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Editor’s Review of Disney's BoardWalk Inn
Steps away from Epcot's International Gateway and a short stroll to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's BoardWalk Inn offers easy access to Orlando theme park magic, by way of Atlantic City.
With just 371 rooms, the Deluxe AAA Four Diamond resort, which debuted in 1996, is the smallest among Walt Disney World's onsite hotel accommodations. However, its central location lends an open door to an extensive 1930's seaside scene, complete with a mini-Midway, mimes, magicians and one of the greatest varieties of drinking and dining options you'll find at any Disney property.
In fair weather, families flock to the resort's Luna ... more Park Pool, featuring a clown coaster slide, but when the mercury dips, there's still plenty of action to be found on the BoardWalk. Guests can rent a surrey bike and take a trip around Crescent Lake, interact with live entertainers, sing-along with dueling pianists at Jellyrolls and visit a variety of shops, eateries and even an upscale art gallery.
More formal than the neighboring Beach Club Resort, but still family-friendly, the BoardWalk Inn offers family guests attractive amenities like an all-day family activity center and a tot-friendly playground, plus spacious accommodations, all freshly renovated in 2014. less
- Pool with clown coaster slide
- Community Hall family activity center
- Mimes, magicians and vibrant nightlife scene
- All Inclusive
- Theme Parks
- Water Sports
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- DVD Player
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Laundry Service
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
For families, the reason to stay here is kid-friendly conveniences. Besides the ability to travel to Epcot and Disney's ... Get more Planning and Tips
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Standard rooms sleep four to five and have two queen beds or a king bed ($25 surcharge), and most have a balcony. Some rooms have a junior size daybed (sometimes called a "child bed"), as well -- this small sleeper measures 35 inches by 65 inches and is meant to accommodate a child between 3 and 9 years of age.
A new lightened design scheme includes wallpaper, bed skirts and draperies in retro stripes, complemented by monogrammed accent pillows, framed prints of ... more historic boardwalk scenes and several Hidden Mickey's.
Besides a flat-screen TV, alarm clock with iPod docking station, complimentary Wi-Fi and a combination desk/dining table, family-friendly features include a Pack 'N Play, a coffee maker situated on a high dresser out of the reach of small children and an armoire with a kid-accessible storage shelf that's ideal for stashing toys or snacks. A mini-fridge is housed in a low-lying, non-locking cabinet -- this may be an issue if you're traveling with little ones. Microwaves and bedrails are available upon request.
If you want to see water, plan to pay around $85 more per night for a preferred view standard room. For an extra $155 to $200 per night, you can upgrade to a deluxe view Concierge Level room, which will gain you 30 percent more space and a sleeper sofa, as well as plush robes, a DVD player with complimentary rentals, a view of Crescent Lake and the BoardWalk and Concierge Level privileges.
Besides four daily food and beverage presentations and an excellent view of nightly Illuminations fireworks at the private Innkeepers Club lounge, Concierge Level guests enjoy perks like pre-trip itinerary planning service and complimentary access to weekly wine tastings at the Flying Fish Café.
Parents who don't want to be prisoners of the dark after the kids crash for the night have a number of space-stretching options. If you have the extra cash, you can book connecting rooms or spring for a Concierge Level suite, which accommodates four to nine and has separate living and sleeping areas. Of course, you could always check-in to the BoardWalk Villas next door -- these home-away-from-home Disney Vacation Club accommodations offer flexible room arrangements and direct BoardWalk access, plus some additional family-friendly features like a washer and dryer and a full kitchen in each unit.
If you're traveling with an infant and no additional children and want to stick with the standard room, you can gain some privacy by placing your child's crib in the bathroom vanity area, which is separated from the rest of the room by a dividing wall.
With regard to room location, Garden View rooms mean peace and quiet after lights out time, while BoardWalk View rooms come with a good chance of viewing the nightly Illuminations fireworks show, and an even greater possibility of noise from nighttime activity below. There's really no easy way to access the BoardWalk from the Inn if you're pushing a stroller, as you'll need to take two elevators to reach the BoardWalk level. less