behind the facades. Restaurants and shops occupy the boardwalk level, while accommodations rise up to six stories above. Painted bright red and yellow along with weathered pastel greens and blues, the BoardWalk resorts are the only Disney hotels that use neon signage as architectural detail. The complex shares a pool having an old-fashioned amusement-park theme (there are also two quiet pools). Refurbished in 2008, the BoardWalk Inn's 371 Deluxe rooms measure 371 square feet each. Most contain two queen-size beds with hardwood headboards, an upholstered sleeper sofa, a cherry desk and chair, an iPod-capable alarm clock, and ceiling fans. Decor includes yellow-and-white-striped wallpaper and striped green curtains. Closet space exceeds that in other Disney Deluxe rooms. Most rooms have balconies.
Reader comments about the BoardWalk Inn & Villas include the following. From an Iowa City, Iowa, family:
We were surprised that so relatively few rooms at the BoardWalk Inn have interesting views. We were in a group staying there before a Disney cruise, and the one couple who actually had a view of the boardwalk said it was noisy.
A number of readers have complained about the bus service at the BoardWalk Inn. This comment is typical:
Regarding the BoardWalk, the transportation by bus (Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom) was the worst. We waited at least 40 minutes every time and almost missed a dinner reservation (for which we left 1.5 hours early). I also didn't like having multiple stops.
How Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts
The unique feature that separates BoardWalk Inn from other resorts is the attached BoardWalk shopping and dining district. It contains a number of unique restaurants and lounges. The nightly price for rooms at BoardWalk Inn fall in to the lower end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts. It's usually a bit cheaper than the Yacht & Beach Club resorts but slightly more expensive than the Wilderness Lodge. BoardWalk Inn does offer a fitness center.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to BoardWalk Inn's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Check-in time at BoardWalk Inn is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. BoardWalk Inn participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's Rooms
Most of the BoardWalk Inn rooms are 371 square feet and have two queen-size beds, a daybed, and a desk and three chairs. Both Boardwalk Inn and BoardWalk Villas have studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas. Standard rooms can accommodate 4 guests. One-bedroom units can accommodate up to five people and two-bedroom units can hold up to nine through the inclusion of a sleeper chair in the living room..
Each Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort room is furnished with the following:
- Two queen beds
- Dresser with 3 medium-size drawers
- Love seat
- Table with 2 chairs
- Nightstand digital alarm clock
- Full-length mirror (on bath door)
- WiFi wireless Internet access
- Flat-panel TV
- Mini fridge
- Coffee Maker
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- Digital thermostat
- In-room safe
- Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it.
BoardWalk Inn's bathrooms aren't big, but they also aren't as small as the ones you'll find in Disney's moderate or value resort rooms. Luckily you won't feel claustrophobic in your room's bathroom. Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.
A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and enough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. A 1500- watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a sliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.
BoardWalk Inn Concierge Level Rooms
The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club level. Each one throughout the property has a name for their concierge level. At the BoardWalk Inn it is called the Innkeepers Club and it’s located on the fourth floor. Here guests willing to pay a premium are treated to special services including a lounge, complimentary food and drink, and personalized service. There are about 57 Innkeepers Club rooms most of which are similar to regular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club level prices can be up to $100 more than standard rooms at BoardWalk Inn
Upon arriving to BoardWalk Inn, concierge guests are taken to an exclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to the club level they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two desks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These CMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park tickets, and transportation options.
Another special service provided to concierge level guests is a nightly turn down. Housekeeping cast members come to your room in the evening to prepare your bed for you to fall into it after a long day in the parks and leave chocolates.
A more exciting benefit to staying in the Innkeepers Club is access to free food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light so don’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are available along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like coffee, and beer. In the late afternoon/early evening the menu changes but appetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they begin their evening. Wine and liqueurs along with desserts area served throughout the evening as well.
The selection of food and drink is laid out in the lounge only accessible to club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to you use throughout the day. The area is busy a breakfast time, but can be a quiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be business travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can gather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and chairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.
Handicap-Accessible Room Options
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort have around 20 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.
Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature
Standard Views and Water Views
Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of BoardWalk Inn's hotel rooms based on what you see from inside the room.
Here's the system Disney uses:
- Water View:Some rooms in BoardWalk Inn have a view of
Crescent Lake, but at the BoardWalk, the "water" part of "water view" can mean
Crescent Lake, the canal, or a small pool.
- Standard View: Standard rooms generally have unremarkable views of landscaping or parking lots. The view from your window for the most part includes landscaping and trees. These are the cheapest rooms at BoardWalk Inn, but there are some gems to be found in this category, though, using our BoardWalk Inn Room Finder.
BoardWalk Inn Pools
BoardWalk Inn has two pools. The largest, Luna Park Pool, sits in the BoardWalk Villas section of the resort near the the lobby at the front of the resort. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.
The other smaller pool is located at the far east side of the resort wing of the resort. This pool is also a basic concrete pool and is considered a "quiet pool," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged.
BoardWalk Inn's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. BoardWalk Inn also has a hot tub located near Luna Park Pool.
Luna Park Pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Pool hours are at least 10AM to 10 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. Luna Park Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.
Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of BoardWalk Inn's pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.
Pool toys are permitted in BoardWalk Inn's pools, including "pool noodles," and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.
Wheelchair Accessibility at BoardWalk Inn's Pool
BoardWalk Inn's Luna Park Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
Playgrounds at Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort
A small playground set is located near Luna Park Pool. The set has a small plastic slide and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. Safety seems to be Disney's concern here - there are no swings, and the entire area is covered in a springy, poured rubber surface..
Restaurants and Dining
The BoardWalk area of the BoardWalk Resort has a large variety of restaurants and lounges. BoardWalk Bakery, BoardWalk Joe's, BoardWalk Pizza Window, BoardWalk To Go and Seashore Sweets are all counter service restaurants for those looking for something quick. If you're looking to sit down and have a meal there's Big River Grille & Brewing Works, ESPN Club, Flying Fish Cafe and Kouzzina by Cat Cora.
Flying Fish Cafe
Flying Fish has a contemporary setting inspired by a 1930s Coney Island roller coaster. (The coaster was actually called the Flying Turns, and one of the cars on the ride was dubbed the Flying Fish.) Booth backs resemble the climbs and swoops of a coaster. On the far wall is a stylized depiction of Ferris wheel, and whimsical fish fly overhead on a parachute ride. Diners may choose to sit at the counter that overlooks the bar or the open kitchen.
Locals love the Flying Fish, and for good reason. Though this is food for grown-ups, you'll often see children in the noisy dining room because of the BoardWalk location (their menu includes fish of the day and a grilled steak). If you can't get a table, check on seating availability at the counter - Chef Keating also has a special menu at the "Chef's Counter," but you have to book that in advance.
Chef Tim Keating, a repeat James Beard Foundation finalist, is a big proponent of Florida products, from seafood to meats, fruits, and vegetables. The fare here changes frequently, but you'll always find the potato-wrapped snapper, the restaurant's signature dish, served with creamy leek fondue and a red wine-butter sauce; char-crusted New York strip steak; and the lump crab cakes. Desserts are seasonal, but the house-made sorbets and caramelized- banana Napoleon are divine.
For a special experience, you can book the Chef's Tasting Wine Dinner. Sitting at the chef's counter, you can watch the chef create the six courses for your meal. Each course is paired with a wine that is selected by the manager. This experience is designed for ages 14 and up, and you must make reservations at least one day in advance.
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
Kouzzina (Greek for "kitchen") looks like a family-style Greek restaurant you'd find in New York City or L.A., with an open kitchen, wooden floors, big wooden tables, heavy chairs, and a few booths.
When you think "celebrity chef," family-style Kouzzina may not be what comes to mind, but you do get a taste of Cora's recipes. The dining room can get noisy, but it's a fine destination for families.
We recommend Spanakopita (spinach pie). Any of the mezze (appetizers), Greek salad, pork tenderloin, pastitsio (Greek-style lasagna made with bucatini pasta), freshly made Greek doughnuts. For breakfast, turkey-sweet- potato hash with two eggs and arugula salad. An olive-oil-tasting experience lets you sample two varieties of Greek oil with bread and Kalamata olives.
A sports bar to the nth degree, with basketball-court flooring, sports memorabilia, and more television monitors than a network affiliate. The bar area has satellite sports-trivia video games. A large octagonal room with a wall of TVs serves as the main dining room.
ESPN Club is family-friendly and one of the cheapest dining spots on the BoardWalk. Service is a little more brusque than at other Disney restaurants. Portions are large, and the quality is in line with the price. A good choice for late-night dining or when you have to choose between going out for a bite and staying in the room to catch the big game.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Run by a Tennessee company, Big River seems like an afterthought along the BoardWalk and competes with nearby ESPN Club for the burger-and-brew crowd. But if you're looking for handcrafted beers, this is the place - they serve five beers, including a light lager, a robust ale, and seasonal choices. A good late-night dining choice.
Industrial cubist murals of factories, machinist-metal and wood chairs and tables, and a midnight-blue neon river that flows along the ceiling of the restaurant set a working-class atmosphere. The place is small - it seems like the huge copper brewing tanks take up more room than that allotted to the diners. Outside seating and service is available, weather permitting.
Beach Club Marketplace is small counter service restaurant with a limited menu. The menu is made up of sandwiches, salads, and a selection of pastries. During breakfast hours BoardWalk Bakery sells a popular Bread Bowl filled with scrambled eggs and potatoes.
BoardWalk Joe's is a counter with a small selection of margaritas. You can also grab a pretzel aor a bag of roasted almonds for a snack.
BoardWalk Pizza Window
BoardWalk Pizza Window sells whole pizzas or by the slice.
BoardWalk To Go
BoardWalk To Go sells hot dogs, corn dogs, ravioli, mozzarella sticks, chicken, meatball sub, nachos, fries, onion rings, beverages. Grab a footlong corn dog, you won't be sorry... Actually your stomach may be sorry.
Sugar lovers will be in heaven at Seashore Sweets. Besides ice cream, floats and shakes, there's also a large selection of fresh-made desserts.
BoardWalk Bakery, BoardWalk Joe’s, BoardWalk Pizza Window and Seashore Sweets participate in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3- day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.
Restaurants at BoardWalk Inn participate in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 2 credits at Flying Fish and 1 credit other restaurants. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at all resort gift shops.
Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.
BoardWalk Inn has one lounge and two pool bars to consume adult beverages at. Belle Vue Lounge is BoardWalk Inn's main lounge. Belle Vue Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu with several beer selections, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily.
Leaping Horse Libations is located
adjacent to the Luna Park Pool. Leaping Horse Libations has a small selection
of specialty drinks, beer and wine, as well as limited grab-and-go dining
Transportation to and from Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort
Driving Your Own Car Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr.. Take Buena Vista Dr for about 1.2 miles to Epcot Resorts Blvd. Turn right on Epcot Resorts Blvs and BoardWalk Inn will be on your left.
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's GPS address and location are:
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Latitude: 28.366352 North, Longitude: 81.556338 West
From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.
From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10- passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.
Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.
Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios can also be accessed by boat from the dock near on the BoardWalk. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will provide buses.
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's Bus Schedule
Ask a Disney Castmember about BoardWalk Inn's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, BoardWalk Inn's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.
For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 10-15 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes for a ride.
Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.
If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.
Getting to another hotel from Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort to Downtown Disney (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the BoardWalk Inn, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.
The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from BoardWalk Inn to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from BoardWalk Inn, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.
You can also take a boat in Crescent Lake to Disney's BoardWalk Resort or the Swan & Dolphin hotels. This option can also take some time depending on where you are going and how frequent the boats are running.
To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.
Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do
Muscles & Bustles Health Club is BoardWalk Inn's fitness center. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
BoardWalk Inn's main gift shop is Screen Door General Store. It is located on the Boardwalk near the boat dock. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Zawadi has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.
Screen Door General Store also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Zawadi Marketplace has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.
Located next to Muscles & Bustles Health Club is the Slide Show Games Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in.
Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail at Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort. It is a scenic 0.8-mile course around around Cresent Lake. Thanks to bridges over Cresent Lake guests are able to make a full circle while passing by the Yacht & Beach Club and the Swan & Dolphin Resorts.
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care
Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at BoardWalk, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.
The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Never Land Club at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $12 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).
All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no- shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Hotel||Name of Program||Ages||Phone|
|Animal Kingdom Lodge||Simba's Clubhouse||3-12||407-938-4785|
|Dolphin and Swan||Camp Dolphin||4-12||407-934-4241|
|Polynesian Resort||Never Land Club||3-12||407-824-1639|
|Yacht and Beach Club Resorts||Sandcastle Club||3-12||407-934-3750|
|Wilderness Lodge and Villas||Cub's Den||3-12||407-824-1083|
Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
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Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $18.50
3 children, $21
4 children, $23.50
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion
Miscellaneous BoardWalk Inn
Coin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities located near the third floor elevators. Cost is around $2 per wash, and another $2 per dry cycle. The machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 939-6200.
Guests over 21 can enjoy Jellyrolls, a bar with dueling pianos and audience sing-alongs. The stage is raised and has large mirrors behind the performers and a lightshow happens as the pianists take turns playing and engaging the audience. This location is very popular so it is recommended that you show up early if you want a table.
Guests 21 and over who enjoy dancing should check out the Atlantic Dance Hall, which is nightclub that plays songs from the ‘80s, ‘90s and today. Atlantic Dance Hall's hours depend on the season but they are usually open 9:00 PM to 1:45 AM.
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|Average for off-site hotels||57% (+0%)|
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|Disney's BoardWalk Inn||100% (+0%)|
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|Average for off-site hotels||79% (-7%)|
Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's BoardWalk Inn
Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort
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The complex comprises several wings that radiate from the lobby complex, roughly in the shape of a giant H. Crescent Lake and the Promenade (pedestrian boardwalk) are to the north, the entrance is to the south, and the canal that runs to Disney's Hollywood Studios is to the west. At the BoardWalk, the "water" part of "water view" can mean Crescent Lake, the canal, or a small pool. There are two concierge floors for those wanting extra service.
Most rooms at the inn and villas have a balcony or patio, though balconies on the standard upper-floor rooms alternate between large and medium. The BoardWalk Inn & Villas each share about half the frontage on the Promenade, which overlooks Crescent Lake. The Promenade's clubs, stores, and attractions are spread about equally between the two sections, leading to similar levels of noise and commotion. However, the inn side is closer to Epcot and the nearby access road; this provides better views of Epcot fireworks and easier access to that park, but it also means more road noise.
Otherwise, the inn is actually less noisy than the more expensive villas; there's one tranquil, enclosed courtyard, and another half-enclosed area with a quiet pool (where BoardWalk's Garden Suites are). There are many rooms to avoid at the inn, starting with rooms overlooking access roads and parking lots, and rooms looking down on the unattractive roof of the adjacent conference center. And although the aforementioned quiet rooms face courtyards, the views are pretty ho-hum.
When you get right down to it, the only rooms with decent views are those fronting the Promenade and lake, specifically, odd-numbered rooms 3213-3255 and 4213-4255. We're told by Disney insiders that most of these rooms are reserved more than 10 months in advance, so snagging one requires advance planning and a lot of luck. As for the others, you're more likely to get a better view at the far less expensive Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, or Coronado Springs resorts.
|Lively seaside and amusement-pier theme||No restaurants within easy walking distance suitable for children|
|Newly refurbished guest rooms||No restaurants in hotel|
|10-minute walk to Epcot rear entrance||Limited children's activities and no character meals|
|15-minute walk to Dinsey's Hollywood Studios||No transportation to Epcot main entrance|
|Boat service to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot||Distant guest self parking|
|Well-themed swimming complex|
|3-minute walk to BoardWalk midway and nightlife|
|Good selection of off-site dining within walking distance|
|Health and fitness center|
|Good views from waterside guest rooms|
|On-site child care|
Disney's BoardWalk Inn Dining
- Belle Vue Lounge (Bar or Lounge)
- Big River Grille & Brewing Works (Table Service)
- BoardWalk Bakery (Counter Service)
- BoardWalk Joe's (Counter Service)
- BoardWalk Pizza Window (Counter Service)
- BoardWalk To Go (Counter Service)
- ESPN Club (Table Service)
- Flying Fish Cafe (Table Service)
- Funnel Cake Kiosk (Food Cart)
- Kouzzina by Cat Cora (Table Service)
- Leaping Horse Libations (Bar or Lounge)
- Seashore Sweets (Counter Service)
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||19 min|
|Hollywood Studios||26 min|
|Animal Kingdom||20 min|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|