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Diamonds for Disney

posted on February 25th, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Disney's Boardwalk

Hi everyone…I wanted to share some quick news that six Disney resorts made the 2010 AAA Four Diamond lodgings list – one for the very first time. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn joined five other Walt Disney World Resort hotels: Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a winner for seven years; Disney’s Contemporary Resort, three years; Disney’s Polynesian Resort, three years; Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, 19 years, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, 21 years.

The American Automobile Association annually evaluates more than 60,000 lodging establishments and rates them on a scale of one to five Diamonds.

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Kevin from RI on February 25th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

The Poly will always be my favorite resort, not just in WDW, but the entire world.


Haley on February 25th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Ive stayed at the Grand Floridian, for my honeymoon. We actually married at Disney’s wedding pavilion (with the castle in the background)..PERFECT. :)
But it truly deserves to be a AAA Four Diamond resort. Its an amazing place.


David from TN on February 25th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Working my way through all the Four Diamond Resorts – staying at the Grand Floridian for the next time next week!


Corinne from ON on February 25th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

congratulations to Disney for the addition of the Boardwalk Inn to the awards list.


Mandy from ON on February 25th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

The Boardwalk is a great resort, very deserving of this.


Melissa on February 25th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Stayed at the Boardwalk in Nov 09, surprised it just made the list. Well deserved!!


Nancy from PA on February 25th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Wow!! Very excited to hear the good news for the Boardwalk Inn. We are booked to stay in club level in December of this year. We were already super excited! We’ve stayed at CB and WL but this time we wanted to be close to Epcot. We knew Boardwalk was nice but this confirms it!


Carole from NJ on February 25th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

First DVC home was the Boardwalk — it is beautiful & holds a special place with us!


Kim on February 25th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

We’ve stayed at the Boardwalk Villas twice and we’re hooked! Nothing beats being a 10 minute walk to Epcot. We love to pop in at night to walk around the countries or see Reflections.
The kids love the pool and the Keister Coaster.
Great place!


Kathryn on February 25th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I stayed at the Beach Club last April. I can not wait to stay there again! It is amazing!


Martha on February 25th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Last year for valentines weekend we stayed at the Yacht Club Resort and it was amazing. I can’t wait for us to book another stay there.


Norma from MS on February 25th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I’m so happy Boardwalk Inn made the list. It is my favorite place to stay!


Angela on February 25th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Yay! I work at the Boardwalk, and this is how I find out. I’m so proud. :)


rick from OH on February 25th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

No surprise on BoardWalk being added, but I am shocked that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge isn’t on this list. It has to rank as one of the best hotels anywhere — truly something special!


Aimee on February 25th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Totally agree on the Disney wedding. Married there in the wedding pavilion 2/04. Magical. Our wedding night we were giving the presidential Suite of the Beach Club!!! GORGOUS!!!!


Gabriela on February 25th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Congrats to the staff at all those resorts, they really do an incredible job.
Shame though no one really remembers the only 13 diamond hotel right over at Hollywood Studios.
I remember reading about how the Hollywood Tower Hotel was the only hotel to ever be awarded a 13 diamond rating :)


Christine from RI on February 25th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I am a THRILLED DVC owner. We visit twice a year. I have stayed at Boardwalk, and agree it is WONDERFUL! We are staying at the Beach Club in April 2010 and I CAN’T WAIT! Thank you AAA for confirming something my family already knew, DISNEY WORLD ROCKS! PS. Another family favorite is Wilderness Lodge!


steve on February 25th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Congrats to the Beach Club, this is our favorite place to stay at WDW! We will be there this fall to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary, and we can’t wait 😉


Janna on February 25th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

My daughter, two little grandkids, and I have 5-day reservations for The Boardwalk Inn beginning March 24th …. Can hardly wait for the magic to begin. I’ll write a review when I come back to reality. We are gonna have a blast!!


Charles from KS on February 25th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

What took them so long to recognize the Boardwalk? Shame on them. Favorite resort anywhere.


Joe from FL on February 25th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

My favorite resort!


Sean on February 25th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I did a (VERY) short stint at the Boardwalk in Housekeeping this past Summer. It was a 3-Diamond resort last year, and their goal was to up that to the 4-Diamond. I am happy to see their hard work paid off, and added another resort to the premiere list!


Jacqueline from IN on February 26th, 2010 at 12:29 am

Love the Beach Club!


Michael on February 26th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

My current Favorite resorts to stay at are the Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge. I have not yet stayed at the Boardwalk but would love to….one day soon.


Janet on February 28th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I really think I’d like to stay at the Boardwalk next trip. I love the area.