Hi everyone –
We stayed at the Walt Disney World BoardWalk Resort Villas last week for one night. It was a nice visit although a lot isn’t open right now – not just in terms of parks, but also as far as restaurants and entertainment. It was a very quiet visit. I expect that will change as we get closer to park opening (anything I say about parks in the article assumes they will open on schedule this month). I am posting a range of photos from the two days including our room, signs for social distance and health, early morning on the BoardWalk photos and more. I am also embedding our Mousesteps Weekly show talking about the stay.
First, here is our Mousesteps Weekly #355 about the first day of our visit.
Living locally, we’ve been on property many times lately – mostly for Disney Springs. It is always nice to see familiar signage around Walt Disney World.
We had signed up for online check-in, so we didn’t even have to talk to the guard. Nor did we stop at the front desk. There was a Magical Express bus out front when we arrived.
It had been quite some time since we’ve seen the Magical Express buses.
We were fortunate with the weather on both days.
The lobby was mostly empty except for Cast Members. We bypassed the front desk to limit contact with Cast Members.
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort has a lovely lobby and it is even more beautiful during Christmas.
Signage tells guests to maintain distance. There is a lot of signage around.
Chairs Paul and Todd are both here.
They are always a little creepy to me but a familiar sight.
We had a Studio Villa, standard view. The villa is 412 square feet. It is nothing fancy as far as decor, but the point here is location (near Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios when open) and the room size is decent. It was also comfortable.
Here is a video of our room.
There is a queen size bed, a sleeper sofa and then a pull-down for a small adult or child.
The remote control was in plastic. We didn’t end up taking it off.
There is a sign inside talking about enhanced cleaning. Most of this is not visible, including the cleaning of door handles, light switches, etc. I also brought Lysol wipes and wiped down surfaces we were using more often.
Here is a look at the pull-down bed, with Dumbo and Timothy Mouse. I expect to have an article eventually showing just the room.
The information about health on the television was harder to read due to it being “off”, but it was good enough.
These Health and Safety Reminders are everywhere around the resorts, parks, Disney Springs, etc.
Bus transporation goes currently just to Disney Springs.
It is odd to see the different parks with “closed” on them.
Many items are individually wrapped now, including plastic silverware, plates and cups.
There is a coffee maker and Joffrey’s coffee.
We were brought extra cups (we didn’t ask for them).
The shampoo and conditioner from H20+ is in small bottles – in some resorts, these items are in large ones that stay on the walls.
We had a nice balcony.
We rarely saw many other guests out on the BoardWalk. On the second afternoon, there were more as it approached 6:00 p.m.
The tables and chairs are separated from others.
Many of the BoardWalk locations are not open at the moment.
Flying Fish is not open.
Promenade Pier is not currently being used.
The BoardWalk Bakery is open. There are fewer items currently to order, but we aren’t dining inside restaurants so it was a good option for lunch.
There is signage on the floors of each location. I will show more inside the BoardWalk Bakery later in the article.
The BoardWalk Pizza Window is also open.
The ESPN Club is not open right now.
The BoardWalk is one of my favorite places to walk at Walt Disney World.
The one location that was pretty busy is Luna Park. With Stormalong Bay closed at the Beach Club Villas, it made it a little busier.
Health and Safety Reminder sign.
Theming at the pool.
It rained during the afternoon and made for some pretty photos at night.
Lightning was still in the distance.
AbracadaBAR was open. Due to new rules in the state regarding bars, I’m not sure that is still the case.
And at Luna Park, the pool with (creepy) clown was lit up.
Leaping Horse Libation looked like a nice place to pick up food and a drink, but it was a little busy for my comfort during the day.
Elevators say one party or four individuals per elevator.
There are hand sanitizer and wipes in many locations.
The next morning, I went out at 6:15 a.m. for photos.
The water was so still for quite some time and allowed for beautiful reflection photos.
I didn’t see anyone for over a half hour except maybe one runner. I wore my mask anyway as I always do when anywhere in public except in my neighborhood. We go to Universal Studios, Disney Springs, and other locations and I bring extra masks since it’s hot and humid. I don’t find them hard to wear. This is one of the official Disney masks – if you buy one, usually they run a size small.
Spaceship Earth can be seen in the background.
The sun was on the horizon.
The BoardWalk wishes you a magical day.
The sun was becoming really pretty against the buildings.
Crescent Lake was becoming less still. The BoardWalk side was at this time, but not over by Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts.
It was about 7:00 a.m. before I saw almost anyone, as Cast Members made their way to the BoardWalk Bakery. It stayed pretty quiet until a little after that.
Here are a few photos before I arrived at the BoardWalk Bakery.
I loved the reflection here.
Ample Hills is not currently open.
The BoardWalk Bakery wasn’t busy but guests were trickling in.
I picked up some breakfast.
Hand sanitizer was at the register.
These Tufner sanitizers are all over the resort.
A duck crosses the BoardWalk.
Health signage is on the lobby doors.
Pink blooms are outside.
And breakfast! While options are smaller now, it is still great to have favorite items at Walt Disney World again.
We enjoyed our short stay quite a lot.
Just to note – I am not promoting to come to Florida right now, I would personally suggest waiting on a Walt Disney World visit until 2021 or if things start to get better this fall. While we currently feel safer at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando than many essential businesses due to masks & social distance measures, everything is fluid right now. But this gives you an idea of what to expect at the resort when you do visit (if during the pandemic).