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Unless you’re staying in one of the Disney resorts you may not realise there is more to Disney than the parks and maybe Downtown Disney. Disney’s Boardwalk is part of the Boardwalk Resort on Crescent Lake, a short walking distance or boat ride from Disney Hollywood Studios and Epcot. If arriving by car you will need to show some photo identification at the gate house, parking is free.
This is a great place to go at night as it has a wonderful atmosphere and some of the Disney firework displays can be seen from here. If you can resist temptation a visit to the Boardwalk can be a free or cheap evening’s entertainment. It has the feel of a seaside resort reminiscent of Atlantic City in the 1920’s. There are nightclubs, restaurants and shops as well as small fairground stalls that are great fun, with some very original and entertaining street buskers.
There are 4 restaurants. We love the Mediterranean feel and food at Spoodles, good value with great staff. If you want a top class meal head for the Flying Fish Café for great seafood at a price. Sports fans will love the ESPN Club. With over 70 T. V screens, even in the restrooms, you needn’t miss a second of the match. Beer lovers should head for The Big River Grill & Brewing Works with its on site micro brewery.
The 2 nightclubs are The Atlantic Dancehall with a very impressive exterior, especially when viewed from across the lake and Jelly Rolls. This venue has a mixture of music and comedy with plenty of audience participation and duelling pianos. Both clubs have a minimum age limit of 21, those under that age are not allowed in even if accompanied. Shops are mostly of the Disney souvenir type but the Wyland Gallery where you can view the works of this well know marine artist is well worth a visit. The staff are very friendly and keen to explain the extraordinary works of art without any pressure to buy. Next to Spoodles there is also an old fashioned ice cream parlour and candy store which many visitors find irresistible
As mentioned the view of the Boardwalk from across the other side of the lake dominated by The Atlantic Dancehall is well worth seeing. The stroll round the lake on a balmy evening is very pleasant. Across the lake from the Boardwalk are Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Here a large pirate ship has beached beside a man made beach and is now a children’s adventure playground. Although as a non guest you can visit the public hotel areas and restaurant you will not be able to access the stunning pool area but you can take a good look through the fence!
The gingerbread architecture, lake and old world charm make a visit to Disney’s Boardwalk a unique and very relaxing experience.
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