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Disney's Boardwalk - Lots To See And Do
Disney's Boardwalk can be reached in two ways, the first is by passing through the International Gateway Plaza between France and the U. K in Epcot and the second is by road and the entrance is directly opposite the main exit from the Hollywood Studios. It is a hotel complex which has added an entertainment complex with restaurants, bars and a night club around a lagoon. On the opposite side of the lagoon is the Disney Yacht and Beach club resort.
The Boardwalk is open to walk, jog, run or cycle around all day and you do not need to be a Disney resort guest to do this. The boardwalk encircles the crescent lake and passes directly in front of the two hotels, the two sections are connected by bridges which allow the Disney water craft to enter and exit the lagoon.
Disney have tried hard to give the Boardwalk side of the lagoon a genuine feel of the Atlantic boardwalk and with their mixture of clubs, shops and bars have done very well in the space they have available to them.
The Boardwalk Bakery and Spoodles both see a lot of visitors looking for some light snacks and we enjoy having a walk around the lagoon a few times and a stop at the bakery when we have finished for a cappuccino and a pastry of some type. As the day changes into night-time, the overall feeling of the location changes as well. Gone is the sunny dock side holiday atmosphere to more of an Atlantic City Boardwalk with side-shows and live entertainers. This time of the day is when Boardwalk, for me, is at its most attractive. A night time stroll also allows you to take in the full splendour of the resort from all angles.
The Boardwalk has numerous places that can provide you with food and refreshments. They vary from a window that will sell you a slice of pizza; through to wings, burgers and other bar fare from ESPN, two mid range restaurants and finish with an excellent full-service seafood restaurant call the Flying Fish. You can have a beer from the bar while watching your favourite team on one of the 100 TVs in ESPN or sit on the sidewalk area cafe while trying some of the interesting micro-brews at the Big River Grille & Brewing Works. They even have a duelling pianos bar that will allow you to stay into the early hours of the night.
This being Disney you will find that spread among the bars and restaurants, are the Boardwalk versions of hotel stores. There are many things here that can be exclusive to the store or only located in one of the specialty stores in Downtown Disney Marketplace. You will also find a James Wyland gallery but be warned before you go in you will see lots of things that you would love to take home but the cost of these items can be very high. Wyland is famous for his murals of ocean views and the whole shop is filled with art and sculpture based on the sea. The ESPN Club also has its own items for sale and these revolve round sporting themes of the club.
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