You may have heard of the Boardwalk at Disney but not know much about it. We are here to fill you in on what this quarter of a mile stroll along the water’s edge is all about.
What is the Walt Disney Boardwalk?
The Boardwalk is relatively new to Disney World – it opened in 1996. Great food, bars, unique shops, snacks, street entertainers and fun activities for the whole family can be found at the Boardwalk. The ambiance is a turn of the century feel of historic boardwalks – think along the lines of Coney Island and Atlantic City.
The Boardwalk is on the water which makes it a fantastic place to take a walk. The water is a nice change of pace after spending your day in parks on attractions. You will also find street performers here, especially in the evening!
Though it is open all day, this place really comes alive at night with it’s beautiful night twinkle lights and a fun, upbeat atmosphere. If you are at Disney World on your honeymoon or without small children this is a fantastic place to have a date night!
Where is Walt Disney’s Boardwalk?
If you are staying at the Yacht or Beach Club resorts, you will see it right across Crescent Lake in front of the resorts. You can walk from these resorts to the Boardwalk – just take the path around the lake!
If you are staying at the Swan or Dolphin Resorts you can walk to the Boardwalk by following the signs and heading over the bridge. From any of the other Disney Resorts, simply take a bus to the Boardwalk Inn and Villas. Walk through the lobby and the fun awaits!
If you take the new Disney Skyliner, you will get a birds eye view of it as you pass over head.
photo credit Alexis Lariscy
The Boardwalk is a quick boat ride from both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
We understand why many people can miss it. If you are not aware that Disney’s Boardwalk exists and you are staying on a different property you can easily not even know it is there! This can be considered one of Disney’s hidden gems.
How much does the Boardwalk cost?
Disney’s Boardwalk is free! You don’t even need a park pass or a magic band! Seriously, not only can you walk it free, there are free attractions as well. You can park your car for free at the Boardwalk, a valet will put you back $25.
Disney Dining Plan is accepted. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you can use your credits at the Boardwalk.
What are some specific interesting things to do:
Boardwalk Carnival games and arcade. Great fun for the family.
Surrey Bike Rides. For $25 you can rent a cute colorful bike with a friend or family member and stroll up and down the pier. Surrey Bikes can hold 2-4 people. This is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!
Atlantic Dance Hall. This super fun dance hall may require a cover charge depending upon the night, so be sure to check before you head over. This nightclub plays music from the 80’s all the way up to today, making it a hit for everyone! Have fun dancing the night away!
Jellyrolls. A piano bar duel in Disney style! Two dueling pianos that will have you laughing as you sip your favorite adult beverage.
Disney’s Boardwalk has some amazing unique restaurants and souvenir shops that you won’t find other places on the Disney premises. Remember that you can use your Dining Plan credits here!
Should You Go to Disney’s Boardwalk?
As great as the Boardwalk is, if you are on a tight schedule – for example, you are at Disney for 4 full days and want to hit each of the parks – our recommendation is that you should not take time from one of the parks to visit the Boardwalk. We feel your time would be better spent at the park.
If you have a down time day or if you are staying at one of the resorts near the Boardwalk, then it should be checked out! Try to go in the evening when the Boardwalk has more activity happening. The Boardwalk is particularly enjoyable for adults which may make this more of a destination if you are visiting Disney without small children.
We hope this helps you figure out if Disney’s Boardwalk should be on your itinerary! For help planning your trip to Disney to make the most of your time, be sure to check out our planning guide. This will help you make the most of your time at Disney and will assist you with when to make your dining reservations, fast pass selections, and more!