Old world charm in a fantastic location, along with one of the lower DVC Resale prices makes Disney’s BoardWalk Villas a resort worth considering.
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas is an upscale jewel resting along the shores of Crescent Lake. Upon your arrival you’ll be greeted by the ornate white washed aesthetics and decorations. The incredible Hippocampus Electrolier Chandelier is impossible to miss when entering the lobby (which smells amazing).
From there you’ll find gleaming hardwood floors, lots of natural light, and ornate arched ceilings. The lobby itself and the entire resort is peppered with old world decor and oddities such as the hand cranked cartoons and antique radios. After checking in, it is typically a short walk to your room, unlike some other resorts that can require quite a journey. This is definitely a plus. If your room does require a brief outdoor walk it will likely be lined by gardens, and carefully manicured landscaping featuring heart shaped hedges, and colorful flowers during the right months of the year.
You will find many negative impressions and reviews of the BoardWalk Villas pool. Known for the “creepy clown slide,” the Luna Park Pool, features a toddler splash pool in addition to the full-sized pool with several water features. The slide continues the BoardWalk theme as a vintage-style, wooden roller coaster. Friendly circus elephants are found playfully squirting water into the pool in various areas. While coulrophobia (fear of clowns) may be a deal-breaker for you when considering BoardWalk Villas as your home resort, we found the clown to be friendly enough to not fall into the “creepy” category (granted, the eyes do light up at night!). Many find Leaping Horse Libations to be the redeeming factor in the BoardWalk pool area. This carousel-themed pool bar is popular among resort guests. All in all, we find the pool area and the circus themes to be very fun and visually attractive. The focus on the clown, while somewhat warranted, overshadows what is overall a great pool for guests to experience. Our photo below shows a different view that doesn’t focus directly on the clown. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the pool area if you decide to purchase a DVC Resale contract here.
Once you arrive at your room, whether it be a suite or the Grand Villa, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the soft colors, spaciousness, large windows and comfortable decor. The rooms are certainly not as modern as Bay Lake Tower but retain their own style hearkening back to the mid 1900’s style of the boardwalks that are it’s namesake. The beds are very comfortable and the rooms provide plenty of storage and a nice kitchen area. The rooms also include a sofa pull out and are of a good size no matter which room type you choose to go with. For more information visit our Boardwalk Villas DVC Resale page here. We highly recommend a pool view. The pool itself is close to the waterway and features stunning views of the Swan & Dolphin, The Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror and, depending on the night, fireworks. The BoardWalk view offers views of Beach Club, Yacht Club, Crescent Lake and Epcot. All of this coupled with a low point cost per night makes this an attractive DVC Resale resort choice.
DVC BoardWalk Villas Studio:
As you can see in the Studio layout above, it offers a nice walk out deck to take in the great views we mentioned above. The sleeping arrangements are generous with a pull down bed, pull out sleeper sofa, and a large comfortable bed. On our last stay we would rank the beds at BoardWalk Villas to be some of the most comfortable of all the DVC resorts we’ve stayed at (with Grand Californian being the least comfortable). The room also features a small but serviceable kitchenette, decent closet space, and an average sized bath area. Overall the Suite does not feel cramped and offers guests a comfortable stay.
BoardWalk Villas 1-Bedroom Villa
The 1-Bedroom Villa offers many great additions over the already perfectly acceptable Studio accommodation. A greatly expanded bath area and two closets make cleaning up and keeping organized a breeze. In addition the bedroom area is expanded with more seating and breathing room along with its own privately accessed outdoor deck. In the living quarters the small kitchenette is expanded into a nice sized kitchen featuring everything you would need to prepare any meals you wanted. This also comes with much more seating, a dining area – albeit small, and a second separate access to an outdoor seating area.
BoardWalk Villas 2-Bedroom Villa
I won’t spend too much time on the 2-Bedroom Villa. Essentially it is the same as the 1-Bedroom Villa except with an additional Suite added on the other side of the living area. Perfect for those larger group trips.
3-Bedroom Grand Villa
Wow. The Grand Villa really turns it up a notch. As far as sleeping accommodations go it is essentially two Suites on one side and the 1-Bedroom sleeping / bath accommodation on the other. Where the Grand Villa really shines is in it’s living areas. Featuring a full sized kitchen that feels double the size of the kitchen in the 1-Bedroom you could prepare a meal for 8-10 guests without any problem. It also has an expansive sitting area and dining area that feels wide open. Another awesome feature is the hugely expanded outdoor area. The Grand Villa comes with a full length deck area with many access points to take in all the wonderful views this resort offers.
They don’t call it the BoardWalk for nothing as it truly is one of the best features of this DVC Resale option. On your way down to the boardwalk you will probably notice a large (artificial) grass lawn flanked by flowers and beautiful trees. This lawn is used for movie nights where guests can bring a blanket and enjoy a Disney movie or even on some nights video games and other activities. From there the boardwalk itself stretches out around Crescent Lake. Across the lake you’ll see the Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts, boats bouncing along the waves, and plenty of other sights to take in. There is a wealth of entertainment and dining options along the boardwalk, both casual and upscale sit down restaurants. Flying Fish is a more premium seafood option with a beautifully decorated silver and blue aesthetic. A more kid friendly choice would be the delicious Big River Grille & Brewing Works which is also more affordable. The ESPN Club is another good less expensive option with great drink selections. For snacks you can’t go wrong with BoardWalk Bakery, BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas, delicious and interesting ice cream flavors at Ample Hills Creamery, and quick snacks at The To-Go Cart, the Funnel Cake Cart, and the Pizza Window.
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas is a delightful DVC resale option for those looking to either join the club or add onto their options of home resorts. A pleasing and elegant setting, comfortable rooms, a plethora of dining and entertainment options, a great pool and all of this within easy walking distance to your room make it one of the best DVC resorts we’ve ever stayed at. There are a lot of new attractions and rides coming in the next 2-3 years. “Star Wars Land” now officially known as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway are both scheduled to open in 2019 at Hollywood Studios. Epcot has its own upcoming expansions and new rides such as a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster. I am mentioning these upcoming enhancements because the fact that both of these parks are short 10-15 minute walks from BoardWalk should not be understated. Being able to skip the buses and stroll back to your resort after a day of exploring Galaxy’s Edge sure sounds like another great reason to consider the stellar BoardWalk Villas for your DVC Resale purchase.