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    • buntingd

      Registered: July 2010
      Location: FL
      Posts: 33
      Review Date: Thu April 6, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): cast members
      Cons: long walk to Bakery to get drinks

      We stayed at Boardwalk from Mar 19 to Mar 24. When we came to check in my husband make a change. Raymond was helping us checkin and took the time to adjust our reservation. My husband wanted to switch to a accessible unit. Raymond spent the time redoing our original reservation to make the changes. We overlooked the pool and were able to see fireworks from Studios. The only downside was having to go all the way to the Bakery to get a soda. Weil be back. I loved being able to walk to Epcot and take a short boat ride to Studios.
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      Registered: July 2006
      Posts: 120
      Review Date: Mon January 30, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location
      Cons: Decor

      We are DVC and have stayed here many times. The location is great. They have improved the bus service and buses are dedicated to the Boardwalk. Quite a difference from the days when the buses traveled to Swan, Dolphin, Yacht and Beach Clubs as well as Boardwalk. With dedicated bus service and the water craft, getting around is very easy. The only down side to me is the new decor in the rooms. It is generic HGTV modern. Almost all of the Disney touches are gone. I did find hidden Mickeys in the curtains and the Mickey head is still on the chest of drawers. One bedroom villa is still a great room but it is not well done as previously. Staff were friendly.
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      Registered: October 2013
      Posts: 39
      Review Date: Sat November 26, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, theming

      We stayed at the BWV 11/7-11/13. First night was in a SV studio as we added that on kind of last minute, rest of trip was in a SV 1br. Studio was down far end of hallway,not much of a view. 1br was pretty close to elevators which was great! Both were newly refurbished, and looked fresh and clean. Was a little disappointed that nightstand in 1br had neither outlets nor USB ports available. If you're going to remove alarm clocks, you need to have access to these for your phone!!! That is a minor complaint, however. BWV is one of our home resorts and always a favorite. Had a wonderful stay and will be returning in May!
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      Registered: September 2016
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Sun September 18, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Cleanliness, Nice appointments
      Cons: Noise from fireworks

      Stayed through 9/16 for 6 nts. Greg was especially helpful at check-in due to magic band not working at door at first. Afterwards, the magic bands worked great. The hotel was full, but seemed to run smoothly. The hotel is wonderful because of proximity to Epcot and Studios. Staff was friendly and the Concierge helped with tickets. We would definitely stay again.
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      Registered: August 2010
      Posts: 8
      Review Date: Thu August 4, 2016 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location

      First, the couple reviews that I have posted I like to put some thought into and give a detailed review. This post is strictly a WARNING to anyone contimplating staying here.....DO NOT.
      I have stayed at 75% of the current disney resorts both hotels and DVC. This was without a doubt the WORST customer service experience I have EVER encountered at Disney. When have you ever passed a Disney employee in the halls and they ignore you? Well that happens here. How about asking the front desk where the locations are to fill up your refillable mug and being told, when you buy it at store ask them because I do not know. How about the only place to fill your refillable mug after 11 is a bar that the bartender pours your drink into a plastic cup and makes YOU pour it into your mug. How about asking for a couple more washcloths only to be told to go and wash the ones you were supplied. Or how about asking for toilet paper and it not get delivered for over 12 hours.
      What an atrosity we experienced here!!!! That's not to mention the fact of being placed in room 4136 which is a .35 mile walk from the lobby.
      I am a DVC member but I use the parks, I do not visit to hang at the resort like some. And after expressing that I was told that no other studio was available during my stay.
      Why did I give it a 4? Because you cannot argue with the location, even if each day coming and going I had to walk over half a mile to and from the bus.
      Never again will I stay at the Boardwalk....
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      Registered: January 2007
      Posts: 41
      Review Date: Thu July 7, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Room refurbishments, Nightlife

      We just returned on July 4th from a week at the Boardwalk. It has always been one of our favs and did not disappoint. Of course, you can not beat the location. We walked to DHS or Epcot almost everyday even if we had been at another park. Fireworks can now be seen on both ends of the resort. You can see Illuminations on the Epcot side and then walk to the pool and watch the Star Wars fireworks from DHS. We were lucky and could see the Star Wars fireworks from our balcony!!
      The recent room refurbishments are beautiful. Everything is new and fresh looking. I love the new floors.
      We also love spending time enjoying this resort. There is so much to see on the Boardwalk. We watched the entertainers, played games, and enjoyed an Art show at Wyland Gallery. Trattoria Al Forno is a great addition. The food is incredible!! We also frequented the Boardwalk bakery, Leaping Horse Libatons and the Bellevue Lounge. We can not wait to go back!!
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      Registered: June 2016
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Thu June 16, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): LOCATION!, Rooms, Pool, Dining, Night Life
      Cons: Shared Bus Transportation w/ Other Resorts

      As DVC members almost every detail about a trip to the Boardwalk Villas is perfect. With boat transportation to 2/4 Disney theme parks and magnificent grounds and pools you really can't go wrong. The nightlife is unparalleled with an array of table service restaurants, quick service restaurants and food carts and stores. Live entertainment is common and if you're lucky you might be able to watch Illumination fireworks right from your balcony. The rooms have been recently renovated and look beautiful. Only complaint is the joint bus transportation to Animal and Magic Kingdom that is shared with the 4 other surrounding resorts.

      With over 20 WDW vacations under our belt at 10 different on property resorts, the Boardwalk Villas are our favorite.
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      Registered: December 2010
      Location: NY
      Posts: 6
      Review Date: Tue June 14, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Room updates are beautiful so accommodating
      Cons: None

      We are DVC members and had reservations for a split stay 3 days in a studio and then 3 days in 1 bedroom (couldn't get one room for the week all booked) at the Boardwalk the studio had Boardwalk view well we were on the 5th floor and facing the Boardwalk but the balcony was all wood wall and so high I couldn't see down so I called the front desk and in 30 mins we got a call back and were given a 1 bedroom with pool and garden view for the week. This was so wonderful, room was great redone and fresh and new. The people at the Boardwalk are so wonderful especially Queniveer she was so kind and helpful. But the Boardwalk staff are and have been so accommodating any time we had issues. Love staying there
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      Registered: January 2016
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Wed January 27, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Everything! Updates are fabulous!
      Cons: None

      January 2016, Updated villa was fabulous! Loved the flatscreens in the living room and bedroom. Love the laminate floors. Outstanding views.This resort is fabulous, great location, wonderful amenities (might have wished to be closer to the elevator at the end of the long nights). Our new favorite resort!
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      Registered: September 2011
      Location: Oklahoma City
      Posts: 52
      Review Date: Fri December 18, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Beautiful update!
      Cons: None

      My husband & I took an adults only trip the first week of November to celebrate my birthday at the Food & Wine Festival in EPCOT, so the Boardwalk Villas were an excellent choice. This was our second time to stay here and we were very happy with this stay. We stayed in a newly renovated studio on the 3rd floor. This time we were accommodated in our request for a room near the elevators, which also had a great view of the courtyard. I was very impressed with the room updates. The color scheme was very peaceful. There were nice, dark "wood" floors in the entry, a beautiful new tile backsplash at the kitchenette. The room did offer a fold out sofa as well as the new Murphy bed under the TV. We had plenty of storage. My only complaint would be that the tile in the bathtub hadn't been changed out, it looks a little shabby next to all the beautiful new appointments. Also, the "Disney" theme is much less obvious now. There were hidden Mickey's in the curtains but I didn't notice any others.
      I love the Boardwalk area. There are so many restaurants and fun activities, like Jellyrolls and the Boardwalk games. It's an easy walk to EPCOT or Hollywood Studios, making it a prefect choice for those who are spending most of their time at these parks. It's a really great resort. The staff was very friendly & helpful. We love staying here and would recommend it to anyone.
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      Registered: November 2015
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Mon November 9, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location location location!
      Cons: Absolutely none

      Have stayed here 10 or 11 times now and have been pleased every single time. From the front desk cast members to the "Mouse keeping" staff, we have found everyone very helpful and polite.
      Please be advised that you DO NOT have to belong to the DVC (Disney Vacation Club) to reserve a 1 bedroom suite, but they are primarily for DVD members. We have never had a problem getting one for the dates we wish, so...
      Anyway - great location (EPCOT and Hollywood Studios are very close), excellent restaurants close to the hotel. It's Disney, so it's pretty darn good - always! We will stay here again (and again, and again...).
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      Registered: October 2007
      Posts: 42
      Review Date: Thu October 1, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, atmosphere
      Cons: None

      Love the Boardwalk. Best location, local restaurants, atmosphere. Just a great place to stay. We had to cut our visit short unexpectedly, and concierge staff was very helpful.
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      Registered: October 2012
      Location: Easton, PA
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Mon May 18, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Atmosphere, location, staff, etc...
      Cons: none

      Just returned from a wonderful stay at the Boardwalk Inn, 5/6-13. We'd wanted to stay here for some time, and finally got around to it this trip. I have to say, after the Grand Floridian Villas, it's now my second favorite resort. The theme and ambiance are amazing. It has a wonderful 1920s-30s vibe, with lots of period touches and vintage music (Benny Goodman, Casa Loma Orch, Duke Ellington, etc…). The pool was great, with an amazing slide. The restaurants and lounge were also all excellent. And of course, being able to walk to Epcot AND MGM is awesome. Only downside, that some minor things in the rooms could use some tlc, but nothing major thank goodness. The resort is almost 20 years old, so overall it's in great shape. Also, as a DVC member, the low number of points it takes to stay here is a huge plus! Would absolutely stay here again, and highly recommend it!
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      Registered: February 2012
      Location: Massachusetts
      Posts: 14
      Review Date: Fri February 6, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, staff, transportation
      Cons: None

      My family (self, wife, 2 daughters ages 4 and 6) stayed at the Boardwalk the last week of January, 2015. We loved it. We typically rent points from a DVC member so we can stay at a Deluxe hotel for a reasonable price. We thoroughly enjoy being in the Disney bubble for a full week and being in the middle of the magic makes this worth the expense for us. We stayed in a Studio room with not much of a view.

      We have previously stayed at All Star Movies, Port Orleans FQ, Animal Kingdom and Saratoga Springs. We enjoyed this resort at least as much as Animal Kingdom. The atmosphere isn't quite as good for kids but the location is superb. The walk to Epcot is literally ten minutes. The walk to Hollywood Studios was 17 minutes pushing a double stroller. Not having to wait for buses at the end of the day was great. You could also take water transportation to either resort if you liked. The bus ride to Magic Kingdom was 10 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at night in the traffic which was the least of anywhere we've stayed.

      The room itself was nice, a DVC studio. We put our girls on the couch and took the bed. Having a fridge and microwave to prepare breakfast in the room (cereal, waffles/sausage) saves chunk of money. Highly recommended. You can pack lunches a few days in the parks as well. It adds up.

      The staff was very friendly, I had a small problem checking in but the woman at the desk was new. Other than that, when we were walking through the lobby my 6 year old noticed balloons and quietly commented on them and one of the bellhops practically came running over and asked her if she wanted a balloon and said she could pick one out. She was so happy.

      We asked for and got a room at the back by the Luna pool on a higher floor to minimize noise, I suppose we could have gotten a better view but we were trying to get a room that our girls would sleep in.

      The Boardwalk is on our list for a return visit, I recommend it highly.
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      Registered: March 2011
      Location: Rhode Island
      Posts: 40
      Review Date: Sat January 31, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): location
      Cons: needs refurbishment

      We spent 9 days in a deluxe studio villa, handicap accessible. We didn't request that type of room but I believe we were placed there because we asked to be near the elevators. This was a first floor room which also meant it had a large outdoor patio area that faced the Luna pool. With the doors closed, there was no noise from the pool at all. We were also right across from the guest laundry.

      The staff was wonderful. The lifeguard at the pool helped us with some first aid needs for my daughter and couldn't have been more professional. Really first rate.

      Special note to Nick, who works in the activities department. He went the extra, extra mile to replace a prize that my daughter won the previous day and later lost on a ride at MK.

      The cons here are the current state of the overall area.
      The room really needs new carpet. The walls have some chips. The bathroom in this particular room lacked some basic things like shelves and hooks. Very limited space to put your stuff. There was no built in safe in the room either. This seemed to shock the front desk and they insisted it was somewhere in the room!! Housekeeping brought us a portable one, which could easily be walked off with! But it was fine.

      The location cannot be beat though. We'll stay again for sure!
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