Disney’s BoardWalk Inn will update its lobby, rooms and dining options


Change is coming to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn at Walt Disney World. Above the next yearsDisney plans to update the resort’s lobby, guest rooms, and several dining areas.

There’s a lot to unbox from Disney announcement.

Dining room changes

A new table-service restaurant called The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers will replace the closed ESPN club. The Cake Bake Shop will also contain a bakery in addition to table service.

Moved to the existing BoardWalk bakery, this location will become a sandwich shop. The Cake Bake Shop will be the resort’s new candy house. The nearby BoardWalk Ice Cream Shop will remain and continue to sell delicious frozen treats. Finally, a new coffee bar offering quick snacks will be added just off the BoardWalk Inn lobby.

Changes in the lobby

Changes to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn aren’t just about dining. The resort’s lobby will receive new “light and airy touches”. The previously mentioned coffee bar should add another quick service option for customers on the go. Disney adds that “newly refreshed” seating will complement the areas just inside and outside the lobby.

Guest room

There isn’t much information about upcoming changes to rooms at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. The quick quote below is all we have to go on.

Through the doors of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, light and airy touches will invigorate the lobby, living room and bedrooms, bringing the sea breeze within.

It looks like the room changes will be relatively minor and won’t involve a complete overhaul like seen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The term “keys” usually refers to things like furniture and artwork, but we’ll have to wait for more details.

quick thoughts

We have stayed at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn several times over the past two years and have enjoyed our experiences. But, we think the station is a little behind for some TLC.

The rooms currently feel a bit dated and worn. They’re a good size and not terrible, but the furniture shows wear. The conspicuous green carpet is a holdover from hotel room design that Disney no longer embraces.

We also think there’s a ton of room for improvement in terms of quick-service dining at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Options are limited at BoardWalk, and it’s great to hear that the restaurant listing is updated. Doing something – anything – with the ESPN Club space is a welcome change. We’re also a fan of the current BoardWalk Bakery which has a more meal-oriented menu with the new Cake Bake Shop.

We are excited to see updates to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Of course, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the resort’s nightly room rates climb and align more with those of Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club resorts as updates are completed.


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