Day 11 of Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here! Today we said goodbye to Disney’s Beach Club Resort and hello to Disney’s BoardWalk Villas for the final leg of our four resorts trip!
The Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019 Trip Report Index tells you a bit about the planning of this trip, as well as some info about us – me, Michelle; and my husband, Steve. It also, of course, has the full list of days for the trip.
Day 11: Check-in: Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Shopping at Super Target; Lunch at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory; Epcot World Showcase; Dinner from BoardWalk To-Go Kiosk on Disney’s BoardWalk
March 5, 2019
Our morning started off with us checking out of Disney’s Beach Club Villas and leaving our luggage with Bell Services to transfer to our next resort – Disney’s BoardWalk Villas!
We didn’t have to worry about remembering our swimming gear this time as we were actually going shopping for a while and then heading over to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, as it was Mardi Gras!
As I explained a couple of days ago, Disney can transfer luggage for you when you move from one Disney Resort to the next. However, they can’t guarantee a time, so if there is something in your luggage that you might need – such as swimming costumes – then pack them into your day bag so you can still enjoy the pool! We made that mistake and missed several hours of hot weather pool time.
So, with our luggage safely in transit, we got in the car and drove to Kissimmee and Highway 192 to go to one of my favorite shops when on holiday on Orlando – Super Target!
It’s the sort of shop that just sells EVERYTHING! The closest British shop I could liken it to would be a combo of The Range, Wilko and maybe a big Tesco Superstore.
You can buy clothes, homewares, kitchen/dining stuff, make-up, arts and crafts, party decor, toys, books, electrical goods, and even groceries. The particular store we go to is huge and I’m quite happy going up and down the aisle looking at all the awesome American products that I can’t buy here in the UK!
With Easter on its way, I focused on taking pictures of some of the Easter goodies that they had for sale. I am surprised to see that they do not sell big Easter Eggs like we do here in the UK! But they sell tons of candy and chocolates to go inside Easter Baskets that’s for sure.
After our shopping spree, we received a text to say that our room was ready at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas, which was really handy! So we drove to the resort to offload all of our shopping, leaving us free to go out for a late lunch.
Disney’s BoardWalk is another of my favorite places at Walt Disney World. The boardwalk itself is a quarter-mile long and reminiscent of Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. There are shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment, and it’s a great place to hang out during the day or in the evening for some non-park time.
A big bonus of this resort is that it is within walking distance to two Disney Parks – Epcot and Hollywood Studios! But if walking isn’t your thing, you can easily catch one of the Friendship Boats to transport you across the water.
There are two parts to the accommodation – hotel rooms in the BoardWalk Inn, and the Disney Vacation Club’s BoardWalk Villas (BWV). We stayed in BWV studio room 2052.
The theme of the resort is old-timey carnival, and there are some strange décor choices around the resort that will make you question everything! But more on that a little later on!
The carpets in the hallways have big bold circular patterns on them which reminded me of lollipops and ferris wheels – very fitting for this resort, that’s for sure.
Coming to a studio room after a 1-bedroom villa was, I guess a bit of an anti-climax, however, we found the room to be spacious and airy, and not overbearing with the theme. It has a somewhat beachy, seaside vibe to it, and we really enjoyed staying here.
The studio rooms can accommodate up to 5 guests, with a big comfy king size bed, a pull-out sofa bed, and a pull-down murphy bed which has a sweet Dumbo painting inside!
I can imagine it feeling cramped with 5 people in the room, but for us, it was perfect.
A big flatscreen television hangs above the murphy bed – you just have to move the two chairs out of the way to pull it down.
Because this is DVC accommodation there is a kitchenette with a sink, fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, and paper/plastic plates, bowls, knives, forks, etc to use. They also provide a little bottle of dish soap, a dish sponge and a dish cloth. I believe there are “real” cups and glasses, but I can’t remember exactly now!
It’s enough of a setup to get by to make some meals in your room if you so wish. I know in the past we’ve bought microwave meals and sandwich fillers to save some money on Disney dining!
And finally, the bathroom which has the bath and toilet in one room, and the sink and vanity unit separate. Other room amenities include a closet and safe – but no washing/drying machine like in the larger 1 to 3 bedroom villas!
We had a small balcony and our view was of the Luna Park Pool, which is the main pool at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas. There are a couple of smaller pools at the resort too.
Luna Park Pool is carnival themed with a 200-foot long slide which looks like an old fashioned wooden rollercoaster. The exit is the most hideous of theming I have seen at a Disney Resort and if you are scared of clowns, this was a pool to avoid!
I say “was”, because the pool has had a facelift and the slide is now themed with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto (as styled in the newer Mickey Mouse cartoons), so no more scary clowns for your nightmares!
Seriously, I don’t know who thought this was a good idea, but I’m glad its gone – I’m not a fan of clowns, they freak me out!
Other pool area amenities are also provided such as floatation jackets and pool noodles, plenty of seating and loungers, as well as a spa/hot tub and a kiddie pool.
The carousel is actually a food and drink kiosk called Leaping Horse Libations. Sandwiches, salads and snacks are served until 9pm, and there are a range of alcoholic drinks – beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as your usual non-alcoholic options.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to visit this pool on this trip – we were too busy doing other stuff! But at least I got a photo of that scary clown slide before it was torn down!!