The number of attractions and features of Disney World can feel so overwhelming at times that it’s easy to forget that you don’t have to just go to the theme parks for fun! Disney’s BoardWalk space, located between EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, is a great alternative if you’re looking to enjoy a magical night that’s more about ambiance than thrills.

What is Disney’s BoardWalk?

Disney’s BoardWalk is a unique entertainment, dining, shopping, and hotel district that’s about a quarter-mile long. With a design that was inspired by New York City’s famous Coney Island district, visitors can enjoy a fun walk down the actual boardwalk, with street performers, games, dueling pianos, and other unique features that will compete for your attention.

The district also includes the Atlantic City Dance Hall, multiple restaurants including a brewery, personal transportation rentals such as Surrey bikes, along with shopping and arcades.

What Hotels are on the Disney BoardWalk?

There are several hotels that connect to — or are nearby — the Disney BoardWalk, making this area one of the most walkable spaces in all of Disney World.

The closest hotel is Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas, which is designated as a deluxe resort hotel for guests interested in receiving top-flight accommodations at Disney World. The resort connects directly to many of the BoardWalk restaurants, shops, and other attractions, making the BoardWalk Inn and Villas one of the more versatile hotel locations in all of Disney World.

Across from the BoardWalk’s location on Crescent Lake are two more resorts: Disney’s Yacht Club and Disney’s Beach Club. These two deluxe resorts offer a New England-style arrangement with marinas, pools, spas, and multiple water amenities for fun and transport.

Nearby the BoardWalk are two of the area’s more iconic resorts, the Swan Hotel and the Dolphin Hotel. The Swan is a coral-colored resort that employs Renaissance-style elegance with beautiful views of waterfronts. Across the water is the sister hotel, the Dolphin, offering similar accommodations and style marked by its distinct triangular exterior design. Also nearby is the Swan Reserve, a new hotel addition. The Swan, Swan Reserve, and Dolphin are considered by Disney to be “other deluxe hotels,” meaning they offer deluxe resort amenities but are not actually operated by Disney.

All of these resorts are within walking and boating distance to EPCOT, and visitors can also quickly access Hollywood Studios through similar transportation.

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Disney’s BoardWalk Restaurants

There are several restaurants and eating options at Disney’s BoardWalk that offer mainly American food, but there’s one Italian dining spot as well.

Table Service Restaurants

Let’s begin with the restaurants that offer sit-down service for guests:

Big River Grille and Brewing Works: If you’re looking to enjoy an American-style pub, this is your spot. The menu features shareable appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and other grilled protein options, but the highlight here is that Big River is Disney’s only working microbrewery. Adults can enjoy a variety of award-winning craft beers while sitting indoors or enjoying waterfront views on the patio. Meal prices range from $15 to $35.

Flying Fish: Guests who want a fine-dining experience on the BoardWalk should visit this restaurant that offers seasonal seafood and steak entrees. The staff of the Flying Fish put an emphasis on offering a premium experience for guests, including a diverse wine and cocktail menu, an evolving entree selection designed by the chefs, and a dress-to-impress style requirement for customers. Guests can see the chefs at work with an open kitchen within the restaurant. Since the Flying Fish is the BoardWalk’s only fine-dining establishment, you should expect to pay between $35 to $60 per entree.

Trattoria al Forno: Welcome to the BoardWalk’s Italian restaurant, as the Trattoria explores all aspects of the country’s unique food. Dinner entrees include fried calamari, authentic flat-bread pizza, lasagna, and chicken parmesan, with a wide selection of Italian wines. The restaurant is also open for breakfast, offering fennel sausage, poached eggs, open-faced omelets, and more. The pricing is just as good as the meals, with entrees in the range of $15 to $35.

If you’re looking to just relax with a drink on the BoardWalk, head on over to the AbracadaBar, Disney’s magic-themed cocktail lounge. The bar does offer some appetizers like fries and pizza if you’re hungry, but the headline here is the adult drink menu, offering a variety of cocktails in the $13 to $18 range. Beer and wine is also available.

Quick Service Restaurants

The BoardWalk also offers a few quick service eateries with pricing of $15 and under, including:

BoardWalk Deli: Stuffed sandwiches and deli meats galore.

BoardWalk Ice Cream: Sweet treats and sundaes can be found here.

BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas: Unique drinks with a handful of snack foods like pretzels and nachos.

Pizza Window: Grab a single slice or a whole pie, with Italian salads also available.

The To-Go Cart: Stop on the BoardWalk for some street meats, including hot dogs, chicken breast nuggets, pulled pork sandwiches, and more.

Disney’s BoardWalk Shopping and Entertainment

There are a few stores located on the BoardWalk, located a few steps away from the Friendship Launch Dock:

Disney’s Character Carnival: This store stocks Disney apparel and accessories, houseware items, pins, and spirits.

Screen Door General Store: This is the shop if you’re looking to stock up on food and spirits. The General Store also stocks pins.

Thimbles and Threads: This shop includes Disney apparel and accessories, as well as those coveted Disney pins.

Wyland Galleries of Florida: Here is the place where you can browse and buy high-end art and collectibles.

There are also other fun and recreational activities you can enjoy at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Atlantic Dance Hall: Located at the west end of the BoardWalk, this entertainment venue plays music from the 80s, 90s, and today within this art deco ballroom. The Atlantic Dance Hall also has beautiful balcony views of the water if you need a break from the groove. Guests must be age 21+ to enter.

Jellyrolls: This popular music bar offers nightly entertainment with dueling pianists who take audience requests. Jellyrolls is found near the Atlantic Dance Hall on the west end of the BoardWalk. Guests must be age 21+ and pay an admission fee.

Finally, you can expect to see various individual entertainers and games along the outdoor BoardWalk, helping visitors transport themselves back when they walked down their favorite carnival midway.

Traveling To and From the Disney BoardWalk

Can you get to EPCOT from the BoardWalk?

The BoardWalk is so close to EPCOT that you can stroll on over without getting into a car, boat, or any other vehicle. In fact, you can enter EPCOT with a valid park admission through the International Gateway (World Showcase) entrance near the BoardWalk. It’s only about a 10-minute walk between the BoardWalk and the EPCOT side entrance, about a half mile in length.

Guests can also take a water taxi from the BoardWalk to EPCOT and back again.

Can you get to Hollywood Studios from the BoardWalk?

While it’s a little farther than EPCOT, guests can still walk 15-20 minutes south from the BoardWalk to reach Hollywood Studios via the EPCOT Resorts Hollywood Studios Connector pathway. It’s just under a mile in distance. You can also board a boat at the Friendship Launch Dock on the BoardWalk that can transport you to Hollywood Studios.

How do I get to Disney BoardWalk?

Almost all of the Disney transportation options, including bus and boat, can be used to travel to the BoardWalk. The BoardWalk’s close proximity to EPCOT means that you can also use the Monorail and Skyliner transports to access the BoardWalk if you don’t mind a little more walking.

If you have a car, there is limited visitor parking available at the BoardWalk Inn. Of course, you’ll have access to the resort parking lots if you actually stay at the BoardWalk Inn.

Can I take the Skyliner to BoardWalk?

The Disney Skyliner aerial gondola system does not officially stop at the BoardWalk or the BoardWalk Inn. However, the EPCOT station at the International Gateway is only a short walk away from the BoardWalk, so you can use the Skyliner to access the district.

Does Disney BoardWalk have Monorail?

The Disney Monorail does not stop at the BoardWalk or the BoardWalk Inn. The closest the Monorail comes is at the EPCOT station near the main entrance to the theme park. If you have a valid admission pass to EPCOT, you can walk through the park from the Monorail station and access the BoardWalk through the International Gateway entrance and exit. The walk is about one mile, and can only be made during theme park operating hours.

Can you park at Disney BoardWalk and walk to EPCOT?

BoardWalk parking lots are gated with security, and are primarily for the use of registered Guests staying overnight — or for those with dining reservations. During some slower seasons, you might also be allowed to park to visit the district itself without a reservation, but don’t count on it. If you do get in, pricey valet parking might be your only option. So, while visitors who park at the BoardWalk Inn lots could physically walk through the BoardWalk and access EPCOT through the International Gateway entrance, it’s not a viable option to use solely for the purpose of theme park parking.

Can you walk from Disney BoardWalk to Disney Springs?

No — we recommend taking vehicular transport (car, bus, or shuttle) while traveling from the BoardWalk to Disney Springs, which is a little over two miles away. You could theoretically hoof it there, but between the Florida sun, mileage, and no actual walkable path, we suspect you’d soon be a miserable Disney guest.

Disney BoardWalk FAQs

Can you go to the Disney BoardWalk for free?

Disney’s BoardWalk itself is absolutely free of charge and open to the public, including non-guests. However, the entertainment venue Jellyrolls has an admission charge, and you’ll need a valid admission ticket to enter any of the nearby theme parks.

Which BoardWalk Shops have Disney Pins?

You can buy Disney pins at the Character Carnival, Screen Door General Store, and Thimbles and Threads.

Can you see fireworks from the Disney World BoardWalk?

Visitors will be able to see portions of Disney firework shows, such as EPCOT’s “Harmonious” (and possibly even Magic Kingdom’s “Wishes”), from the BoardWalk. However, if you’re watching from the BoardWalk, it’s good to have a mindset that the fireworks are an added bonus and not a main attraction; there are better views of these shows around the theme parks themselves.

Are Disney Springs and Disney BoardWalk the same?

No, Disney Springs and the BoardWalk are two completely separate destinations at Disney World. Disney Springs is a comprehensive entertainment, dining, and shopping district that rivals the size of one of the theme parks. The BoardWalk might be similar in description but significantly condensed with only a handful of shops, venues, and restaurants compared to the hundreds of vendors, dining, and attractions available at Disney Springs.

Is Disney BoardWalk worth visiting?

It depends what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a variety of attractions and entertainment, or are ready to do damage to your credit cards with a big shopping day, you’ll find that Disney Springs is much more your speed. However, if you’re interested in having a relatively calm or romantic night at Disney World, the BoardWalk will provide you with fine dining, ambiance, and social entertainment and recreation.

What are Surrey bikes?

These two- and four-person bikes are built like a golf cart but in bike form; the pedals are the only thing stopping you from going full Flintstones! Disney’s Surrey Bike rentals are another way for visitors to get around outside of the theme parks and resorts.

Surrey bikes are all-ages and can be rented at the BoardWalk for a fee.

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