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    Belle Vue Lounge

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Disney's BoardWalk Inn


Offers breakfast (pastries, muffins, coffee, etc.) in the morning and libations in the evening.

If you are wandering through the Boardwalk Inn and Villas, cross through the lobby and head toward the elevators, but don’t get in one. Instead, look across the nearby staircase where you’ll see a large sitting area. While it looks very much like a comfy miniature waiting area, it’s actually the Belle Vue lounge.

The area is truly comfortable, inviting, and surprisingly secluded for a spot so close to the lobby. What’s deceiving is that it is far from an overblown waiting room with a bar, but one of the more enjoyable resort lounges in which to relax. The abundance of cushy furniture, the large plants, and the dark wood floors lend an air of relaxed sophistication as it mimics an east coast hotel from the late 1930s.

Like many of the Walt Disney World lounges, the Belle Vue arranges their furniture into small groups so that you and your companions can have a little privacy. All around the room are knickknacks and souvenirs from the 1930’s, and scattered in the alcoves are a few board games, the first of which you know quite well: Monopoly. It was mass produced for the first time in 1935 and Monopoly’s “properties” are all Atlantic City streets, thus fitting the room’s theme as perfectly as can be. Another game is 1936’s Go to the Head of the Class, where the goal is to answer questions about Language, Science, Art & Music, Math, History, Literature, and Geography to move to...well, the head of the class.

The board game that you are sure to notice is the one with the shocked face printed on it. That is Eddie Cantor’s Tell it to the Judge, which also came out in 1936. The goal of this game is to move cars around the board by playing cards representing traffic signals. The man whose face is on the game, Eddie Cantor, was a comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter who was quite popular in the 30s and 40s and has nothing to do with the game except for allowing his face to be put on the board (marketing!).

There are many additional items that you will find around the room, but we will leave them for you to find (although one thing you will not find is a television...because it’s 1940). If a drink is what you are really searching for, the Belle Vue bar is fully stocked, although the menu is only the standard Disney bar menu with its typical selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. There are several Scotches, Bourbons, Ports, Tawnys, and Cognacs available if you are feeling really fancy. There is no food available here once breakfast ends, but the boardwalk is steps away for a pre-lounge meal.