Review: Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, p4



By Dave Shute

This is the fourth page of this review of Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. For the first page of this material, click here.

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The BoardWalk Villas opened in July 1996 as the second of the Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) resorts. Its floor plans set the basic pattern for all those that would follow.

Much smaller than the spaces at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, its floor plans are still larger than most of the next wave of DVC resorts.

The BoardWalk Villas share the lobby, shops, and services of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn; you can find more about the BoardWalk Inn here.

PHOTO TOUR OF A ONE BEDROOM VILLA AT DISNEY’S BOARDWALK VILLAS

Disney's BoardWalk Villas One Bedroom Floor Plan from yourfirstvisit.netYou enter to find an entrance area with a closet to one side and walls on the other.

As you proceed into the villa, a kitchen opens on one side.

On the other side, you’ll find a hallway that leads to the door to the washer-dryer closet, a door to the split bath, and a door to the master bedroom.

The kitchen includes all necessary appliances and a good selection of plates, cups, pots and pans, and other kitchenware.

Counter space is at a premium, and the attached breakfast bar is small and comes with only two chairs.

Opposite the kitchen is a very small dining table and two more chairs.

Note the wall behind the dining table–this is a mirror, which increases the sense of spaciousness of the room.

Further back you’ll find the living area.  A TV and dresser are on one side, and a fold-out couch on the other.

In rooms with connecting doors (they connect to a studio, so that the collection can be sold as a studio and a one bedroom, or as a two-bedroom), an armchair is next to the couch.

In the room we stayed in, without a connecting door, the armchair was back where the connecting door would be.

This led to a feeling of spaciousness so extreme the room felt empty.

The master bedroom is accessed through a small hall near the entry to the room.

This hall passes a closet containing a stacked washer and dryer, and has an entry to the bath.

The bath is divided into two areas.  One, accessible from both the hall and the master bedroom, has a toilet, sink, and large shower.

The second part of the bath is accessible from both this space, and from the master bedroom.

It includes a large whirlpool tub, with a shutter-able opening to the master bedroom itself, a nice vanity and sink, and a large closet.

(The shutter is on the left side of the image, above the tub.)

The master bedroom contains a king bed, upholstered chair, and a TV and dresser.

There’s a balcony here as well–the main living area also has a balcony.

Other than the flaw in the placement of the connecting doors in Two-Bedroom Villas (see the discussion here), the BoardWalk Villas are the most livable DVC spaces in the generation of DVC resorts built after Disney’s Old Key West Resort and before Kidani Village and Bay Lake Tower.

One Bedroom Villa Floor Plan Disney's Saratoga Springs from yourfirstvisit.netCompare the One Bedroom at Saratoga Springs–pretty much the nadir of DVC design.

The entry closet in the Saratoga Springs floor plan is missing entirely–there’s only one small closet, in the shrunken master bath.

Each Saratoga Springs space is narrower–the living room space so much so that it’s unusable when the fold-out couch is open.

And of course there’s just one balcony in the Saratoga Springs floor plan, rather than the two at the BoardWalk.

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas strengths for first time visitors are this livability (which carries over into all of its room types), and its convenience to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas principal negative is the absence of any real kid appeal compared to alternatives like The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Jambo House.

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