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The Boardwalk at Walt Disney World
I’ve stayed at many Walt Disney World resorts over the decades. There is one that I haven’t tried yet, and I’m really hoping to stay there one day. It’s the Boardwalk Inn and Villas, located near Epcot. Here’s why I’m hoping to stay here soon.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
A huge draw for me is the resort being within walking distance of the International Gateway entrance to Epcot. My family tends to eat a lot of meals in World Showcase. It will be wonderful to be able to get back to our resort after a big dinner without waiting for Disney transportation. Not to mention heading back into the park for the nighttime spectacular.
ALL THE RESTAURANTS ON THE BOARDWALK
Of course, there might be some nights we don’t want to have dinner in World Showcase, and there might be days we want to have a hearty breakfast before heading into the parks for the day. That’s when having a great variety of restaurants comes in handy! I love the fact that there are places up and down the Boardwalk for quick meals and snacks as well. Sometimes you just want to grab something quickly!
So whether we go for a hearty dinner at Big River Grille and Brewing Works or a tempting dessert from from the Boardwalk Bakery, we know we don’t have to go very far to find something to eat!
TRANSPORTATION TO THE REST OF THE PARKS
Walking to Epcot is a fantastic perk at this resort, but what about the other parks? Animal Kingdom isn’t easily accessible; you’ll need to take a bus. But getting to Epcot is a breeze. If the walk to the International Gateway is too daunting, you can also take a boat. It’s a pretty long walk to the Studios, and I would only recommend it if you’re already very comfortable walking long distances and the weather is perfect. But there’s a very comfortable boat ride that will take you to that park as well. (Or you can always walk over to the Disney Skyliner.) The Magic Kingdom is a little bit more complicated. You’ll need to take a bus. Since my family tends to spend a lot of time at Epcot and will definitely want to hit the Studios a lot, the transportation options at the Boardwalk are great!
All of the Disney resorts have a lot of ways to have fun, but this one has the added bonus of having the Boardwalk steps away from the guest rooms. We could get a spa treatment, or just walk up and down the Boardwalk and experiencing whatever entertainment strikes our fancy.
OTHER RESORTS ARE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE
And if we want to set our sights further afield when it comes to dining and shopping, it’s great to know that it’s an easy stroll to both the Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts. I’ve stayed at the Beach Club Villas and my parents have stayed at the Yacht Club, and we love both those resorts. We’ve also enjoyed a great dinner at the Swan Resort’s Garden Grove, as well as drinks at the Lounge at Il Mulino. It’s good to know that it’s easy to sit down to a nice meal or enjoy a drink at any of those locations without worrying about transportation.
Although my heart will always think of the Polynesian Village Resort as home, I very much want to stay at the Boardwalk at least once!
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