Because nothing says “Christmas” like clowns and organized crime, we’re headed to the BoardWalk Inn to check out this year’s Christmas decorations. Last month, we took a pretty good look at the stores and restaurants that make up the BoardWalk, so I won’t rehash that post here. But!!!!!!!!!!! We’ll actually go inside the BoardWalk this time, so not all is lost.
The BoardWalk exterior isn’t particularly decorated. I guess if this was a bolder website, I would say that the exterior of the BoardWalk isn’t decorated for Christmas at all.
Lovely as always.
Here we are approaching the back entrance of the BoardWalk Inn from the BoardWalk area. Compared to the size of the Christmas trees at the Grand Floridian and the various theme parks, this one doesn’t win on size alone.
Lamp posts wrapped up nicely.
A slightly better look at the tree.
Pretty generic. Some gun ornaments would liven things up. Maybe some mail fraud indictments or instructions on how to better launder money would be appropriate. It is Atlantic City after all.
Looks like we found out where Disney put all those planters that used to sit in front of Fulton’s in Downtown Disney. Either that, or Home Depot had another Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale.
Here we are out in front of the main entrance. The appropriate number of Christmas-themed garlands welcome us.
Stitch in his holiday gazebo is the main attraction just inside the lobby.
A head-on look.
Stitch is either slow-cooking duck for dinner or poor Donald forgot to put out the fire before delivering gifts. Might want to leave this one to Goofy, Donald. Didn’t think I would ever hear anyone say that about Goofy.
One Stitch too many.
A better look at the back of the gazebo and the garlands hanging from the ceiling.
Stitch has taken over a gingerbread replica of the BoardWalk Bakery next to his gazebo.
A cute scene on the back of the bakery wall. Lilo, Minnie, Clarabelle Cow all bake…I think I’m detecting a pattern here.
Unlike most of the other gingerbread displays, Disney doesn’t sell gingerbread cookies, shingles, or much else that you’d want to eat on the spot. Only Gingerbread Houses and Stollen Bread are offered and the hours of operation are shorter, though the gazebo and bakery will be on display all day and night.
A better look at the size of it all.
This guy decided it would be hilarious to make a face in this photograph, so I guess I should do him a favor and post it on the internet for thousands of people to see. Congrats buddy, you’re famous! Disney has a very nice holiday display to the left of the gingerbread bakery. They’ve got the two Christmas trees and the fireplace going in the background.
A better look after I yelled, “Get lost!”
Disney doesn’t say no to very many opportunities to hang garlands.
The Belle Vue lounge inside the BoardWalk Inn – one of my favorites. We’ll come back to take a better look later. It’s very nicely decorated though.
A look in the opposite direction. If you’re looking for a drink in the BoardWalk area, the Belle Vue Lounge is one of your best bets. Ask for something off-menu.
That about sums up the holiday decorations at the BoardWalk. It’s not necessarily worth going out of your way to visit, but it’s certainly convenient to pop in if you’re visiting Epcot or staying at one of the Epcot area resorts.
We’ll take a look at some other points of varying interest as long as we’re here:
Can anyone think of a nicer patch of grass? Great benches if you’re looking to sit down and relax for a few minutes on the walk from Epcot to Hollywood Studios. I’ve walked it dozens of times and it’s always further than I remember. If you see a 26 year old male sitting here sipping bourbon out of a flask, it’s probably me. I’ve never seen anyone else doing that. So yes, do say hi.
Disney Vacation Club with a model room now open! The exclamation point is theirs.
Stopping at the BoardWalk Pizza Window for a slice.
Seemingly reasonable prices.
This is actually two slices. While I ordered one, the girl serving pizza assured me that the first slice was small and thus, I was deserving of a second slice. Being beautiful has its advantages, but I assure you some things are hard for us too. The pizza here is pretty terrible. A step down from regular Disney theme park pizza, if you can believe that. It’s surprising because they do make the pizzas fresh right inside the window. I’ve been told that the whole pizzas are better than the ones by the slice, but I’ve never had the stomach for a whole pizza. Anyway, the pizza would be okay in a pinch, but it’s definitely not something to go out of your way for. It was a decent value since I got two slices for $4.49, but it really is a small piece of pizza for the money should you not be attractive enough to garner a second slice at no additional cost.
The view from the BoardWalk tables along Crescent Lake is among the best on Disney property.
The Yacht Club is across the way, in addition to the Beach Club and the rest of the BoardWalk. If you’re really lucky, you might be able to scope out some babes on the beach too.
Back inside the BoardWalk. This is the hall that leads to the Belle Vue Lounge and many of the guest rooms.
This painting looks like it’s right out of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be neat if Disney’s BoardWalk was this cool!
I think this is the only lounge on Disney property that doubles as a breakfast option in the morning. It’s perfect because they’ll be serving pastries when you wake up in the morning…still in the same chair as last night. As the sign indicates, your other breakfast options are a table service breakfast at Kouzzina or the BoardWalk Bakery. Kouzzina serves an excellent breakfast if you have a “lazy morning” planned. Both of these places are located outside the resort on the main BoardWalk.
The Belle Vue Lounge dressed up for the holidays a bit. It’s a great space with a fun variety of chairs, couches, and bar stools.
The bar itself. It won’t open for a couple more hours.
A nice variety of books, art, and knickknacks add to the ambiance.
Another look at the area.
An interesting set piece across from one of the elevator banks.
I think I have that pitcher.
The roller coaster model in the lobby. Amusingly, this looks more exciting than most of Disney’s roller coasters.
Over to Dundy’s Sundries, the only shop you’ll find inside of the BoardWalk Inn itself.
A nice variety of resort-specific merchandise:
That Mickey and Minnie on a surrey bike is particularly cute.
If you’re trying to come up with a way to convince your child’s teacher that a trip to Walt Disney World is “educational,” you might consider pointing out that there are a few bits of knowledge around the BoardWalk lobby. Here, we’re learning about rounding boards.
As always, don’t forget to look up. Probably not a good place to stand in a cataclysmic earthquake. Or a cataclysmic anything, really.
Member Memories collage.
Hope you remember, since you can’t really meet 4th of July Mickey these days.
A great view from just outside the BoardWalk Inn’s lobby. Those are some very, very small chairs out front there.
A nice row of rocking chairs for the adults.
Leaping Horse Libations outside across from the feature pool. Probably the best-themed pool bar on property. If your football game is nationally televised, most of the resort pool bars or lounges would be a good place to see the game. Leaping Horse has several televisions.
The menu should look familiar:
A creepy photo of the pool slide. I basically took this picture and scampered away. I won’t post the clown mouth at the end of the slide since I know it freaks some people out.
One more from a safe distance.
The line was only a little out the door at the ESPN Club.
That’s about it for now.