Nestled alongside Crescent Lake behind Epcot’s World Showcase sit a handful of seaside-themed resort hotels. One of these hotels is Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. As a Deluxe hotel, guests receive top-notch accommodations, plus all the Disney hotel perks like MagicBands, Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours, and advanced Fastpass+ planning. Even casual Disney guests have heard of amusements like the evening Boardwalk games, Atlantic Dance Hall, and Boardwalk Bakery. But here’s six things about Boardwalk Inn that you may not know!
6. Ample Hills Creamery
Guests can enjoy an amazing ice cream experience in Walt Disney World. This Brooklyn based ice cream shop is its first location outside of New York. Themed like a turn of the century ice cream parlour, it fits right into the Boardwalk. Can’t decide which decadent flavor to choose? Try a few free samples first! Even if you’re not staying at Boardwalk, Epcot go-ers can enjoy a break from the theme park with a short walk over to Ample Hills Creamery.
5. Club Level Rooms
Club Level rooms, sometimes called Concierge Level, come with a whole extra level of Disney magic. Club Level guests get access to a dedicated lounge called Innkeepers Club, plus complimentary snacks like afternoon tea or wine and cheese in the evening. The deck outside the Innkeepers Club has a great view of Illuminations as well, kicking this resort’s Club Level up a notch. Also part of the Club Level are fourteen two-level cottages, complete with rose gardens, perfect for honeymooners!
4. Luna Pool
Keeping with the water-side carnival theme, the pool at Boardwalk is themed after Luna Park. The dozens of Luna Parks worldwide (like the famous one in Sydney, Australia where you’ll find a similar giant clown head) were actually based on the original on Coney Island which ran from 1903-1944. The pool features Keister Coaster, a water slide themed to look like an old-timey wooden roller coaster and features the distinctive clown head at the slide’s base. The Coney Island inspiration is perfect for a seaside themed resort.
3. Walk to Parks
You probably know that Epcot is within walking distance of Epcot’s International Gateway, the “back door” to the park between the France and United Kingdom pavilions. But did you know that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also walking distance? Sure, it’s a much longer walk, and some of it is in the sun, but it’s completely do-able. This might be a great option when the line for Friendship boats after park close looks much more like the line for Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather spend twenty minutes walking than twenty minutes standing in line.
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2. Hippocampus Electrolier
Hanging above your head in the lobby is the spectacular Hippocampus Electrolier. A Hippocampus comes from Greek mythology and is part horse, part fish. This chandelier features four of them, accompanied by cherubs. The huge chandelier weighs one and a half tons. The Boardwalk’s lobby also showcases a mini working carousel and a model wooden roller coaster. These are just a few of the many details and things to look at in the Boardwalk Inn lobby. Spend some time looking around at all the eye-candy, and see if you can spot a few castles as well!
1. ESPN Club Bathrooms
Why are bathrooms on a list of secrets? Why would anyone waste their time hanging out somewhere other than the Tangled bathrooms, you ask? There’s TVs in the bathrooms at ESPN Club. Never miss a moment of the big game again.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort (especially the lobby!) is dripping with detail. Take time to explore the resort to find these and more secrets!