Attentive service in the lobby and in restaurants, but housekeeping is only every four days
Service here is top-notch
The service here is among the most attentive within Disney resorts -- none of the restaurants are self-serve (as you'll find at the "Moderate-" or "Value-level" resorts); the large bell staff assists guests with valet parking and luggage delivery; room service is available all day (though it's not 24 hours). However, unlike at Disney's Deluxe-level resorts (not villas), housekeeping only services suites every four days.
A major advantage of staying at any of the Disney resorts is that you're guaranteed a set of free services. These include free transportation within Disney, off-hours access to the parks, and the ability use the room key card to charge theme-park purchases to the rooms.
No daily housekeeping; suites cleaned every four days
No self-serve restaurants, unlike the lower-tier Disney resorts -- even deli food and coffee is served by an actual person
Free shuttle to and from Orlando International Airport; free delivery of one luggage item per person
Free shuttle bus to all Disney theme parks; buses can arrive, however, at irregular times (long waits are common)
Free access to facilities at any other Disney resorts; guests can charge activities and meals from the parks or other resorts to their room
Concierge desk. Mainly, the concierge can help guests book an activity or get tickets to an event.
During peak travel times, restaurant reservations are required to avoid long wait times (up to two hours, in some cases).
Valet parking charged per day (self-parking is free).
Centrally located and within walking distance of Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and several other resorts on scenic Crescent Lake
An Epcot resort, and one of the most central properties within Disney World, the Disney Boardwalk Villas is located on Crescent Lake, next to the Disney Boardwalk Inn and the Yacht and Beach Club resorts. It's extremely well situated next to Epcot and Hollywood Studios (as well as the other Epcot resorts), though the only way to get there is by boat or by foot -- no other transportation is provided. Getting to the other parks, including the Magic Kingdom, requires a car or waiting for the Disney shuttle service (which can be inconsistent).
Free bus transportation to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Downtown Disney (all within five to 15 minutes, depending on traffic)
15-minute drive to International Drive, a 14.5-mile road parallel to Interstate 4 that's full of hotels, strip malls, outlet shops, and restaurants
25-minute drive to Orlando International Airport (Disney provides a free shuttle service)
Goodings, though expensive, will deliver groceries to the resort ($50 minimum order); online orders also available.
The Winn-Dixie is more affordable, and it's just a 10- to 15-minute drive from the resort on South Apopka Vineland Road.
More like upscale condos than luxury hotel rooms, these suites are among the best in Disney.
A One Bedroom Villa
Often occupied by Disney time-share members, Disney's Boardwalk Villas is an all-suites resort -- all of the guest rooms are either studios, one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites. They are among Disney's largest and best-furnished rooms: Only the Grand Floridian and Polynesian resorts' basic rooms start bigger than the guest rooms here, and furnishings, though themed differently, are also comparable. But like most Disney resorts, the suites here aren't quite up to the same standards set by luxury resorts elsewhere in Orlando, like the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, or Universal's resorts (such as Portofino Bay) -- polyester bedspreads (rather than down duvets), dowdy decor, small flat-screen televisions, and technology that's just catching up to the greater hotel industry's curve.
All guest rooms are large suites, starting with 412-square-foot studios that sleep four guests. There are also one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that sleep from four to twelve guests; all are among Disney's biggest rooms.
Full kitchens with stoves and ovens in all but the studios; studios have microwaves and fridges, but no stoves.
Small balconies and ground-floor terraces on every suite
Comfortable, but not overly luxurious beds: pillow-top mattresses; cotton-polyester-blend sheets; polyester bedspreads (not down duvets)
Small, 27-inch flat-screen TV and a DVD player; In the one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, there's a TV in the bedroom(s) and the living room.
No alarm radios or iPod hookups (unlike at other top-tier Disney resorts)
All but the studio suites have large bathrooms with separate bathtubs and standing showers (studios have a combined tub/shower)
Bulgari-brand toiletries; better than the bath products at most Disney resorts
Free wi-fi property-wide
Huge pool with waterslides for kids, a quiet pool for adults, and a full set of resort amenities for kids and adults
Fitness center is open 24-hours
A wide range of features is dispersed throughout the property, so that there's a good distance between the waterslides and the 21-and-up piano bar. So while you might have to walk a few minutes to find what you're looking for, just about anything a traveler could ever need is on-site.
Screen Door General Store and Dundy's Sundries, the resort's convenience shops, sell an exhaustive collection of Disney souvenirs and products, as well as a small selection of snacks (at typically inflated resort prices).
Business center and convention center
Free parking on premise and throughout all Disney theme parks
For a Disney resort, the Boardwalk Villas is a bit more subdued, but extremely well equipped for families.
Carnival games on The Boardwalk
Since the Boardwalk Villas' 1920s Atlantic City theme is relatively void -- though not completely -- of larger-than-life Disney characters, the resort can feel are a bit more subdued than some of the other Disney resorts, like the Animal Kingdom Lodge or the Polynesian Resort. Still, the hotel does a great job catering to families, and the three-bedroom suites can sleep up to 12 people.
Studio suites contain one queen bed and double-size sleeper sofa (maximum occupancy is four).
One-Bedroom Suites contain one master bedroom with a king-size bed and a living room with a sleeper sofa (sleeps four). Two- and Three-Bedroom Suites (sleeps eight or tweleve people, respectively) also have a second (or third) bedroom that has a queen-size bed and a sleeper sofa.
Concierge can arrange for private in-room babysitters through a separate company.
Kids' menus with reasonable prices are available at almost all restaurants and from room service.
Luna Park pool has kid-friendly waterslides, activities, and lifeguards on duty.
Luna Park Crazy House play area, located next to the pool and waterslide, is a large playground with slides, bars, and bridges for kids.
Two smaller, quieter pools are located on the adjacent Disney Boardwalk Inn property.
Very clean, but housekeeping is only every four or eight days (depending on the length of your stay)
The grounds and rooms are extremely well kept, but the villas are treated as vacation homes with less frequent housekeeping services than a more traditional hotel. For guests staying seven days or less, trash and towel service is only provided on the fourth day. Guest staying longer get alternate full housekeeping service and trash and towel service every four days.
Formal or informal, in-room or on the boardwalk, cheap or expensive, the resort has an exhaustive range of options. Plus, with a full kitchen in all of the one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, guests can also save cash by preparing their own meals (see the Location section for info on nearby grocery stores).
Kouzzina -- an upscale Mediterranean restaurant run by the first female Iron Chef, Cat Cora -- is the resort's star restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner .
Flying Fish Café serves New American cuisine for dinner.
ESPN Club serves American bar and grill food for lunch and dinner, under 100 flat-screen TVs and along with live game commentary.