Boardwalk Villas?

firecatgirl

Active Member
Original Poster
Going to be staying at the Boardwalk Villas this August for the 1st time. We are DVC members, and our home resort is Copper Creek so this will be a little different for us. This is a little out of my comfort zone because we know Wilderness Lodge like the back of our hands and all the ins and out etc. So, looking for any tips/tricks suggestions.
This will be just a girl's trip for me and our daughter (celebrating her high school graduation) so we were looking for something different. Staying in a 1 Bedroom Garden/Pool View (hope a renovated one but if not oh well right) TIA everyone.
 

RememberWhen

Well-Known Member
Boardwalk is our home resort.
The hallways can be really long, but if you do end up way down, find the stairs and use them (at least on the way out) instead of schleping all the way back to the elevators near the lobby.
The walks/boat rides to Epcot and MGM are great. Quick and easy.
The pool is fine. Nothing too exciting. The quiet pool is where you’ll find community hall.
Let me know if you have specific questions!
 

Doberge

True Bayou Magic
Premium Member
It's August and going to be hot so maximizing air conditioning time is nice if going to/from HS use the ends of buildings to enter/exit and the stairs. They're circled red here. Should be able to in and out here. Do not go to boardwalk and long way around to HS. But when you *are* going to the boardwalk there's a staircase in corner circled yellow that let's outside closer to the lobby. This will only be an exit.

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But if wanting to use the boats consider using the Swan and Dolphin dock (red here) to get to/from Hollywood Studios. The order is
HS, Swolphin, BC/YC, BW, EPCOT
Or
EPCOT, BW, BC/YC, Swolphin, HS.

I believe that's correct but someone will tell me if wrong. Considering BC/YC stop is in the middle either way you're looking at two travel legs + one stop Or the short walk to/from Swolphin using the blue path below.

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Have an idea where your room is located from a room map. There are long halls so if you end up somewhere you don't want to be it doesn't hurt to ask if there is another room location.

Check out Abracadabar. Consider breakfast at Trattoria al Forno Ave dinner at Flying Fish. Swolphin also has many great food options that many don't think about. BW Pizza place has people sharply divided between "surprisingly good" and "worse than cardboard." Hopefully Blue Ribbon Corn dogs is open for your visit.

Enjoy your trip! I've stayed at Cooper Creek but have my first Boulder Ridge stay coming up in August.
 

Club Cooloholic

Well-Known Member
Going to be staying at the Boardwalk Villas this August for the 1st time. We are DVC members, and our home resort is Copper Creek so this will be a little different for us. This is a little out of my comfort zone because we know Wilderness Lodge like the back of our hands and all the ins and out etc. So, looking for any tips/tricks suggestions.
This will be just a girl's trip for me and our daughter (celebrating her high school graduation) so we were looking for something different. Staying in a 1 Bedroom Garden/Pool View (hope a renovated one but if not oh well right) TIA everyone.
You will have a great time. I will say Boardwalk is a little hard to navigate, at least to me compared to some of the other resorts
That said the location can't be beat for getting to HS and Epcot.
 

KDM31091

Well-Known Member
The one thing I dislike about the Boardwalk is you have to go outside to get any kind of food.
That and there really is no true quick service. Expensive ish sit downs, or pizza or sandwiches, are basically the options, not much in between. Cake Bake doesn't seem like it's going to remedy that since it will be expensive ish as well. They need a moderately priced option and/or QS.

That said, I do love Boardwalk, the theme, the charm, the location and the vibe. Food offerings definitely could be better. Luckily it's a short walk to Beach Club which has Beaches and Cream for a more casual dine.
 

firecatgirl

Active Member
Original Poster
It's August and going to be hot so maximizing air conditioning time is nice if going to/from HS use the ends of buildings to enter/exit and the stairs. They're circled red here. Should be able to in and out here. Do not go to boardwalk and long way around to HS. But when you *are* going to the boardwalk there's a staircase in corner circled yellow that let's outside closer to the lobby. This will only be an exit.

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But if wanting to use the boats consider using the Swan and Dolphin dock (red here) to get to/from Hollywood Studios. The order is
HS, Swolphin, BC/YC, BW, EPCOT
Or
EPCOT, BW, BC/YC, Swolphin, HS.

I believe that's correct but someone will tell me if wrong. Considering BC/YC stop is in the middle either way you're looking at two travel legs + one stop Or the short walk to/from Swolphin using the blue path below.

View attachment 780593

Have an idea where your room is located from a room map. There are long halls so if you end up somewhere you don't want to be it doesn't hurt to ask if there is another room location.

Check out Abracadabar. Consider breakfast at Trattoria al Forno Ave dinner at Flying Fish. Swolphin also has many great food options that many don't think about. BW Pizza place has people sharply divided between "surprisingly good" and "worse than cardboard." Hopefully Blue Ribbon Corn dogs is open for your visit.

Enjoy your trip! I've stayed at Cooper Creek but have my first Boulder Ridge stay coming up in August.
Thank you so very much!! I appreciate all the info and maps. Enjoy your stay at Boulder Ridge anything at Wilderness Lodge is so amazing IMHO
That and there really is no true quick service. Expensive ish sit downs, or pizza or sandwiches, are basically the options, not much in between. Cake Bake doesn't seem like it's going to remedy that since it will be expensive ish as well. They need a moderately priced option and/or QS.

That said, I do love Boardwalk, the theme, the charm, the location and the vibe. Food offerings definitely could be better. Luckily it's a short walk to Beach Club which has Beaches and Cream for a more casual dine.
I noticed that too. Thankfully it's just my daughter (18 yrs) and me going this trip. Were pretty easy going and I was planning on getting some quick snacks for the room when I get my Instacart order just in case we find the food areas more difficult to navigate. There is a refillable drink station somewhere though right?
 

JusticeDisney

Well-Known Member
I have a few questions for the Boardwalk experts.

1. Does the Boardwalk have an indoor place akin to the Marketplace at the Beach Club where you can get coffee, snacks and some basic food like sandwiches, etc.?

2. Do you have to go outside in order to get from the Boardwalk Inn to the Boardwalk Villas?

3. Any thoughts on which view is better regarding a boardwalk view vs a garden/pool view? Do either of those views require a longer walk to get to your room?

4. How many floors are in the Boardwalk Villas?

Thanks in advance for any insight, it is much appreciated!
 

Doberge

True Bayou Magic
Premium Member
I have a few questions for the Boardwalk experts.

1. Does the Boardwalk have an indoor place akin to the Marketplace at the Beach Club where you can get coffee, snacks and some basic food like sandwiches, etc.?

2. Do you have to go outside in order to get from the Boardwalk Inn to the Boardwalk Villas?

3. Any thoughts on which view is better regarding a boardwalk view vs a garden/pool view? Do either of those views require a longer walk to get to your room?

4. How many floors are in the Boardwalk Villas?

Thanks in advance for any insight, it is much appreciated!
1. It's split. Carousel Coffee off the lobby has coffee, muffins, milk, etc. Screen Door General is on the boardwalk (villas side) and only accessible from the boardwalk. That's where you'll find more pre-made stuff and staples like bread, pre-made sandwiches, deli meat, etc. Boardwalk Deli (inn side, also only accessible from boardwalk) has more made to order sandwiches, and it's mobile order. Needing to go outside for much of it is a resort weakness.

2. No. The lobby level is the second floor and connects both resorts. When you come into building from busses and pirate cochere, villas are too the left and inn is to the right.

3. Boardwalk view is pretty unique and would be my first choice. On DVC side they cost the same points as garden/pool view. Some don't like the noise on boardwalk side (boats, guest, general buzz), but it's a view that feels different than other Disney views, compared to multiple garden view options across WDW. The farthest garden rooms are a longer walk than farthest boardwalk rooms, but I'd be prepared for a long walk either way. The hallways are very long.

4. Five floors. The 2nd floor is the main level. I personally use stairs to get around.
 

JusticeDisney

Well-Known Member
1. It's split. Carousel Coffee off the lobby has coffee, muffins, milk, etc. Screen Door General is on the boardwalk (villas side) and only accessible from the boardwalk. That's where you'll find more pre-made stuff and staples like bread, pre-made sandwiches, deli meat, etc. Boardwalk Deli (inn side, also only accessible from boardwalk) has more made to order sandwiches, and it's mobile order. Needing to go outside for much of it is a resort weakness.

2. No. The lobby level is the second floor and connects both resorts. When you come into building from busses and pirate cochere, villas are too the left and inn is to the right.

3. Boardwalk view is pretty unique and would be my first choice. On DVC side they cost the same points as garden/pool view. Some don't like the noise on boardwalk side (boats, guest, general buzz), but it's a view that feels different than other Disney views, compared to multiple garden view options across WDW. The farthest garden rooms are a longer walk than farthest boardwalk rooms, but I'd be prepared for a long walk either way. The hallways are very long.

4. Five floors. The 2nd floor is the main level. I personally use stairs to get around.
Thank you so much for that info! Really appreciate it!
 

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