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Amenities at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, click here.)


Garden Cottage Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

There are currently 8 official Disney owned and operated deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World.

In their recommended order for first time family visitors, they are

  1. Polynesian
  2. Wilderness Lodge
  3. Animal Kingdom Lodge
  4. Contemporary
  5. Beach Club
  6. Yacht Club
  7. BoardWalk Inn

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Many of these also offer Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) studios and villas, all for rent to the general public–here it’s the BoardWalk Villas. See this for more on the Disney Vacation Club resorts.

Lobby Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

You enter the BoardWalk Inn into a lovely multi-storied lobby that serves both it and the BoardWalk Villas. Here you’ll find check-in, bell services, concierge services etc.  There’s also a small shop. A much bigger shop is downstair and outside.

Lobby Fixture Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

The lobby has fun chandeliers…

Lobby Model Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

…and amusement park models.

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Gift Shop Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

One of the larger gift shops associated with a Disney Resort is entered from the BoardWalk, on the Big River Grille side.

Thimbles and Thread Disney's BoardWalk Inn from (2)

Thimbles and Thread Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

More from the shop, known as “Thimbles and Thread.” Lots of food here, handy especially for the BoardWalk Villas with their many full kitchens.

Boat Dock Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

Here also is the boat service to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  You can also walk to either–if walking to the Studios, save a few minutes by cutting past the main pool and picking up the path there.

Bus Stop Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

The Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Downtown Disney and the water parks are served from the bus stop out front. Buses typically are shared with other resorts and take a bit. (Note that of the two self-parking lots at the BoardWalk Inn, the one near here–drive past the bus stop and turn right–is a much shorter walk.)

Marina Disney's Beach Club Resort from

Near the Yacht Club boat dock across Crescent Lake (take the boat there)  you can find watercraft for rent..

Beach at Disney's Beach Club Resort from
And lovely beaches are within walking distance on the near side of the Beach Club.

Gym Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

The lowest floor of the BoardWalk Inn has a gym.

Villa Area Quiet Pool Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

There’s two quiet pools at the BoardWalk. One is nestled within wings of the Villas…

Inn Area Quiet Pool Disney's BoardWalk Inn from

…and you’ll find the other among the courtyards at the Inn.

But most families will find themselves at the main pool, the Luna Park Pool.


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1 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 07.20.14 at 8:25 am }

What a beautiful resort. With so many dining options. And so close to the parks.

2 Diana C { 01.03.18 at 11:57 am }

What time frame is the Boardwalk Inn’s gym available for workouts?

3 Dave { 01.04.18 at 2:19 pm }

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