Disney’s Boardwalk Inn: An In-Depth Review

Inspired by turn of the century vacation destinations like Atlantic City and Coney Island, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is located within walking distance of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you long for the days of carousels, salt water taffy, and moonlit strolls by carnival games, unique dining experiences, and a fun-filled nightlife, you can’t do much better than Disney’s Boardwalk Inn.

Welcome to the fourth stop on what we’re calling our “Resort-Hopper Tour”. If you missed our latest stop, check out our in-depth review of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It’s the perfect getaway for families that love the great outdoors!

At each stop in our six-part series, we’re doing a deep dive into some of Disney World’s most iconic resort destinations. Along our journey, we’ll share important aspects about each resort, including theme, room types, amenities, restaurants, transportation, and more.

Our sincere hope is to help you make a magical decision that’s right for your family for your next Disney getaway, and we won’t stop until you’re satisfied to be our guest.

So, without further ado, let’s travel to our next magical stop on our Resort-Hopper Tour — Disney’s Boardwalk Inn.

An Overview of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

Growing up, my family used to spend our summers along the Jersey Shore. One of my most vivid memories was walking along the boardwalk, tasting delicious salt water taffy, and carrying an oversized stuffed animal.

It was hard to beat the feeling of spending time with my cousins in a shared beach house getaway. Each day started with splashes along the shore. Somewhere between the cotton candy and ice cream, there was still time for hot dog lunches with the best-smelling french fries and lots of carnival rides.

I swore I would never relive those childhood memories again. That was until I spent some time along Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Its boardwalk hugs the shimmering Crescent Lake and invites enough nostalgia to make anyone long for their childhood summer nights with family, fun, and boardwalk memories.

Located within walking distance to two of Disney’s most iconic parks, guests can enjoy short strolls to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Don’t feel like walking? No problem, there are plenty of transportation options, but we’ll get to that later.

5 Reasons to Love Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

What Type of Rooms Does Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Have?

Like every Disney deluxe resort, you can count on a variety of excellent room choices. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is no different.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn offers four excellent room options:

Rooms & Suites that sleep up to 5 adults

Rooms & Suites with Club-Level Service that sleep up to 6 adults

Deluxe Studios sleeps up to 5 adults

One, two, and three-bedroom Villas that can sleep up to 12 adults

Deluxe Studios feature a kitchenette, a queen bed, a pull-down bed, and a sleeper sofa.

Villas feature equipped kitchens, spacious living and dining room spaces, separate bedrooms, and a washer and dryer.

No matter which room you choose, you’ll love the feeling of staying at your beach-like getaway within walking distance of EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

What Amenities Does Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Offer?

One of the pleasures of staying on the Disney campus is that no matter which resort you stay at you’ll always experience tons of amenities. It comes standard with your Disney experience.

Each guest at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort enjoys complimentary WI-FI access, air-conditioned rooms, and the following amenities:

Boardwalk Pool

Pools, Waterslides, and Whirlpools, Oh, My!

Luna Park Pool offers a carnival-themed pool with a gigantic 200-foot slide and two happy elephants spouting water. The pool’s aesthetic invites the nostalgia of amusement parks in the 1920s. Your little swimmers will love splashing it up underneath carnival elephants.

For those who like to chill, there are whirlpools designed for deep relaxation. Kiddie pools are nearby so you can enjoy your soak in peace while keeping an eye on your littles. With lounge and patio areas nearby, it’s the perfect way to relax poolside.

If that wasn’t enough, there are also two tranquil leisure pools. Each pool has whirlpool spas to help you get into vacation-mode relaxation. One pool located south of Luna Park Pool and the other located along the east side of the hotel.

Get Your Boardwalk Vibe on With Fun Activities!

When you’re not enjoying the cozy boardwalk vibes around Crescent Lake, there are plenty of activities to keep your family busy.

Here are some recreational activities to enjoy at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn:

● Tennis

● Playground

● Jogging trails

● Miniature golf

● Gaming station

● Fishing excursions

● Surrey bike rentals

● 24-hour health club

For those looking to take up a new hobby or sport, there are private and group tennis lessons. If jogging is more your speed, you can enjoy several jogging paths, including one that loops around beautiful Crescent Lake.

For an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime, you can take a bass fishing excursion, ride in 2 to 4-seat surrey bikes, or get your golf on at a Fantasia-inspired mini golf course. Needless to say, there are fun activities for the whole family.

Create Memories With Family Friendly Activities

Like other stops on our Resort-Hopper Tour, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn offers many family friendly activities.

Here is a short list of great family friendly activities you can enjoy:

● Boardwalk activities

● Movies Under the Stars

● Boardwalk Inn Campfire

At Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, you’ll love every moment. So whether it’s taking in the sights and sounds of the boardwalk, enjoying movies under the stars, or roasting s’mores by the campfire, you’ll love every magical moment.

What Transportation Options Does Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Have Available?

Guests can enjoy short walks to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you’re looking for something unique, you’ll love Disney’s Skyliner Transportation Gondolas with service to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. For transportation to all other parks, guests can enjoy complimentary bus service. Rather dash out in style? You can buy Minnie Van Service through Lyft.

Whatever way you get to the parks, we hope you have a magical time!

What Types of Restaurants Does Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Have Available?

Disney always has a knack for creating dining choices that work for every family, and Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is no different. Whether your family likes to eat on the go or enjoys a sit-down meal, you’re sure to find a restaurant that meets your needs.

Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the dining choices at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn:

Casual, Family Friendly Dining Choices

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn has several options for casual family friendly dining experiences.

For casual breakfast and dinner options, Trattoria al Forno Restaurant offers a casual dining experience with old-world Italian charm. Although the character breakfast is still unavailable, there are still many food items to delight in.

Enjoy classic favorites, like:

Caprese omelet with mozzarella, ripe Tomatoes, fresh basil, and Potatoes served with a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes with your choice of bacon or sausage

Tiramisu-style French Toast with cinnamon brioche, mascarpone cream, and cocoa powder served with a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage

With family friendly options for kids and those with gluten sensitivity, you’re sure to find a breakfast item that suits your needs.

For dinner, enjoy Italian-style favorites, like:

● Oak-grilled Strip Steak Florentine

● Lasagna al Forno

● Truffle Gnocchi

For plant-based options, there are delectable options, like:

● Plant-based Rigatoni Bolognese

● Pizze Bianca

● Crispy Pancetta Arrancini

For dessert, you can’t go wrong with tiramisu or gelato to soothe your Italian taste buds.

Other great options for casual dining include:

BoardWalk Deli – enjoy breakfast sandwiches, pastries, overstuffed sandwiches, salads, and delectable desserts

Big River & Brewing Works – enjoy American bar fare like shareable appetizers, soups & salads, burgers & sandwiches, entrees, and desserts.

Quick Hits for Grazing and Fast Food

If you’re in a hurry, you have two choices for excellent quick-hit, fast-food options.

Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast before you hit the parks, or something to munch on for a quick lunch or dinner, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn has you covered.

Belle Vue Lounge – offers pastries, refreshments, and cocktails

Leaping Horse Libations – offers sandwiches, salads, pizza, and more

Pizza Window – offers pizza by the slice or by the pie for lunch and dinner

If you love to snack the day away, Boardwalk Inn offers several options:

Funnel Cake Cart – enjoy funnel cake, ice cream, fried ice cream, or cotton candy

Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas – enjoy nachos, pretzels, and of course, margaritas

Picture-Perfect Dining Experiences

If you’re looking for something that will bring the family together and create lasting memories — it’s hard to beat Flying Fish.

Your family will love this sit-down meal with sophistication and style. Enjoy guiltless allergy friendly appetizers, entrees, and desserts. For families with no allergy restrictions, you can order from the main menu that offers the same choices.

Here are a few favorites:

Appetizers – Prince Edward Island Mussels, Lobster Bisque, and more

Entrees – Verlasso Salmon, Filet Mignon, Potato wrapped Red Snapper, Plancha Seared Scallops, and more

Desserts – Creamy Goat Cheesecake, Cocoa Breach, 50th Celebration Midnight Lemon, and more

Kid’s meals and plant-based options are also available. For adults, there is a wide assortment of cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic drink choices.

Conclusion

If you long to bring back the nostalgia of moonlit strolls on the boardwalk with games, rides, and tasty foods, you’ll love Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. If you’re sold on all that Disney’s Boardwalk Inn has to offer, we hope you have a magical time. If not, stay on the lookout for our next stop on the “Resort-Hopper Tour”.

Our next article will be an in-depth review of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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  1. Thanks for all the detail here. Sounds like a great place to stay for quick access to the resort. The inn itself sounds like the ideal place to accommodate families of 5 or above. Have a great day, and feel free to check out any of my hotel reviews also 🙂

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