Bikes at the Boardwalk
  • On Feb 5, 2023
    Jayle from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My husband and I are going to Disney in September for the Food and Wine Festival and we’re trying to decide if the Boardwalk Inn is worth the extra money to stay at in terms of location and travel to parks. Currently booked at All Star Movies. Is it worth?

    Hi Jayle,

    I love that you are deeply considering the best place to stay for your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation. Let me offer you some thoughts on staying at Disney's BoardWalk Inn or Disney's All-Star Movies Resort during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

    First off, I should let you know that my family positively loves Disney's BoardWalk Inn. Disney's BoardWalk Villas, which is adjacent to Disney's BoardWalk Inn, is our home resort with Disney Vacation Club, and we stay there much of the time that we visit Walt Disney World. I have to say that for me, you absolutely cannot beat this location. You mentioned that you are visiting for the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This festival features so much delicious food and culture. From Disney's BoardWalk Inn, you can walk to the International Gateway entrance of EPCOT, that leads directly into World Showcase, in about 5 to 10 minutes. This is such an amazing convenience! You can head back and forth between EPCOT and your resort room throughout the day. When you are finished for the evening, you will be back relaxing in your room in practically no time. And if you are feeling too full of delicious food to walk, no worries! You can also take a boat back to Disney's BoardWalk Inn from EPCOT. Also, if you need a break from all of the fun at EPCOT, Disney's BoardWalk is a destination in and of itself, with dining, entertainment, and shopping all right there.

    Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is also a lovely resort. Any resort at Walt Disney World is magical! This resort features larger-than-life icons based on Disney movies and is very fun. The biggest issue for me, since you mentioned wanting to be at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, is that this is a bus ride away. Of course you can take complimentary Disney transportation for this; however, for what you are planning to do, this will not be as convenient a location as Disney's BoardWalk Inn.

    You are correct that there will be a price difference in the two resorts. Disney's BoardWalk Inn is a deluxe resort hotel, and Disney's All-Star Movies resort is a value resort hotel. While both will have loads of Disney magic and include lots of pixie dust, the deluxe resort hotels do have more amenities such as sit-down restaurants and proximity to theme parks. You will also find bigger rooms at the deluxe resort hotels.

    Overall, I would recommend Disney's BoardWalk Inn as your home base for a visit to EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival; however, if you decide to stay at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, I am sure you will still have a wonderful time.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Jayle! Please feel free to come back to planDisney with any further questions.

    ~ Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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