Deluxe - Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

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    Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    Address: 2101 EPCOT Resort Boulevard
    PO Box 1000
    Lake Buena Vista FL 32830-1000
    Phone: (407) 939-5100
    Fax: (407) 939-5150

    Disney’s BoardWalk Inn takes you to a simpler time when life was nothing short of amazing and your days were carefree. ; This is a whimsical waterfront Resort steeped in nostalgia and old-fashioned charm. ;

    Resort Layout:
    The 378 room BoardWalk Inn captures the feel of the '20s and '30s Eastern Seaboard. Crescent Lake makes a beautiful place to stroll around the Boardwalk. The Boardwalk itself is reminiscent of an easy going era of entertainment, dining, and vacation fun. The lighthearted, yet elegant atmosphere is pleasing to just about any age.

    The lobby has beautiful furnishings, whimsical carousel rugs, interesting models of roller coasters and carousels, and music that will take you back to the Great Gatsby era. The window seats along the hall of the lobby are inviting conversation areas. The chandeliers and hard wood floors add an air of elegance to this lively, fun at heart resort.

    The close proximity to Epcot and the Disney-MGM Studios make this a convenient place to stay. Having 4 other premium resorts within walking distance makes the BoardWalk a sure bet for great dining and entertainment options. The promise of entertainment and fun on the Boardwalk is great for families, or even fun-loving couples. Being a deluxe resort, the BoardWalk Inn lures those who want to be pampered and enjoy all of the amenities a deluxe resort has to offer.

    Services & Amenities:
     Room Service
     Concierge desk
     Health Club
     Babysitting and child services
     Pak-n-play crib available
     Room and facilities for guest with disabilities
     Self parking
     Valet parking available for a nominal fee
     Laundry facilities/services
     Meeting and Banquet facilities
     Business Center

    Guest Rooms:
    The 390 square foot rooms are decorated in whites, blues, light greens and yellows. The mix of florals and bold colors makes for a sense of fun, and has the feel of a vacation home that doesn't exactly have perfectly matching patterns. The curtains have a whimsical postcard print on them. The furniture is beautiful cherry wood, and the bathrooms and vanities are marble.

    The rooms are well appointed with either 2 queen beds and a daybed, or a king-size bed and a daybed. An armoire houses the television and provides drawer space for your belongings. There is a small table with 2 chairs, a spacious closet, a chest of drawers, and a private balcony or patio. Take note that the daybeds are 60 inches long! The bathroom is great for more than one person trying to get ready in the morning. The toilet and bathtub are separate from the vanity area. The vanity has two sinks and plenty of counter room, and a full length mirror on the door.

    The Standard View category can either overlook the manicured grounds near the entrance of the resort, with the parking lot beyond that; or they can overlook beautiful gardens and walkways and quiet pool. These Standard Views seem to be the most private since they are closed off from the Boardwalk and the parking areas.

    The Water View room category overlook Crescent Lake and the Boardwalk, and tend to be more lively in the evening hours. These Water View rooms are sometimes referred to as Preferred Views. A Variable View is usually used in conjunction with discounted rooms and means you won't have a guaranteed view because of the discount.

    The BoardWalk boasts Concierge Service and beautiful Garden Suites, in addition to its already well-appointed rooms.
    Concierge service offers deluxe rooms with added amenities such as: robes, TV speaker in the bathroom, deluxe nightly turn down service, continental breakfast buffet, English style tea in the afternoon, and wine, cheese, and cordials in the evening. Most rooms are on the 4th floor. NOTE: Concierge rooms are NOT designated as smoking or nonsmoking.Concierge level guests have their own private lounge and private access. Epcot's IllumiNations can be seen nightly from the balcony in the Concierge Lounge.
    The Concierge Lounge "Innkeeper's Club " hours of service are: Continental Breakfast from 7 to 10 am; Refreshments from 11:30 am to 2 pm; Tea and Sweets from 3 to 4:30 p.m; Wine and Cheese Selections from 5 to 6:30 pm and Cordials and Desserts from 7 to 9 pm.

    The Garden Suites are designed for Honeymooners but can easily accommodate a family of four and are two stories. There are 14 Garden Suites and all but three have private entrance courtyards. There are three that do not, have private balconies. The yards are separated by white picket fences that are about 3 feet tall. Each of the front yards are individually landscaped. At the gated entrance to the yard, there is a small decorative bird house with the room number on it. These front yards lead to the one and only entry way of the suite, and are being grown into manicured rose gardens.

    There is a living room on the first floor and a bedroom loft on the second floor. The first floor has a TV, 1/2 bath, bread bar, and a queen size sofa bed. The 2nd level loft, in most cases, overlooks the lower level which creates a very large, vaulted ceiling effect. The three with private balconies have more of an actually separate second level. Either way, the second level features an elevated King size bed. Upstairs you will also find an addition TV, and a full bath with a giant Jacuzzi tub that will easily accommodate two people. There is even a third mini TV for viewing while in the Jacuzzi tub.

    The rooms at the BoardWalk Inn have been thoughtfully stocked with many extras. The closet contains an ironing board, iron, portable crib, small safe for your valuables, and hangers. Hair dryers and make-up mirrors are mounted on the wall in the vanity area. Alarm clocks are provided so you can be the first one in the parks.

    Check-In & Check-Out
    Check-in is at 3pm. ; Your room may be available prior to that time, but it is not guaranteed. ; If your room is not available, you can leave your luggage with the Bell Services where it will be delivered to your room with it is ready.

    Check-out is at 11am. ; If you pay by credit card, you do not have to go to desk to check out. ; An itemized bill will be hung on your door by 8:30am on the day of your departure. ; The electronic room key which was given, will be automatically deactivated at 11am. ; You can use Bell services to take luggage to your car. ; If you are taking a bus or taxi to the airport, Bell services will keep your luggage until your transportation arrives.

    The Belle Vue Room serves a continental breakfast from 6:30 - 10 am: Croissants, muffins, bagels, danish, yogurt, cookies, toast, coffee, tea, cereal, juice and fruit are on the menu.

    There is also a cart on the Boardwalk called Boardwalk Joe's that serves freshly brewed coffee, cappuccino, espresso, flavored coffees and assorted pastries. Its hours are subject to change seasonally.

    The Boardwalk Bakery offers you an early morning opportunity to see a "Bun-rise" while having your java fix. Cappuccino and espressos, as well specially made fresh baked goods are offered. Open at 7:00 am (hours subject to change seasonally).

    Dining options at the BoardWalk Inn are endless. Not only are Epcot and all of its wonderful restaurants just a stroll away, but you also have all of the dining options at the Swan/Dolphin, and the Yacht and Beach Club right there also. The BoardWalk itself boasts many great dining opportunities.

    The ESPN Club is a sports club with sports aplenty on the TVs that dot the establishment. The food is standard sports club fare such as burgers, sandwiches, drinks, appetizers, and desserts. The atmosphere is fun and inviting to families for lunch and dinner.

    The Boardwalk Bakery offers baked goods, espressos, and cappuccinos.
    Spoodles offers Mediterranean cuisine in a lively atmosphere. Breakfast and dinner are served. Mediterranean food sounds a little exotic, but even the pickiest of eaters find something to satisfy them here. Open 7:30 am to 11:00 am and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 P.M.

    Spoodles also has a Pizza Take Out window on the Boardwalk. Open noon to midnight.
    Seashore Sweets serves hand-dipped ice cream, salt water taffy, candy, chocolate and cookies. Open 1 p.m. to midnight.

    The Flying Fish Cafe presents diners with fresh selections of seafood and steaks. There is an open kitchen there you can watch the chefs work their magic. A great place for a special meal. The Flying Fish is only open for dinner hours. Open Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:00 P.M. Open Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 P.M.

    Big River Grille and Brewing Works is a must for any ale or micro-brew fan. Big River has tempting selections of beer breads, sausages, gourmet burgers and salads. A lighthearted atmosphere for a casual meal. Open 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Dine in or out on the Boardwalk.

    Leaping Horse Libations at Luna Park is a great place for a sandwich or hot dog. Of course, room service is available 24 hours a day.

    The best beverage deal is the refillable mugs, available for approximate $12 at any of the food court vendors and through pizza delivery. ; The mugs are 16-oz, sturdy, dishwashable safe containers with lids. ; Mugs are refillable for the length of your stay at a self-service beverage island in the center of the food court. ;

    Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced coffee and tea, and hot chocolate (but not milk or fruit juice).

    The BoardWalk's themed swimming area is known as Luna Park, and features a large pool with a 200 foot water slide called "Keister Coaster. The pool area has the theme of a turn of the century carnival. Even the water slide looks like a wooden roller coaster. There are playful elephants to shower you before entering the pool. The play area for the resort, Luna Park Crazy House, is also located here.

    There is a pool-side bar, Leaping Horse Libations, conveniently located next to Luna Park for drinks and snacks. You can't miss it, the bar is shaped like a giant carousel.

    Swimming tubes, noodles, and towels are available at a stand near the pool, where they also check resort ID.

    There are two quiet pools: one is located within the Inn's Rose Garden Courtyard, the other next to Community Hall in the Villa area.

    Health Club
    Muscles and Bustles Health Club offers free weights, Life Fitness, Stairmaster and Cybex exercise equipment. ; Also available are: steam room, sauna, tanning bed and massage therapies. The health club is located near Luna Park and is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Membership is free to BoardWalk resort guests for the length of their stay. Disney Vacation Club members may use the facilities free if they are staying at a Disney resort. Guests from other Disney resorts can use the facilities for $12/day, based on availability.

    There are a variety of videos games to be played at Side Show Games near Luna Park or at The Yard at the ESPN club.

    Climb, slide and play on a 24-hour playground located near Luna Park Pool.

    Bikes & Boats
    Spend some time on the lake with a variety of watercrafts available for rent. Marine activities are only as far as the Yacht Club harbor. Bicycles are a great way to motor around the Crescent Lake area and see all of the hotels and their grounds.

    The paths around the BoardWalk Inn and Villas make for a beautiful run or walk.

    There are two lighted surfaced Tennis Courts located on the Villa side of the resort. Courts are free to Boardwalk Inn and Villa guests. ; Make reservations at Community Hall. Rental equipment is available.

    Dundy's Sundries is located just off the lobby on the Villa side. It stocks resort logo merchandise and some basic necessities and toiletries. Character Carnival, Screen Door General Store, and Thimbles and Threads are all located on the Boardwalk. The three stores comprise one giant store and feature character merchandise, clothing for the whole family, as well as groceries and snacks. ; Wyland Galleries showcases contemporary, environmental art on the BoardWalk. Sports fans can find ESPN merchandise at the ESPN Club.

    The Boardwalk offers a wide range of activities that differs from day to day. Seasonally, you will find midway games, jugglers, entertainers, hand wax molds, food vendors, magic shows. At night, the night clubs and restaurants spring to life and bring with them music, laughter, and people.

    You picked a great resort because it is all about Location! Location! Location!
    Epcot is a pleasant 5 minute stroll from the Boardwalk Inn. Or if you choose you can catch a Friendship boat from the boat dock right outside on the Boardwalk. The boats leave every 20 minutes and those on the right side of the dock will bring you to the International Gateway, right at Epcot's ticket gates. I highly recommend walking to Epcot. Nine times out of 10 it is much faster than taking the Friendship boat.

    To reach the Disney-MGM Studios you have two options. You could take a leisurely 15 to 20 minute stroll along the approximately one-mile long path along the waterway connecting the Epcot resort area with the Disney-MGM Studios. Or you can take the Friendship boat from the left side of the boat dock on the Boardwalk, making stops at the Yacht and Beach Club dock and then the Swan and Dolphin dock before continuing on to the Studios. Don't worry if you just miss the boat and don't want to wait the 20 minutes for the next one, and don't want to walk all the way to the Studios. Just walk on over to the Swan and Dolphin dock and pick up the boat there.

    There are direct buses in front of the hotel to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney (with stops at the Marketplace and the West Side). You can connect to other Disney resorts from either the Marketplace or from the parks.

    All Disney transportation to and from the resort is via bus. As you exit the main lobby, the bus station is down to the left. There are several stops to take you to the Theme Parks, Water Parks and Downtown Disney. The buses that service Animal Kingdom Lodge do not service other resorts.

    Most areas of the Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus from other areas within the Resort, including Theme Parks*, Water Parks, the Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney® area. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resort and do not provide direct service between all destinations.
    *Magic Kingdom® Park is not accessible by bus from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.

    By Boat:
    The Magic Kingdom® Park is accessible by water launch from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom Park to the Transportation and Ticket Center (adjacent to Magic Kingdom parking).

    Epcot® and Disney-MGM Studios are accessible by boat from Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotels.

    Downtown Disney® is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.

    By Monorail:
    Disney's monorail runs between the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center (adjacent to the Magic Kingdom parking lot). A connecting monorail takes Guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot.

    Just like the other WDW hotels, there are Value Season, Regular Season, Peak Season and Holiday Season rates. Rates begin at $289 a night. These are regular rate prices and do not include the 6.5% Florida Sales Tax nor the 11.5% county resort tax. Rates are based on double occupancy. No charge for children under 17 years old when in the same room as the adults. For each adult over 2 there is a $25 per night charge per person. Maximum of 5 persons per room.

    Extra Information:
    Disney's BoardWalk Villas are a timeshare resort that are part of the Disney Vacation Club. Disney's BoardWalk Inn is a Disney hotel in the "Deluxe Resort" category.

    Atlantic Dance is the place to go for music and dancing. Jellyrolls features nonstop live entertainment on two dueling pianos as you join in the fun with singing and surprises. ESPN Club keeps the excitement of the games alive all night with updates and prize giveaways. And don't forget the Boardwalk itself with the live entertainers who invite you to participate in the magical silliness.

    Birthday party facilities are available at the Boardwalk Inn/Villa complex. Parties can include decorated party room, personalized cake, hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and sodas, balloons, candy, and swimming at Luna Park and free video arcade. Check with Cast Members at Community Hall.

    You can rent a Pontoon to enjoy Epcot's IllumiNations ! This can also be a birthday cruise and will include a driver, cake, balloons, lights snacks and of course the fireworks. ;
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