Dueling pianos? A magic-themed cocktail bar? Most guests to the Walt Disney World Resort know at least a little bit about Disney Springs, but some don’t know much about Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. This Disney deluxe resort also features one of the most fun areas on property, along with some shops and restaurants. If you are looking for something a little different on your next Walt Disney World vacation, definitely spend some time at Disney’s Boardwalk. Even if you aren’t staying at the Boardwalk Inn, you can still visit the Boardwalk.
Disclosure: I am a past member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I have experienced the Boardwalk during press trips (at no/limited cost) as well as personal trips (at my expense). All thoughts are my own.
All About Disney’s Boardwalk
Location of Disney’s Boardwalk
Disney’s Boardwalk and Boardwalk Inn is located in the Epcot resort area between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot’s World Showcase. It’s centrally located if you are planning to visit those two parks, because you can either walk or take a boat to either location. In addition, it’s near the Swan and Dolphin, as well as the Beach and Yacht Clubs. If you are staying at either of those resorts, definitely plan to visit the Boardwalk, whether it’s for dinner or for activities.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
While the Boardwalk does feature bars, shops, and restaurants, there is also a deluxe Disney resort and DVC property. The Boardwalk Inn offers several room types including standard view, water view, and garden view rooms. Club level rooms are also offered. While I was initially worried that the rooms may be loud due to the activity on the Boardwalk, I found that my room was quiet when I stayed there. Rooms offer comfortable beds, a coffee maker, a refrigerator, a hairdryer, and complimentary WiFi.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn offers the same amenities that you’ll find at the other deluxe resorts, including a pool with waterslide, surrey bike rentals, tennis courts, an arcade, a self-service laundry room, and a fitness center.
Restaurants at Disney’s Boardwalk
There are several different restaurants and bars on the Boardwalk. For the table service restaurants, you’ll want to make advance dining reservations because they can be popular. Our favorite is the Flying Fish offering delicious seafood and steak. There are also more casual restaurants, including the Big River Grille and the ESPN Club. There’s also Trattoria al Forno, offering Italian specialties. Looking for a sweet treat? Visit the Boardwalk Bakery, which features a number of tasty desserts and treats.
Adults will enjoy a visit to Jellyrolls, featuring dueling pianos, or the Atlantic Dance Hall nightclub. The newest bar on the scene is AbracadaBar, which offers delicious, unique cocktails. Try Pepper’s Ghost, which is one of the best drinks I’ve ever had.
Have you been to Disney’s Boardwalk?