Head over to Disney’s Boardwalk from your luxury Orlando villa for some up-to-date old world charm. The Boardwalk area is full of shops, restaurants and nightclubs. It wraps around the edges of Crescent Lake and is easily walkable from Disney’s Epcot Park.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the boardwalks of coastal cities like Coney Island, New York or Atlantic City. The buildings are all pretty pastels with striped sun awnings.
Shopping on the Boardwalk
There’s heaps to do here too. Take the shops where you ‘ll find a mix of everything you can imagine.
- At Disney’s Character Carnival store of course you’ll find Disney merchandise or what the store calls ‘mouseware’. It’s a pun on the general houseware goods they also stock alongside sports merchandise and clothing.
- Browse the old fashioned Screen Door General Store for groceries, snacks, sundries, stationery, home décor and character souvenirs of course.
- You’ll find clothes for all the family at Thimbles and Threads as well as Disney accessories.
- For all your sporting gear and memorabilia, go to the ESPN Store.
- Dundys Sundries has gifts and souvenirs to take home, and there’s old fashioned candy at Seashore Sweets – anything from salt water taffy to rice krispie candies or candy apples.
- If you’re looking for a photographic souvenirs, then Wyland Galleries has a whole range of art work from marine artist Wyland.
Eating on the Boardwalk
You won’t go hungry either as there are 9 dining choices on the Boardwalk. Quick snacks like pastries and cakes can be found at the Boardwalk Bakery or you can grab a slice of pizza at Pizza Window. If you want to do things in style there is Chef’s Menu at the CoraNation Room or the Chef’s Wine Menu at the Flying Fish Café both with prix fixe menus. There’s also an a la carte menu at the Flying Fish or try Greek specialities at Kouzzina by Cat Cora an American Celebrity Chef.
The Sports Bar at the ESPN Club and The Big River Grille and Brewing Works both serve good pub food. The Brewing Works is the only place that beer is brewed at DisneyWorld.
Having fun on the Boardwalk
As night time falls, the street performers come out to entertain you as you stroll along. Of course you can also head to the nightclub Atlantic Dance Hall to make a few shapes on the floor or appreciate the live DJs.
Or enjoy the fun at Jellyrolls where you can watch the duelling pianos and join in the singing. The two pianists take requests and mimic the original singers. The audience engages by trying to outwit them – why not try you’re luck?
You need to get there early to bag a table otherwise you’ll be forced to dance in the isles.
Getting to the Boardwalk
- You can walk from Epcot’s main gates
- Take a bus or a boat from anywhere in DisneyWorld
Nice to know
The miniature carousel inside the lobby of the Disney Boardwalk Inn was made in Coney Island in the 1920s. It is made by hand.