Guests at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn have the best of all worlds: a location within easy walking distance of Epcot, beautiful accommodations at a Deluxe resort, numerous shopping opportunities close at hand, fantastic dining and entertainment options right in the neighborhood. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn has a 1940’s Atlantic City theme, complete with a real boardwalk promenade.
This is a great option with a walking path to EPCOT and the skyliner to Hollywood Studios, but I prefer the Beach or Yacht Club across the way.
Even if it is still a bit higher to stay onsite, the benefits can far outweigh the added cost. I have laid out those benefits for you to see how staying at a Disney resort is a good value for you in my blog “Benefits to Staying at a Disney Resort.”
Access to EPCOT
Pool is ok but pales in comparison to Beach Club
Food and Wine Guests
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Standard View / Club Level – snacks & extra concierge type amenities.
Water View – view of the Crescent Lake.
Water View Club Level – snacks & extra concierge type amenities.
Deluxe room / Club Level
Garden Suite / Club Level
2 Bedroom Suite / Club Level
Sonora VP Suite / Club level
Steeplechase Presidential Suite / Club Level (approx. $2000 per night)
Big River Grille and Brewing Works (Table Service)
Enjoy terrific food and an assortment of award-winning ales, such as Red Rocket Ale, at Big River Grille. Occasionally, Big River Grille will throw a beer tapping party!
ESPN Sports Club (Table Service)
Eat, drink, watch, and play at ESPN Club, the ultimate sports broadcast entertainment venue.
Flying Fish (Table Service/ Signature Dining)
Step inside this recently redesigned location and discover a warm, welcoming ambiance that defines luxury dining. Master chefs create one culinary masterpiece after another using the freshest ingredients with a menu that changes based on available ingredients. Dishes may include delicacies such as slow-roasted pork belly and Hokkaido scallops. During dinner, indulge in a diverse selection of handpicked wines chosen to complement the cuisine, as well as signature cocktails. Be sure to treat your sweet tooth to an assortment of seasonal desserts for an unforgettable meal time finale!
Trattoria Al Forno (Table Service)
Jump-start your morning with a hearty breakfast featuring beloved Characters from some of your favorite Disney fairytales. Familiar faces from popular animated tales such as Tangled and The Little Mermaid will be drifting through the restaurant and stopping by your table to meet you while you dine on delicious morning staples. For dinner, take your taste buds on a tour of Italy with a tempting array of regional specialties and crowd-pleasing classics. Showcasing an artisanal menu, this warm ‘n’ cozy trattoria celebrates the diversity of Italian cuisine with authentic ingredients and recipes hailing from Milan to Rome.
Boardwalk Bakery (Quick Service)
Be enticed by the aroma of freshly baked treats as you stroll on down the BoardWalk. Sample the sweet delicacies at this convenient waterfront bakery or grab a sandwich if you want something a little more hearty. Life is sweet at Boardwalk Bakery!
Boardwalk Pizza Window (Quick Service)
Stroll down Disney’s BoardWalk with a hot slice in hand, or order a whole pie to feed the entire family at Boardwalk Pizza Window.
Pick a cocktail, any cocktail! Once a secret lounge of illusion, there’s magic in every concoction at this sophisticated social club. Travel back in time to the golden age of magic as you step inside this curious cocktail lounge.
Belle Vue Lounge
Step into this quaint 1930s-style sitting room where radios play programs from the era at Belle Vue Lounge. Or, relax and enjoy an evening cocktail on Bellevue Lounge’s outdoor patio overlooking the Boardwalk’s Village Green.
Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas
Walk on the wild side at Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas with a frozen concoction, including margaritas, piña coladas, and the Captain’s Seaside Sensation—a pineapple smoothie with a shot of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum! Mickey pretzels and roasted nuts are also available at Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas.
Leaping Horse Libations Pool Bar
Childhood memories meet adult merriment as you “clown around” at this whimsical carousel-themed bar. Leaping Horse Libations Pool Bar can be found near the Luna Park Pool.
Whether you’re hungry for a late dinner or you just want some breakfast when you wake, private dining is the ticket. With Disney Resorts Private Dining, you can choose from a variety of American favorites—along with some specialty items particular to your Disney Resort hotel!
Boardwalk Inn is home to Luna Park pool with a water slide themed as a wooden roller coaster, with nearby playground, two ‘quiet’ pools, and two whirlpool spas. The community hall has activities, games and DVD rentals. Adult only entertainment options include Jellyrolls dueling piano bar and Atlantic Dance Hall. You can also enjoy water cruises, tennis, fishing, and massage services at the nearby Yacht and Beach Club
Movies Under The Stars nightly by the Luna Park Pool.
Activities and programs are subject to change. Although the activities vary by day and by resort, here is an example of some of the trivia, arts and crafts, dance parties, games, and bingo you might find.
Check your tv for the schedule during your stay.
Self-service laundry facilities
Valet laundry service
Business Center – provides fax, photocopy, mail, and computer services, including Internet access (additional fee applies) for Resort Guests.
Screen Door General Store for grocery basics, including beer, wine, tobacco, as well as film, stamps, Disney books, and videos.
Thimbles and Threads stocks Disney merchandise and souvenirs.
Disney’s Character Carnival for Disney character merchandise and general souvenirs, located on the BoardWalk promenade.
Wyland Galleries features original artwork, sculptures and jewelry, all with a marine theme collectables, located on the BoardWalk Green.
ESPN Club for ESPN logo merchandise.
The nearby Yacht and Beach Clubs have additional shopping venues.
Disney’s bus service is available to and from this resort to theme parks, water parks, plus Disney Springs. Water launch transportation is available to the Epcot International Gateway entrance, to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and to the Yacht and Beach Clubs. The Skyliner can whisk you away to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Epcot’s International Gateway entrance are within walking distance.
The bus stop is located to the left of the main lobby, as you exit the front of the building. The water launch stop is on the dock straight ahead as you exit the main lobby toward Crescent Lake.
These times are approximate, provided to give you an idea of average travel times. Please plan on up to a 20-minute wait for Disney transportation in addition to walking time to resort or theme park transportation stops.
Magic Kingdom – 18 minutes by bus, 30 minutes by car (with transfers)
Epcot International Gateway – walking 10 minutes, 15 minutes by boat, 15 minutes by car (to front gate)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – walking 18 minutes, 24 minutes by boat, 16 minutes by Skyliner, 15 minutes by car
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 20 minutes by bus, 19 minutes by car
Disney Springs – 18 minutes by bus, 12 minutes by car
Blizzard Beach Water Park – 20 minutes by bus, 13 minutes by car
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – 16 minutes by bus, 10 minutes by car
The Belle Vue Lounge is a wonderful place to relax and have a small breakfast (pastries, coffee) or enjoy a drink in the evening. It’s quiet and calmer than the poolside.
Leaping Horse Libations also has a wonderful vibe, great margaritas, and non-alcoholic choices, too! They also have a nice lunch and dinner menu, and they take the Disney Dining Plan.
The best part about the BoardWalk is the evening entertainment. We love to circle around the performers and watch some old-fashioned fun. Card tricks, balancing plates on sticks and juggling knives … it might sound old-fashioned for an electronic generation but every time we stop to watch we see that the kids around us are fascinated. It doesn’t cost a dime and it’s a great way to relax after a long day at the parks.
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