The décor of the main lobby and the rooms has the elegance and opulence of bygone decades, while the BoardWalk itself, fronting Crescent Lake, has a range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options throughout the day.
For guests’ convenience, the BoardWalk Inn has concierge assistance, room service available from 6am to midnight, dry cleaning and valet laundry service. The hotel also provides approximately 20,000 square feet of conference rooms, and a business center where guests can use computers, fax and photo copy services, and access the internet.
Many Dining Choices
At the Inn itself and along the BoardWalk are many dining options, ranging from casual quick service stops to signature and upscale restaurants where you can enjoy leisurely, multi-course meals.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
The Big River Grille & Brewing Works is a functioning microbrewery. It is the perfect casual dining spot for a classic American lunch or dinner accompanied by a signature beer. The restaurant features five beers brewed on site, as well as a wide-ranging list of other top quality brew selections.
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant takes its name from the Greek word for kitchen, and is the creation of celebrity chef Cat Cora. It features an open kitchen so that guests can watch the dishes as they are being prepared.
Kouzzina guests can also reserve the exclusive Chef’s Menu at CoraNation Room, a decadent five course meal that allows diners to enjoy a carefully crafted menu and accompanying wine selections while interacting with the chef.
Flying Fish Café
The signature Flying Fish Café offers elegant seafood dining in a setting punctuated by a stylistic Ferris wheel and an onstage kitchen. This establishment also offers a six course priz fixe meal called the Chef’s Wine Tasting Dinner in addition to the standard menu.
Many Disney Boardwalk Inn visitors enjoy the Flying Fish Cafe.
This classic sports bar on the BoardWalk offers a combination of food, drink, and entertainment. American food bar favorites such as burgers and hot wings join a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and dozens of large screen televisions to create a place where sports fans will love to hang out.
For breakfast or dessert, the BoardWalk Bakery is a great quick stop for delicious baked goods of all kinds, from flaky pastries to freshly baked cakes.
No seaside boardwalk would be complete without a specialty candy shop featuring scrumptious confections including saltwater taffy. Seashore Sweets is the place to stop for a mouthwatering snack or after dinner treat.
To balance the lengthy and elegant dining options such as Kouzzina and the Flying Fish Café, the BoardWalk also has the quickest of quick dining in the form of a grab and go pizza window.
The Belle Vue Lounge
Inspired by lounges of the 1930s, the BoardWalk’s Bell Vue Lounge is a relaxing place to play games or simply relax while enjoying snacks, coffee, or cocktails.
Muscles & Bustles Health Club
The Muscles & Bustles Health Club is open 24 hours a day for the convenience of BoardWalk Inn and BoardWalk Villas guests. An attendant is present from 6:30am to 7:00pm, and guests may obtain a key to access the club between those hours. The club provides visitors with free weights, cardiovascular equipment, and a sauna.
Luna Park Pool
The main Luna Park Pool features the tremendous 200-ft Keister Coaster, a water slide inspired by the giant wooden roller coasters at classis boardwalk amusement parks. There are also two smaller quiet pools located away from the signature pool complex.
The boardwalk is a great place for dining and entertainment,
or just a stroll around Crescent Lake.
Other Recreation Opportunities
While swimming is limited to the three resort pools, a variety of other water sports are available on Crescent Lake. Water craft can be rented from the marina, and guests may also take advantage of bass fishing excursions.
The Side Show Games arcade has a range of classic and contemporary video games for resort guests to play. Community Hall is also a great in-door hang out spot with board games, crafts, and plenty of space to relax.
Outdoors, guests can enjoy the trail around Crescent Lake on foot or on a rented bicycle. There is also a playground for children near the Luna Park Pool complex, and tennis courts for guests to use (racquets and balls are available to rent at Community Hall.)
The BoardWalk Inn has a great central location in the Epcot Resort Area of Walt Disney World. Epcot itself and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are both within easy walking distance, and these two theme parks are also connected to the Boardwalk Inn via water ways. Guests can take a “Friendship” ferry boat along these water ways to the theme park entrances.
Also within walking distance on the opposite shores of Crescent Lake are the Beach and Yacht Club resorts, the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. Guests who want to avoid the walk altogether, or want an more interesting form of transporation, can opt to take a water taxi to any of these locations.
To reach the Animal Kingdom or Magic Kingdom theme parks, guests can use the complimentary bus service. Buses will also connect guests to Downtown Disney and to any of the other Disney World resort hotels.
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Pros and Cons
The BoardWalk Inn is an ideal choice for Disney guests who like to be right in the middle of the action. Crescent Lake is a bustling place, and no other set of resorts offers easier access to the theme parks.
While many of the Disney World resorts are quite large, but past guests have noted that the long indoor hallways of the BoardWalk Inn can seem particularly taxing after a long day at the theme parks, and occasionally get a bit confusing.
A Vacation Destination in its Own Right
The BoardWalk has so much to offer that guests looking for nothing more than a place to sleep will probably not find that this resort makes sense for their budget. However, guests – particularly adults – looking for great entertainment options from daytime juggling acts to night clubs will enjoy their experience at the BoardWalk.Herb Leibacher