Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
The Boardwalk Resort is my absolute favorite place to stay in Walt Disney World. In the year 2000 my dance group took a big trip to Disney & Universal and we danced at City Walk (in the rain). My parents turned this trip into a family vacation and we stayed at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, right above Spoodles for those of you that remember that restaurant. They visited the Vacation Club Preview Center during this trip and within a week of returning home decided it was a great investment and bought in. The Boardwalk has been our original ‘home base’ resort and definitely holds many memories for us.
To me, it is one of the most appealing locations on property since you have easy access to two theme parks by simply walking completely on your own schedule. There are plenty of nightlife options, amazing restaurants, and so much to do if you’re having some resort days and avoiding the parks. If you have the opportunity to stay there, please do! If not, definitely grab a bus from the theme park, drive, Uber, or cab over to the Boardwalk area to see all it has to offer.
Here are my favorite things to do around the Boardwalk area:
- Head to the Luna Park Pool. Take a trip down the 200 foot waterslide – everyone is a kid in Disney!
- Rent a 2, 4, or 6 person surrey bike and pedal around the Crescent Lake.
- Sing along at Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar. $12 cover and a wicked fun time. Don’t forget to bring some cash to make your requests!
- Rent a mini powerboat from Bayside Marina across at the Yacht Club.
- Take a leisurely .8 mile walk around Crescent Lake. Stop at the Margarita Joe’s stand for some fuel along the way.
- Hop in the Photo Booth outside of ESPN Zone. There are two options, one provides the traditional filmstrip style images while the second booth provides one bordered 4×6 photo. Both photo booths now have magic and can link to your MagicBand PhotoPass images if you want. Or you can still keep it old-school and insert some cash for an immediate printout.
- Visit the new Apple Hills Creamery for some ice cream. This Brooklyn based creamery has opened its first parlor outside of NYC. The décor is adorable!
- If you’re without kids, stroll through the Wyland Gallery and browse a mix of traditional Wyland pieces and featured Disney artists.