Went 2nd week in January. A great time to visit WDW, it's the off-season and crowds were low. Weather was intermittent, with some days on the 70's and others in the 50's. Dress in layers.
The Boardwalk was not our first choice, so I was a little hesitant, but it turned out great. We rented a one-bedroom villa. My wife and I stayed in the king bedroom and our two daughters (age 5 and 8) shared the pull-out sofa in the living room. The room was clean and in good condition. The bathroom was large, with toilet, sink, and shower and there's a separate room w/ whirlpool tub, sink and closet. The kitchen is compact, but had a full-size fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher. There's a washer/dryer in the room. Because we were not timeshare owners, you get daily maid service. All utensils were provided, plus dishwasher soap, dish soap, and laundry detergent. There's also a safe in the room (free). Didn't use wifi. We used Garden Grocer to deliver groceries for breakfast, and the delivery was waiting for us when we arrived.
The room has a small balcony and overlooked the pool area. Even though the pool is open at night, we didn't have any noise issues - probably due to the cold weather. On those days when it was warm enough we used the pool. My kids loved it; just the right size for them. There's both a regular pool and a kiddie pool, plus a large slide. If you are looking for more, stay at another resort or hit the water parks. There's also a snack bar and family restroom. Towels were plentiful.
The decor of the resort is lovely, I felt like I was walking onto the set of "Boardwalk Empire". We ate at two of the restaurants, Big River Grill and Kouzzina. Both had good food, prices were typical for Disney. Tip: Don't sit outside at Big River - lots of seagulls who don't have any fear of tourists.
The location was the best part - it's part of the "Epcot Resorts" - you can walk to Epcot (a bit long for little kids) and Hollywood Studios (even longer), but the best way to both is by boat. A very quick and leisurely trip. You arrive at the back entrance of Epcot, close to the World Showcase, which is perfect for dinner.
Transport to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom is by bus - about 30 and 45 minutes, respectively. Not as nice, but it gets you there.
If you are worried about staying at a timeshare, don't. There's no high-pressure sales. In fact, except for the timeshare sales desk in the lobby, you wouldn't know you were in the timeshare section. Disney has a good reputation for being very low-key about timeshare sales.
I would definitely stay there again and have no hesitancy about recommending it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timeless elegance meets old-fashioned charm at this waterfront Resort hotel. Delight in saltwater taffy-colored cottages, private courtyards and picturesque gardens-plus the ragtime sounds and carnival pastimes of the exciting Coney Island-style boardwalk. Reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City, Disney's BoardWalk Villas is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Boardwalk Villas Hotel Orlando
- Disney Boardwalk Hotel
- Disneys Boardwalk Hotel
- Disney Boardwalk Villas
- Disney's BoardWalk Villas Orlando, Florida