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Old 03-01-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Boardwalk/Boardwalk Villas: please tell me the pros and cons

We are thinking of trying BWV or Boardwalk next trip but I really don't know much about it. Can anyone that's stayed there please share the pros and cons!
We've stayed at the BC and LOVE it, but the BW always looks so pretty across the way. Thanks!
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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We love BWI/BWV and we also love BC/BCV. We've stayed at both and probably prefer BW. I love having a view of the Boardwalk and being so close to the restaurants and activities out there. The lobby is beautiful, I love the bar, and I love sitting out on the porch. The hallways are long, and you may have to park quite far away compared to BC. Also, the pool isn't nearly as exciting for my kids as Stormalong Bay.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:28 PM   #3
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The boardwalk is the pinnacle of what Disney has to offer. The rooms are gorgeous with tons of attention to detail. The views of crescent lake and of the gardens are fantastic. The quiet pools are peaceful and relaxing. The location gives you access to one of the best restaurants on property (flying fish) the best bakery in disney world and some of the most reasonably priced counter service options anywhere. You also get all the entertainment and shopping that is at the boardwalk. The theme is fantastically executed, very refined and elegant while still being fun. You will have a great view of illuminations every night from the boardwalk. You are a short distance from the swan and dolphin restaurants and spa. I could go on forever!
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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I would also like to know the pros and cons for this location.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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Cons: if you are driving, this is the worst parking lot at a Disney resort in my opinion. It is always crowded due to non resort guests shopping and dining.

Long hallways, no counter service restaurant with indoor seating.

Hectic, circus type atmosphere.

I am sure the others will give you plenty of pros, which to us the only one is location. If staying in this area the BC and YC to me personally are a better choice.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:42 PM   #6
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Everone has their own opinion, and if some people can only say negatives about the BW, it is amazes me that the hotel is still open and manages to run to almost full capacity most of the time.

The worst parking lot of any Disney hotel, I belive, is the Grand Floridian. Imagine having a very small self parking lot miles from the lobby, and you need to cross a street with traffic lights to get on to GF property. Yes they have valet parking, but not everyone wants to pay $15 a day.

The BW lobby is probably the quietest of any of the deluxe hotels, and is in no way hectic with a circus type atmosphere. If you want a hectic lobby, nothing beats the BC, GF, or Poly, which attracts throngs and throngs of visitors. If you want a hectic zoo like crowded pool, stay at the Beach Club.
Long hallways, sure they might be considered long by some, but the hallways at AKL and BC are also long. Also, I would much rather walk in the Boardwalk hallways then walk outside at the Poly (try staying in the Tahiti or Rapanui buildings and walking outside in the rain to the lobby) or at the GF if your building is far from the lobby.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:40 PM   #7
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We are thinking of trying BWV or Boardwalk next trip but I really don't know much about it. Can anyone that's stayed there please share the pros and cons!
We've stayed at the BC and LOVE it, but the BW always looks so pretty across the way. Thanks!
I prefer BW and my wife prefers BC. You really can't go wrong with either. We stay at both regularly.. If you have kids, they'll probably prefer the evening activities at BW (carnival games, magicians, etc)..
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:34 PM   #8
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My family didn't like BW because it lacked the food court and we had the quick service dining plan which couldn't be used there except for a snack. We had to go back to the parks just to eat dinner. The resort itself is nice otherwise. Some rooms are an incredibly long walk from the front desk area.
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The boardwalk decor is a bit more busy or loud. the Beach Club decor is more sedate. However, there are more people running around the lobby at the Beach Club.

I love everything about the Boardwalk. I love walking around Crescent Lake. I love the porch overlooking Crescent Lake near the lobby. I love the lobby. Its very whimsical.

I agree about parking. Grand Floridian self parking is MUCH worse.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #10
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OP here, we have stayed at the BC (and LOVE it), but never BW. Do you find it loud when you are in the room, due to the activities going on on the Boardwalk outside? Thanks!
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OP here, we have stayed at the BC (and LOVE it), but never BW. Do you find it loud when you are in the room, due to the activities going on on the Boardwalk outside? Thanks!
We stayed in a dlx CL room just over BW Bakery (3rd floor) and other than the occasional horn from the boats, we didnt hear much noise from the BW. We were there Dec 18-28, so there were definately crowds out there towards the end of the trip. When we were in our room, we typically had the balcony doors open or we were out on the balcony to enjoy the view.
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...I love everything about the Boardwalk. I love walking around Crescent Lake. I love the porch overlooking Crescent Lake near the lobby. I love the lobby. Its very whimsical...
How about those chairs, though? Do you know the ones I am talking about?
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:59 PM   #13
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How about those chairs, though? Do you know the ones I am talking about?
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How about those chairs, though? Do you know the ones I am talking about?
The ones with the faces on them? My wife loves those chairs. I have looked for chairs like that to buy for her but have not had any luck. I did find a birdbath that had a similar design for her.
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We spent 10 nights in a deluxe CL room at BW in Dec. We absolutely fell in love with the hotel & staff. Our room overlooking Crescent Lake was perfection. The noise from the BW was never enough to bother us even with the crowds during the holidays.

The lobby was always peaceful (again, this even with the holidays and other guests coming to see the Gingerbread house).

The hallways were long, but it always seemed to be a quick walk.

During the colder weather, you would occasionally find a street performer just off the lobby.

We didnt get to spend a whole lot of time at the pools, but the time we did, we very much enjoyed.

BW Bakery was delish and convenient.

Enjoyable walk to HS & Epcot.

I could go on and on why we loved BW. We actually were booked for this mid Oct at WL, but upon returning home in late Dec, we changed our booking to go back to BW since we loved it so much!

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