Perhaps you’re 4 days into your Disney vacation and DONE with character visits. Perhaps you’re sick of the rides, the mickey ice cream and the stroller parking.
But you don’t have to be fed up with your Disney vacation to escape to The BoardWalk.
Whether you’re hunting down amazing cupcakes, trying to get a closer look at the Swan and Dolphin Hotels or just trying to avoid the bussing between Epcot and Hollywood Studios you’ll be happy you took some time to discover the The BoardWalk at WDW.
To get there just follow the walkway between the UK and France at Epcot to the International Gateway entrance. This is our Epcot entrance of choice for several reasons: smaller security lines, less people, and it gets us close to France for early morning breakfast plans.
This year the BoardWalk was a great way for us to get away from the crazy Epcot Food and Wine crowds and see some fun street shows.
Once you arrive you’ll notice there are a few places you simply must visit!
Ample Hills Creamery: You can watch ice cream being made at this Brooklyn Ice Cream Parlor then dive in to taste samples. With more than a dozen signature flavors we advise you try them all since the only other Ample Hills Creamery you’ll find is in New York.
BoardWalk Bakery: It’s no secret we love cupcakes and these could potentially rival the gigantic specialty cupcakes at Hollywood Studio’s Starring Rolls Cafe. Some cupcakes are approved on the Disney Dining Plan and big enough to share. You can also grab soup, salads and sandwiches here… but why?
Thimbles and Threads: Done up in the retro style of the BoardWalk this little shop has items you can’t find anywhere else. Apparel, pins, toys, mugs, everything. We love this shop particularly because its a wonderful browsing shop and we don’t have to contend with the crowds.
The BoardWalk area houses a few higher end Walt Disney World Resorts: The Beach Club, The Yacht Club and the Disney Boardwalk Inn and Villas. While it’s definitely a little pricier to stay at these resorts you get monorail access at Epcot for the Magic Kingdom and are in walking distance of Epcot and a small walk or boat ride away from Hollywood Studios.
We also love that no matter what Disney resort you are staying at you can still visit these resorts for a Movie Night under the stars or Campfire and S’mores.
Right outside the Boardwalk entrance you can also find the Swan and Dolphin Hotels. Here you can get visit the Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf course, watch the palm trees light up with colors and music, or visit one of the award winning restaurants inside the resort. If you stay here you also get access to a 3 acre pool, complete with hot tubs, caves and slides.
In the late afternoons you’ll see magicians, illusionists, and comedians perfect for the little ones and in the evening you can grab a spot on one of the resort beaches to watch the Hollywood Studio’s new Star Wars Fireworks show.
The BoardWalk is wonderful at night and if you’re looking for an alternate route to get home, beat the crowds, catch one last drink at the ESPN Club or just want to catch Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios before the night is over you can count on the boat at the BoardWalk to take you to the Hollywood Studios entrance.
Whatever your reason for the needed escape, know that you can find small delights at Disney’s Boardwalk at Epcot. Ice Cream, Fireworks, the Atlantic Dance Hall and ESPN Club are just a few of the treasures found here. So take a break and enjoy the downtime away from the crowds.