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Disney’s BoardWalk Inn at Walt Disney World Resort [In-Depth Hotel Review]

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The author stayed as an invited guest of Walt Disney World Resort. All opinions are the author’s own, and Walt Disney World Resort had no input in any part of this review.

The experience of staying in a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel — the pinnacle of luxury accommodations at Disney World — differs from that of vacationing at other Walt Disney World hotels.

For starters, these hotels offer guests extra benefits that Disney Value Resort hotels and Disney Moderate Resort hotels do not. Furthermore, Disney Deluxe Resort hotels are conveniently situated on or near Walt Disney World Resort park grounds, making them an ideal choice for Disney enthusiasts.

Typically, on family vacations to Orlando, I prefer to stay off-site to maximize the value of my hotel points rather than spend a boatload of cash to stay closer to the parks.

However, on a recent work trip, I stayed on-property at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn with colleagues Chris Hassan and Carissa Rawson. The staff at Walt Disney World Resort extended an invitation to us so that we could learn about the company’s most recent enhancements and new features.

Let’s have a peek at my 4-night February 2024 stay, as well as what you might expect during your visit to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Location

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is 1 of 8 Disney Deluxe Resort hotels.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort Sign
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located just steps from EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

Atlantic City’s early 20th-century boardwalk served as inspiration for the design of this property, which is near EPCOT.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Carousel Decor
The resort’s decor resembles the old-school Atlantic City boardwalk.

It’s great for those seeking easy access to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios since it is close to both parks.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Lake BoardWalk Shot
Guests can enjoy tons of shopping and dining right on the resort’s boardwalk.

The resort also has a real boardwalk, which is fitting given its name, with a bustling waterfront promenade filled with shops, eateries, and entertainment venues.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Famous Sign
Walk down the stairs from the front entrance to the boardwalk.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is around 20 miles from the resort and, without much traffic, the travel time from the airport to the resort is around 25 minutes.

Guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn receive complimentary parking. If you prefer to avoid renting a car, various transportation options are available to reach Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Visitors flying into Orlando International Airport can arrange a ride-share to the resort, with fares typically starting at approximately $35 for the one-way trip, depending on traffic.

Another option is to schedule a shuttle service, such as Mears Connect’s airport shuttle. I picked this mode of transportation because I had no intention of leaving the Walt Disney World Resort area during my stay, and I would happily use it again.

Signs for the Mears shuttle were everywhere at the airport, with buses allocated for various resorts. Booking this airport shuttle service one-way costs $16 for adults and $13.50 for children 3 to 9.

Booking

Since I was attending a Walt Disney World Resort event, Disney provided the lodging at no cost. But if I were considering staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn for my next Disney visit, I’d be looking at nightly rates ranging from $600 to $1,000, depending on the time of the year. Being one of the Disney Deluxe Resort hotels, BoardWalk Inn often commands high rates.

I expected the prices to be on the very expensive side since I was in Orlando in February, at the peak of the Florida snowbird season, and my expectations were realized. During my visit, the average nightly rate for a resort view room with 2 queen beds was $956.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn cash booking
Image Credit: Walt Disney World Resort

Apart from peak travel periods, you can still regularly expect nightly rates north of $500.

On the bright side, Disney’s resorts don’t have any hidden fees, so you don’t have to worry about any resort fees!

Had I been paying the cash rate, I would have used my Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which earns 2x on all travel-related purchases, including Disney hotels.

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Check-In

Unless booked on a Mears Connect bus, as I was, most guests arrive by car or ride-share.

When I reached the exterior entrance of the resort, a security officer asked for my name to verify my reservation.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Security Booth
When you arrive, you’ll visit the security booth at the entrance of the resort, where a cast member will verify your reservation.

After passing the security booth, guests had 2 options: complimentary self-parking in the resort’s lot or leaving their belongings curbside at the resort’s valet circle with the valet (more on this service later).

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Entrance
Voila!

Finally, I had arrived at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Exterior Front
You’ve arrived at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn!

When I got there on a Wednesday afternoon, the lobby was nearly empty.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Front Desk Lobby
I arrived midweek; therefore, there was no waiting at the check-in desk.

At this time of day, I assumed that most guests were either in the parks or by the pool.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Lobby Open Space
The lobby wasn’t crowded, as most people were still enjoying the parks in the late afternoon.

The front desk personnel took good care of me right away and explained all the amenities and extra benefits I received as a Walt Disney World Resort guest.

I was given a room key card and a property map and told that I could use my MagicBand+ and the My Disney Experience app to access my room digitally if I chose to (which I did).

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Map of Property
The resort is spread out, so ask for a map at check-in!

I dropped off my things in the room (room 2331) at the farthest end of the property, about a 5- to 7-minute walk from the front desk, before heading to EPCOT, right next to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Side Entrance Near France
I was shocked that at a brisk pace, I could arrive at the side entrance of EPCOT from the boardwalk in 5 minutes.
Hot Tip:

Before your upcoming trip, download the My Disney Experience app to access Disney Genie (the new FastPass+ service).

Amenities

As one would anticipate from a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn offered numerous amenities to entertain the whole family.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Resort Activities Sign
As you might expect from a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel, there is no shortage of amenities at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Extra Hours

Staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels grants guests an additional benefit: extended hours at Disney parks. Guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn can enjoy early theme park entry and extended evening hours at select parks on select nights.

Disney World Magic Kingdom Family

Early entry access for eligible guests means they can enter any of the 4 Orlando-area Disney theme parks 30 minutes before they open to the public, giving them a head start on their day in the parks.

Guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort can take advantage of extended evening hours for the duration of their stay. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn guests can stay at select parks until 11 p.m. on certain days, allowing them extra time to enjoy attractions with shorter lines.

Pools

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn offered guests 3 unique pools during my stay.

Luna Park Pool

Luna Park is the main pool at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Luna Park Main Pool
Luna Park is the main pool at the resort.

Old-fashioned carnival decorations lined the perimeter of the pool to go along with the resort’s boardwalk theme.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Luna Park Carnival Decor
You can expect fun circus-like decor scattered throughout the property and at the Luna Park pool.

The Luna Park Pool had a waterslide called the Keister Coaster that was 200 feet long and looked like a lot of fun.

Luna Park Pool Slide

With temperatures in the 60s during my stay, this Floridian skipped the pools, which meant I missed out on the chance to ride the waterslide. However, Disney pools are heated year-round to 82 degrees if you want to take a dip.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Luna Park Pool Exterior Shot
The pool is small for a property of this size. However, the main pool never seemed busy.

Right beside the pool was the Leaping Horse Libations bar that resembled a merry-go-round.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Leaping Horse Libations
Once you’re done taking a dip, guests can enjoy refreshments and snacks from the Leaping Horse Libations pool bar.

There was also a designated area for younger children to play in and release some energy, complete with a playground.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Kiddie Playground
If the little one has had enough water play, there’s land play, too.

Next to the playground was a small, shallow pool, ideal for families with toddlers.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Kiddie Pool
The small shallow pool is perfect for small children.

The Luna Park pool is open for guests from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day.

Community Hall Pool

The pool at the Community Hall was in the Disney’s BoardWalk Villas area (an adjacent Disney Vacation Club property), a short distance south of the Luna Park pool.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Community Hall Pool
The Community Hall pool is in the resort’s Disney’s BoardWalk Villas section.

There were only a few guests in the pool when I visited, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Luna Park. There was also a small Jacuzzi that was empty.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Community Hall Jacuzzi
A tiny Jacuzzi is at the end of the pool.

The Community Hall Pool is open for guests from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day.

Leisure Pool

At the opposite end of the other 2 pools, this leisure pool was in the Rose Garden courtyard, closer to the walkway to EPCOT.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Leisure Pool
This pool was close to my room and hidden away from the rest of the resort.

The pool seemed more popular for lounging on chairs than for actual swimming during my visit.

The Leisure Pool is open for guests from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. each day.

Resort Transportation

Bus

As is common while staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, guests could take advantage of free buses between the hotel and the Disney theme parks and Disney Springs.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Transportation Signs
The walkway from the front entrance takes you directly to the complimentary bus transportation service that gets you to all the parks and Disney Springs.

The buses operated often, and I used them to get from the hotel to the parks and back several times. At no time was the wait for a bus more than 15 minutes.

Bus service begins 45 minutes before the parks open and stops 1 hour after they close. For guests visiting Disney Springs, the service begins at the same time as operation hours and finishes 1 hour after closure.

Boat

Guests staying at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn could take a boat to either EPCOT or Hollywood Studios.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Boat Transportation Sign
You can catch a boat to nearby resorts and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios from the resort’s dock — but walking is easier if you’re going to EPCOT.

However, considering the hotel’s closeness to EPCOT, I figured it was better to walk to that park — at most 10 minutes at a leisurely pace.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Epcot Side Entrance
I never knew that EPCOT had a side entrance — an under-10-minute walk from the resort.

The boat stopped at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort across the lake and the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin hotels.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Boat Transportation
A boat ride during the day with beautiful weather is always a good idea.

Therefore, it wasn’t the most time-efficient mode of transportation if you weren’t staying at those hotels.

Arcade

There was an arcade area next to the main pool.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Arcade sign
The arcade was right by Luna Park pool.

This room was stocked with several different games and a card-charging station where you could purchase points to play games.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Arcade
As with other Disney properties, the arcade room features all sorts of games to entertain the kids.

Fitness Center

Guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn had complimentary access to Muscles & Bustles Health Club, which was open 24/7.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Gym Free Weights
I didn’t work out on this trip, but the gym had everything you would need to burn some calories.

I found a comprehensive gym facility equipped with treadmills, bicycles, ellipticals, free weights, and weight machines.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Gym Cardio Machines
Why do cardio when you’re going to walk miles and miles at the parks?

I knew I’d get my steps in at the parks, but I could’ve worked on strength-building here with plenty of equipment to choose from.

Movies Under the Stars

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn guests (and all Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests) could enjoy complimentary evening movie screenings. The movie screen was set up at night in front of the lawn and boardwalk.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Movie Night
In the evening, the lawn transforms into a movie night spot under the stars.

Movie screenings were held every evening, and many families used the grassy area to watch a movie under the stars.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Lawn
During the day, the lawn looked inviting and was a good place for the kids to exert energy.

Community Hall Game Room

Disney Vacation Club resorts offer Community Halls, and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn has one near Disney’s BoardWalk Villas.

This location was open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and seemed like a great spot for teenagers and preteens seeking entertainment beyond the parks. This space offered a variety of seating, including a cozy sofa, beanbag chairs, and gaming chairs.

Additionally, there were large-screen TVs hooked up to PS5s. To round out the offerings, there was a foosball table and various arcade games.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Community Hall Games
The Community Hall had a room with a bunch of games, including video games, foosball, and air hockey.

There was also an outdoor Ping-Pong table and a pool table by the pool.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Ping Pong Table
A pool table and table tennis were available in front of the pool.

These amenities were available to all Disney’s BoardWalk Inn guests, not just those staying at the Disney’s BoardWalk Villas side of the resort.

Wi-Fi

During my entire stay, the Wi-Fi at the property was excellent. I strolled along the boardwalk multiple times and waited for Disney bus transportation at the front of the resort without encountering any service interruptions. The Wi-Fi speed remained consistently fast.

Parking

As of January 2023, all guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel receive complimentary parking. The parking lot at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is right in front of the valet.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Valet
Parking at Walt Disney World Resort hotels is free for guests. However, if you want valet parking, you’ll need to pay for it.

Based on the number of cars parked there, I guessed most guests self-parked in the lot because it’s free and the resort entrance is only a few steps away. If you use the valet, the fee is $39 per night, tax included.

Shopping

At Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and on the Boardwalk, there were a lot of good places to shop.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Shops Sign
The boardwalk itself has several shops and restaurants.

A general store consisted of various small stores in a shared space.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn General Store
This general store had snacks, drinks, and other gifts and merchandise for purchase.

This general gift shop sold Disney items, snacks, and everyday things like milk, bottled water, and quick treats like cookies and pastries.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn General Store Food
If you need a snack or a refreshment, they sell it at the general store.

You could also buy Disney stuff here.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Gift Shop General Store
Forget a gift to take to your loved ones? The general store has a nice selection of Disney-related items.

The store also sold apparel, toys, accessories, and plush Disney characters.

The Room

The hotel assigned me to room 2331 on the resort’s second floor.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Room 2331 Door
Room 2331, on the second floor of the resort.

I had yet to learn how spread out the property was, and it took me approximately 6 minutes to get to my room, in one of the resort’s wings, from the lobby.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Hallway
My assigned room was at the end of one of the wings.

If you or someone in your party has mobility issues, keep this in mind and request a room closer to the lobby.

Upon opening the door, I noticed the room had a good amount of space and wasn’t as tight as some other rooms at other Disney properties I’ve experienced.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Foyer Bedroom
My first impression was that the room was spacious, with a lot of natural light from the balcony.

As my family was joining me later, I’d requested a room with 2 queen beds.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn 2 Queen Beds
Families of 5 can request a room with 2 queen beds and a day bed.

For our group of 5, we got a room with 2 queen-size beds and a daybed that was a good-sized sofa that transformed into a bed.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Day Bed
The sofa converts into a day bed.

Having a toddler and twin preteens meant I didn’t use the daybed, but I did request a pack-and-play to be brought to my room, and the staff was happy to provide it (not pictured).

The queen beds were exceptionally comfortable, with crisp sheets that smelled fresh.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn 2 Queen Bed Room
The renovated rooms had an attractive decor, and the beds were extremely comfortable.

The beds also featured a plush headboard perfect for leaning back while reading or watching television. They also had plenty of space below to store bags.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Bed Storage Space
Many Walt Disney World Resort hotels have elevated space beneath the beds, perfect for extra storage.

Between both beds was a nightstand with a drawer and plenty of counter space.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Room Nightstand
There’s a single nightstand with a drawer between the 2 beds.

Beside 1 of the beds was a cozy chair and shelf.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Corner Nook with Chair
The corner nook was a nice spot to work for a few hours.

I utilized this space for a few hours each day to get work done because there were ample power outlets conveniently beside the chair.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn bed side counter
This marble counter served as a nightstand to put my phone at night.

Attached to the walls beside each bed was a slab of marble that served as a small counter. There were numerous outlets on the wall just above these bedside counters, convenient for charging electronics.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Bedside counter
Each bed has one of these slabs and electrical outlets.

In the center of the room was a dresser and a wall-mounted television. The dresser offered ample storage for clothing and personal items. There were also multiple outlets and USB ports above the dresser.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Dresser and TV
As you can guess, there was tons of Disney content available on the TV and ample drawer space for clothing.

The walls were adorned with charming artwork of Mickey Mouse and his friends, which my toddler frequently admired throughout our stay.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Wall Decor
Mickey artwork on the wall!

The room’s foyer had a spacious closet equipped with a steamer, a hair dryer, and an in-room safe.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Closet Items
You’ll find a hair dryer, steamer, and safe inside the closet.

The closet space in the room was substantial, with numerous sections to hang your clothes or store folded garments.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Closet Doors
Plenty of room to store your belongings!

A spare pillow and blanket were in the closet. For additional items, guests could contact housekeeping.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Closet Extra Pillow and Blanket
Closet space was in abundance in our room.

Next to the closet was a Keurig coffee maker on the counter. The drawer below held the creamer, sugar, and stirrers, ideal for a morning pick-me-up.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Coffee accessories
I drank the in-room coffee daily, and it was decent, albeit not great.

I used the coffee machine daily for my caffeine fix, which was essential to kick-start my day.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Counter with Keurig
Great or not, coffee was needed each morning!

Beneath the counter, a door swung open to unveil the room’s mini-fridge.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn minifridge
A small mini-fridge was available to store my water bottles and keep them cool.

A neat room feature was the Disney-branded version of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, “Hey Disney!” It was on the nightstand between the 2 beds.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Disney Room Technology
I thought the “Hey Disney!” voice assistant was super cool.

This new voice assistant answered questions using the voices of over 25 Disney characters. You could request additional towels or have Mickey Mouse wake you up in the morning. We didn’t utilize this cool in-room feature during my stay, but I imagine it would entertain families with young children.

Bathroom

The bathroom was in the foyer and across from the closet.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Bathroom Vanity Open
The vanity section of the bathroom is absent a door.

The open-space vanity area opened to the bedroom, with a separate space designated for the shower and toilet. This vanity included 2 sinks and ample counter space.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Bathroom Vanity
There was good counter space for 2 people to not step on each other’s toes while brushing their teeth or getting ready.

The H2O+ brand of bath goods, which included mouthwash, soap, lotion, and shower caps, was available in the bathroom, as is customary at Disney properties.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Bathroom toiletries
H2O+ Disney bathroom products have been discontinued but still appear at Disney hotels.

The bathroom featured a shower-tub combination with glass doors.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Shower Toilet Room
This is what a renovated bathroom looks like at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

I always judge a shower based on the water pressure, and this one did not disappoint.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Room Shower
The shower pressure was exceptional.

Body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, also by H2O+, could be found in convenient, large pumps in the shower.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Shower Toiletries
H2O+ bath products were in the shower.

Balcony

To top it all off, I was thrilled to see that our room had a balcony overlooking the resort’s gardens.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Balcony Doors
Always love an in-room balcony!

I always appreciate natural light and the option to enjoy fresh air without stepping outside the room.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Balcony
After most guests were already at the park midmorning, I enjoyed the quiet from my balcony.

My family and I are all light sleepers, so I was worried about light entering the room in the morning, but this was not a problem, as the balcony doors had heavy curtains that blocked out the light effectively.

Food and Beverage

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn offered a variety of dining options, from upscale restaurants to charming bakeries, as well as grab-and-go options. It was a popular destination for meals ranging from breakfast to late-night snacks.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Boardwalk NIght
The boardwalk at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn at night.

AbracadaBar

Adjacent to Trattoria al Forno on the boardwalk was the cocktail bar AbracadaBar.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Abracadabar
AbracadaBar looks like a theater from outside.

Inside, it had a speakeasy vibe mixed with vintage props and enchanting circus posters in the bathrooms.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn AbracadaBar
Inside, the space gives a speakeasy, chill vibe — a far cry from what’s occurring just outside on the boardwalk.

People used the outdoor tables and chairs in front of AbacadaBar to eat pizza or snacks from the other eateries during the day.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Restaurants and Shops
During the day, most guests order their food from one of the eateries on the boardwalk and dine at the outside tables.

By night, this space became a neat spot to enjoy an adult beverage after a long park day.

AbracadaBar is open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Belle Vue Lounge

At Belle Vue Lounge, the focus was all on the cocktails, and there were really good ones to sample.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Belle Vue Sign
The Belle Vue Lounge is where adults relax and enjoy a stiff drink and good conversation.

This recently opened lounge, just steps from the lobby on the second floor, looked welcoming.

Belle Vue BoardWalk Inn
The space has plentiful seating and an elegant bar.

I walked by many times throughout the evening, and several guests were sipping cocktails while relaxing on the elegant chairs.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Belle Vue Lounge
During the evening, most of the chairs were taken by patrons enjoying a relaxing night.

The Belle Vue Lounge served a variety of handcrafted cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as nonalcoholic cocktails such as the Agave Garden, prepared with Lyer’s Agave Reserva Spirit (nonalcoholic), cold-pressed lime juice, passion fruit-papaya green tea, and cucumber.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Belle Vue Bar
The lounge has a full bar menu and serves drinks until midnight daily.

Belle Vue Lounge is open daily from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m.

BoardWalk Deli

BoardWalk Deli offered a variety of fresh deli sandwiches, baked breads, and bakery items.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn BoardWalk Deli
BoardWalk Deli sells sandwiches, salads, and other baked goods.

I grabbed lunch here and brought my Italian sub back to my room to eat since there were no sit-down tables at this quick-service spot.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Deli Interior View
This was a good spot for guests wanting a quick breakfast or lunch to get food without any fuss.

Many guests ate their takeout meals at a table overlooking Crescent Lake at the BoardWalk.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Lake Crescent
Lake Crescent on a beautiful day.

Guests could indulge in various delicious meals throughout the day, including house-baked bagels, Reubens, salads, and sandwiches.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Boardwalk deli sign outside
Scan the QR code for the full menu.

BoardWalk Deli is open daily from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

BoardWalk Ice Cream

In the mood for ice cream or milkshakes? BoardWalk Ice Cream had you covered with sundaes and scoops of Edy’s ice cream.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Ice Cream Night
Hard to pass on ice cream after dinner when it looks so inviting!

One of the standout items on the menu was the Bayside Brownie a la Mode, a delicious combination of brownie, hot fudge, and vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and a cherry.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Ice Cream Interior
You can order a scoop or try your luck with a massive sundae meant for sharing.

If you were feeling adventurous and had some family members or friends willing to share, you could try the $24.99 Mickey Kitchen Sink Sundae. It featured hand-scooped vanilla and chocolate ice cream with hot fudge, caramel, marshmallow topping, an ice cream cookie sandwich with sprinkles, whipped cream, white and dark chocolate shavings, and a cherry on top.

BoardWalk Ice Cream is open from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas

BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas was reminiscent of an old-fashioned carnival stand on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. It served a variety of treats like Mickey pretzels, delicious margaritas, and the popular Dole Whip swirl.

Despite being a tiny kiosk on the BoardWalk, it had a sizable drink selection.

BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas is open daily from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m.

Carousel Coffee debuted in December 2022 at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, just a few feet from the hotel’s front desk. I got my latte here whenever I craved something beyond in-room coffee. In addition to coffee, it had classic snacks like cookies, croissants, scones, and Mickey brownies.

BoardWalk Inn Carousel Coffee Shop
Carousel Coffee is a recent addition and a great place to enjoy a coffee. Image Credit: Walt Disney World Resort

Carousel Coffee is open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Flying Fish

BoardWalk’s Signature Restaurant, Flying Fish, is the property’s upscale dining establishment that serves delectable seafood dishes like Chilean sea bass and potato-wrapped red snapper, as well as filet mignon and other proteins and pastas from a fairly large menu.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Flying Fish Restaurant
Flying Fish is Disney’s BoardWalk Inn’s high-end dining restaurant.

Flying Fish would be a top choice for dinner at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn for a high-end dining experience — albeit at a cost.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Flying Fish Check in Desk
Reservations for dinner are a must.

Although I didn’t dine at this establishment, I did step inside to explore the restaurant, and it certainly left a lasting impression for its beauty.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Flying Fish Tables
This restaurant was absolutely beautiful.

Next time I visit Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, I plan to make a reservation to try out the dinner menu.

Flying Fish is only open for dinner, daily from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Pizza Window

You can order pizza at the Pizza Window by the slice or whole pie. The line to order here was consistently long, day and night, and the pizza was pretty good.

BoardWalk Inn Pizza Window
The Pizza Window serves slices and whole pies and usually has a line. Image Credit: Walt Disney World Resort

Whether you are craving a cheesy slice or looking to share a whole pie, this pizza window is a convenient dining option on the property.

BoardWalk Pizza Window is open daily from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m.

Trattoria al Forno

The resort’s traditional Italian restaurant, Trattoria al Forno, doubled as the primary breakfast spot for resort guests.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Trattoria al Forno Exterior
If you want Italian food, you can get it just steps from your room at Trattoria al Forno.

Although this restaurant was convenient for guests of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, reservations were still required for breakfast.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Trattoria al Forno Check in Area
Breakfast is served here for resort guests.

We got seated without any problems one day when we arrived before 9 a.m. and ordered from the breakfast menu.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Trattoria al Forno Breakfast Menu
The breakfast menu included omelets, frittatas, and kid items such as pancakes and Mickey waffles.

The next day, we had a late start to our morning and didn’t arrive for breakfast until 10 a.m. No tables were available, and the wait was over an hour. The hostess said reservations for breakfast were a must, even for resort guests.

Other than breakfast, Trattoria al Forno has some of the best Italian food at Disney World. The interior design evokes the atmosphere of a traditional Italian eatery, with family-style tables and an open kitchen.

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Trattoria al Forno Kitchen
Diners can enjoy the open-look kitchen.

Classic Italian American and Italian fare like chicken Parmesan and lasagna al forno were on the menu. Tiramisù and homemade gelato were potential desserts to complete your meal.

Trattoria al Forno is open daily for breakfast and dinner from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Service

Walt Disney famously stated, “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.”

You can expect that level of service consistency at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Every interaction I had with a cast member was greeted with a courteous smile. Each time I approached a cast member with a question, I received a clear answer before walking away.

When you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can be sure that the service will be very good. And it is at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Final Thoughts

Disneys BoardWalk Inn Lake Crescent Evening
Sunset at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is a sight to behold.

Spending 4 nights at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, one of the Disney Deluxe Resort hotels, was a pleasure. This is one of those hotels that lives up to the price tag for Disney enthusiasts, from the entertaining boardwalk to the Disney charm and the extremely close access to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

The next time I consider booking a family stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel, this one will definitely make the shortlist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Disney's BoardWalk Inn a deluxe resort?

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel. There are 8 total.

Is it worth visiting Disney's BoardWalk Inn's boardwalk?

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn has a real boardwalk with shops and restaurants, just steps from EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. Given its accessibility, it is a popular place to enjoy at all hours of the day whether or not you’re staying at the hotel.

Can you see fireworks from Disney's BoardWalk Inn?

It is possible to see fireworks from a few different places around Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. One of the best viewing spots wis on the boardwalk itself and the bridge closest to EPCOT that connects Disney’s BoardWalk Inn to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

How far is Disney's BoardWalk Inn from EPCOT?

Walking at a reasonably fast pace, you can walk between Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and EPCOT in 5 minutes. However, a leisurely stroll will get you to EPCOT in less than 10 minutes from the resort’s boardwalk.

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