First stay at a deluxe resort - Boardwalk Inn. Any advice?

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First stay at a deluxe resort - Boardwalk Inn. Any advice?

Headed to the Boardwalk on August 31st for a week. This will be our first stay at a deluxe resort and we are excited about being really, really close to Epcot. Any advice or favourite spots to eat? Also we have heard that the line up for the Boardwalk Bakery can be long in the morning - anyone know if we can just walk in to get coffee in our Disney mugs?

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They have recently remodeled and there is a seprate enterance for resort mug refills. If that link works it's a pretty good review.
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/04/26/first-look-the-new-boardwalk-bakery/

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Thanks Magic.....sounds so good, I might have to brave the line up and not just go straight for the coffee!

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We were there in May and never faced a line at the drink refill station. Since they remodeled the bakery, the refill station has its own entrance. It is small, but no need to be enormous like All Star Resorts. Less people stay at deluxe.

When you request your room, request near lobby/elevator. I did and we were the first room as you exit the elevator. It was nice and we never walked down those hallways that keep going and going. Wink

Do you have a pool/garden view or boardwalk? We had a pool view overlooking clown pool, but our view was obstructed by a tree. If you're not happy, def. tell them and ask to be moved.

Have fun! I love the Boardwalk!

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JanJ wrote:
Headed to the Boardwalk on August 31st for a week. This will be our first stay at a deluxe resort and we are excited about being really, really close to Epcot. Any advice or favorite spots to eat? Also we have heard that the line up for the Boardwalk Bakery can be long in the morning - anyone know if we can just walk in to get coffee in our Disney mugs?

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Hello JanJ and welcome to WDWForGrownups! We just got back from WDW and we stayed in the BW Villas for 4 days. We never encountered a line for coffee, but I always went down early. Found out you can also get coffee in the breeze way between the two halves of the resort too.

We had a Lake View and our room was on the 4rd floor (room 4001) and the last room at the end of the hall way. It was a good hike, so if you don't want to walk that far, request a room close to the elevator. Just remember, its a request, they can't always accommodate.

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Eeyore wrote:
It is small, but no need to be enormous like All Star Resorts. Less people stay at deluxe.

laugh A random detour through my brain...

I read this and was momentarily in shock - being a deluxe resort kind of gal I haven't ever really noticed the difference simply because I've only stayed at a Value resort once. So I went and did a little research.

Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas (which share their public spaces) have about 903 guest rooms total. In comparison, Disney's Pop Century has 2880 guest rooms according to the Touring Plans website. That means that three times as many people are trying to get their coffee in the morning at Pop than at Boardwalk. That's a gigantic difference!

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Thanks everyone. We're fine to walk a few steps but will definitely consider the long hall ways when we check in. We went with a standard room and those can face the gardens/quiet pool on the inside so we are going to ask for that and I'll let you know how it works out. That's great news about the coffee!
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Kristen K. wrote:
Eeyore wrote:
It is small, but no need to be enormous like All Star Resorts. Less people stay at deluxe.

laugh A random detour through my brain...

I read this and was momentarily in shock - being a deluxe resort kind of gal I haven't ever really noticed the difference simply because I've only stayed at a Value resort once. So I went and did a little research.

Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas (which share their public spaces) have about 903 guest rooms total. In comparison, Disney's Pop Century has 2880 guest rooms according to the Touring Plans website. That means that three times as many people are trying to get their coffee in the morning at Pop than at Boardwalk. That's a gigantic difference!

Yes!!! Trust me, I've stayed at All Star Sports twice and in the morning it is freakin' crazy in the one and only food court! What is sad is that the food court has 3 or 4 stations for drinks, all located on 1 kiosk, that is always BUSY! I've never had a good experience there. The coffee is cold, drinks are flat, and people are pushing and shoving to fill their mug. No Thanks!

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The line at BW Bakery is nothing.You're going to love it. Don't forget Jelly Rolls! And Beaches and Cream. Yachtsman Bar is also a good place to eat. And you can walk To DHS too. ESPN Zone. Flying Fish. Kouzzina. Leaping Horse Libations. Hurricane Hannahs. Big River Grille.
Atlantic Dancehall (you may be the only people there!) And its a short walk to all the restaurants in the SwaLFin. Can't beat the Epcot resorts IMO.
Just beware of the Clown...

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Ooh that reminds of Stephen King's "It". Scary book and mini-series. eek

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I've stayed at the boardwalk for one night and I loved it. I had to walk really far because I was in the annex but that didn't bother me. You can walk or take the boat to HS and Epcot. The Swan and Dolphin and Yacht and Beach are also on the boat ride. It takes like 20 minutes to get HS, not sure about Epcot. You can get your mug refilled at the pool bar as well.

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We spent one night at the Swan a few years back. We spent the day at Epcot and then park hopped to Hollywood Studios for evening extra magic hours. We took the boat from Epcot, but made the mistake of stopping at the hotel between parks.

When we went back to the boat launch, the line to go to DHS was HUGE and all the boats were already full of people from the Boardwalk, Beach, and Yacht Clubs. We ended up walking to DHS, which was a huge pain because it was the last day of our 8-day trip and my feet were in absolute misery. (This was before I started walking for exercise, and a week at WDW really did a job on my feet and legs. Now that I walk regularly touring WDW isn't a problem anymore.)

So take this into account if you're park hopping for EEMH to either DHS or Epcot. Especially Epcot.

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Don't go into the light!

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I'm having trouble getting the water out of my ears! That was great. Thanks for the ride.

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Loved the slide! That's definitely a must try and I will for sure stay out of the light mrhub! laugh

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We love the walking so will more than likely walk to Epcot, DHS and thru Epcot to catch the monorail for MK.

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awesome nice video awesome

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Love the video of the slide! Especially since they were playing Spice Girls at the pool. laugh laugh

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We're you wearing the red speedo during this ride? eek

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disneydoc wrote:
We're you wearing the red speedo during this ride? eek

I certainly hope not, the Clown face would have ben traumatized. laugh rolling laugh

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You had all better prepare yourselves...the Speedo picture is coming in the trip report!

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You had all better prepare yourselves...the Speedo picture is coming in the trip report!

eek eek eek eek eek eek

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My optometrist is on stand-by in case of bleeding retinas. laugh eek

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disneydoc wrote:
We're you wearing the red speedo during this ride? eek

No, banana yellow!

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My optometrist is on stand-by in case of bleeding retinas. laugh eek

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mrhub wrote:
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We're you wearing the red speedo during this ride? eek

No, banana yellow!

Oh, my. And we thought the clown was scary. laugh

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