Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

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Check Out My Review of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn!

We stayed at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, in one of the DVC Villas, on our last trip to Walt Disney World. This was a new resort for us. It was lovely, peaceful, and a new type of experience that we fully enjoyed. So let’s get into it! Like all Deluxe-level resorts at Walt Disney World, there is Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, which is the DVC Property. When DVC Owners don’t use their points at DVC resorts, those rooms are then available for anyone to book and pay for.

ROOMS

The Inn rooms sleep 5 (2 queen beds and a pull down bed) or you can book a Club-Level room (when available) which sleep 5-9 people, depending on the type of room you book. The Villas offer Studios and 1-3 bedrooms. The Studios offer kitchenettes, while the 1-3 bedrooms offer full kitchens and washer/dryer in the unit. If you have a larger family staying for a longer trip, I would highly recommend the Villas. Having the full kitchen and washer/dryer is a game changer!

For Club-Level rooms, you receive turndown service, concierge services, access to signature services (including VIP tours), Continental breakfast, midday snacks, evening wine, cheese, cordials, and dessert service, complimentary health club, personalized guest services, Club-Level Lounge, and more. If you have the means and want to have most everything taken care of for you while you are there, Club-Level is the way to go!

We stayed in a 1-bedroom Villa, as we normally do for long trips. 1-bedroom villas have a bedroom, jacuzzi tub, bathroom, washer/dryer, sofa bed in the living room, and full kitchen. There is plenty of storage for luggage so that it was out of the way the entire 10 days, and plenty of storage for all of our clothes, shoes, ears, and magicbands. The room was nice and clean and modern and we really liked the location. We were facing France, so we had a great view of the Skyliner and EPCOT fireworks, as well as a great view of the Hollywood Tower Hotel!

DINING

Dining options are truly out of this world at the Boardwalk. You do not get the normal quick service options that you get at the other resorts, as there is not one location for quick service dining. But there is the Boardwalk Bakery (drink filling station), Pizza Window, Leaping Horse Libations (Luna Park Pool, with food, drinks, and, of course, Libations), Funnel Cake Cart, and To-Go Cart. This is all in line with the Coney Island/Atlantic City Boardwalk feel of the resort.

Now if you want to make reservations and sit down, you have Trattoria al Forno (one of our favorite places!), Big River Grille and Brewing Works, and Flying Fish. Want to grab a drink to unwind after a long day? Boy oh boy, the Boardwalk is for you! Of course, you can stop on the Boardwalk and get one of Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas! You can also get a drink at the wonderful AbracadaBar or pop up to the Belle Vue Lounge.

Boardwalk Inn - the Boardwalk

If you don’t mind walking, Beach Club and Yacht Club are directly across and a short walk along the Boardwalk, where you can pop into their Quick Service location or make a reservation at any of the restaurants there!

RECREATION

Boardwalk has SO many recreation opportunities!! There is the Luna Park Pool, with it’s no-longer-freaky-clown waterslide, plus 2 leisure pools! You are just a short walk to Fantasia Gardens miniature golf. Right next to the Luna Park Pool you will find the Arcade and Muscles and Bustles health club. There are also tennis courts as well as fishing and surrey bike rentals! You can also do Yoga on the Lawn, enjoy a campfire, or catch a movie on the Lawn! There are plenty of non-park activities to enjoy on your non-park days!

TRANSPORTATION

Boardwalk offers bus transportation to all parks and Disney Springs. You can also Lyft or Uber. In addition, you can take a Friendship Boat to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Beach and Yacht Club, and Swan and Dolphin. In addition to THAT, the Skyliner Station at EPCOT is just a short walk away. And finally, the piece de resistance: you can easily walk to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

FINAL THOUGHTS

In my opinion, the Boardwalk area (including the Boardwalk Inn AND Beach and Yacht Clubs) is the best location, simply because you can easily walk to two parks. This means less time waiting on transportation during your trip. It is also a beautiful area to sit and relax. One night on the Boardwalk, we watched the Magic Kingdom fireworks, followed by Hollywood Studios fireworks, with a grand finale of the EPCOT fireworks. Boardwalk was a great resort but does have some disadvantages that lands it below some of our other favorites. BUT… LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! It truly was a game changer!

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Have you stayed on the Boardwalk before? Where does this rank for you in resorts? And COMING SOON: updates! Ready to book your trip? Contact me today!!

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Ale & Compass Restaurant

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On our trip this month, we tried to do new things that we had never done before, and this lead to us having brunch at Ale & Compass. It’s safe to say, this is now one of our favorites!

Located at the Yacht Club, this restaurant is BEAUTIFUL. Since we stayed at the Boardwalk, it was just a short walk for us, but you could also get here via the Skyliner (a short walk from the EPCOT station), or use busing from Disney Springs or another park, and, of course, Uber or Lyft. It is just to the right of the entrance to the Lobby, of course right next to Ale & Compass Lounge. We were seated inside and our server was quick with the drink orders! As with other Disney restaurants, there were no menus handed out and you have to scan a QR code to access the menu. Honestly, I much prefer this method. It’s much faster, it’s cleaner, and it’s SO MUCH more sanitary. I hope this is a change that sticks around.

They were very accommodating with food allergies, and the menu was clearly marked by Top 8. If you’re uncomfortable or have multiple and/or rare allergies, I always recommend speaking directly with a chef. Celiac is fairly simple, and I’ve yet to run into a problem. I usually only ask for a chef when I have a special request at this point. They offer the normal beverages, coffee, tea, juices, water, and soft drinks, plus morning cocktails.

We were able to basically order the entire menu. First off, I had a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, and I ordered this because gluten-free toast is NEVER an option outside of my own kitchen. Simple, classic, and delicious. I also ordered a side of fruit and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to be fresh fruit and not the soggy pre-cut mix you get at a lot of restaurants with breakfast fruit. The berries were particularly delicious!

We were able to basically order the entire menu. First off, I had a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast, and I ordered this because gluten free toast is NEVER an option outside of my own kitchen. Simple, classic, and delicious. I also ordered a side of fruit and I was pleasantly surprised that it seemed to be fresh fruit and not the soggy pre-cut mix you get at a lot of restaurants with breakfast fruit. The berries were particularly delicious!

My daughter chose dark chocolate waffles with cherry compote and espresso mascarpone cream with bacon. Since she is a “plain, please,” person, I happily ate the mascarpone cream and it was AMAZING. She loved the waffles and scarfed them down!!

Husband dined on crab cakes benedict and he said they were delicious, but not quite as delicious as the crab cake at BOATHOUSE. Who can argue with that, though? My niece had the plant-based protein bowl, and my cousin dined on the caramel apple stuffed French toast. Everyone absolutely loved their meals and we definitely plan to return!!

Have you dined here before? What did you think?!?!? Ready to book your vacation? Contact me today!!

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What the Heck is Disney Genie?

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So if you’ve been on the internet at all in the last week, and looked at anything Disney-related, you probably noticed a lot of screaming and yelling about Disney Genie. Some might even think the world is ending. So let’s break it down: WHAT IS DISNEY GENIE?

Disney Genie is a new, complimentary service that Disney will be rolling out for consumer use “in the fall.” We don’t have an exact date yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see it active on or before October 1, 2021. Again, that is pure speculation. So the service will be available in the United States, at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The free service will combine what you currently get with the My Disney Experience apps for both parks. You will still be able to track wait times, place mobile orders, view your photos, check-in for dining, etc. But where the “Genie” comes in is this: you will be able to tell Genie what rides, shows, and attractions you want to do and see, and Genie will tell you the best times to do each based on historical and real-time forecasting. Basically, Touring Plans, but without paying for it and hoping for the best. You’ll get it as part of your trip and it will be current literally to the minute. You can be more spontaneous in your trips and not have to plan every minute of everyday months in advance, like the FastPass+ system in Walt Disney World previously. Plus, with the wait times forecasting, Genie has the potential to move the crowds in different ways, making the morning rush at, say, Fantasyland more palatable because the Smith family might see that going to Adventureland for rope drop is way less crowded. Personally, I think this part alone is going to make the lines SO much more tolerable and doable.

So let’s talk about what all the yelling and screaming is about: Disney Genie +. Disney Genie + is going to be a paid service that will replace FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and MaxPass at Disneyland. Now, Genie+ will be A LOT like MaxPass. You will be able to book your first ride via Genie+ at 7:00 am (for Walt Disney World Resort guests) or park opening. Once you use that pass, you can book the next one. And so on, and so on. Basically, the original paper FastPass system but without having to sprint all over the parks pulling paper passes. Best part of all? YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT. Think it’s a waste of time because you’re there in January and it’s not busy? Don’t buy it! Think you won’t need it for EPCOT but you’ll definitely need it for Hollywood Studios? Just buy it on your Hollywood Studios day! It provides so much more spontaneity and flexibility for your trip. BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!! Now, you can also purchase “Lightning Lane” lines for certain big rides. And you won’t need to have Genie+ to do it. But you can only purchase 2 max per day. So no, rich people won’t be able to buy their way onto every ride. Well…..I mean, they can, if they take a VIP Tour, which has been available for ages now, but I digress….

So how do you ride rides if you don’t pay for this stuff? THE SAME WAY YOU’VE BEEN RIDING THEM FOR THE LAST YEAR!! Stand-by queues will still be free and Virtual Queues will still be free. There are just now FOUR ways to ride your favorite rides!

So there you have it. What do you think about this new service? I think it’s going to be really great and will really open up a great deal of time and enjoyment at both US Parks! Ready to book your Disney Vacation? Contact me today!!

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