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Disney Boardwalk and Downtown Disney
The Disney Boardwalk is a little known and little publicised place to visit and is an ideal way to while away a few hours in the evening.
You can park free of charge in the car park adjacent to the Boardwalk - but do ensure that the driver has some picutre ID on them (either passport or driving licence).
Walk in through the hotel arch and down the steps to the Boardwalk which surrounds a lake. Here you will find a real holiday atmosphere! There are individual stalls and street entertainers. Children can have their hair braided or their faces painted. There are individual stalls selling momentoes etc.
You can buy refreshments - why not stop for a coffee or ice cream before going for a wander around the lake.
To walk right round the lake will take about 20 minutes and is idyllic on a balmy warm evening. Half way round is one of the hotels with a beach area on to the lake.
For those who don't want to walk there are 'bicycles made for a few' which provide an unusual and fun way to get around.
An unusual tip which is a well kept secret that isn't well publicised is that you can get a reasonably good view of the fireworks at Epcot at 9pm from the Boardwalk! Either stand on the bridge or walk towards Epcot and stand near the boundary of Epcot. The view is 'reasonable' because there are some trees that obscure part of the sky - but having done it ourselves several times it is still well worth it.
Because it is not well known there will be few others there.
After the fireworks you can make your way back to your car. You are only a few minutes car drive away from Down Town Disney and West Side so if you aren't quite ready to go home you could spend another hour or so at either one or both of these venues. Both are busy in the evenings and the atmosphere is vibrant - quite a difference from the more quiet and relaxing Boardwalk. Here there are several Disney stores and many Disney momentoes to browse and purchase. Down Town Disney has an area of life size Lego models which is an interesting attraction for the younger members of the family. Have your camera ready to take photos of the children!
An interesting and enjoyable way to spend an evening. Time to return home to bed and recharge your batteries for the next day!
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