The Hungry Wanderers

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Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

Posted by gingerbreadpirate on December 6, 2009

From the previous post, I will take the hint that I need to get on the ball and get some of the outstanding posts out!  Sorry!  =)

While we were in Disney, we stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. It’s attached to the Boardwalk Inn, but is a series of timeshares with some additional amenities.   During our honeymoon, we stayed at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and loved the location, which is right across a small waterway, directly adjacent to Epcot.  My brother had recommended the Boardwalk after taking his wife there for HER 30th birthday, so we thought we’d give it a try.  Here’s a view of the Yacht Club and Beach Club from our hotel room.

Really, the selection of the hotel was location, location, location.  Being within walking distance of Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and having the immediate restaurants and entertainment of the Boardwalk right there, makes it a great location.  Staying on the resort is expensive, though, and the convenience all comes at a monetary cost.

Once we were checked in by a young man who couldn’t keep his eyes off my wife’s wedding/engagement ring (or at least, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt about him staring at her ring), we headed to the room, where we were greeted by this little guy.

Our room was nice.  It had all the amenities you would expect from a normal hotel room, including the benefit of a fold-out couch.

It would have been nice if this area had a double vanity.  It was certainly large enough.

The bathroom was actually a little cramped.

There was also a small kitchenette.  We were hoping for a little larger kitchen with a stove and oven.  Actually, we EXPECTED a stove and oven.  Some of the larger rooms have them.  We were disappointed when we saw it was just a kitchenette, but after looking at the Disney website, it was pretty clear that the studios only have a kitchenette.  We looked into upgrading our room, but there was no vacancy!  So we had to “rough it” with just the kitchenette.

Actually, the reason we were looking for a full kitchen, was that we were ordering Thanksgiving dinner from the local Whole Foods, since I didn’t make reservations for any restaurant early enough.  Evidently, DisneyWorld books up nearly two months in advance of Thanksgiving.  We were hoping to be able to have dinner with my parents on Thanksgiving at the room, watch some football, and just bump over to the parks to begin enjoying the evening, and getting in a nice after-gorging stroll.  Since we didn’t have enough space, or the appropriate amenities, we had dinner with my parents at their room off the resort, which did have a comprehensive kitchen.

Our room also had a small but nice balcony, which had views of the water (see above) and Epcot.

After the first couple days at the hotel, they decorated the lobby in the spirit of the Holidays.   I apologize for the white balance.

The hotel was nice, and I would certainly consider keeping it on the list for future travel.  I would also strongly consider staying at the Beach Club, Boardwalk, and Yacht Club resorts, though, and depending on the price, wouldn’t be particularly loyal to the Boardwalk Villas.

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