Disney’s Boardwalk at the Boardwalk Inn is a great little area for all guests to enjoy for not much money at all. If you are looking to spend some low-key time away from the park head over to Disney’s Boardwalk. Here are some free and budget-friendly things to do at Disney’s Boardwalk.
Sometimes you and your wallet need a break on your Disney vacation and there is no shortage of fun things to do at Disney World that cost little to no money.
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Things to Do at Disney’s Boardwalk
The Boardwalk is built around Crescent Lake and is reminiscent of Coney Island circa the 40’s. Even if the parks are jammed packed, the Boardwalk is a little less busy so it is a great place to unwind and get away from the crowds.
How to Get to Disney’s Boardwalk
It is easy to get to if you are staying on Disney property. Disney buses can take you to the Boardwalk resort from any park or Disney Springs. During non-peak seasons you can also park at the Boardwalk resort for a short period of time (2-3 hours) to enjoy a meal or a little shopping. You can also take a Friendship Boat from Hollywood Studios or walk from Epcot.
Quick Service Restaurants at Disney’s Boardwalk
At night all of the restaurants are open for a bite to eat and you can even just grab a quick slice of pizza and sit on the boardwalk and enjoy the evening. There are lots of vendors selling inexpensive food items.
Pizza Window– The pizza slices are huge and come with chips or salad.
The To-Go Cart– This cart offers simple favorites like chicken strips and hot dogs. The fried Macaroni & Cheese bites are awesome and are just $4.50
Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas.
Boardwalk Bakery– So many yummy cupcakes and baked goods!
Ample Hills Creamery– A great icecream place with many flavors.
AbracadaBar– The AbracadaBar “curious cocktail lounge” combines the Golden Age of Magic with the magic of Disney storytelling, with whimsy in the design from the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) team that creates stories in true Disney fashion.
Funnel Cake Cart– Yummy funnel cakes.
A quick boat ride across Crescent Lake will bring you a few more options to enjoy near the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Plus, those resorts have quite a few nice, grassy areas to have a picnic.
Fun Things to Do at Disney’s Boardwalk
Window Shopping. The Boardwalk is great for window shopping. Since the crowds are a lot less, the window shopping and cast member interactions are a bit more enjoyable in my opinion.
Family-Friendly Games. You can try out some inexpensive games at the arcade. There are also come carnival-type games on the Boardwalk.
Street Performers. One of my favorite free activities are the street performers on the Boardwalk that will perform tricks and magic. It is fun to sit and watch them – they are great at interacting with the crowd.
Surrey Bike Rides. You can also rent an old-fashioned surrey bike for four and bike the Boardwalk.
Character Fun. Daisy, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy will also be around the pool area at the BoardWalk to partake in the fun. Meetings are meant to be informal. No end date was given. No daily schedule available so count as an extra magical moment if you run into one of them on the Boardwalk.
Go to a Club. If you are visiting the Boardwalk without your kids you can visit Jellyrolls, a dueling piano bar for the 21 and over crowd featuring sing-a-longs to pop tunes. Jellyrolls requires a cover charge, or check out the Atlantic Dance Hall which features a DJ and no cover charge. The Atlantic Dance Hall plays the hottest songs from the 80’s, 90’s, and today!
Photo Shoot. Love to take family pictures? The Boardwalk offers many picture-perfect backdrops against Crescent Lake. Many people get engagement photos done at the Boardwalk.
Watch the Epcot Fireworks. It is so pretty at night because it is beautifully lit up with strings of vintage lights and you can catch a glimpse of the Epcot fireworks from one end of the boardwalk down by Jellyrolls.
Schedule time during your next trip to visit Disney’s Boardwalk!
Thinking about staying at a Boardwalk Resort check out this awesome Boardwalk Resort Guide and find out how to stay there on the cheap!
What are your favorite things to do at Disney’s Boardwalk? Let me know in the comments!
Post Originally Published June 26, 2014.