Disney’s BoardWalk may just be the most photogenic and lively spot in the whole of Disney World Resort come nightfall. This is basically a pretty promenade set next to a Crescent Lake, with an eclectic range of cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques creating a colorful reflection across the adjacent water.
Although the area is best visited at night when the atmosphere is at its best, you could come in the day too as most of the wining and dining options are open from mid-morning. The area is open to the public, although certain venues have a cover charge or enforce age policies.
- Gatorland Admission
- Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Boggy Creek Airboat Ride
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Universal Orlando™ Theme Park Tickets
Nightlife Highlights at Disney’s BoardWalk
Jelly Rolls – a night of guaranteed fun and laughs, Jelly Rolls is a famous venue that specialises in ‘live piano duelling performances' that often result in tipsy sing-alongs. The talented musicians are happy to take requests, and often swap seats with audience members who fancy a go at tinkling the ivories themselves. $12 to enter and 21-years-old and up only. (19:00-02:00)
Atlantic Dance Hall – Don your dancing shoes for a night of boogying down to dance hits from the 80s and 90s at this all-out nightclub on BroadWalk. The venue itself is beautiful, taking on a classic Art Deco Ballroom theme. When you need a rest, be sure to head to one of the balconies upstairs for some excellent views over the adjacent lake. (19:00-01:45, 21-years-old and up)
ESPN Club – This expansive bar is all about the sports, with live feeds showing the latest game and interviews with celebrity athletes. A range of classic American comfort food is served throughout the day, although things get livelier as more drinks orders come in at night.
Dining Highlights at Disney’s BoardWalk
Trattoria al Forno – classic Italian cuisine in some relatively refined settings; open for breakfast, but best come for their hearty mains in the evening. (07:00-11:00; 17:00-22:00)
Flying Fish Café – a highly rated restaurant (it’s not really a café) that specialises in fresh fish, seafood and steaks, all served up in a beautifully-designed dining room. The Flying Fish definitely leans more towards the fine-dining side of things, so plan $50-a-head if you’re coming for dinner.
Big River Griller & Brewing Works – Disney’s best microbrewery is the place to come if you’re into your good beer. This all-day diner also serves plenty of American pub favourites to line your stomach like burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, ribs and meatloaf – most of which are around $10-20. Open from 11:00-23:00 and kids are allowed in too.
Pizza Window – if you’re in a rush or just fancy a quick snack, don’t miss Pizza Window and its famous thin crust slices. Go for a slice of their Broadwalk Signature Pizza, then slowly peruse down the promenade eating it (and trying not to let the melted cheese drip all over yourself).
The-To-Go Cart – another good option if you fancy a quick and rather unhealthy fill, this popular vendor specialises in one thing: thick, juicy hot dogs with a range of toppings to choose from. Open 12:00-22:00.
- Opening Hours: 06:30-02:00 (venue opening times vary)
- Location: Disney's BoardWalk, Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida