|Our Friend Lucy the Elephant|
As much as I liked the resort itself, it was the location that turned me into a true fan! The Boardwalk is located in the Epcot resort area. It’s situated directly across Cresent Lake from Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and next to the Dolphin and Swan hotels. Additionally you are a short walk or boat ride to Epcot and Hollywood Studios!
We stayed on a one-bedroom villa (room 1002) which was on the smaller size in comparison to other DVC vacation homes but still was perfect for us. As is the case with most DVC vacation homes, we had the luxury of having a fully equipped kitchen, living room with pull-out, washer, dryer, separate shower and bathtub, large bathroom, vanity area, and patio. We were given a garden view room which overlooked the waterway that separates the Boardwalk from the Swan and were the last room on the backside of Boardwalk. One word of advice is to figure out what location is most important to you and request a certain area. We were content with our location which was great for access to the Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club but was quite far from the buses. Actually, we were the farthest room on property from the buses. Thank goodness our daughter held strong every night and was able to walk by herself because that would’ve been a long trek holding a 60 pound baby!
|Master Bedroom with Patio|
A common complaint that I heard concerning the Boardwalk is the bus transportation. The Boardwalk shares their buses with the Swan and Dolphin and sometimes gets quite crowded. I tend to agree with the majority that claims that if you are paying for a Deluxe property, there should be adequate transportation so that you are not standing on the bus. Unfortunately, standing room only was often the case and we visited in October! Again, it wasn't a deal breaker for us but I do understand the frustration.
We ate as a family at the Big River Grille and Brewing Company on the Boardwalk, which was quite good, and my husband was happy with the microbrew selection. He also enjoyed the ESPN Club for college football on Saturday while the girls headed to shop in Downtown Disney. Unfortunately, we never were able to check out the Flying Fish Café or Cat Cora’s Kouzzina so I guess we’ll have to make a return trip. Boardwalk Bakery is one of my favorite stops for a yummy treat so having such easy access to that was quite fun as well! The Boardwalk even offers up pretty decent nightlife at Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls. Again, we didn’t enjoy them on this trip but Jellyrolls is a really fun time and features dueling pianos! If you’ve never experienced a dueling piano bar, you really should give it a try. It’s so much fun! Strolling the boardwalk at night is also entertaining in itself. It transforms from a serene seaside retreat during the day into a true Boardwalk atmosphere at night with lots of lights and games and street performers along with restaurants, shopping and snacks. You can even rent surrey bikes by the half hour which can be large enough to seat an entire family of six.
The Luna Park pool is a 190,000 gallon pool that dates back to the dates of the 1920’s amusement parks. The Keister Coaster (aka Clown Slide) is built like a wooden roller coaster and the Leaping Horse Pool Bar looks like a carousel. Unfortunately, the Community Hall is located in the area of the quiet pool which I found to be a little inconvenient. This is where rentals are available such as bicycles, noodles, life jackets, tennis equipment, DVD’s. They also provide activities such as face painting, sand art, necklace making, water balloon toss, fishing trips, etc. All sounds great but packing up to go over to the quiet pool (with no slide) wasn’t really a crowd favorite.
All said and done, the location of the Boardwalk area resorts is fabulous (especially during special events at Epcot) and we will definitely be going back.
Please feel free to offer up any additional information, especially if you’re a Boardwalk veteran. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Tricia Kalita is a Disney Gal who loves finding something new and exciting on every Disney Parks vacation, enjoys every minute of being a Disney Vacation Club owner, has found a love for running thanks to runDisney, and strives to spread the Magic of Disney to all that will listen. To learn more about Tricia, click here.