Disney's BoardWalk Villas
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So today is Day 1 of our 12 day, 11 night vacation in Walt Disney World. It is our 10th ish trip as a family, probably the 15th or 16th for Amy and I.
We stayed overnight in Manchester, NH because we had a 6:20 flight. We arrived at MHT at 4:40 or so, and the flight was on time. We arrived at MCO at about 9:05. We had a super smooth …
... are in the process of preparing it for permanent display at the visitor centre. The two other shuttles Discovery and Endeavour are here as well before they head off to Los Angeles and New York for display. I feel so privileged to have seen a real shuttle so close up.
There were only ever 5 Shuttles built that went into space, the other two, Challenger and Columbia were lost in tragic accidents. Enterprise was only used for testing and Inspiration was a ...
... lamb burger. The cinnamon lasagna was a little funky, as none of us finished any of Meggy's leftovers. However, the dessert was excellent, as I enjoyed both the little Greek doughnuts and the chocolate boudino cake. Num num num.
After dinner, we walked to Hollywood Studios, so we could catch the bus back to the AK Lodge. Once we arrived at the AK Lodge, we went swimming, which was glorious! We enjoyed watching the extraordinarily intense lifeguard "watching her water." It was ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDisney's BoardWalk Villas Orlando
Day 1. Thus far...very hot and very awesome. Our view is amazing with Spaceship Earth in the background. We asked for a pool view but a Boardwalk view came open and we are on the 5th floor. Pictures posted later.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's BoardWalk Villas Orlando
2 Star Service, 5 Star Rate
Our first rooms we had smelled like Amoxicillin, which made us all sick. Initially they were helpful, they gave us some cash to get some drinks and attempted to clean it. We came back after a walk... and it now smelled like Cherry Amoxicillin. We complained again and asked for a different room. One of the replacement rooms smelled just as bad. We complained again and then we got two rooms which didn't smell bad. They made us feel like we were being pests, in spite of the obvious oder which anyone could smell. Housekeeping was not that great. Our room service dishes sat in the hall all day. Our toilet backed up with no help from us: service took 20 minutes. The hallways were freezing. Overall, the service was what one would expect at the econo-lodge, not a super-Disney resort.
A Board-Walk in Paradise
Went with my husband, my 3 year old daughter, and my 60 year old mother. This place was perfect for us in every way. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa, and every detail of the room was wonderful. It was actually a one bedroom villa (with a two-room bathroom, full size kitchen, living room, large bedroom, 2 balconies, laundry, huge walkin closet, entryway and hall closet) connected to a suite, with a full bedroom, sitting area, balcony, bathroom, dressing area, and kitchenette. With three adults and one toddler, there was more than enough room to live for 8 days more comfortably than home (since you don't have to clean!). Every thing in the room was clean and adorable, and our maid service was friendly, attentive, and considerate. The staff all throughout the resort are excellent, from the valets to the bartenders to the pool staff. The resort is in a perfect location for everything in Disney, since the Boardwalk is right there, you can have a fun hour or so with the kids or a date with your special someone, and not even have to leave the resort. You can grab any type of food you can think of off the top of your head. The restaurants are great (we ate in 3 of them) but pretty pricey, and the dueling piano bar is truly a blast. Transportation to Epcot and MGM is literally a few minutes out of the day...you can even walk if you're up to it. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom is a little more involved, but still easy and relaxing. The pool areas (there are three) are nice and there are fun and free activities for kids in the community hall, which I didn't discover until our fourth day there. There is simply nothing I can say negative about this place, and I do alot of travelling of all types, so I'm not someone who thinks just getting away is heaven. But if it is, then this place was pretty darn close!
On The Boardwalk
I recently stayed in the Boardwalk Villas during the last week of August and the rooms and the location itself was wonderful. From arrival, the staff was very helpful, understanding, and polite, from the frontdesk to the bellhops. We had a two bedroom villa and it was well appointed and thought out to remind us of the beach and a place to take in the sun around a boardwalk. It was a very well designed Disney Home Away from Home, we had everything there, and nothing short handed or bad to write about in our room. We had views of the Swan and Dolphin as well as Disney's Tower of Terror, and if you open your balcony door, you can hear every minute or so people screaming from the fall. The Boardwalk is next to everything, from ESPN to a lovely basketball shootout. Restaruants can be found everywhere even at other hotels around the Epcot Resorts like Japanese at the Swan and Dolphin all a short ten minute walk. You can rent a mini boat to ride along the like from the Boardwalk, even close enough going to Disney's MGM studious. Also it's a very short walk to EPCOT or a boat ride there as well. The grounds and rooms were wonderful, thought out with Disney fair back in the days when summer retreats to the beach and boardwalks were the norm rather than just for a day. The Location is great, and the rooms are cozy and wonderful after a long hard day of park hopping.
We recently returned from a trip to Orlando where we stayed at the Boardwalk Villas. It was brilliant! I had heard many horror stories about the single bank of elevators and the long walks to rooms...Well, yes it was longer than normal, but after all of the foot travel throughout Disney and Universal, it didn't seem like much at all.We stayed in a one bedroom suite. It had a full kitchen which was wonderful! Stove AND oven and full size fridge and dishwasher.We had a splendid view of the water way and the Dolphin and Swan and it was breathtaking...particularly at night.The room was SPOTLESS! I am a NUT for clean rooms and this one passed with flying colors! The decor is relaxed and classic. Perfect for a vacation. We had a double balcony that overlooked the water way....lovely to sit on a night.The check in was a bummer when we discovered that our room was not ready. I realize that we were told that check in was 4:00, but it was empty - by Disney standards anyway - and we still couldn't get in. Of course, our check in attendant - Lorenzo- I believe - was a gem. He was looking for that perfect room with the perfect view...and boy did he deliver! He joked with the kids but was aware enough to realize that I was beat from the stress of travel and suggested we go relax at the ESPN Club for lunch! SPLENDID suggestion!When we did get into our room, we were very pleased. Oh and the POOL!!! A huge water slide that empties into a gargantuan pool! The kids had a blast and Dad and I enjoyed floating around waiting to drift under the elephant spray.Ours was certainly that "magical" Disney experience. The shuttles were always on time and made resort hopping easy. Oh and the boardwalk has one of the best bakeries I have ever been in...in the morning, while our coffee was brewing, we sent the kids down to buy fresh bagels and pastries at the Boardwalk Bakery...pricey, but huge and delicious...what a way to start the day!!Having a full kitchen that is stocked with all of the amenities may temp some to go "grocery shopping" on the boardwalk at the general store. Try to resist! We had a rental car, so we loaded up while waiting for our room and drove the 7 miles to Winn Dixie! (We even got the shoppers card!)We bought a CASE of bottled water for what a six pack would have cost us in the boardwalk store. We froze it in our freezer, threw it in our back packs before we ventured into the parks and it was perfect just as we were getting thirsty!!ANyway, you can do stuff like that if you have the kitchen...another reason I loved the Boardwalk Villas!It was fantastic!! I can't imagine staying anywhere else!!
Love Disney's Boardwalk Hotle
My family had a great time at the Boardwalk Hotel. The staff were helpful. They did everything to make us feel comfortable. The rooms were large and clean. I would love to stay there again.
One of Disney's best
I love the Boardwalk! We have stayed here four times now and each time is a lovely experience. I love being able to walk or take the boat to either EPCOT or MGM Studios. Having the kitchenette available makes breakfast much easier and I love having laundry available. Just put a load in the washer in the AM and then put in the dryer when you come back to the room ...... no mountain of dirty clothes to mess with when you get back home.I actually have a Disney Vacation Club membership with the Boardwalk and love it! We really do feel like we are coming home when we visit the Boardwalk. Our rooms have always been clean and well taken care of.... If you stay here, you won't be disappointed.
Dirty and poor service
The Boardwalk hotel was dirty and the service was poor. The room we stayed in smelled bad and there was a big wet spot infront of a dresser that I stepped into with bare feet "gross". There was some undetermined white material dripped down the side of the night stand. It took 4 days despite multiple complaints for this to be cleaned and the attidute of the management was "too bad". For $400 dollars at night one expects good service clean rooms and a helpful staff. This is not available at the boardwalk.
Great time at the Boardwalk!!
As a travel agent, I have visited many of Disney's onsite resorts, but nothing beats the excellent location of the Epcot resorts. We stayed at the Boardwalk Villas for the 2nd time this past November, and it was a great time! I recommend staying onsite to everyone!! The location is excellent, there is a hotel for every taste and budget, and the service is outstanding.
From the moment we arrived at The Boardwalk Inn we were amazed! I stayed there with my hubbie and two little kids (ages 2 and 5) in March, 2001. The Boardwalk manages to capture the feel of olden times. The chandelier in the main lobby is VERY extravegent, and we truly felt pampered. Velvet fringe edged cushy chairs and detail everywhere! Rooms were very nice and clean. We had the pull out couch with a queen bed. We also had a mini kitchen, so we ate breakfast every morning in our room. (we stocked up on cereal and bagels)
The pool is also great, I snuck away and sipped on a pina coloda poolside. (for the younger moms, don't forget your ID, b/c they DO card! I had to go to my room to get mine!)
I think the best feature was being so close to the boardwalk itself. We spent most nights dining there and then strolling after dinner. It was breathtaking and the kids loved it. It was also great to walk right into Epcot from our hotel. Highly recommended! The only drawback is that it is rather pricey. My advise: Well worth the splurge!
We stayed in a one-bedroom villa. It was the best vacation we have ever spent with our two small children. The children tired quickly of taking transportation to and from the parks, especially when we were pulling them out of the fabulous pool to get dressed for dinner. After a couple days, we found that we could walk out our door to fabulous entertainment on the boardwalk. We loved the surries that we rented to ride around the small lake, and we could see the Epcot light display and fireworks from the boardwalk. It was also wonderful to walk right into Epcot from our hotel. In the morning, we ran down to the bakery on the boardwalk to get fruit and bagels, and then we were on our way. We are going to Disney again this year, and we are planning the dates around availability at the Boardwalk once again.