You guys have heard us talk about the Boardwalk area of Walt Disney World before. It is one of our favorite areas on all of Walt Disney World property! So it should be no surprise that we chose The Boardwalk Inn as our next resort to check off of our quest to stay at every resort at Walt Disney World. Since we were visiting Toy Story Land on this trip, we wanted to stay somewhere that would allow us to get to Hollywood Studios early. Without having to fight the bus schedules and crowds! The Boardwalk has a walking path to Hollywood Studios, so we figured this would be a perfect excuse to finally stay at The Boardwalk Inn!
Staying on the Boardwalk at Disney
Now, we’ve stayed in the Boardwalk area before, at The Walt Disney World Dolphin, and we couldn’t get over the convenience of the location. So when we realized we could use our hotels.com free nights for our stay at The Boardwalk Inn. We were sold!
Tip: If you’re looking for a good deal on the Boardwalk Inn, be sure to book when Walt Disney World is running a sale. Or check third party sites, like hotels.com. We have seen rooms here for around $100 less per night on these sites.
The Boardwalk Inn is inspired by “turn of the century Atlantic City”. Complete with a carousel themed pool bar, roller coaster themed water slide, carnival games and performers. You can find charming decorative touches throughout. The whole theme of the Boardwalk Inn will really take you to another time and place!
The Rooms at Boardwalk Inn
We chose to stay in a Garden View room. Upon check in, we were given the option for a larger room or to be closer to the elevator. We chose the larger room and were surprised with how large it actually was! Equipped with 2 queen size beds and a pull out day bed, this was actually the most spacious room we’ve ever stayed at in Walt Disney World.
At first, we actually had thought that our room had been upgraded due to the size and extra sleeping space. But apparently this room is still considered a standard garden view room and is just one of the options available in that category. We recommend choosing size over location if given the option if you’re hoping for a larger room.
The vanity area is spacious, with double sinks and a long mirror. Complete with some of our favorite H20 products, which is always nice when the three of us are traveling together. And the shower came fully stocked with built in H20 shampoo, conditioner and body wash to reduce waste.
We love this new feature they are adding because not only is it more eco-friendly, it also means we don’t have to pack our own shampoo and conditioner. We usually just bring our own toiletries, but who doesn’t love saving room in their suitcase, right!?! Besides, the fear of luggage weights when bringing our own is real.
The room also comes with a mini fridge and a mini coffee maker(hallelujah!!). Which is also much appreciated since we are generally running on no sleep during our Disney trips.
We loved having a balcony overlooking the garden area, which was just so peaceful and was really nice when we were taking some time away from the heat of the Parks.
Overall, this has been, dare I say, our favorite room we have stayed in at Walt Disney World. Yes, I said that. Favorite.
The Amenities at the Boardwalk Inn
The Boardwalk Inn is a Deluxe resort and offers amenities to match. While some people may not love the giant clown at the Luna pool(yep, sorry not fans here) the rest of the pool area is very cute. Complete with a roller coaster water slide, and carousel themed pool bar.
Tip: The layout of the Boardwalk Inn can be pretty confusing. To find the Luna Park pool, walk out the back stairway in the main lobby(opposite registration) and head through the narrow tunnel you see to your left. You’ll see the arcade and Muscles and Bustles, the pool is just beyond that.
If you’re looking for a little less theming and a little more room to relax, there are several smaller pools throughout the resort like most other resorts have.
You can rent surreys on the Boardwalk as well-which you don’t have to be a guest of the resort to enjoy. This is something we STILL haven’t tried, but one of these days, we definitely will!
Or if you’re looking to turn up the heat a bit more, Muscles and Bustles is a complimentary fitness center and sauna for guests of the Boardwalk Inn and Boardwalk Villas.
One thing we thought was pretty impressive and unique to the Boardwalk Inn, is that they offer yoga on the lawn. Its free and a great way to start your morning if you’re not hurrying off to the Parks.
The Boardwalk Inn also offers s’mores campfires and the nightly movie on the lawn, which is always a great way to relax at the end of a busy night at the Parks. For a full list of the amenities check here.
Transportation at the Boardwalk Inn
Transportation at the Boardwalk Inn is a breeze. You can walk to Epcot through the International Gateway, located at the back of Epcot between the U.K. and France. It’s about a ten minute walk.
You can also walk to Hollywood Studios via the path we mentioned before, which is about a 20 minute walk depending on quickly you walk and is a little over a mile.
And you can take the busses to Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs and water parks.
The Friendship Ferry will take you to Epcot or Hollywood Studios if you prefer not to walk.
If you prefer the monorail, you can always go through Epcot to the front, take the monorail to the TTC and then switch monorails over to the Magic Kingdom.
The Food at the Boardwalk Inn
The Boardwalk offers a lot of food options, but for standard fare and coffee in the morning, you’ll want to head to the Belle Vue Lounge. Here you can find grab n go items, a breakfast sandwich and fruit. You can also get cocoa and juice here as well.
To refill your resort mug with anything other than coffee or cocoa and for more breakfast options, you’ll have to head down to the Boardwalk Bakery which also has some of the most amazing cupcakes you’ll find on property. This is not debatable…they’re really the best.
Trattoria Al Forno is a top pick for us at the Boardwalk and we love the Bon Voyage Breakfast there if you’re looking for a character meal. Never fear though, Trattoria Al Forno also has a non-character breakfast. And you can usually walk up and get a table fairly quickly.
Tip: Trattoria Al Forno is actually on the Boardwalk itself, NOT inside the Boardwalk Inn.
After staying at the Boardwalk Inn, we are actually finding it little difficult to realize we will be staying somewhere else on our next trip! The location of the Boardwalk has quickly become our favorite area to stay at Walt Disney World. Primarily due to the convenience and atmosphere; and the Boardwalk Inn itself is just beautiful.
If you’re looking for a beautifully appointed resort, with plenty to do and a fun, exciting atmosphere with the convenience of being on the Boardwalk, and aren’t worried about being on a budget, then we might have just found your new favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World!
Have you stayed at the Boardwalk Inn? We’d love to hear how you liked it!