More about Disney's BoardWalk Villas
disney boardwalk villas a great hotel and great location!
just returned from the boardwalk villas. Group consisted of grandparents, parents, and 2 grandkids (ages 2.5 and 5.5)
Can't say enough about the room (we combined two rooms, a suite with jacuzzi and double room). very clean, verry roomy, and had everything including kitchen, 3 balconies, two bathrooms, etc. Maid service and general staff were great. Boadwalk has everything including restaurants, gift shops, great walking, and great access to all theme parks.
Best time to go is now, everything is decorated for x-mas, not crowded, and the x-mas nite parade at magic kingdom is fabulous. This hotel compares with anything within the park!
We'll be back to the Boardwalk Villas!!!
We travelled with our 4 yr old and our 2 yr old. Honestly the best vacation of our lives. Last year we went on a cruise, which cost us twice as much as going to the Boardwalk, and we had 100 times more fun at the Boardwalk.
We had a one bedroom villa, which had lots of room, and was nicely decorated, and all the comforts of home (even more so with the maid service).
The pool was great for our kids, and we could get all the supplies we needed at the general store on the Boardwalk.
It is only a 15 minute walk to Epcot. We never waited long for a bus to any of the parks, maybe 10 minutes at the most.
Overall, I can't say enough about our experience at the Boardwalk.
If you are considering going to Disney, seriously consider staying at a Boardwalk Villa.
Boardwalk Villas good place to stay
Stayed in Villas for 5 days with 4 adults and 2 young children. We had 2 bedroom connecting units over the large pool. Accomodations were good for all. 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 queen fold out sofas, and 2 1/2 baths. Full kitchen, kitchenette, washer/dryer, 3 TV's, 3 balconies. Market on the boardwalk had grocery items . Wrong side to see fireworks from balcony. Maid service was excellent.
Several dining options on the Boardwalk. Flying Fish restaurant was awesome. Other restaurants OK. Kimonos Sushi Bar/Karioke Bar in Swan (across canal easy walk) wonderful. Karioke after 9PM is a blast.
Boardwalk had fun activities with suitcase entertainers wandering around and fair like games too. Epcot fireworks can be easily viewed from the Boardwalk.
Getting to some parks can be slow. Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom take about an hour on the bus. Epcot and MGM can be walked to fairly easily or take the boat. Seaworld is a $25 cab ride one way. Orlando Airport is a $45 cab ride away
Four Theme Parks -- Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios. Sample the restaurants. Dive into the Water Parks. Take in the nightlife and shopping at the Downtown Disney area and Disney's BoardWalk.
Florida's Magic - Walt Disney World
This is the ultimate in theme parks. There is something for everyone.
The Magic Kingdom is a fantastic vacation spot for both children and adults. With exhibits, shows, rides, etc. you just can't go wrong. Of course, it is expensive---but worth it.
Epcot has wonderful museums and restaurants. It is great for adults and children like it, too.
There are also: Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney MGM Studios.
There are restaurants, water parks, Downtown Disney and the Disney Boardwalk.
Epcot Resorts: Convenience and Magic
Please find attached photos from our February 2004 stay at Disney's Boardwalk Villas. Our Villa was a one bedroom suite, complete with kitchen and all needed utensils/appliances. The villa balcony overlooked the resort's "Quiet Pool" - in the evenings, we could spot when the hot tub was free for a late soak. As outstanding as the property and service is, the greatest advantage of this resort is its proximity to Epcot's World Showcase, a mere few minutes' walk from the lobby. Relaxing and enjoying the live entertainment there, particularly the Canadian Pavilion's "Off Kilter" and the United Kingdom Pavilion's "British Invasion", was the highlight of our trip.
Disney does it Right!
We bought a Disney Vacation Club time share at Boardwalk Villas on a whim in 1999 and we have never regretted it. Our kids love the slide, pool, game room and the boardwalk. I love the tasteful decor and amenities. All the Disney properties are well done, though the budget one like the Sports theme hotel is not so great based on reviews I've seen. We stayed at the Old Key West, Port Orleans, and Shades of Green (open only to military - nice enough, defnitely more affordable, but lacks that Disney magical flavor) all before we got the time-share. Boardwalk blows them away by far, though it was nice to have the car right outside our unit at Old Key West.
Being a frugal traveler, I would personally never pay the rack prices at the Disney resorts. I highly recommend making reservations through Disney Vacation Club members who sell and trade their points online. (My husband sold our points during the years we were stationed overseas.) While it's still not cheap, it's a better deal than booking directly with the Boardwalk Inn. I don't know the website to buy/trade points, but anything is Google-able these days.
Good luck and thank God for the Disney institution.
Disney at its best!
It doesn't get any better than at the Boardwalk Villas! The staff was absolutely wonderful to us and service was top notch!
We had a 1 bedroom with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, jacuzzi, 2 doors that led to a huge balcony, a king sized-bed and a pull out sofa (queen size). With all of the convenience of being able to bring fewer clothes (because we could easily wash) and make breakfasts and a few light meals, we saved a ton of time and money.
The resort has a ton to do. There are several restaurants and shops, and there is always some entertainment at night on the boardwalk. Plus it is an easy walk to Epcot, and a slightly longer walk into MGM. If you would rather take transportation, there is a boat launch right on the property that takes you to both of those parks. Transportation to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, and the waterparks is via bus that leaves from right in front of the hotel.
Also, there are 4 other hotels around the lake shared by the Boardwalk. You have an easy walk to the restaurants and facilities at the Swan (Westin), Dolphin (Sheraton), Yacht Club (Disney) and Beach Club (Disney).
This is our #1 place to stay and is as good as ever!
Stay away if you are looking for real luxury.
Running our third Marathon and staying previously at Grand Floridian & Saratoga Springs Resort, we decided to try the Boardwalk Villas based on some previous posts and the "luxury" rating Disney lists and charges for at this property.
Although the Front Desk staff was adequate, the rest of our stay went south directly after check in. By the way, when Disney states that check in time is 4:00pm, they mean it as it takes them forever to turn a room around. They have the slowest and non existent Housekeeping staff of any property in this price range.
Our room came "nicely" priced at $350.00 per night (much more in high season) was tired looking, dusty around the corners and not crisp and sharp. There are no real amenities in the room, fixtures are dated and the sheets, blankets and pillow products are more reflective of a 2 star hotel along our US highways.
The view was indeed spectacular of the Boardwalk and EPCOT but our "patio" was furnished with cheap, beat up plastic chairs and a .50 table that you would find at a Wal-Mart clearance sale. The patio floor was also dirty from spilled drinks of previous guests.
For Food and Beverage, you are in big trouble here and I was appalled at what they served. The Pool food was terrible; Room Service was extremely poor in quality and creativity. Options outside of the Hotel are not better at ESPN or the Burger Grill but you will find decent food and service at Spoodles and Flying Fish.
Our daily room cleaning was horrific. Soaps and shampoos were not always replaced (which are of the poorest quality I have ever seen other than Motel 6) towels were not neatly refreshed and there was no dusting or attention to detail to our room the entire 4 night stay.
Valet staff is uninterested, bored and unhelpful. We had to constantly call our own taxi and they offered no help in or out with luggage. Trying to sleep at night was a joke. These Boardwalk view rooms are sitting right on top of loud, obnoxious, late night party people and is about as sophisticated as sleeping on top of Hooters.
Overall, we rang up over $3500.00 in four days for what I would call my most disappointing hotel experience in this competitive set. If you want luxury service and products, stay away from the Boardwalk and stay at either the Grand Floridian or Saratoga Springs. They both pay more attention to guest needs and offer quality food and beverage (although SSR is a Cafeteria)a Spa and are more refined (and quiet) in overall feel.
Take a walk at the Boardwalk
What a delightful resort! We typically stay at the Beach Club during our annual trip to DisneyWorld, but we couldnt' get the dates we wanted so we took a chance on the Boardwalk. A wonderful choice. We stayed in a 'standard view' room which looked out onto a bridge and the lawn. Very peaceful. Much to our surprise, we could see the Epcot fireworks at night from our balcony. The villa was exceptionally clean and neat. Well equipped. Quite. An easy walk or boat ride to both Epcot and MGM. Only two complaints...valets - some were not very attentive while others were exceptional. Also, only one set of elevators. Our daughter uses a wheelchiar and it was quite a scare during the hotels test of the fire alarm system. Otherwise, a perfect resort, at least for us. We hope to stay many times in the future. Clearly, our new favorite resort.
Mom in her wheelchair
Logo on the back of the T-shirt plus me wearing it