(CLOSED) Disney's BOARDWALK INN and VILLAS Information Thread ~2012~

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  1. MoonFaerie

    MoonFaerie DIS Veteran

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    Woo-hoo! Just booked BWI CL for the Princess Half Marathon weekend. :woohoo: Can't wait! I love the Boardwalk, and I've always wanted to stay club level.
     
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    The BoardWalk's Luna Pool will be closed January 28 through early March. Shuttles will take BoardWalk guests who want to swim over to Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach Club. Check with the Front Desk for times and current details.




    The BoardWalk Bakery will undergo renovations from January 6 - April 26, 2013. The renovation will include a new entrance, queue area, and refillable mug station. When the bakery reopens, the menu will include soups, sandwiches, and salads. During the closure, some bakery goodies will be sold from a temporary tent set up outside on the boardwalk. You'll find the tent located between the BoardWalk To Go kiosk and BoardWalk Joe's Margarita Bar. The temporary location will offer a limited selection of pastries, sandwiches, snacks, and drinks, and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Belle Vue Lounge, off of the hotel's main lobby, will still be open for continental breakfast as usual. For guests who are using refillable mugs, you'll still be able to pick up the mugs at the temporary tent location, or at Seashore Sweets, located adjacent to the Bakery. Guests can refill their mugs at the temporary location from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. After 11 a.m., refills will be available at the Boardwalk Pizza Window until midnight. Guests can also refill their mugs during these hours at Belle Vue Lounge, Seashore Sweets, and Leaping Horse. (Note also that Leaping Horse will also be closed during a scheduled pool renovation from January 28 through early March.)

    From: The latest AllEars Newsletter.
     
  4. gometros

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    We do that too, I work half a day and then catch an afternoon flight. We're going in May too, which we do every year. Planning for a May trip gets me through the cold winter.
     
  5. WDWKOOK

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    Let's 'acronymize' Monsieur Paul to MP - I agree with you, what were they thinking? Ratatouilles maybe, but not Monsieur Paul:sad2:. We last dined at Artist Point in August and we weren't as happy with our meal and service as we were in the past, but I know many love it, so don't let our experience dissuade you.

    If your flight doesn't even land till 7:15 and then you have to get out of the airport and drive to BWI, it could be after 8:30 before you even arrive. I'm not a late-night European style diner, so eating dinner after 9 wouldn't be so fun. Have you considered something on the BW or Epcot? Is it an Epcot PM EMH night?

    Here's the link to my April 2012 BWI/CL review:

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2908723



    You're going to love it! Have fun planning:)
     
  6. Sandi

    Sandi A proud Spartans fan.

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    A question on a different thread got me thinking about exits from the building. Are there exits from the building that are not the "main" entrance? I'm sure there are ways to get out of the building, but are they just fire exits? Like if you are in one of the wings away from the main entrance, can you get out and walk across the grounds or parking area to kind of short cut to the DHS walkway? I hope I'm making sense.

    Thanks!
     
  7. dis-happy

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    Yes! The best thing booking BWV standard view is you can pop right out on the walkway that leads to DHS (just past the Community Hall). There are also doors that exit to the quiet pool and the Clown Pool. I'm not big on elevators anyway, and so find the many stairways at BW very convenient.
     
  8. nascargirl

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    Heading to BWI CL 5/23-6/2 with SFBANK and family.:banana:
     
  9. jackemail

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    Well, drat, nascargirl! Just missing you at BWI....we'll be there (finally) on June 4. Shame to just miss y'all by 2 days.
     
  10. Sandi

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    Thanks for the info. We are actually BWI standard for this trip. I'm glad to know we can find stairs and exits!

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  11. juljas

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    Does anyone know if you can not use the sofa bed and instead get a rollaway?
     
  12. nascargirl

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    What a bummer Jackemail. I am glad to see that you are able to return. I know it has been a while for all of you.
     
  13. WDWKOOK

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    On select dates between now and January 25th, the Boardwalk Resort is conducting a new guest experience, the BoardWalk Ballyhoo Guided Tour!

    This free 35 minute guided tour explores the history of the original boardwalk in Atlantic City that inspired our Disney Imagineers and showcases the artifacts, distinct period artwork and architecture unique to Disneys BoardWalk Resort.

    The tour is offered:
    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - December 26, 27 and 28,
    Monday, Tuesday and Friday from January 07 through January 25.

    The tour starts at 2PM and meets at the Belle Vue Lounge

    This is a testing period for the tour to see if it might become a regular offering.


    http://land.allears.net/blogs/debwills/2012/12/boardwalk_ballyhoo_guided_tour_1.html
     
  14. jenneth79

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    We will be there May 10-15th. Of all the times I've been to Disney, I've never done May, so this will be a fun experiment. I like the idea of longer days / more daylight - plus it pushes Wishes to later in the evening when we can catch them after a nice dinner!pixiedust:

    Last week it was great planning the trip - though this week I can't believe how warm it has been! Winter is so confusing anymore.... half the time it's 20, the other half 60 outside!

    Thanks for the link! I have to agree with you on the CL layout being my least favorite aspect of BWI. We were lucky enough to be within the doors (right across the hallway from the lounge, actually) and sound on the boardwalk itself was pretty light - but I wonder if that has more to do with F&W drawing all the crowds more than better window seals. :confused3

    My DH and I are pretty good about late dinners, we're thinking this might be the perfect opportunity to finally spend some time at Raglan Road. I was also considering Epcot, but it's not worth paying another park ticket day just to have dinner in the park. Flying Fish was not a great experience for us last time, and while I love Yachtsman, I'm thinking something "more simple" will work for us.

    Then again, the reality will probably be me getting to the hotel room exhausted and ordering a pizza!!!:rotfl2:
     
  15. Deb & Bill

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    DVC will not provide any rollaways. They don't have any.
     
  16. JessiBelle22

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    The sofa beds, are they comfortable? Someone mentioned, I read somewhere, that it wasn't comfortable at all, and very small.

    I haven't seen a picture of the sofa bed pulled out as a bed. Would anyone happen to have a photo of it? Just wondering what the room space looks like when it's pulled out, and how in general what the "bed" would look like. Haven't stayed in a room with a sofa bed.

    September 2013 WDW! :-)
     
  17. elgerber

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    I do not have any pics, but the Villa sofa beds are very comfortable, they are not your typical sofa beds at all. They are queen size.
     
  18. Missyrose

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    If you're staying in a studio, the sofa bed will be a full, not a queen (I believe).
     
  19. JessiBelle22

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    We're staying in a standard room, with a sofa bed. I'm guessing, maybe not much of a difference between the villas sofa beds, and standard rooms?? But thank you, for your response! :-)

    September 2013 WDW! :-)
     
  20. Kerrio929

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    We stayed in a standard inn side room and the sofa bed was more twin looking. The back of the sofa rolled forward to make the bed instead of the traditional folded up full size bed. We never slept on it but it seemed comfy when we checked it out
     
  21. HARASW

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    I just got back a few hours ago, and I wanted to share some information about the tour. I was glad to see that a post was already here.

    This tour will only be given, for now, in January and will resume in March. Anyone who is interested, should check at the front desk to be sure that the tour will be given on the planned days of the week. This week, the days were changed. No notice was given and the flyers still had the original days listed. It was only by chance, that I was speaking with a cast member and she mentioned the change to me.

    My group was made up of 15 guests, which seemed to be the largest group, yet. It was a fun, curious group and we enjoyed each other's company and questions. The tour was given by a CL CM who is sweet and spoke making sure that everyone could hear her. I won't give too many details. I will say that it was a nice, 25 minute tour. I did learn a few things that I didn't know. But, for those like me, who are very familiar with the hotel, I don't know if I would recommend it, the way it is given now.

    At the end of the tour, we were given some ice cream samples at the sweet shop on the Boardwalk. We were also given a survey to fill out, which will help them decide the best time to give the tour and what information needs to be changed to make the tour better.

    All in all, if you have some free time, take the tour.
     
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