There’s Lots to Love About Disney’s BoardWalk Villas￼
It is sometimes hard to find availability to stay at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, but if you have the chance to do it, you are in for a real treat. With its quirky but charming turn-of-the-century Atlantic City theming, the BoardWalk Villas is a beloved resort for good reason.
One of the best parts of staying at the BoardWalk Villas is its prime location around Crescent Lake. This puts you within walking distance of Epcot and Hollywood Studios. If you don’t feel like walking, you can also take the Friendship boats to both parks. This proximity is especially convenient for rope drop, all the Epcot festivals, or even just making a quick exit through International Gateway at the end of the night after watching Harmonious.
Nightlife Surrounding BoardWalk Villas
If you’re not quite ready to go back to your room after the parks close, the BoardWalk Villas offer plenty of fun at night! In addition to the usual movies under the stars, you’ll find sideshows such as jugglers, acapella singers, magicians, and more. The adults in your travel party may enjoy Jellyrolls, which features dueling piano players or dancing at Atlantic Dance Hall. If you’re looking for a nightcap, check out the magician-themed Abracadabar next to Flying Fish or the quaint Bellevue Lounge near the lobby. Sometimes it’s just relaxing to get ice cream from BoardWalk Ice Cream and stroll around the boardwalk at night.
Great Dining Options
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas is home to several dining locations. For signature dining, you have Flying Fish with its exquisite seafood dishes. For more casual table service dining, you have Trattoria Al Forno, an underrated Italian restaurant with great breakfast options in addition to dinner, and Big River Grille for standard pub fare. The new BoardWalk Deli offers plenty of quick service sandwich options with a small selection of breakfast and snack items. You can also get ice cream sundaes from BoardWalk Ice Cream or small treats like cupcakes and cookies from the Screen Door General Store.
If none of those restaurants within the BoardWalk itself appeal to you, there are also plenty of options thanks to all the neighboring resorts. For example, across Crescent Lake, you have the Yachtsman Steakhouse and Ale and Compass at the Yacht Club, Beaches and Cream and Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club, and restaurants like Il Mulino, Blue Zoo, Shula’s Steakhouse, and Amare at the Swan, Dolphin, and Swan Reserve. Each of these is either a walk or a short Friendship boat ride away.
Low Points Chart for BoardWalk Villas
Despite its prime location, the BoardWalk Villas has a relatively low points chart compared to other DVC resorts. This is primarily due to it being the second DVC resort to be established. Of course, lower points per night mean a lower cost for your stay!
For example, staying at a Standard View Deluxe Studio at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas from Sunday to Thursday in January would only be 9 points per night. If you take a look at Disney’s Riviera Resort (another Epcot resort) for that same time period, a Standard View Deluxe Studio would cost you 16 points per night. While the 7-point difference per night doesn’t seem that large, over the course of a 4-night trip, that difference adds up to a total of 28 points.