Staying at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort: Christmas 2017

Prior to this vacation, I would have told you that Animal Kingdom Lodge was my favorite resort on Disney property.  Now, the Boardwalk has moved into that top spot.  I’ll talk about exactly why as we go through, but to sum it up, Boardwalk has an amazing location, great food options, it’s GORGEOUS and the entertainment can’t be beat.  Let’s take a look around.

On arrival, we were amazed at just how pretty this resort is.  It has an “old school” cool vibe, designed to resemble Coney Island.  
Inside the lobby

These steps lead down to the Boardwalk, where you find shops, dining and entertainment.

Seriously, guys, this view is amazing.  We requested a courtyard view, but I didn’t expect this.

 

I can’t get over it!

It’s even more beautiful at night, if that’s possible.

Now, the rooms.  I didn’t think to take a picture of the entire room, however it should be noted that we rented Disney Vacation Club points, so our experience may vary from that of making a reservation directly from Disney.  Our room opened with a small foyer, with a bathroom to the left along with a vanity, sink and closet.  On the right was a mini kitchenette, with a toaster, microwave and sink.

The Boardwalk is one of the few resorts that will sleep 5 and boasts a queen bed, pull out sofa bed and fold-out Murphy twin bed (where my daughter is posing above).  We were traveling as a group of 5, so this met with our needs nicely.

The beds and bedding were typical for Disney World resorts and quite comfy.

Do you want to know one the best perks to staying at Boardwalk?  The proximity to the parks.  A short, ten minute walk to Epcot and about 15 minute walk to Hollywood Studios.  No Disney transportation required!  Pictured above you see the path to the International Gateway, with its own entrance to Epcot (security, bag check and all).  You enter between the UK and France pavilions, which we found very convenient.  We even went to France for breakfast one morning and enjoyed a nearly empty park.

You can also see the fireworks from Hollywood Studios and Epcot from the resort.  I saw several people stopped to watch Illuminations from the bridge before the International Gateway.

Directly across from Boardwalk, you see the Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts.  During our stay, we enjoyed a Surrey Bike ride (7/8 of a mile and you FEEL it on the hills) around Crescent Lake to get a closer look at these resorts.  We also utilized the Sandcastle Club, a kids club located at the Beach Club, one night to enjoy a child-free evening in Disney Springs.

You can also see the Swan and Dolphin resorts located nearby.

On the Boardwalk, you’ll find several shops including The Screen Door (a general store), Thimbles and Threads, Disney Character Carnival and Wayland Galleries.  You’ll find some Boardwalk-specific merchandise, but also a lot of items you can find in pretty much in Disney store.  There are sweet treats, however!  I made sure to buy a Mickey caramel apple to enjoy at home before I left.

Dining was the one thing I was most worried about before the trip began.  Boardwalk does not have a traditional quick service food court.  Instead, you have the Boardwalk Bakery, which offers pastries and traditional eggs, sausage, etc in the morning and deli style sandwiches for lunch and dinner.  For quick options, there is also the Pizza Window and several food kiosks.  I still maintain this is the only downside to the Boardwalk.

Boardwalk also offers several Table Service restaurants, including Flying Fish, Trattoria al Forno and the ESPN Club.  The only one of these we tried was the character breakfast at Trattoria al Forno, which features Rapunzel, Flynn, Ariel and Prince Eric.

One of the newest establishments includes the Abracadabar, a magician themed bar.  I only took a peek inside, but it looked like a really fun atmosphere!

A discussion of Boardwalk would not be complete without talking about the ice cream!  Ample Hills Creamery is a must-do.  My kids loved it!

   I also have to mention the nighttime entertainment!  I wish I had taken more pictures, because we had the most fun.  On two occasions, we stopped to watch a magic show out on the Boardwalk, we also passed by a juggler and a guitarist on two other evenings.  You could honestly not leave the resort and feel as though you had an amazing vacation!

We loved the Boardwalk and I can’t wait to stay there again!

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