As posted above, the BWV experience will be very different than SSR. Not to take anything away from SSR, but the BWV puts you in a far superior location - in my worthless opinion!
Originally Posted by DestinationWDW
Any tips, favorite requested rooms, places to dine, hidden gems, etc. re: Boardwalk? Thanks Everybody!!!!
- do you have a standard, preferred, or Boardwalk view room? These three are completely different views - but alas, how much does the view matter to you?
Many people request rooms closer to the elevators as the hallways can be somewhat lengthy for walks. It's never been a problem for us, and we've been at the far corners of the villas. I just don't see what the big deal is with a three minute walk down the hallway!
Places to Dine
- they do serve continental breakfast items at the Belle Vue Room in the mornings; they will also refill mugs here for you (just in the mornings) with coffee & tea. While we absolutely love
the Flying Fish, you have a plethora of dining options at your fingertips. Within easy walking distance
are four/five resorts (BW, Swan, Dolphin, BC, & YC). Each has their own highly rated eateries. You are also a short boat ride/walk to two parks - DHS and EPCOT which also have numerous restaurants.
- Community Hall near the quiet pool is a nice family spot with lots of *free* activities daily, and some activities for a nominal charge. Keeps kids entertained for hours on end. They have some free video games, computer games, ping-pong, table games, etc...
During the day, the main pool has activities led by CM's going on - the usual pool games (bingo, trivia, etc) which entertain.
Seashore Sweets - while not a "hidden gem," is certainly fun.
- Check out the *free* entertainment on the Boardwalk nightly. The shows run continuously and pop up anywhere. They love to have audience participation. There are magicians, comedians, jugglers... lots of fun.
My biggest tip to people staying in the villas is that it is a much shorter
walk to DHS than most people think - especially from the villas' side of the resort. In fact, depending on your room location, it is shorter
a walk to DHS than it is to EPCOT. Just be sure to go out the (last) "back door" from the villas. Follow the pathway along the water, and you are there. People just assume EPCOT's closer when in reality, it's simply not true.
Of course - you could take the boat to/from both of the parks!
If you have anything more specific, let me know.
Enjoy your trip to the BWV. You're going to love the location!