A room with a view! Not just view, a view of Disney’s Boardwalk and Crescent Lake. On our last trip to the world, Disney World that is, we stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort and went with the boardwalk view studio. The question on everyone’s mind is, whether or not a boardwalk view studio, or any size room in this category, is worth it? We’re glad you asked. Bing! We just got our text, it looks like our room is ready. Let’s head to Boardwalk and open that door for the first time!
At Disney’s Boardwalk Resort guests have the choice of a variety of room types and sections of the resort. The options consist of studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, and 3-bedroom villas, for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members. This portion of the resort is referred to as the Boardwalk Villas section. Guests who are paying cash can choose from one of the villa rooms or a room on the Boardwalk Inn side of the resort. The rooms on the Boardwalk Inn section of the resort would be considered Disney Deluxe room accommodations. For our review, we’ll be focusing on the villas section and primarily the boardwalk view studio.
The 412 square studios sleep up to 5 people and includes one queen bed, one pullout full-size sofa bed, and a twin pulldown bed. The twin pulldown bed is designed for younger guests or smaller adults. Of the rooms at the resort, the Boardwalk view studio rooms are the most limited, as only a select number of rooms over Disney’s Boardwalk.
Passholder Insights: The 5000 series block of rooms associated with the boardwalk view have unbelievable views, as they are on the top level. You can make a special request for this floor via My Disney Experience when doing online check-in. Please note Disney does their best to accommodate special requests, but nothing is a guarantee.
Opening The Door
Wow! Just wow. Stepping into our room our eyes are immediately drawn to the balcony doors and the spectacular views of Crescent Lake and Epcot. The purple shimmer of Spaceship Earth is breathtaking, to say the least. We couldn’t help ourselves, we dropped all our bags and headed to the balcony. After picking up our jaws, we headed back into the room to check out the rest of our accommodations. To say the room is spacious would be an understatement.
For us, this room was a perfect size. As two adults we really appreciated having a sitting area with the couch and coffee table. Additionally, the small cafe-style dining table was perfect for a quick bite. But, to be honest we mostly ate on the balcony, how could we not with that view!
Passholder Insights: At Disney’s Boardwalk Resort all the 3-bedroom villas have the Boardwalk view and are a single floor accommodation.
It’s all about the bed, right? If the bed is uncomfortable it doesn’t matter how spectacular the view is. Alright, let’s put it to the test. As true travel professionals there is only one way to test a resort bed, a flying leap of course. Are we right, or are we right? After building up a head of steam we launched ourselves into the air, stick the landing of course, and are happy to say the bed is fantastic! If you ever had the opportunity to stay at a Disney deluxe resort, they are using the same mattress in the DVC resorts. This is bed worthy of a good night of sleep.
As for the pullout options. Well, that’s another story. Let’s just say there is a reason DVC is switching over to the full-size pulldown mattress options for the new resorts, as well as, the Saratoga Springs refurbishment. If you’re traveling with young ones the pullout bed is perfect, trust us we’ve slept on them many times. However, as you get older, your back may have a difference of option.
Passholder Insights: If you’re planning on having someone sleep on the pullout bed(s) we recommend making a note of it when doing your online check-in. This way Mousekeeping will make sure there are extra pillows and blankets in the room.
Or should we say the bathroom area? In our boardwalk view studio room the bathroom area was split into two sections, the sink, and the toilet/shower. One of the nice things about the Boardwalk studios is how the separate out the sink area so two people can get ready at the same time. We found it very helpful when trying to get out the door early to get our Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group. There’s plenty of counter space around the sink for all your toiletries.
The shower area is pretty standard. It’s a tub/shower combo. The tub is definitely large enough for giving little ones a bath. It does have a line that can be pulled out to dry any wet clothes from the pool, or if you get caught in a Florida thunderstorm. No trip to Disney complete without getting caught at least once!
Passholder Insights: The last time we stayed Disney was still providing the individual H2O bottles and products for the room. At the time of writing, we have not heard of this being changed.
Storage and Kitchenette
Did you say kitchenette? Yes, yes we did. All the DVC studios have a kitchenette area that includes in a mini-fridge, coffee pot, microwave, toasts, and sink area. Additionally, Disney includes paper plates, coffee cups, and utensils. The fridge is big enough for holding a few items like a small milk container for coffee, or leftovers from dinner. We found it to be just enough for a quick breakfast before heading off to the parks.
When it comes to storage, the room has a good size closest next the sink area and dresser across from the bed. Additionally, there is a small side table next to the bed that does offer some storage. For the two of us, it was plenty of space. If you’re a larger group, space may be a little more limited, especially if you have larger suitcases.
Passholder Insights: We found placing our suitcases in the entry way created more space in the room. Depending on how many suitcases you have, this could be worth a try.
You can’t beat the view! As far as rooms go, the boardwalk view studio room may be one of our all-time favorites. Waking up in the morning to see the Friendship Boats casting off and Epcot in the background is hard to beat. If there is anything would change about the room is the noise. The boardwalk is below after-all. For the most part we didn’t notice too much, but we were on the top floor. Speaking with a couple of our friends who were on a lower floor, they said you could hearthe noise. If you’re looking for a room type that will let you sleep in a bit, this may not be for you. For us, we don’t mind hearing the Friendship Boat horn as we enjoy coffee on the balcony. Or better yet, watch the Epcot Fireworks from our room. If you’re looking for a one of a kind experience at Disney World, this is it. Alright, it’s time to get back to that balcony!
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