This Deluxe Epcot Area Resort is one of my favourites!
It is a DVC (Disney Vacation Club property) which houses 532 beautifully decorated 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom villas. It is located between Epcot and Hollywood Studios – just a short 5-7 minute walk to Epcot’s World showcase entrance and about a 15 to 20-minute walk or friendship boat ride to Hollywood Studios. The prime location makes this hotel an excellent choice for anyone who is planning to travel to Disney once the 50th Celebration kicks off starting October 2021.
The theming at this resort mimics a 20th Century Atlantic Coastal boardwalk, and you can definitely feel the Coney Island vibes here. The boardwalk itself is located right outside the entrance and encircles Crescent Lake. There you will find plenty of shops, restaurants, food carts and even surrey bike rentals.
The large lobby is very impressive and showcases several unique Boardwalk and Carnival themed memorabilia. My favourite is the 3000 pound Hippocampus (mythological horse with fishtail) electrolier (chandelier) hanging right above the glass display featuring a beautifully detailed wood carved carousel. On either side of the lobby is a hallway, one leading to the Inn side, while the other leads to the villas.
We stayed in an 814 square foot 1-bedroom suite, which can accommodate up to 4 people. The theming is once again very well executed in the bedroom, and I just loved the soothing colour palette of sea foam, white and light pinks. Included in our suite was:
Compact full kitchen with toaster and microwave
Washer and dryer combo
Split bathroom with 2 sinks and whirlpool tub
Separate bedroom with king bed
Living room area with queen size sleeper sofa
Nice large balcony
We pre-ordered our groceries from www.gardengrocer.com, and enjoyed quiet breakfasts in our suite before heading out to the parks. Having the washer and dryer was a plus for us as well especially with the kids being 3 and 5 at the time. The size and layout was perfect for our family, and we mostly enjoyed being able to watch the fireworks from our balcony at night.
There are 3 pools located on property, however my kids only wanted to swim at the Luna Park Pool, which ties in the Carnival theme really well. There, you will find an onsite bar, hot tub, cute elephant statues and a pool with a 200-foot slide – which used to be known as the creepy clown slide. It was recently (and luckily) replaced with a much preferred billboard-type photo of Mickey and his pals sliding down Keister Coaster (name of the slide). Also, nearby the pool is a small park for the little ones to enjoy.
One activity we tried was renting a surrey bike, and riding around the boardwalk. We took a double bench bike for half an hour which cost approximately $20 USD at the time (I believe they now go for about $22 USD). Although the kids had a blast (considering they were not the ones pedalling) our legs were tired afterwards. It was a fun way to experience the Boardwalk though at a decent price.
Overall, I highly recommend this hotel and would gladly stay here again. It is so nice to walk on the boardwalk in the evenings, grab some funnel cake and sit on a bench overlooking the lake and take it all in.
If you would like more detailed information about the resort, you can find it here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_CA/resorts/boardwalk-villas/
Have you stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas before? Are you planning to stay soon? I’d love to heard about it in your comments below.
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