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Complete Guide to Disney's BoardWalk Inn 

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 07 December 2023
  • Revised 08 December 2023
Complete Guide to Disney's BoardWalk Inn 
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 07 December 2023
  • Revised 08 December 2023
Complete Guide to Disney's BoardWalk Inn 
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 07 December 2023
  • Revised 08 December 2023

Disney's BoardWalk Inn brings the magic to your door. Nestled in a lively promenade, you're only ever a few steps away from exquisite dining, shopping and entertainment, alongside beautiful waterfront views and easy access to the Disney Parks, making it the perfect base to experience it all...

All About Disney’s Boardwalk Inn & Villas

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is one of the most popular and famous places to stay in the Epcot resort area, sharing its name with the Boardwalk itself. The Boardwalk Inn is a Deluxe Resort, meaning it’s classed as one of the best, and you’ll get all the benefits of a Disney stay, such as free transportation to the parks, early theme park entry and lightning lane bookings, plus extended evening hours on select days.

Aside from that, let’s get down to what makes the resort so special. The resort’s location is its number one draw - right in the heart of Disney’s Boardwalk district, which means you’ll have access to some of the best shops, restaurants and activities, not to mention being less than 15 minutes from both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. There are gorgeous rooms to fit every family size and budget, ranging from elegant standard rooms to water-view rooms that overlook Crescent Lake, along with club-level rooms. You can enjoy a seamless check-in, spacious swimming pools and a bar, plus access to all of BoardWalk’s entertainment. 

Rooms at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

The rooms at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn have plenty of room for everyone to kick back and enjoy their own space on holiday. Decorated in subtle colours with wooden floorboards, they all feel homely and have huge beds, TVs, minifridges and in some cases, a balcony with a view over the resort, boardwalk or lake. It’s extremely family-friendly, and there are even fold-out sofas in case you need space for additional family members.

You’ll also find large, bright bathrooms with double vanities stocked with Disney goodies. For even more to love, there are a range of Club Level rooms which come with a few more great amenities, such as personalised guest service and access to the onsite Innkeeper’s Club. Size isn’t an issue at Boardwalk Inn either, as room categories span the standard, resort and lake view types but these range in size from these rooms and suites to deluxe studios, all of which sleep up to five adults. 

Dining at Disney’s Boardwalk

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is a little different to many of its other Deluxe Resorts, as this hotel counts the whole of Disney’s Boardwalk as its grounds. This means anyone staying here has access to dozens of great restaurants, both table and quick-service, along with other places to snack or enjoy a drink. Here are some of the best ones to consider if you’re staying at the resort:

Big River Grille and Brewing Works: This is a perfect option for families looking to share American classics with a few drinks. You’ll find everything from salads and burgers to steaks and sandwiches, along with craft beer from Disney’s only microbrewery, all with stunning waterfront views. 

Flying Fish - This is the signature restaurant on the boardwalk and serves fresh, delicious seafood. It’s a sit-down, table service restaurant ideal for a more luxurious, premium experience where you can also choose wines and cocktails, and watch as the chefs prepare your food in the impressive open kitchen. 

Trattoria al Forno - If you’re searching for a hearty Italian meal, this is the restaurant for you. Alongside a strong selection of wines, the menu includes everything from lasagna and pizza to chicken parmesan, salads and seafood. They’re also open for breakfast, serving a whole range of classics if you’re in need of a bite to eat before hitting the parks. 

These are just the main table service restaurants on Disney’s Boardwalk, but there are plenty more bars and quick service restaurants. We love Abracadabar, which is a cocktail lounge with a magical theme. There’s also a deli, ice cream shop, pizza window and a street-snack outlet serving hot dogs, sandwiches and more. 

Shopping and Entertainment At Disney's Boardwalk

Disney’s Boardwalk is well-stocked with goodies no matter what you’re after, along with entertainment to keep the party going long after you’ve left the parks. There are four major shops:

Disney’s Character Carnival - This is the place to head for if you haven’t got your fill of Disney merchandise, as they sell all kinds of clothing and accessories, along with themed homeware, spirit jerseys, pins and more. 

Screen Door General Store - Feeling peckish? Forgot to buy something? The General Store is a one-stop shop for any food, drinks and snacks you might need on the fly, along with a few other small souvenirs and themed items. 

Thimbles and Threads - Another great Disney merchandise shop, Thimbles and Threads focuses on clothing and accessories, along with dozens of Disney pins which are extremely popular throughout the parks. 

Wyland Galleries of Florida - If you want something a little rarer to take home with you, this gallery sells high-end art and collectables you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else, which make great presents or souvenirs. 

The Boardwalk is lined with entertainers all day long, so you won’t get bored strolling around the area, although you can also visit venues like the Atlantic Dance Hall, which plays 80s and 90s music in a fancy ballroom for adults only. Another adults-only venue is Jellyrolls, which has live pianists playing any song the audience wants and a range of drinks. Kids will love all three pools at the Boardwalk, but the best is undoubtedly the Luna Park Pool, which is complete with a fun waterslide designed like a rollercoaster. 

Theme Park Connections at Disney’s Boardwalk

Location is everything at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and you can walk to EPCOT in just seven minutes! Equally, Disney's Hollywood Studios is just 15 minutes on foot from the resort, so you’re all set to visit these two parks, and you don’t need to walk - you can also take a scenic boat ride to both from Promenade Pier. For anywhere else, there is a quick and simple bus service, which goes to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and the water parks. The boats also hop over to Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, plus the Swan and Dolphin Hotels

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