Hey all! I just got back from my first ever girls trip to Disney and treated myself to an extra night at the one and only Boardwalk hotel! This was my first time staying at Disney’s Boardwalk hotel (I’ve been a Beach and Yacht girl my whole life) and I was so excited to actually try staying across the pond! Here’s my thoughts…
Just a little overview first, Disney’s Boardwalk Hotel is one of the Epcot resort area hotels. This means that it has a walkway to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios (as well as boat service to both). The walk to Epcot is about 5 minutes, the walk to HS is about 15 depending on your speed. The hotel is situated above and behind the boardwalk area which is filled with restaurants, quick service dining, shops, and live entertainment! As a Jersey Girl growing up in a beach town, the theming definitely reminds me at home as it’s supposed to feel like an idyllic New Jersey/Atlantic City boardwalk in the early 1900’s.
The hotel lobby is actually surprisingly small largely because all the normal features of the lobby (life the gift shop and dining) are located out on the boardwalk. It takes a little adjusting but the lobby is actually on the second floor and then the boardwalk is underneath, there are plenty of stair cases and elevators both inside and out to help you get between them though. There is also absolutely gorgeous second level lounge seating as well as benches and cozy nooks throughout the boardwalk to relax and enjoy.
Going back for a moment to location, one of the reasons this hotel is so loved is because of its proximity to two parks (and the bus ride to Disney Springs is quite quick as well!). Personally I always opt to walk to Hollywood Studios but I think most people take the boat. It is a cute boat ride that lasts 10-15 minutes usually so walking or boating is usually about the same time commitment. The walk is very peaceful although I’ll say there’s nearly no shade at all so I strongly discourage you from walking on HOT days without maybe an umbrella haha! On most days though it’s a fun easy walk and I always find it less stressful than waiting for the boat.
As far as eats go, Boardwalk is incredible. It has the full range from fresh made boardwalk funnel cakes all the way up to signature dining at Flying Fish! Some of my favorite dining includes Ample Hills Creamery for some of the best ice cream anywhere in Disney (Butter Pecan Brittle has my heart forever), and Trattoria Al Forno not only serves the most incredible breakfast (say it with me, espresso mascarpone cream Mickey Waffles ugh!), but is even about to start a brand new Character Breakfast too! There’s also pizza, a bakery, and of course the gift shop for snacks to take back to your room. ALL of this on top of being right across rom Beach and Yacht where you have Beaches and Cream and being right next to Epcot’s World Showcase! For a Disney foodie it just couldn’t be better!
Oh! Also worth mentioning is that at night the boardwalk comes alive! There are comedians and magicians and magician-comedians every night that perform and are fantastic! The boardwalk is also just incredibly beautiful at night with the string lights. Please do not miss out!
The rooms are about what you’d expect from a Disney Deluxe hotel. They’re comfortable, clean, and the decorations pay attention to detail. From the minnie mouse lamp to the boardwalk curtains, it was a beautiful room! The hotel is divided so all the regular rooms are on the Epcot side of the resort and all the Disney Vacation Club Villas are on the HS side. It seems like there are more Villa rooms and like those might extended further out from the lobby but staying in a regular resort room the location was very convenient!
I didn’t have a chance to enjoy the pool on this trip. The pool area is large and circus-themed, it’s adorable except for the large uhm let’s say interesting clown slide. Aside from that one spot I love how over the top and amazing the theming is in the pool space AND it’s a great place to watch the fireworks!
Some final thoughts…
Overall this resort was every bit as gorgeous and fantastic as I had hoped. The location couldn’t be beat and every part of my stay lived up to my rather high expectations. As someone who drives to Disney the self parking did seem a bit further from the entrance than at most resorts but overall I think the only thing I really would have changed about my stay was for it to be longer!
What do you think? Have you stayed at Boardwalk? What was your experience there like?