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Top 10 Q&As About Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk

There are two different aspects to Disney’s BoardWalk. The first is Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, which is a deluxe resort. The second is the district that the resort is part of. Most of the information here is geared towards the district. Anyone can visit Disney’s BoardWalk, you do not need to be staying there in order to enjoy this incredible part of Walt Disney World. Here are ten questions and answers that many people have regarding Disney’s BoardWalk.

10. Don’t you mean Disney Springs?

Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney Springs are two totally different parts of Walt Disney World, but people get them confused all the time. Disney’s BoardWalk is part of the Epcot Resort Area, and it is much smaller than Disney Springs.

9. Is there really a roller coaster?

There is a roller coaster and a carrousel at Disney’s BoardWalk, sort of. They are miniatures, they aren’t even close to being large enough to ride on. You will find both in the lobby.

8. What’s the main pool like?

The main pool is a decent size, and there are areas for the kids. There is a pool bar with drinks and food. One thing you might want to be aware of is that there is a slide that scares some children. It’s shaped like the face of a clown, and you’ll slide through his mouth. It’s either whimsical or creepy; take your pick.

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7. What about parking?

Parking at Disney’s BoardWalk is a little bit tricky right now because of the construction of the Disney Skyliner. You can park for free during the day and evening, if there are spaces. Priority is given to resort guests and those with dining reservations. Valet parking is also available. If there is no parking available, the security guard will most likely direct you to park at Disney Springs and then take a bus back. If you’re worried about parking, you might want to try it that way to begin with.

6. Where can I see IllumiNations?

You can easily see the fireworks portion of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from Disney’s BoardWalk. The best place for viewing is probably the first bridge. Walk past ESPN Club and keep going. You’ll be to the bridge in no time. You can also see the fireworks from Disney’s Hollywood Studios from several places along the BoardWalk, and on clear nights you might see Happily Ever After in the distance.

5. How do I get to the parks?

It’s easy to get to either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Disney’s BoardWalk. To Epcot it’s a quick walk past the bridge, and there’s a longer walking path to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Boats known as Friendships will take you to either park if you don’t feel like walking. To get to the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll take a bus.

4. Is AbracadaBar only for adults?

AbracadaBar is a magic-themed lounge next to Flying Fish. It features fun concoctions, many of which have magical names such as Parlor Trick. Even though AbracadaBar is heavy on the drinks and has almost no food, it’s still family friendly. Make sure that the kids watch the pictures on the walls at 13 after the hour, and check out the mirror by the restrooms.

3. Are Jellyrolls and Atlantic Dance Hall also family friendly?

While AbracadaBar allows all ages, the same cannot be said for the two nightclubs that are located on Disney’s BoardWalk. Both Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls are strictly for those 21 and older, and IDs are checked at the door. Jellyrolls features dueling piano bars and has a cover charge. Atlantic Dance Hall plays videos from the 1980’s through today. There is no cover charge at Atlantic Dance Hall.

2. What’s there to do in the evening?

Disney’s BoardWalk comes alive in the evening. You can rent a surrey bike, play carnival style games, have a caricature drawn (look for Mike!), shop, and more. Each evening between 7:00 and 10:00 street performers entertain guests at two different spots. If the weather is bad, they’ll be inside the hotel. They call on audience volunteers, and your whole family will enjoy it.  The shows are free, and tipping is not allowed.

1. What’s good to eat?

Disney’s BoardWalk has a wide variety of options. Ample Hills Creamery has what could be the best ice cream at Walt Disney World. Elsewhere you can get pizza whole or by the slice. There is funnel cake as well, and also a bakery and a margarita stand. If you want a full meal, you can’t go wrong. ESPN Club has a fun sports stadium feel, with a menu to match. Big River Grille & Brewing Works is the only working brewery at Walt Disney World, but it’s family friendly. Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno is a character meal with Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. For dinner there are no characters, just lots of delicious Italian choices. Flying Fish is a signature restaurant that features seasonal seafood and other delectable choices. Many people say that it is one of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.