Beginner’s Guide: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas is one of Walt Disney World’s most charming and beautiful resort. Located on Crescent Lake you are able to reach both Epcot & Disney’s Hollywood Studios easily by walking or catching a Friendship Boat. The BoardWalk also offers lots of dining and entertainment options so you’ll definitely want to make time to hang out at the resort!

Standard Rooms, Suites, and Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn features standard  rooms with views of the gardens, quiet pool, or parking lot and water view rooms where you can see the BoardWalk or Crescent Lake. Both categories sleep up two 5 guests.
Standard Room at the BoardWalk Inn
Club Level rooms are standard with views of the gardens or BoardWalk or deluxe with BoardWalk views (these rooms also accommodate up to 6 guests). You can also book a Garden Room if you are staying Club Level. These rooms are located in the outer building in the garden and are small studios with one king bed that each have their own private entrance and small garden in the front.
Garden Room
The BoardWalk Villas is a Disney Vacation Club Resort with studios, one and two bedroom villas. 
Living Room in a One Bedroom Villa – Photo Courtesy of Dad for Disney
Full Kitchen in a One Bedroom Villa – Photo Courtesy of Dad for Disney


The Luna Park Pool has a carnival theme and is home to the Kiester Coaster waterslide. There is a kid play area with elephant statues that squirt water, kiddie pool, whirlpool spa, and you can grab refreshments and snacks at Leaping Horse Libations.
Luna Park Pool
There are also two quiet pools. One is located in the Garden Courtyard and the other can be found near Community Hall on the villa side of the resort.
Garden Courtyard Quiet Pool
The resort also features many other recreational activities. Sideshow Games Arcade, a playground, a BoardWalk campfire at the beach in the evenings and movies under the stars, you can rent a boat to explore Crescent Lake or fish, or rent a bike or surrey bike and explore the resort. There are tennis courts as well as a jogging trail. Fantasia Gardens and Fairway Miniature Golf is close by and DVC members can visit the Ferris W. Eahlers Community Hall.

If you would like to learn more about the resort you can take the BoardWalk Ballyoo Guided Tour. It is offered every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and lasts 35 minutes. You can explore all of the hidden nooks and crannies and learned what inspired the “Showplace of the Shore”. For more information strop by guest relations at the resort.


Disney’s BoardWalk also offers several entertainment options.
  • Jellyrolls – An over 21 club with dueling pianos and audience sing-a-longs.
  • Atlantic Dance Hall – A 21 and over night club with beautiful views of Crescent Lake.
  • ESPN Club – You can watch your favorite team on one of the many televisions or possible catch a live taping of an ESPN radio show.
  • There are also several midway games and live performers in the evenings.


The Boardwalk Bakery is the resorts quick service dining location. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also features the resorts refillable mug station. It features lots of unique options including some of the best cupcakes on property. Seashore Sweets offers taffy, fudge, shakes, and hand dipped ice cream and you can pick up a slice or a while pie at the Boardwalk Pizza Window. The Belle Vue Lounge offers a continental breakfast in the mornings and is a nice spot to relax and unwind in the evenings.
Treats at the Boardwalk Bakery
Table service options include the ESPN Club, Big River Grill & Brewing Works, and Kouzzina by Cat Cora which will be closing later this year to make way for a new dining experience. The Boardwalk also offers a signature dining experience at the Flying Fish Cafe.

What Our Pilots Say

Tim Brooks from Dad for Disney “What my family likes the best about the Boardwalk Resort is it’s proximity to both the International Gateway at EPCOT and to Hollywood Studios. Even with a six-year old in tow, it is an easy walk to both theme parks. After a day in the park, you may want to take the Friendship back to Boardwalk to rest your tired legs.

The pool, even with it’s “crazy” clown face, is great place to spend an afternoon. I like the look of the clown. It totally fits in the theme of the resort.

In the evening, guests are within steps of the entertainment along the Boardwalk which can make for a refreshing evening away from the park both with or without the kids.”

Melissa from Rolling with the Magic “Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas is one of our favorite Walt Disney World resorts. We love the location and the resort and lobby are absolutely beautiful. 

We always make it a point to stop by the BoardWalk even if we aren’t staying there especially during the holidays.”  

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By | 2017-09-18T08:33:32+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Beginner Guide, Resort Guide|

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