Disney’s BoardWalk is a quarter-mile of dining, entertainment and shopping located in the Epcot Resort area. The BoardWalk is an area designed to make you feel like you are back in the early days of Coney Island and Atlantic City at the turn of the century. Even if you're not staying at the resort, this is a great place to visit during your vacation!
In the daytime Disney’s BoardWalk is a quiet relaxed place. In early morning, you'll often find runners and other early risers enjoying the Epcot resort area as it wakes for a new day. In the evening, the BoardWalk really comes alive. The lights, sounds, and entertainment help create a fun, energetic atmosphere that can't quite be described. The performers are at two different locations; one in front of the Screen Door General Store and the other across from the Flying Fish Restaurant.
The International Gateway entrance for Epcot is a short, leisurely walk or boat ride away. You can also take the pathway to walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios which will take you around 25 minutes, or you can take the boat.
A really fun activity at the BoardWalk is renting surrey bikes and taking a ride around Crescent Lake. If you do decide to rent surrey bikes, here is a word of caution. There are two hills along the way that you will need some momentum to get up! It's quite the workout but all in all it is a wonderful way to spend time around the BoardWalk.
The best time to visit Disney’s BoardWalk and take advantage of all the offered activities is in the evening. The hours run from 7:00am – 10:00pm.
Disney’s BoardWalk offers a great view of IllumiNations. Tip: go past the ESPN Club and watch from the bridge. Check the Times Guide or My Disney Experience Mobile App for the start time.
The BoardWalk offers a few different shopping options. Seashore Sweets is where you can grab some candy or ice cream. The Screen Door General Store is where you can by souvenirs and food items like milk, bread, etc. to take back to your room. Thimbles & Threads is an apparel store and Character Carnival that sells character souvenirs.
There are numerous full service restaurant’s you can choose from. The ESPN Club is a great place for lunch or dinner and they don't take reservations so it's a great place to visit on the fly. It is especially fun when there is a major sporting event. I personally have been there when the Stanly Cup playoffs were on and all I can say is it was very exciting & intense! Another one of our favorite places is Big River Grille & Brewing Works and they also do not take reservations. You can dine inside or if it’s a nice day grab a table outside and enjoy the scenery. Kouzzina by Cat Cora is closing Sept. 30th. 2014 and is being replaced by an Italian restaurant called Trattoria al Forno due to open in December 2014. Finally, The Flying Fish Café is a signature dining experience and is only open for dinner. It’s an excellent seafood restaurant with an open kitchen so you can see the kitchen as your food is being prepared.
Disney’s BoardWalk also offers two nightclubs for those over 21. Jellyrolls featuring dueling pianos and Atlantic Dance Hall have live music and or a DJ most nights. The hours for both are from 9:00pm – 2:00am. Please note that both nightclubs have a cover charge.
Day or night, Disney's Boardwalk is a beautiful place full of wonderful story and fun authentic decor. With fun entertainment and plenty of delicious dining options to suit every taste, it is a great way to spend a few hours. I hope you find some time on your next visit one of my favorite areas of Walt Disney World!