Since we became parents two decades ago, we’ve visited Walt Disney World multiple times.
This year, as part of the TravelingMom.com influencer retreat, we stayed at Walt Disney World Boardwalk.
The quintessential family-friendly hotel;the Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort offered some of the best service, entertainment, and pools in Walt Disney World that we’ve seen so far.
The Boardwalk Inn named for its central location on the boardwalk is across from the Yacht and Beach Club hotels and close to Disney’s Epcot and Hollywood Studios theme parks.
With its muted, sherbet colors and traditional nautical awnings, the décor is reminiscent of pre-WWII Atlantic City and New Jersey hotels. What sets it apart from other properties is a unique style that combines kitschy, carnival objects with antiques and a hint of Disney pixie dust.
The Disney’s magic touches started from the minute we arrived at the property, and the doorman wearing Mickey gloves shook our son’s hand. The staff helped with our luggage while we walked to the check-in counter artfully decorated with colorful balloons available for guests to take.
A staff member greeted us and handed us our Magicbands that served as our room key, park ticket and resort charge card for the duration of our stay.
On the 5th floor, elegantly decorated in muted shades of yellow and green, away from the elevators and service rooms, our room was (as requested) silent and feather-free, to accommodate our son with autism.
The room boasted two very comfortable queen sized beds as well as an opening sofa. There was ample storage for our belongings in the closet and the oversized chest of drawers incorporating the flat screen TV. The writing desk and chair complete with Mickey carvings added a touch of whimsy.
A coffee maker, mini cooler, and free bottled water added a nice touch, and there were several sockets to power up electronics near the desk and beds.
Guests who are temperature sensitive will be glad to know the room had central A/C and a ceiling fan. As with all Disney properties, the Wi-Fi was reasonably fast and reliable.
Our only disappointment was the room safe that was tiny and couldn’t adequately fit more than one iPad.
The bathroom featured two separate areas: the granite double sink vanity (very useful for a family with kids heading out in the morning), and the tub/shower area with a fixed shower head and commode.
Like all the Disney properties, this one too challenged guests to discover the Mickeys hidden in the different designs.We found them everywhere; the exit room map, bed cover, Mickey shaped folded towels, door handles, the desk lamp and even carved into the furniture.
The mini balcony with two chairs was surprisingly squeaky clean with no insects even though it was springtime in Orlando and the Love Bugs seemed to be everywhere.
The hotel featured three pools; our favorite was the Luna Park themed area with its ‘Keister Coaster’– a 200-foot long water slide providing continuous entertainment for the kids.Despite its length, the slide was mild, didn’t toss guests into the water at any significant speed and was suitable even for children who are less comfortable in the water.
The pool area was well designed with plenty of covered spaces and seating for guests who wished to dine or just relax.
Unlike some other hotels, Disney takes water safety seriously and not only provides vigilant lifeguards but life jackets for all guests that can’t swim or who simply feel uncomfortable in the water!
Staff members told me that the pool is beautifully lit at night and worth visiting even if one is not a big fan of swimming pools.
Fun for the kids
If you need to entertain the kids after a long day in the park, the lobby area with its nightly free magic and juggling acts is the place for you.
You can also admire the unique lobby furniture (check out the ‘witch’ chairs by the fireplace), elaborate dioramas and listen to the antique lobby carousel play Disney favorites every half hour.
The Magic we didn’t expect to see
If you are staying in the hotel during the weekends, be on the lookout for Cinderella’s carriage that is used for weddings.
Autism awareness and the service at this hotel is excellent.
Starting with the speedy check-in process to the housekeeping staff that catered to our needs, we were extremely satisfied.
A special shoutout and thank you to the quick thinking front desk staff member who not only got our son a fast replacement of his Magicband but succeeded in calming him down hence preventing a meltdown.
Autism Travel Tips
- The property has very long corridors so make sure to ask for a room close to the main entrance if your child tires easily.
- If your child is noise sensitive, request a room on a higher floor that is not facing the boardwalk area or pool.
- If you don’t mind some noise and want to watch the Epcot Illuminations Fire Show from your hotel room, be sure to ask for a room facing the adult pool.
- The rocking chairs located at the hotel entrance were a great decorating idea and helped our son with autism calm down after a long day in the park.
Disclaimer-A discounted media rate was provided for my stay. Opinions in the post reflect my personal and honest opinions.