Happy Birthday, Disney's BoardWalk!

One of Walt Disney World's most distinctive and beloved resorts turns 20 today.

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Disney's BoardWalk at night 

Disney's BoardWalk Inn & Villas opened twenty years ago today on July 1, 1996.  This Disney version of the New Jersey seaside features a mixture of resort accommodations, dining spots, shops, carnival games and live performers unlike anything else on Walt Disney World property. 

Twenty years later, the BoardWalk Inn & Villas is the only Florida-based Disney Vacation Club property which was designed from the ground up as a mixed use hotel and timeshare.  Only Hawaii's Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa followed a similar development track.  Other DVC locations were constructed either as an add-on to an existing hotel or dedicated timeshare facility.