Hey Disney family! Welcome to the second installment in our series on resort hopping around the Walt Disney World resorts. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first post in this series that focused on the Monorail Resorts.
For this post, we are going to be talking about resort hopping at what I am calling the Boardwalk resorts because they are all along Disney’s Boardwalk. In the Monorail resorts post, I listed every single Walt Disney World Resort and what category they were in. For this post, I am just going to post the resort name and what category but for a full list of Walt Disney World resorts be sure to see the Monorail Resorts blog HERE.
There are two additional resorts in this area that are not Disney owned but are considered a part of the Disney family. The Swan and Dolphin are SPG hotels located along the Boardwalk and just a short walk from Epcot. These are more akin to conference hotels, are quieter and a little more adult oriented but welcome families of course.
The villas are in the same location as the deluxe resorts but the villas have a separate bedroom with a king bed. The theming at these resorts are all incredible and definitely worth a trip to check them out. In addition, these resorts are easily accessible from Epcot and the International Gateway (just between the UK and France pavilions). There is a lot to do on the Disney boardwalk as well! Restaurants, night life, you can rent bike’s, there is entertainment, it’s a great, fun place with a lot going on for the whole family.
Let’s start with Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Beach club is the sister resort to Disney’s Yacht Club resort and is themed in a New England style beach theme. Hues of blue and white with beachy accents and a laid back vibe. You can rent mini-powerboats, sit on the boardwalk and people watch and explore this beachy retreat.
You can rent various watercraft and explore the Boardwalk. The inside of the resort is themed in a New England Nautical theme and there is a lot to explore throughout the resort.
The Boardwalk resort is next and if you have never experienced these resorts you will be amazed at all there is to do along the Boardwalk and how convenient the location of these resorts really are. This resort has an Atlantic City theme.
The best thing about resort hopping at these resorts are the boardwalk itself. There are restaurants, sweet treats, often times there is live music, face painters or charicature artists, you can rent bike’s hop a boat to Epcot or Hollywood Studios; so much fun to be had. The Disney Boardwalk truly is a destination in itself. There are currently eleven places to get food, drink or sweet treats on Disney’s Boardwalk and even more if you include the restaurants that are a part of the resorts along the boardwalk.
We’ll highlight a couple of my favorite eateries along the boardwalk but be sure to check HERE for an updated version of what is available at the Boardwalk. You can also check out the food options for the Beach Club, Boardwalk and Yacht Club resorts.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can stop into one of the most famous little places in all of Disney, and when I say little, I mean it, don’t expect to walk in to Beaches and Cream most of the time, if you want to sit down and get your Kitchen Sink sundae on, you will most likely need a reservation. We have an entire review of our experience at Beaches and Cream so be sure to check it out. Other places to curb that sweet craving would be Ample Hills Creamers and Boardwalk Bakery.
There is one character dining experience along Disney’s Boardwalk and that is Trattoria Al Forno which has characters for their Bon Voyage Breakfast. This is a pretty cool spot and honestly a lot of people don’t know about it and don’t know that this is a great place to see the princesses and they are with their princes which is really rare. Most often you will be able to see Princess Ariel and Prince Eric and Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Prices are fixed at $34 for adults and $20 for kids age three to nine. This is a one table service credit meal if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. For the price you get a breakfast entree selection, a pastry basket and fruit.
Some of the best places to get lunch or dinner along the Boardwalk are Ale and Compass which is in the Yacht Club Resort, Flying Fish which has amazing steak and seafood options and is actually one of our favorite places to eat on property and Ale and Compass which is located in The Beach Club Resort.
Jellyrolls is adults only and is located along the Boardwalk. This twenty one and up option is a dueling piano bar and is a lot of fun and the only place like this in Walt Disney World. This is a great option for those adult only times or trips where you can kick back and have a great time in a fun, loud and energetic atmosphere.
As you can see there is a ton to be done at the Epcot Resorts. You are also in a really good spot to get to Hollywood Studios either by foot because there is a great walking path that goes along the waterway or by boat and you can walk to Epcot and enter through International Gateway which separates the UK from France or take a Friendship boat there as well.
What are your favorite parts about the resorts along Disney’s Boardwalk? Do you love to stay at these resorts or just visit them while you are resort hopping? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you for stopping by Disney family and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.