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The Boardwalk Pizza Window Review

The Boardwalk Pizza Window Review

One of our family traditions of sorts at Walt Disney World is usually a stop at the Boardwalk Pizza Window for a relaxing lunch on our day off from the parks.  I really think this place is a bit of a hidden gem among resort restaurants.  I’m sure plenty of people staying at the Boardwalk know about it, and probably a good amount who stay at the Beach Club or Yacht Club, but others may not know that it is there.

On our recent no park trip we ventured over to the Boardwalk for lunch one sunny day.  There is parking available at the Boardwalk if you are driving, or you could take your resort bus to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios, then take the Friendship Boat over to the Boardwalk—that is the most “scenic” route.

Once you are on the Boardwalk the Pizza Window is located right outside of Kouzzina.  The window opens at 11:00am and stays open until midnight.  There are options for slices or whole pizzas, and you may choose Cheese, Pepperoni, or the Boardwalk Signature Pizza (Roasted Garlic, Mushroom and Spinach).  For my family it is the whole pie, half cheese & half pepperoni.  The prices are reasonable in Disney terms, but pricey in “normal” pizza terms:  $3.99-$4.49 for a slice, $17.99-$19.49 for a whole pizza.  They also offer drinks and some desserts, but we always get a drink from The Screen Porch Store (in a bottle and easier to carry around) and dessert comes from the Boardwalk Bakery for us (see my Epcot Resort Cupcake Walk).

Once you order your pizza there are several seating options on the Boardwalk, perfect for people watching, or watching the boats in Crescent Lake.  At lunch time it is not crowded on the Boardwalk (even on Easter weekend) and very relaxing.  Surrounding the pizza window are several nice large tables in the shade.  It is currently blocked off with planters to somewhat reserve it for patrons of the pizza window, but there were plenty of non-pizza eaters sitting there too.  Across the way in the sun are lots of red metal tables—if the weather isn’t too hot this is also a nice place to sit.

After ordering you receive a pager that goes off when your pizza is ready.

The pizza itself is a step up from what you will experience in the theme parks (with the exception of Via Napoli), and I believe it is better than most chain pizzerias like Dominos or Papa Johns.  The crust is well made, thin and a good combination of crispy and chewy.  The toppings are limited, but are good quality; the flavor of the tomato sauce is very good.  And they are baked quite well.  My son was very impressed with the pizza bubble we got on this particular pie.

I would recommend the Boardwalk Pizza Window to anyone staying at an Epcot Area Resort, or anyone who would like to explore the Epcot Resorts on a day off from the parks, or as an evening activity.  With all of the Boardwalk entertainment in the evenings it is a bit more crowded, but there is plenty to see and do.  It could be a good option to escape Epcot for lunch as well—although there are so many fantastic eateries in Epcot I’m not sure anyone would want to escape it.  I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here without wanting to see the resorts as well.  I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars due to the lack of variety available in the toppings, and the price.  This is a place and activity we enjoy and it will continue to be one of our traditions for trips to come.

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Food: The pizza is very good–much better than what you get in the parks. My family are pretty plain Jane when it comes to pizza, but the table next to us had the a slice of the Boardwalk Special and it looked very tasty. Next time I might have to get a slice of that just for me.

Atmosphere: You can’t get much more relaxing than enjoying the Boardwalk outside on a nice spring day. The people watching, the boats on the lake, Yacht & Beach Club across the way–it is perfect. At night the Boardwalk comes alive with entertainers, game booths, and lots of people–definitely not as relaxing, but no less fun.

Service: Not much service here–you order at the window, then go pick it up. It is efficient and Disney friendly.

Tips: Skip the desserts on the menu here and head next door to either Seashore Sweets or the Boardwalk Bakery for more choices and a delicious end to your meal.

 

About Sarah Chapman

I am a long time Disney fan since I was hooked on Walt Disney World with my first trip in 1987. Since that time I’ve tried experiencing everything I can in the parks, with a total of 30 visits and counting (I’m always planning my next trip) to Walt Disney World—not to mention Disney Cruise Line and even (shhh!) Universal Orlando and Sea World. I’ve turned my Disney obsession into a profession helping others plan their magical vacations as a Dream Vacation Maker at LBAC Travel. I am a work at home mom to three wonderful boys, and each one has been properly indoctrinated with all things Disney. Walt Disney World is definitely our “Laughing Place.” Look for me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SarahLBAC for updates, discount announcements, tips, tricks and planning advice for your next vacation. You can also find me on Instagram (sarahdreamvacationmaker) and Pinterest (sarahlbactravel).