Top 10 Questions And Answers About Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk

Have you ever wanted to step back in time to the early 1900’s? Disney’s BoardWalk gives you an opportunity to feel like you have done just that. It is designed to resemble a turn of the century boardwalk from places such as Atlantic City and Coney Island. You can try your luck at a game, take a stroll around the lake, or enjoy free entertainment. You can grab something quickly to eat or enjoy world class dining. Ride a bike or dance the night away. Disney’s BoardWalk gives you the opportunity to do all of that and more.


10a) Disney’s BoardWalk. You mean Disney Springs, right?

No. Disney Springs is a shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Disney’s BoardWalk is one of the Epcot resort hotels and the area surrounding it. There are restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, but the scale is much smaller than what you will find at Disney Springs.

10b) So do I have to be staying at the hotel to visit the area?

No again. Anyone can visit the area. Either take a bus there or you can park at the hotel. Show your ID to the security guard and he will direct you where you can go. Self parking is free, there is a fee for valet parking.

9) Is the hotel expensive?

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is considered a deluxe resort, so yes, it is expensive. During the Value Season the rooms start at $366 per night, but that is without any discounts. You might be able to get a better rate.

8) What are the pools like?

There are three main pools at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. The Luna Park Pool has a circus theme and a slide that will take you through a clown’s mouth. There are also two leisure pools, both with whirlpool spas. You need to be a registered guest at the hotel in order to enjoy the pools.

7) How about other amenities?

There is a fitness center, an arcade, and a playground in the area. You can also rent a bike or a surrey bike, play tennis, enjoy a campfire, or watch a movie under the stars. The hotel has plenty of things for guests to do outside of the parks.

6) Is there anything else to do close by?

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is within walking distance of the hotel. There are two courses there, both of them are challenging and fun. Ask at the hotel front desk for directions.

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5) How do I get to the parks from the BoardWalk?

If you are planning on going to the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom using Disney transportation, you will need to take a bus. If you are headed to either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you have more options. You can take a bus or a boat to either park. You can also walk to the back entrance of Epcot, it’s just over the bridge to the right. If you don’t mind a slightly further walk there is a path to Disney’s Hollywood Studios behind Jellyrolls. It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk it, which is less time than the boat will take.

4) Where can I get something to eat?

What are you looking for? If you want to grab something quickly you can stop at BoardWalk Bakery or Pizza Window. For fun burgers and great ballpark food, try ESPN Club. You’ll get to watch a game while you dine. Reservations are not accepted and the restaurant can get crowded in the evenings. Big River Grille & Brewing Works features a working brewery, but the restaurant is family friendly. Trattoria al Forno has an amazing Italian cuisine for dinner and a special Bon Voyage Adventure Character Breakfast in the mornings. For a signature dining experience, you’ll want to reserve a table at the Flying Fish Cafe. It is arguably the best seafood restaurant at Walt Disney World.

3) Who are those people who are performing each evening?

One of the fun things about Disney’s BoardWalk is that they have street performers outside each evening for three hours, starting at 7:00pm. You will find magicians and jugglers who will amaze you. The shows last for approximately 20 minutes each. One takes place in front of the Flying Fish Cafe and the other will be in front of the Screen Door General Store. Three performers rotate locations each night. If the weather is bad they will perform in the lobby and by The Belle Vue Lounge inside the hotel. There are currently six performers under contract, so make sure you stop by more than one evening.

2) How can I find out about the miniature carousel and other decorations in the hotel lobby?

The BoardWalk hotel lobby is filled with fascinating artifacts, pictures, and other items, and all of them have a story. You can find out everything that you want to know about these items in the BoardWalk Ballyhoo Tour. The tour takes place each Wednesday through Saturday and it’s free. You don’t even have to sign up, just arrive at the Belle Vue Lounge at 8:45am. The tour starts at 9:00 and lasts for 45 minutes, so you’ll still have plenty of theme park time after it is over. The tour is open to the general public

1) What is there to do late at night?

If you don’t want to go straight to bed after the parks close, head to Disney’s BoardWalk. There are two options there for the 21 and older crowd. Atlantic Dance Hall has no cover charge. It features music from the 1980’s through today. On select nights there will be either Video VJs or Dueling DJs. Jellyrolls is another place where you can stay up late. It features dueling pianos. Jellyrolls is quite popular, so you might want to arrive early. There is a cover charge at Jellyrolls.

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.