In the sixth of my series on Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort (WDW), I’m covering the 1940s Atlantic City-style Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. Being a DVC member gives my family the flexibility to stay in deluxe villas at different resorts at Walt Disney World (and beyond). I have covered the Villas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Villas at Disney’ Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney’s Beach Club Villas.
Here are my five reasons that I love Disney’s Boardwalk Villas.
Are you attending Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival? Is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival on your to-do list? Do you love walking (and eating and drinking) around the World Showcase in Epcot? Just like Disney’s Beach Club Villas, it’s a very easy 5 minute walk to the International Gateway entrance to Epcot from Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. There is also boat transportation available. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is about a 15-20 minute walk as well. I usually opt for the Friendship boat for that park.
2. Restaurants and shops
There are many restaurants from which to choose, signature/fine dining, table service, quick service, and lounges. You can enjoy the newly-reimagined Flying Fish, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, the fairly new Italian restaurant Trattoria al Forno, or the casual ESPN Club. There is also the Boardwalk Bakery, Seashore Sweets, and the Pizza Window. Enjoy a quarter-mile long stretch of great shops like the Wyland Gallery or find Disney merchandise, basic groceries, snacks, and a selection of beer and wine at Screen Door General Store.
3. Nighttime activities
Looking for some adult-only time? Stop by the piano bar, Jellyrolls, or the Atlantic Dance Hall. There is also the sports-themed ESPN Club so you can have a beverage and keep track of your favorite sports team action. There are also performers along the Boardwalk to entertain the entire family. You can also see some of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from the bridge that connects Disney’s Boardwalk to Disney’s Beach Club without having to venture into Epcot.
Are you planning a morning or day away from the theme parks? Here you can enjoy a guided fishing excursion, play a bit of tennis, take your pick of jogging paths, or rent a surrey bike to pedal around Crescent Lake.
There is the main pool, Luna Park Pool, which is a Coney Island carnival-themed pool that features a 200-foot-long waterslide. Yes, this is the pool with the giant clown face. There are also two leisure pools at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas if you like it a little quieter. Each of the pools offers a whirlpool spa as well.
What is your favorite Disney Vacation Club resort?