Opening Date: July 1, 1996
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2042
2020 Annual Dues per Point: $7.37 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $190 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $115-$120 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: 2023-2024
Boardwalk Inn and Villas resort was only the second Walt Disney World DVC resort, though the fourth to enter the system after Hilton Head and Vero Beach. This was also the first and current only resort to be built with the hotel side and DVC side being constructed at the same time, with the Inn side of the resort being closer to Epcot and the villas side being closer to Hollywood Studios. Boardwalk Inn and Villas is themed to the early-1900s Atlantic City Boardwalk, and as such has built-in entertainment and dining venues within the resort itself. It was constructed as part of Michael Eisner's Disney Decade, and opened on July 1, 1996.
Upon start of sales in 1996 (Exact date TBD) the sales price was $62.75 per point. The resort was considered "sold out" in November of 2000, the same month that the Villas at Wilderness Lodge opened. Final direct sales prices were at $67. The Boardwalk was the second preview center opened after the one at Old Key West was shut down, and as of 2020 the Boardwalk preview center is still in fact open to tour. The annual maintenace fees started at $3.70 per point per year. All contracts at Boardwalk have an end date January 31, 2042.
The resort is in the middle in terms of size, with 383 units and a total of 4,888,800 points at the resort. The resort has an unusal feature in that there are NO dedicated 2-bedrooms. This is the ONLY full resort in the system with no dedicated 2-bedroom units. (Jambo House at AKV also doesn't have dedicated 2-bedrooms, but Kidani village does, so even that resort has dedicated units.) If all lock-offs are sold off as studios/one-bedrooms - there can be as many as 532 units.
There are three room categories. The Standard rooms are on the "front" of the property facing green space and the parking lot. These rooms are the closest to Hollywood Studios. Pool/Garden rooms are the majority of the rooms and mostly face the main / quiet pool and the Swan Resort. The Boarwalk view rooms are just as described, looking out on the Boardwalk. While a nicer view, these can be noisier especially the lower rooms. At this resort - Pool/Garden and Boardwalk views are the same number of points, making the Boardwalk views very popular. (Standard view are still the most popular because of the lower point price.) One point on Boardwalk views, while the rooms do face Epcot - the view of the nightime show is not great - you can see some of the higher fireworks over the hotel side of the building, but don't expect a clear view of the show.
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
2101 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
GPS: 28.364663, -81.553656
Front Desk: (407) 939-5100
Fax: (407) 939-5150
All DVC studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility
Standard view 1 bedroom room numbers 2123, 3123 and 4123 have extra large living rooms and extra large balconies.
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa:
3 Bedroom Grand Villa:
Because of the presence of the Boardwalk, there is a huge selection of dining options at the Boardwalk. However, it should be pointed out that all of them except for the Belle Vue Lounge require traveling outdoors to get to the various options.
There is only one Laundry - 1st floor near the elevators at the center of the resort - with 3 washers and 3 dryers. Washers and Dryers can be monitored by using the website Laundry View here (or their app).
There are many options for going to Epcot (back entrance known as the International Gateway) and Hollywood Studios. Best known are the Friendship boats, which run roughly every 20 minutes from the center of the Boardwalk. Boats go from Boardwalk directly to Epcot with a 5 minute ride, while the boats heading to Hollywood studios stop at Beach/Yacht Club and Swan/Dolphin before reaching Hollywood Studios and typically take about 15 minutes once boarding the boat. A second boat option is to walk over to Swan/Dolphin and catch the boat there. The walk is probably 5-7 minutes so it may be a shorter opportunity, especially if a boat just left from Boardwalk in that direction.
A second option for traveling to either of these parks is to walk. The distance really depends on where in the villas you are staying as from one end of the other is probably a 5 minute walk, but the walk to epoct is probably 5-10 minutes (I've beaten the friendship boat back from Epcot while walking), while the walk to Hollywood Studios is probably 12-17 minutes.
Third option is the Skyliner. This doesn't benefit travel to Epcot, but for a different experience, members can travel to Epcot by boat or foot and take the Skyliner to Hollywood Studios. This would take more time than walking and probably more time than the boat. The Skyliner can also take you to the Riviera, Carrbean Beach, Pop Century and Art of Animation resorts for a change of pace.
For all other destinations on property - the bus is the only option. (Unless you walk through Epcot to the monorail.) There is only one bus stop for Boardwalk which is outside the main entrance and down a path to the left. Often the Disney Springs and water park buses are shared with the Swan and Dolphin creating an extra stop. This may happen with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom during the day, but those buses usually travel directly to the parks. Boardwalks central location makes the travel distance fairly consistant to all locations.