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The Ultimate Guide to Disney's Boardwalk Villas

Under the Boardwalk, out of the sun, under the Boardwalk, we’ll be having some fun.

You know the song, and you understand what it represents. Boardwalks were once an unmistakable part of a visit to the beach. Disney honors that legacy with Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, one of the most unique properties in the Disney Vacation Club lineup. Here are six reasons why you must stay at this hotel.

A trip back in time

Image: DisneyMany of the Disney Vacation Club hotels pay tribute to popular aspects of pop culture from prior eras. Perhaps the most memorable is Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. It hearkens back to Coney Island and other Atlantic Coast resorts of the mid-20th century. Back then, boardwalk areas embodied the beach lifestyle. They were happy hangouts for teens and vacationing families, rife with food and fun.

Disney Imagineers weren’t satisfied with building a resort in this style. They added a complete Boardwalk structure. Disney fans know that this is the place to go for food and shopping. Conveniently located just outside the back entrance of Epcot, it’s a gathering place for guests staying at either Boardwalk or Disney’s Beach Club Villas. Travelers from Walt Disney World’s Dolphin and Swan are also only a boat ride away.

Staying by the Boardwalk

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The rooms available at the hotel are diverse enough to suit any traveler’s needs. Basic Disney Vacation Club studios offer 359 square feet of space, with room to host four guests. Disney will allow a fifth guest if it’s a child under the age of three. The basic rooms feature a sleeper sofa, kitchenette area, and balcony with chairs.

The balcony is noteworthy since the hotel offers multiple views. The basic and standard room choices are in quieter areas of the hotel. Conversely, the Boardwalk view rooms deliver a stunning view of Crescent Lake as well as Disney’s Beach Club Villas across the water. The drawback is that the Boardwalk side has a tendency to get louder at night, especially on weekends. Some guests complain that they have difficulty sleeping on the Boardwalk side. Your mileage may vary.

Image: DisneyThe one-bedroom villa features more than twice the space, with 814 square feet. It also has a full kitchen, meaning that you can save money on food cost while you’re visiting Walt Disney World. That presumes you don’t mind cooking on vacation, though. The one-bedroom villa also accommodates four guests, so it’s not a way to increase the number of people staying in the room.

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For that, you’d need the two-bedroom villa, which is anywhere from 1,071 to 1,236 square feet. Disney allows up to nine guests in these rooms.

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Doe ESPN still have the gift shop? I was afraid it got removed with the arcade when they added Ample Hills.

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