Disney’s Boardwalk


Disney's Boardwalk is Part of the EPCOT Resort Area


Disney World is packed with serendipitous environments tucked away from the glare of their four world famous theme parks. One such place is the resort area located behind EPCOT. For the lucky readers of my blog, it is just waiting to be discovered. 

The entire area encircles a lake located between EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. One could walk or take a Disney Friendship boat from place to place around the EPCOT resorts. There is the Yacht and Beach clubs, the Swan and Dolphin hotels and the Disney Boardwalk. 

The Yacht, Beach, Swan and Dolphin are resort inns that feature convention services, great pools and lots of other resort amenities. You have to be a guest in the resort to enjoy most of these. But there are nice restaurants and other shops that anyone can enjoy. For me, the jewel of the EPCOT resort area is Disney’s Boardwalk 

Unexpected Street Performers Suddenly Appear


The Boardwalk itself is built with planks of wood reminiscent of my younger days enjoying similar boardwalks on the Jersey shore. There are various shops, restaurants, arcades and kiosks throughout the area. In my next post, I will review Kouzzina restaurant. There is also the upscale Flying Fish restaurant and the flamboyant ESPN Club where I often go to watch my beloved Virginia Tech Hokies play football. 

On the boardwalk, you can get your hair braided, play a basketball shot challenge, have an artist create a caricature of your family or encounter an extemporaneous show of street performers like this one:

Another one of our favorite activities is renting a bicycle large enough to take the entire family for a spin around the lake. 

Jellyrolls is an adult bar featuring dueling pianos and audience sing-alongs. Try to stump the maestro with your requests! The Atlantic Dance Hall is a huge, art deco ballroom showcasing cool bands and hot DJs nightly for the over 21 crowd. 

Sometimes it’s a pleasure to simply walk along the boardwalk throwing breadcrumbs to the ducks paddling around the lake. 

Whatever your preference, Boardwalk is an enjoyable, relaxing environment for those readers searching for “more than a mouse.”™

2 Responses to “Disney’s Boardwalk”

  1. Heidi Says:

    We visited the Boardwalk on our last trip to Disney in May. We went during the day and had the place to ourselves. I wasn’t really impressed with it, as a resort, but I did like the old-fashioned boardwalk atmosphere and the great photo opportunities.

    • LanceAround Says:

      I think you are right, Heidi, the Boardwalk is not very impressive during the day, especially when it is empty. At night, when the lights are on, people are milling, four seater bikes weave by and spontaneous shows begin to pop up it really comes alive. I think it’s one of those rare times when more people and nighttime lighting helps to create an atmosphere that feels energized. On a different topic, I’m looking forward to that kind of energy in two weeks when Mrs. LanceAround and I drive to Landover, MD to watch my beloved #6 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies give a football clinic to those 5th ranked boys from Boise State! You want to come sit with us at the stadium? LanceAround

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