Fun and Free – Disney’s Boardwalk – Issue 11

By Danny McBride

Disney’s BoardWalk comes alive at night!  This area is arguably the most exciting destination in Walt Disney World outside of a theme park.  The atmosphere that consumes The Boardwalk is filled with energy.  The fact that this much fun can be had in a part of Walt Disney World that does not require any form of admission is such a tremendous bonus. 

Photo by Eric Weber

Photo by Eric Weber

The personality of Disney’s BoardWalk is comprised from a long list of great restaurants, shops, bars, scenery, and more.  But, one of the most distinct elements of Disney’s BoardWalk is the nighttime street performers.  These great acts know exactly how to amuse each member of their audiences.  From magicians, to jugglers, they all have an immense amount of talent and definitely posses a special Disney-touch.  Of course, these brief shows are always free (unless you feel like tipping the performer)!

Photo by Eric Weber

Photo by Eric Weber

Disney’s BoardWalk is highly successful in having activities to satisfy all members of your family.  A sweet tooth can be satisfied at Seashore Sweets, which is a seemingly perfect candy store and ice cream shop.  Sporting events can be watched and celebrated at the bar/restaurant ESPN Club.  The Screen Door General Store is packed with just about any Disney gift, piece of apparel, or snack you may be looking for.  Also, don’t forget about the surrey bikes.  Getting your whole family to ride one of these along Disney’s BoardWalk is sure to be a memory you won’t forget! 

There is one section of The BoardWalk that is filled with midway games that are sure to be loved by kids and adults.  Whether you’re hitting a target with a water-gun, knocking down clowns with baseballs, or shooting some hoops, there is a plethora of excitement to experience here.  Prizes, such as stuffed animals and basketballs, are given away based on your success at the game you play.  Wouldn’t you love heading home with a giant pink monkey?

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Disney’s BoardWalk has ideal places for adults to hang out after a long day at the parks.  In addition to the ESPN Club, there are Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls.  If you’re in the mood for some dancing, Atlantic Dance Hall is the place to be.  Jellyrolls is truly one of the classics of Disney’s BoardWalk.  It is a dueling piano bar that is frequented by locals in addition to Walt Disney World guests. 

No matter what your palette may be craving, there is a very good chance you can find just what you’re looking for at a restaurant on Disney’s BoardWalk.  The Flying Fish Cafe is not only a signature aspect of The BoardWalk, but one of the most prominent signature dining experiences in all of Walt Disney World.  If you’re looking for more casual restaurants, Kouzzina by Cat Cora, Big River Grille and Brewing Works, and ESPN Club are for you.  Kouzzina is an authentic Greek restaurant with a menu created by celebrity chef Cat Cora.  This restaurant will be closing on September 30, 2014, which is just five years after it opened – it will be replaced in December with Trattoria Al Forno.  Big River Grille and Brewing Works is the only operating brewery in all of Walt Disney World.  It doesn’t get much better than craft brews and burgers, especially if the two come together in Disney.  ESPN Club is even more than the ultimate sports bar.  This restaurant, with walls covered in televisions, has recently added new artisan burgers of its own.  You may be surprised to see that a PB&J Burger is on the menu here, but it is uniquely delicious!

Photo by Eric Weber

Photo by Eric Weber

 

The best part of Disney’s BoardWalk is that all of these amazing things to do can be accessed without buying a park pass.  Where else can you freely enter a section of Disney property and watch live entertainment at no cost?  When the sun sets, Disney’s BoardWalk rises!  This is undoubtedly a premier destination within Walt Disney World where guests of all ages will find something to be remembered as an incredibly special part of their vacation.

By Danny McBride
I’m from Long Island, New York and I’ve visited The Walt Disney World Resort nearly 50 times since the year I was born, 1995.  I am a social media contributor to WDW Magazine and Dad’s Guide to WDW.  I also write for Walt Disney World News Today: The Magazine.  My lifelong dream is to work for The Walt Disney Company.  My favorite attraction is The Haunted Mansion, and my favorite resort is The Polynesian!

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