Our family is a group of frequent Disney vacationers. We have been to the Boardwalk area dozens of times over the years. We have stayed at the Swan, the Dolphin, and the Yacht Club. Additionally, we have occasioned the Boardwalk passing time or going between Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. However, we had never stayed at the BoardWalk. As DVC members, we want to try all of the resorts. I want to report back on the good and not so good of all of each and every Disney Vacation Club property
Recently we had the opportunity to stay at the Boardwalk Villas. When you first walk into the lobby of the BoardWalk you are instantly transported back in time. It has the feel of turn-of-the-century amusement parks. We frequently stayed at Hotel Breakers in Ohio (part of Cedar Point), and I was instantly reminded of that resort when I first walked in. I am reminded of old merry-go-rounds from my childhood days at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh or Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA. So for me, arriving in the lobby of the BoardWalk was very nostalgic and I am sure others feel this as well.
Fast forward to 2021 and there is no need to visit the front desk for a key. We received our “room is ready” text about an hour before check-in, and since we were nearby, we headed to our room.
Our room was a Deluxe Standard View Villa. The room was well appointed with everything we needed for our 4-night stay. We were surprised to have been upgraded to a pool garden view room and our room overlooked the waterway between Hollywood Studios and EPCOT with a fantastic view of the Swan.
There was not a thing about our stay that was negative. We found the pool area to be a great place to relax before dinner. We could also take nice walks around the Boardwalk to pass some time and to take in the amazing scenery. There were great places to eat, such as Il Mulino, Trattoria al Forno, Yachtsman Steakhouse, and Shula’s.
Even things that you don’t normally think about like the workout gym was a great place to spend some time burning extra calories from our wonderful meals.
Other notables about the resort are that the parking is fairly close to the lobby, there is ample bus service, and the front desk staff (when they are needed), are super friendly and helpful.
All in all, we would give the boardwalk a 10 on a 1-10 scale. We loved the atmosphere, the amenities, the ease with which we could get to lots of things to do, and the price, as BoardWalk has some of the lowest per-night costs on the DVC point charts.
Make sure to keep BoardWalk on your list of resorts on your next Disney stay!