Located a short walk from Epcot (and several of the WDW Resort hotels), Disney's BoardWalk Inn offers another alternative for adult-oriented evening and nighttime entertainment. There is no admission charge to enter the BoardWalk area, although several of the clubs have a small cover charge.
This half-mile stretch of nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and activities is located along Crescent Lake and is modeled after the boardwalks of the 1920s and 1930s. While the shops and restaurants in this area are open during the day, Disney's BoardWalk is most enjoyable after dark, when you can experience the lights and festive atmosphere. If you happen to be a guest at Disney's BoardWalk Villas hotel, then the excitement of Disney's BoardWalk will happen all around you.
An ATM is located in the main courtyard area of the BoardWalk, behind the hotel (near Wyland Galleries). For additional information about Disney's BoardWalk, call (407) 939-5100. Don't forget to bring your passport, U.S. (or foreign) driver's license with photo, or U.S. military ID in order to show proof of age, required for entry into some of the clubs. The hours of operation for each of the restaurants and clubs listed are subject to change based on the season.
Listen to a ten-piece swing band perform hits from the 1940s, and strut your stuff on the ballroom dance floor of the Atlantic Dance Club. You must be twenty-one years old or older to get into this club. There is an admission charge of $5, and special events are held here on holidays.
Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Lunch and dinner entrées (ranging in price from $12.95 to $15.95), along with sandwiches, appetizers, salads, and desserts, are available, but the main draw of this dining establishment is the assortment of specialty beers that are served. Operating hours are from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M. daily.
An assortment of freshly baked goodies is available here, along with cappuccino and espresso. All items are served to go, but if you choose, you can hang out and watch the bakers at work in the kitchen.
Disney Vacation Club Information Center
In case you're interested in learning about the Disney Vacation Club time-sharing facilities offered at the WDW Resort, you can drop into this information office to schedule an appointment or obtain literature. Time-share vacation opportunities are extremely popular in the Orlando area, so be prepared to hear a sales pitch.
The ESPN Club
Sports fans will feel like they're in heaven when they step foot into this giant sports bar, which offers dozens of sporting events shown on monitors throughout the club. Live ESPN radio and television broadcasts originate from here, so guests often get to meet their favorite ESPN personalities and sportscasters. A full and pretty inexpensive menu and bar service are available. Food entrées range in price from $7.95 to under $15, and include burgers, hot dogs, tuna salad, and Caesar salad.
There's no admission charge to hang out at the ESPN club. Operating hours are from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M. If there's a big sporting event taking place, like the Super Bowl or World Series, this club will be packed with sports fans. This club is, however, packed pretty much every evening and night.
After hanging out at the ESPN Club, you can purchase official ESPN merchandise at the nearby shop. Glasses, sports clothing, and caps with the ESPN logo are among the offerings.
Open daily for dinner only, the Flying Fish Café serves fine American cuisine including seafood and steak entrées. This is the most classy and expensive restaurant in the BoardWalk area. Reservations are recommended. Call (407) WDW-DINE.
If you're in the mood for some lighthearted musical entertainment, often with a comedy twist, drop into Jellyrolls. This is a dueling piano bar, where two extremely talented singers/musicians entertain guests simultaneously in a casual and cozy bar atmosphere. The performers change every hour or so, and each pair has its own repertoire of music. Of course, audience participation is expected, so be prepared to sing and clap along, plus request your favorite songs.
To ensure that the performers will honor your song request, write it down on a cocktail napkin and take it up onto the small stage, accompanied by a tip. Even if you don't drink, you'll easily be able to spend a very enjoyable hour or two watching the performances. There's a small admission fee ($5 or less) to enter Jellyrolls, and the drink prices are reasonable.
You must be twenty-one years old or older to be admitted into this piano bar. If you do nothing else during your visit to the Board-Walk, drop into Jellyrolls to experience the live entertainment. Of course, Jellyrolls T-shirts and other souvenirs are available near the exit.
Leaping Horse Libations
Open from 11:00 A.M. until dusk, this poolside bar offers a small menu of inexpensive food items. Relax by the pool and enjoy your favorite alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage, along with a burger, hot dog, French fries, or ice cream. This area is mainly for guests of the BoardWalk Inn hotel, but it's open to everyone.
Styled after an old-fashioned sweet shop, you'll find a delicious assortment of cookies, candies, taffy, hand-dipped gelato, and flavored coffees served here between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M. A limited number of small tables are available.
Men's and women's fashions, resort apparel, and swimwear are sold at Thimbles and Threads, and not all of the clothing has a Disney character imprinted on it.
Wyland is a world-renowned artist who specializes in painting and drawing dolphins, whales, and other sea life. You can see (and purchase) his work at this stunning gallery located in the heart of Disney's BoardWalk. The art on display is beautiful, so be sure to drop in to browse. Another Wyland Gallery is located in Celebration, Florida (the city that Disney built). If you can't afford the actual artwork, postcards, posters, books, and other merchandise featuring Wyland's work are also on sale.
Along with the shops, throughout the BoardWalk area you'll encounter many souvenir kiosks that offer a variety of unique products and services, such as face painting (a favorite among kids). There's also a hair-wrap kiosk (also popular among young girls). At the Design Your Own Cap kiosk, you can have a baseball cap embroidered with a name or design, while you wait. Another interesting souvenir is your hand in wax, which is created by dipping your hand in hot wax. There's usually a small crowd around this kiosk because watching the hand-dipping process is somewhat interesting. A box for your wax creation is provided for easy transport home.