N Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 939-6200
Resort Area: Epcot
Category: Deluxe Villas
# of rooms: 378 (Inn) and 383 (villas)
In July of 1996, Disney Vacation Club introduced its next property, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. Built to pay homage to the waterfront resorts of the 1930s in Atlantic City, BoardWalk Villas delight guests with all that it has to offer including dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is a timeshare program that allows members to purchase a set allotment of vacation points. These can be used towards a stay at a Walt Disney World or Disneyland resort at any time during the calendar year. Points are also redeemable for select locations both in and outside of the United States including New York, Hawaii, and more.
The BoardWalk Villas are one of the more unique DVC Resorts on property. Adjacent to Crescent Lake, the Villas are nestled right on Disney’s BoardWalk where guests will hum to the beat of ragtime tunes, stroll through picturesque gardens, and try a turn at classic carnival games. Several dining options are available with fine fare such as fresh seafood, Italian specialities, and scrumptious desserts. Nearby, adults can dance the night away at Atlantic Dance Hall which grooves to the beats of the 80s, 90s, and today starting at sundown. There’s also a dueling piano bar, Jellyrolls, which offers another great entertainment option.
TIP: Bike rentals, including 2-, 4-, or 6-person surrey bikes, are available at the Villas. This makes for a fun afternoon break away from the theme parks.
One of the primary perks of staying at the BoardWalk Villas is its location. Along with the BoardWalk complex itself, the Villas are also located in the EPCOT resort area. Guests can walk to both this park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Such a perk is invaluable during special events such as Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival or Flower & Garden Festival. Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club resorts are a few minutes away by foot as well as the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin hotels. The short proximity offers even more options for dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Directly across from the BoardWalk Inn, a companion resort for the area, the Villas boast some 400 units that may be reserved by Disney Vacation Club Members or non-member guests. Both Resort hotels share a common lobby that is well themed. Overstuffed chairs, sofas, and pillows provide a comfortable place to escape the Florida sun or enjoy the peace of the early morning hours. Replicas of a carousel and old-time wooden roller coaster are fun to look at. There are also unique photographs and paintings as well as knick knacks throughout.
Inside the lobby, guests will find impressive vintage furnishings, hardwood floors and models of a carousel and roller coaster. Just stay away from the creepy chairs by the fireplace! The deck outside the main lobby is a wonderful place to relax and take in the view.
To get a true feeling for the Boardwalk Inn, one must experience it at night. The BoardWalk itself features bright lights and the pounding music of nightclubs. Midway games are also set up for amusement as well as the wacky entertainment of buskers. The line-up of restaurants, a sweet shop and a bakery entice with their pleasant aromas wafting in the air as you walk past. The villas portion of the resort is attached to the main resort area. In contrast with many of the other “home away from home” resorts, there are no notable common areas that are designated as exclusively for the villas.
The Villas’ rooms are divided into four categories; studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms. Each accommodates between four to 12 guests based on the selected category. Playful and bright colors capture the essence of the resort. Fun is the theme as you find gingham-patterned tiles and an eclectic combination of florals and stripes in the linens and upholstery. Dotted with accents of packing trunks and teacups, whimsy is found in even the small details. All rooms feature spacious accommodations including armoires, dining tables and chairs, and private patios or balconies.
Deluxe Studio: 232 | 1 Bedroom Villa: 272 | 2 Bedroom Villa: 143 | 3 Bedroom Grand Villa: 6
AbracadaBAR: The AbracadaBar lounge is a “curious cocktail lounge” with a “Golden Age of Magic” theme. The storyline goes that “the lounge was once a secret stomping ground for famous touring magicians, local boardwalk illusionists and the loveliest magician’s assistants of the day. After every magic show, these prestidigitators would gather at the bar, where they’d conjure up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and often stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions.”On one of these evenings, one of the magicians disappeared and was never seen again. The lounge then sat empty for 70 years, until now, when it is back in the spotlight again. The magicians are now gone but their magic can still be found at the AbracadaBar.
Belle Vue Lounge: 5:00pm-12am (full service bar, does not accept Disney Dining Plan)
BoardWalk Joe's Marvelous Margarita: 11am-12am (traditional and flavored margaritas and assorted snacks)
Jellyrolls: A piano bar where guests will participate in sing-alongs led by dueling pianos. There is a cover charge of $12, and guests under 21 years of age are not admitted. 7pm-2am (full service bar and popcorn)
Leaping Horse Libations: 11am-varied closing times (sandwiches and snacks)
Belle Vue Lounge
Boardwalk Deli: (fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods and a selection of beverages)
Boardwalk Pizza Window: (pizza slices, whole pizzas and beverages)
Big River Grille and Brewing Works: This microbrewery displays
huge stainless steel vats and brewing equipment behind glass walls so
patrons can see the brewing process of their handcrafted specialty
The contemporary yet whimsical feel of this restaurant is merely a bonus to its award-winning cuisine. Featuring American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, Flying Fish is wildly popular and considered signature dining. Tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, cut-offs, torn clothing, hats (men only) and clothing with offensive language or graphics are not permitted.
Trattoria Al Forno: This casual Italian restaurant provides an
elegant yet comfortable dining experience. It boasts of traditional
Italian cooking techniques and showcases the diversity of cuisine found
through all the Italian
Open for Bon Voyage Character Breakfast 7:00am-12:00pm (The Bon Voyage Character Breakfast is served daily until 12:00 p.m. Please note that characters will only join guests during breakfast time.)
Open for lunch 12:00pm-3:30pm (lasagna, braised beef “bolognese,” pasta, cured Italian meat)
Open for dinner 4:30pm-9pm (chicken parmigiana, wood-grilled steak a la Florentine, specialty wood-fired pizza, signature blend Italian coffee)
Pool Description: Luna Park is the resort’s primary pool. It boasts a 200-foot water slide called the Keister Coaster, fashioned after an old-time wooden roller coaster. A hot tub, kiddie pool and playground are also a part of the pool area.
There are 2 other additional quiet pool areas entirely separated from Luna Park. One is located on the Inn side of the resort while the other is tucked further back on the Villas side of the resort.
A number of poolside activities are scheduled each afternoon. Ranging from bean-bag tosses to beach ball blasts, there is a broad spectrum of games and challenges for families to participate in while they enjoy the water area.
Side Show Games Arcade: Open 7am-10pm
Yard Arcade: Open 11:30am-11pm
Jogging Trail: Boardwalk Canal (1 mile), Crescent Lake Loop (.8 mile)
Tennis Courts: Complimentary tennis balls and tennis racquets may be checked out at Community Hall 8am-10pm. Private tennis lessons are also an option for a fee (321) 228-1146.
Outdoor Campfire and Movie: Each night there is a complimentary showing of a Disney film. Located on the Boardwalk’s Village Green, the feature film changes daily (consult recreation calendar given upon guest check-in for time, location and particular movie)
Guided Fishing Excursions: For a fee, an expert guide will host your group during a catch-and-release fishing trip in some of the lakes on Disney property. Available times are 7am, 10am, and 1:30pm. Reservations required (407) WDW-BASS or visit the Concierge desk.
Luna Park Crazy Play Area: Located next to Luna Park Pool
Ferris. W. Eahlers Community Hall: Open 9am-10pm. Stop in for video games, arts and crafts and free DVD rentals. For a fee, there are organized activities to participate in such as designing tote bags and umbrellas.
Surrey Bike Rental: For a fee, a surrey bike can be rented for a cruise around the waterfront boardwalk. Options for 2 people, 4 people and 6 people are available.
Beach Cruiser Style Bicycles: Buena Vista Scooter Rentals offers Standard Beach Cruiser style bicycles with free resort drop off and pick up.
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Disney’s Character Carnival: Open 8am-11pm (Disney Character apparel, toys and accessories)
ESPN Club: Open 11:30am-11:00pm (ESPN merchandise and sports accessories)
Screen Door General Store: Open 8am-11pm (groceries, dry goods, snacks and beverages)
Dundy’s Sundries: Open 7am-11pm (snacks, apparel, sunscreen, spa products, souvenirs, Disney Vacation Club and Boardwalk Inn and Villas merchandise)
Thimbles & Threads: Open 8am-11pm (sport and golf apparel, accessories and Disney Character merchandise)
Wyland Galleries: Open 10am-11pm (oceanographic works from internationally-known artists)
Magic Kingdom: Bus; Walk/Monorail (walk to Epcot’s monorail station, transfer at Transportation and Ticket Center to a Magic Kingdom monorail)
Epcot: Walk; Boat
Hollywood Studios: Walk; Boat
Animal Kingdom: Bus
Water Parks: Bus
Disney Springs: Bus
Swan and Dolphin Hotel: Boat
Yacht and Beach Club Resort: Boat
Note: The bus stop is located off the main entrance to the lobby,
down the ramp on the left with buses departing approximately every 20
minutes. The boat dock is located on the BoardWalk with boats departing
approximately every 20 minutes.