I was treated to pure Disney luxury during my “5 stars to Mickey bars” weekend at Walt Disney World. My room at the Boardwalk Inn, a deluxe resort at Walt Disney World, was incredible. Decorated in tones of pale sunshine and crisp white linens, it felt fresh and clean. The view of the boardwalk from my balcony almost had me believing I could breathe in the saltiness of sea air.
My room was a “standard with a water view”. The bed was very comfortable, the desk had enough outlets for both my laptop and phone to charge at the same time. The addition of the couch was nice; the extra sitting room would help make this a comfortable room for a family. I especially loved my small balcony with its' metal chairs. It was wonderful to sit out there in the mornings and evenings with the small treats the hotel had left and just relax.
(Note: because I was a guest of Walt Disney World I received turn down service, evening snacks, a fruit basket and a cheese plate. These amenities are available with concierge service room packages.)
Telltale signs of “the mouse” were everywhere: from the carefully folded towels on my bed to the toiletries. The hallway carpets even had his image woven into the designs.
Throughout the resort are the small touches that make Disney resorts memorable. From the antique silent picture viewers in the hall to the immense waterhorse chandelier and miniature carousel; everywhere you turn there is something to discover.
If your room doesn't have a balcony (or even if it does) take some time to sit on the large veranda at the rear of the lobby. The white wicker chairs come on various sizes to fit every guest, and the conversation couch makes it easy to relax, lean back and chat with friends and family.
While the Boardwalk Inn is only a 5 minute walk from Epcot and a short boat ride from Hollywood Studios there is plenty here to keep you occupied. The Luna Park pool is a favorite of kids; a more relaxing swim can be found at the resort's two quiet pools. Kids of all ages can enjoy the arcade and families gather at the Community Hall for crafts or board games. My personal favorite is the Surrey bikes that can be rented for a true family bike ride!
You can enjoy everything from fine dining to pub food on the Boardwalk, and don't miss a morning pastry at the Boardwalk Bakery. It's the perfect way to begin a magical day.
Boardwalk Inn Facts
Room options range from standard rooms, to suites to garden cottages. Rates begin at $340 per night for a standard room during the low season.
Driving to the resort? You can self park or, for a fee, have a valet park your car.
Transportation around the parks and resorts is free to resort guests via bus or boats (water taxis).
Disney’s Magical Express can pick you up at the Orlando International Airport and take you directly to your resort and handle your luggage for you (expect a 2-3 hour wait for your luggage to arrive). If you are taking the Magical Express to the airport after your stay the resort can handle everything for you- from checking in for your flight to transporting your luggage. (Do not check in for your flight online! If you do the resort can not check you in and you will have to handle your own luggage. Yes, I did that.)
High speed internet is an additional fee (my biggest pet peeve in expensive hotels and resorts).
Disclosure: This trip was part of a Disney Media event. My transportation, lodging and meals were provided by Disney. All photos and thoughts are my own.