BEST HO­TEL BOARD­WALK VIL­LAS

WDW Magazine - - The Best Of WDW - BY KATH­LEEN LOGAN WOLFE

The Showplace of the Shore! The Bally-hoo on the board­walk!

The Board­walk Inn and Vil­las, lo­cated on Cres­cent Lake in the Ep­cot Re­sort area of the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort, pays homage to the roar­ing North East sea­side dis­tricts of At­lantic City, New Jersey and Coney Is­land, New York in the early 20th cen­tury. A time when va­ca­tion­ing meant el­e­gant at­tire, fash­ion­able footwear, and the ra­dio—no, not the cut­offs, flip flops, and elec­tronic de­vices of to­day.

Since the re­sort opened in 1996, guests of the Board­walk Inn and Vil­las have de­lighted in the whim­si­cal and easy-breezy at­mos­phere it was specif­i­cally de­signed to con­jure. With a lobby adorned in price­less an­tiques and im­pres­sive pe­riod repli­cas, it’s easy to feel as though you’ve trav­eled back to a sim­pler, less hur­ried time be­fore the rat race and daily-grind came to be the norm. The bright­est pas­tels, the whitest whites, and dark­est woods merge to cre­ate the am­biance of an el­e­gant North East seashore re­sort from the early 1900s.

This Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club re­sort boasts 383 vil­las, com­prised of the fol­low­ing room types to ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of travel party sizes:

Deluxe Studios

These ac­com­mo­da­tions of­fer one queen size bed, a dou­ble sleeper-sofa, a small din­ing ta­ble and two chairs, an ar­moire, TV, bath­room, and a pri­vate bal­cony (or pa­tio) with two chairs and a small ta­ble. In the kitch­enette you will find a mi­crowave, cof­fee maker, toaster, mini-fridge, and sink, along with cab­i­nets stocked with cof­fee, pa­per plates, plas­tic uten­sils glasses and cof­fee mugs. These rooms will ac­com­mo­date up to four adults, plus one child un­der the age of 3 in a crib.

Deluxe Studios with a Daybed

These ac­com­mo­da­tions of­fer all of the above plus a daybed, and can room up to four adults max­i­mum, one child in the daybed, plus one child un­der the age of 3 in a crib.

One- Bed­room Vil­las

These ac­com­mo­da­tions of­fer 1 bed­room with a king-sized bed, TV, chair, and ar­moire, a

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liv­ing room with a queen-sized sleeper sofa and sec­ond TV, as well as a din­ing area with a ta­ble and four chairs. These units also have a fully equipped kitchen with a re­frig­er­a­tor, oven with stove­top, mi­crowave, toaster, blender, pans, dishes, and uten­sils. They also have one full bath­room with a toi­let, sink, and shower, plus an ad­di­tional space with a whirlpool tub, sink, and van­ity area. There is plenty of closet space (in­clud­ing a walk-in closet) and a stacked washer/dryer unit. All vil­las of­fer a pri­vate bal­cony (or pa­tio) with two chairs and a small ta­ble. These units can sleep up to four adults, plus one child un­der the age of 3 in a crib.

Two- Bed­room Vil­las

To make up a two-bed­room villa, a stu­dio villa and a 1-bed­room villa are con­nected via a com­mon door and in­clude all the ameni­ties as de­scribed above. These units will ac­com­mo­date up to 8 adults, plus one child un­der the age of 3 in a crib

Three- Bed­room Grand Villa

A three bed­room, three bath villa, of­fers up a mas­ter bed­room with a king-sized bed and pri­vate whirlpool tub, plus two ad­di­tional bed­rooms, each with two queen-sized beds and a pri­vate bath­room, with also a liv­ing room fea­tur­ing a queen-size sleeper sofa, a fully equipped kitchen, for­mal din­ing room, washer and dryer, and a pri­vate bal­cony. There are both one and two-story Grand Vil­las at the Board­walk, which can ac­com­mo­date up to 12 adults, plus one child un­der the age of 3 in a crib.

DVC Mem­bers and Inn guests alike share the com­mon ar­eas of the Board­walk Inn and Vil­las in­clud­ing the lobby, Re­sort Concierge, Luna Park Pool (main pool), two quiet pools, small gift shop-“dundy’s Sun­dries”, fit­ness cen­ter-“mus­cles and Bus­tles”, video game room, and the Belle­vue Lounge & Game Room, which is open for break­fast be­tween 6:30am-11:00am. It of­fers as­sorted pas­tries, fruit, ce­real, cof­fee, a se­lec­tion of juices, and a num­ber of clas­sic board games. Belle­vue Lounge is the only area in­side the re­sort for re­fresh­ments. All other din­ing op­tions—and there are plenty—are nes­tled along the board­walk.

The first quick ser­vice din­ing op­tion to come to mind has to be the Board­walk Bak­ery, which of­fers out­stand­ing snack, break­fast, and lunch items such as baked goods, pas­tries, sand­wiches, and bev­er­ages un­til 11:00pm. This is where you will find the re­fill­able mug sta­tion as well.

Other ca­sual din­ing of­fer­ings are the take-out pizza win­dow sell­ing in­di­vid­ual slices or full pizza pies, and is open un­til mid­night, as well as Seashore Sweets to sat­isfy your sweet tooth with ice cream, candy, and cook­ies. Leap­ing Horse Li­ba­tions at the Luna Park Pool of­fers foun­tain bev­er­ages, adult bev­er­ages, and lunch and snack items.

The ESPN Club, Big River Grille and Brew­ing Works, Fly­ing Fish Café, and Trat­to­ria al Forno are won­der­ful ta­ble ser­vice din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences along the Board­walk. Of course be­ing just a few steps or a short boat ride to Ep­cot, your nearby din­ing op­tions are plen­ti­ful! Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion.

So yes, the Board­walk Vil­las has to be one of the BEST DVC lo­ca­tions in all of Walt Dis­ney World! Sit­u­ated right in the mid­dle of two theme parks, with walk­ing paths and boat ac­cess to both Hol­ly­wood Studios and Ep­cot’s International Gate­way en­trance, it’s hard to beat. Not to men­tion how the Board­walk it­self comes to life at night with mid­way games, street per­form­ers, live mu­sic, danc­ing, con­ces­sions, and other entertainment. Even dur­ing the day there are wa­ter­craft rentals across the lake at the Beach and Yacht Club ma­rina, sur­rey bike rentals, and plenty of shop­ping.

You don’t need to ven­ture far from your villa for a good time whether you are with your fam­ily or on an adults-only get­away. There is truly some­thing for ev­ery­one at the Board­walk Vil­las. And you don’t have to be a mem­ber of the Dis­ney Va­ca­tion Club to stay there! As long as there are vil­las avail­able that DVC mem­bers have not re­served, any­one can stay in a villa and ex­pe­ri­ence the DVC life. Ad­di­tion­ally, you could save your­self a pretty penny by rent­ing DVC points and see­ing just how “deluxe Dis­ney” truly feels. I’ve done it and be­lieve me, it feels good.

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