19 Things to Do on the Disney BoardWalk at Disney World

19 Things to Do on the Disney BoardWalk at Disney World

If you’re heading to Orlando Florida, then why not stop by the Disney BoardWalk? While this is part of Walt Disney World, it’s FREE to Visit and no park ticket, park pass reservation, or anything is required! For that reason, we think it’s one of the best places to go at Walt Disney World if you’re looking for something fun to do. Whether you’re in the middle of a Disney Vacation or just passing through. Here are our TOP 10 Things to Do on the Disney BoardWalk. 

Disney Boardwalk at Walt Disney World

What is the Disney Boardwalk?

As a public space in Orlando, Florida that is free to visit, the Disney BoardWalk is home to several Disney Resorts, restaurants, Shops, Beaches, and Entertainment. This area at Walt Disney World offers everything you could want on a nice day out. While there are not any rides, and it’s FREE to visit, the BoardWalk is good for both kids and adults. Offering fun things like surrey bikes, an ice cream shop, and midway games like you would find at the fair, it’s a great way to spend the day out of the Disney crowds and doing something unique in Orlando. We also love this area for Disney Adults too. As there are Disney lounges and bars, and locations with evening entertainment, the Disney BoardWalk can also make a great Disney date night. Here’s the top 10 things you can do on the BoardWalk at Disney World. 

Is the Disney Boardwalk Free?

Yes! You can visit the Disney Boardwalk in Orlando for FREE. Plus take advantage of the views, beaches, window shopping, and whatever else catches your fancy in this resort area of Walt Disney World.

Is it Free to Visit the Disney Resorts on the BoardWalk?

Yes, ALL Disney Resort Hotels are free to visit. And the resorts here are no exception. Resorts on the Disney Boardwalk include Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.  

Do you Need a Disney Park Ticket for the BoardWalk?

No. Disney’s BoardWalk is FREE, and you do not need a park ticket, or a park reservation to visit. You can simply grab a Disney bus to any of the Disney BoardWalk Resorts and enjoy your Disney day in this free area. No Ticket is required.

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Disney Boardwalk Map

While the Disney Boardwalk Inn lays claim to the storefronts and restaurants that makes up it’s lower floor, the entire Disney BoardWalk area is much larger. Stretching from the EPCOT International Gateway near the Disney Skyliner, all the way around the lake, this area also includes the Swan and Dolphin Resorts that branch off the main path. Check out the Disney BoardWalk Map to get your bearings. 

Disney World BoardWalk Map

Where is the Disney BoardWalk?

The Disney Boardwalk is located between EPCOT Park and Hollywood Studios. It is accessible by taking a bus to any of the Disney BoardWalk Resorts, or grabbing the Disney Skyliner and getting off at the EPCOT International Gateway stop.  Check out the Disney Boardwalk Map above for a visual. 

Getting to the Disney Boardwalk From Disney Springs

The easiest way to get to the Disney BoardWalk if you’re off-site is by taking the Disney Boardwalk Inn Bus from Disney Springs. Simply park your car at the Disney Springs parking lot and take the bus to the resort. Once there, you can simply walk through the lobby and out onto the BoardWalk. And then just grab the bus back to Disney Springs when you’re done. 

Getting to the Disney Boardwalk From the Swan, the Swan Reserve, and Dolphin 

Walking to the Disney BoardWalk from the Swan and Dolphin Hotels takes about 5-10 minutes. The Boardwalk is home to several resorts. Staying at any of these resorts, or dining at these resorts will get you parking privileges. You can also follow the signs, if driving, to the specific parking lot designated for The Boardwalk. The Swan and Dolphin, Swan Reserve, The Yacht Club, The Beach Club, and The Boardwalk Inn are the resorts in this area to visit for easy access.

Getting to the Disney Boardwalk From Epcot

If you are at EPCOT just head back to the World Showcase. It won’t matter which direction you choose. At one point you’ll arrive in France or England. In between these two countries is a pathway called the International Gateway. This pathway will take you past a gift shop and you’ll walk through “exit” gates out of Epcot. Don’t worry, you’ll easily get back in later. Once you clear the exit gates you have arrived. We love heading to the beach at the Disney Boardwalk Resorts from Epcot just to dip our toes in the sand. And when we need to escape the crowds of the parks. 

Getting to the Disney Boardwalk From Hollywood Studios 

Take any Disney Bus to Hollywood Studios or drive there. Walk towards the front gates of Hollywood Studios but instead of going through the gates, turn to your right. Here you will see a sign leading to the Hollywood Studios walking path.  From there, just walk along, about 10-15 minutes, and the entrance to The Boardwalk will be at the end of it. One of our favorite things to do is leave Hollywood Studios and walk to the Boardwalk for lunch or dinner. It’s a great way to escape crowds and get some amazing food close by without using Disney transportation. 

Take a Boat to the Disney BoardWalk

The main dock at the Disney BoardWalk is right in front of the BoardWalk Inn. You can get here from the Hollywood Studios Boat Dock, Swan and Dolphin Boat Dock, or the EPCOT International Gateway Boat Dock. 

Can you Park at the Disney BoardWalk?

You can park in the Disney BoardWalk Inn and Villas overflow parking lot, if you have a dining reservation, for a maximum of three hours. Unless you want to pay for Valet parking for the day at a cost of $25. Our best tip? Skip bringing your car to the BoardWalk, and Park at Disney Springs instead. While this may seem like a bit of a hassle, parking at Disney Springs is FREE, and it’s so close to the BoardWalk, that you won’t be traveling long. Simply grab the Disney BoardWalk Inn bus at Disney Springs. Once you arrive, you can walk through the lobby and out to the BoardWalk. Knowing that your car is safe and sound, and parked for free at Disney Springs, when you’re ready to leave. 

Disney BoardWalk Things to Do

What is there to do on the Disney Boardwalk?

Visiting the BoardWalk at Walt Disney World is something we do every visit. The calm, the relaxation, and the chance to be away from Disney crowds are always luring enough. But if you’re looking for other things to do while you’re at Disney or in the Orlando, Florida area, then here are our Top 10 Things to Do on the Disney BoardWalk. 

Try out the Surrey Bike Rentals

A favorite activity for families and friends on the Disney BoardWalk is renting the Surrey Bikes. These bikes are available in a 2 or 4-person version and are available for $25 per 1/2 hour. If you’re headed to the boardwalk and want to see the sights by bicycle then these bikes can help you get around. While the Disney BoardWalk isn’t too large for walking, the bike experience can feel like a ride and is a great way to add a little more to your day. 

The Cake Bake Shop on the Disney Boardwalk | Coming Soon! 2024

This “whimsical table service restaurant and bakery” created by Gwendolyn Rogers serves up beautiful cakes in a delightful atmosphere on Disney’s Boardwalk. Offering up both a Bakery and a Restaurant you can delight in cakes, tea service, and savory sandwiches with French flair. 

Coming Soon to the Disney BoardWalk is Gwendolyn Rogers Cake Bake Shop Bakery and Restaurant. This restaurant includes fancy foods perfect for luncheon, high tea, and any Disney Girls Trip or Disney Mommy and Me Vacation you’ve got planned. This restaurant also includes both a bakery side and a table service restaurant. The Cake Bake Shop Bakery offers grab-and-go cake slices, cupcakes, and treats perfect for a light and decadent treat. The Cake Bake Shop Restaurant serves a variety of beautiful simple foods perfect for brunch, high tea, and any fancy meal you desire. 

BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas

This little margarita stand on the Disney BoardWalk is one of the hidden gems in this area. Serving up margaritas and soft pretzels, we love that you can grab a drink and head to the midway games for some good old-fashioned carnival time. Our favorites here are the Jalapeno Stuffed Pretzel, Dole Whip Smoothie and of course, any of the margaritas. 

Watch the Movies Under the Stars

A favorite Disney pastime you can find at any Disney Resort, the Movies Under the Stars are offered each evening at Walt Disney World resorts. And on the Disney BoardWalk, you can usually see these from the walkway at both the Disney Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. At the Beach Club, the movie screen is either on the lawn or beach. At BoardWalk Inn, the screen is center stage on the front lawn, so you can’t miss it. Interested in taking a break to watch a film? These movies typically start between 6:30- 7:30 pm depending on the resort, they’re FREE, and all are welcome. Check out our Movies Under the Stars Guide for all the tips and how to get the schedules. 

Get a Pizza at the Disney Boardwalk Pizza Window

Looking for Pizza on the Disney BoardWalk? Found at a Pizza Window near the Trattoria al Forno entrance you can get pizza to go! Pepperoni, Margherita, and Cheese are typically on the menu and can be mobile ordered usually before 4 pm, for a later pick-up time. We LOVE this pizza, and it’s the perfect lunch or dinner. You can lounge on the Boardwalk, eat and enjoy! Super budget friendly, we recommend checking the My Disney Experience App for pickup time options. 

Trattoria al Forno at Disney Boardwalk

Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno

We talk a lot about Breakfast at Disney World and where to find  it. But our favorite restaurant on the Disney BoardWalk, Trattoria al Forno offers up one of the Best Breakfasts at Walt Disney World. Complete with avocado toast, french toast, classic omelets, and a to-die-for iced coffee, if you’re heading to the boardwalk, be sure to stop here. We also love this restaurant for dinner. With a variety of Italian dishes, this restaurant has pizza, gnocchi, salads, and meats worth trying. 

Trattoria Al Forno Breakfast

Grab a Coffee at Carousel Coffee at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

New to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Carousel Coffee is a small cafe located just off the lobby. Serving Joffrey’s Coffee and Teas, you can also get grab-and-go items here. Themed to the Disney Carousel culture, this cafe also has a small seating area perfect for a break or any remote work you may have brought with you. This is one of our Top 10 Things to Do on the Disney BoardWalk, because it truly is one of the best places on the Disney Boardwalk to get coffee! And we always love finding new Coffee Places at Walt Disney World.

Boardwalk Deli on Disney Boardwalk

Refill your Disney Refillable Mug at Disney Boardwalk Deli

While it’s true that you cannot refill your Disney Refillable Mug inside Disney Parks, every Disney Resort has a refill station. And Disney’s Boardwalk Deli has a mug refill station too! So, if you’re at the Boardwalk Deli grabbing that world famous New Jersey Crumb Cake, be sure to refill your mug too. Cocoa, Coffee, Tea and Fountain drinks await! 

Sip a Drink at Ale and Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club

Inside Disney’s Yacht Club is the Ale and Compass Restaurant. One of our favorite places for breakfast, To Go Meals at Walt Disney World and a budget-friendly dinner at Disney, we recently also discovered they have a lounge! We love Lounges at Walt Disney World, and the Ale and Compass Lounge has some of the best small plates, drinks, and even mocktails. This lounge includes a cozy seating area with sofas as well as a bar area. 

Places to Take a Break Near EPCOT Park

Relax on the Beaches at Disney’s Beach Club

While a beach is just a beach, the beaches at the Beach Club are worth the visit. With views of the boats, BoardWalk, and hotels in the area the beach includes a wooden swing, loungers, plus a large connect four and tik-tack toe game. Hardly ever crowded, we love this beach for taking breaks at Walt Disney World. Proximity to the Disney Mug Refill station at Hurricane Hannas is a bonus. And if you’re looking for something to eat or a Disney treat, the Beach Club Marketplace and Gift Shop are just inside the resort. 

Disney Boardwalk Ice Cream on the Boardwalk

Grab Ice Cream at Disney BoardWalk Ice Cream 

If you’re in the mood for Ice Cream, you can count on large portions and a decent price at Disney’s BoardWalk Ice Cream. We like it best for the fun flavor combinations like brownie and chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter. But the strawberry shortcake ice cream sundae is something to write home about. Grab some ice cream and head to the outdoor tables to enjoy the BoardWalk Views. 

Grab a seat at the Belle Vue Lounge 

Settle in to a game of chess, listen to an old time radio show or grab a dusty book or game from the shelf! This little lounge is found on the second floor of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and offers drinks starting at 4 PM. Very quaint, and hidden away, this is the perfect place to come and sip the day away. Certain times of the year Belle Vue Lounge offers quick breakfast foods and coffee, tea and cocoa. We love the homey feel of this area of the resort, and you even have porch access too, with rocking chairs and tables if you’re in a people watching mood. 

Disney Boardwalk Gift Shops

Shop at Thimbles and Threads Gift Shop

This gift shop has not only BoardWalk Inn-specific merchandise, but also a variety of resort wear, Mickey ears, specialty collections, and more. If you’re looking for a Disney souvenir, this little shop will surely have something for you. We also love that you can see new Disney merchandise here without heading into the parks. If you’re ready for browsing or shopping, then be sure to stop here. There are several gift shops along the BoardWalk but are all connected. Screen Door General Store, Thimbles and Threads, and Disney’s Character Carnival. All offer something special, and in addition to the Resort Gift Shops, provide loads of window shopping time. 

Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar Disney World

Listen to the Dueling Pianos at Jellyrolls

This nightclub lounge on the Disney Boardwalk is one of our favorite Disney Adults things to do at Disney World. Featuring piano players, ready to take requests and bring the house down, you can grab a drink, and have some popcorn while you enjoy the show! This Dueling Piano Bar has a $10 cover charge and is open 7:00 pm to 1:45 am. For guests 21 and up, you can visit, enjoy the free popcorn, and even have dinner here. 

Stroll the Disney BoardWalk

One of our favorite ways to have a stress-free Disney Vacation is to take breaks. And what better way than to head to the Disney Boardwalk for a stroll around the lake? We love the opportunity to walk and see things. Stop at the beaches, at the resorts and shops, and enjoy the day! You can grab a fun treat for the kids, or yourself, and make a day of it. 

Disney Boardwalk Transportation

Take a Boat Ride on the Friendship Boats

The Friendship Boats sail the lake that connects Epcot and Hollywood Studios. As a result, there are several docks at the Disney BoardWalk that you can use to embark on your next sailing trip. You can grab the boat at the International Gateway for the longest trip to the Hollywood Studios dock. Or grab any of the boat docks along the way. The Swan and Dolphin, and Yacht Club Resorts also have docks, if you’re looking to just sail a bit of your day away. These boats run every 15 minutes, with the last stop at 9:30 PM. So plan ahead! 

Play a Disney Boardwalk Carnival Game

One  of the best parts of visiting Disney BoardWalk is being able to take part in those old fair games of days long past. Things like shooting the can, or a basketball challenge can win you a prize. Or just wanna have a good time! Typically about $2 each to play the Disney BoardWalk is lined with old-school carnival games. Shooting games, basketball games, and more await with loads of prizes to be won at each. 

See the Performers and Entertainers 

One of the best parts of the Disney BoardWalk is all the entertainment. Whether you’re a kid looking for extra fun or a Disney Adult looking for a Disney Date Nite, here are some things you can do at the Disney BoardWalk. From Friday through Sunday and intermittently throughout certain seasons, the Disney BoardWalk highlights acts of all kinds just outside the BoardWalk Inn! Whether you’re looking for a juggler, performing artist, hoola hoop girls or dancers, you can find them all as part of the things to do on the Disney Boardwalk. 

Head to the Atlantic Dance Hall

 This dance hall, themed in the Art Deco style, is typically open Tuesday-Saturday nights, 8:00 pm to 1:00 am for guests 21 and up. And it’s FREE. 

Places to Take a Break Near EPCOT Park

Things to Do at the Disney Boardwalk

Hopefully, this list has helped you get a handle on the best things to do on the Disney BoardWalk. As one of our favorite Free things to do at Walt Disney World, we hope you love this area as much as we do! 

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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.

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