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Fun on Disney’s BoardWalk

June 19, 2014

Fun on Disney's BoardWalk

Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Babies Blog and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today we are discussing fun options outside of the Disney Parks.

One of our favorite places to visit on a non-park day or when we just need a break is Disney’s Boardwalk. I fell in love with the BoardWalk Inn but you don’t have to be staying at the resort to enjoy the fun that the BoardWalk offers. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Hang Out at the ESPN Club

I am an ESPN junkie. I listen or watch Mike and Mike almost every morning and Sportscenter is pretty much the only “news” I watch on television. Needless to say, I love the ESPN Club. We stopped by one afternoon when the rain set in to watch the Atlanta Braves and have lunch.

Disney's Boardwalk

We had a great time. There are televisions everywhere (even the bathrooms!) and it was a fun atmosphere since there were fans of both teams watching the game. The menu has everything you could want for game day. Drew loved the wings and I was a fan of the cheese fries. While it wasn’t too crowded the day we stopped by it can fill up fast. If there is a game you want to see make sure to show up early or take advantage of the ESPN Club VIP Premium Club Seats. Seats are available for $50 per adult and $25 per child, and include all food and beverage orders up to those amounts. You can make a reservation by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


Big River Grille & Brewing Works

Like beer? Then Big River Grille & Brewing Works, the only working brewpub at Walt Disney World, should be on your must do list. While the food isn’t outstanding, Big River Grill offers handcrafted ales and lagers brewed on the premises. You can choose one (I recommend the Sweet Magnolia American Brown Ale if you are visiting during the winter months) or order the beer flight to try them all. You can also watch the onsite brewmaster floor-to-ceiling glass windows. And if it’s not too hot you can sit on the patio and enjoy the atmosphere.

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

Big River also has tapping parties throughout the year to celebrate the debut of their seasonal brews. You can sign up for emails to see of one is happening during your trip. If you don’t want to sign up I recommend following Eating WDW. Sarah always posts the tapping party info.

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

Sports and beer? That covers everything, right? 🙂 The BoardWalk also offers live entertainment on Thursdays thru Saturday evenings. You can find a juggler, balancing acts, or street musicians. There are also Carnival games or you could rent a surrey bike. There are so many great options that there really is something for everyone.

Disney's Boardwalk Games

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Two Moms and a Mouse.

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  • adisneymom
    July 4, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    We love the ESPN Club!  We’ve watched several big games on those TVs in the past.  Being sports fans, and Disney fans, we love seeing the souvenirs there that tie in both! 🙂

  • CapMagicalMem
    June 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    We love the Boardwalk too (maybe why we bought DVC there).  We even ate at Big River Grill 3 times on our last trip.

  • DisneyMamaLin
    June 25, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    The games look fun!  I love old school carnival style games.  🙂  Do you know how they handle the weekend entertainment if there is rain?

  • Mlk111
    June 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    We talked to one of our friends that performs on the boardwalk and he said it is seven days a week.

  • disneyonwheels
    June 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Jenn Lissak They don’t have the most vegetarian friendly options but you can order any salad without meat and they have some good appetizers.

  • disneyonwheels
    June 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Twomomsandamouse We’ve stayed their twice and LOVED it. We’ll be back there in December. It’s such a great resort to visit during the holidays.

  • disneyonwheels
    June 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Mlk111 I’ll check into it. Disney is always changing their entertainment line up. Thanks for the info!

  • disneyonwheels
    June 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm


  • DIStherapy
    June 24, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I would not have pegged you as an ESPN nut Melissa!  We love spending evenings on and in the Boardwalk.  If we are in town for a big sporting event, the boys eventually lead us there.  One of our favorites in dining is there- Flying Fish, and we virtually LIVED at the Boardwalk Bakery when my son was younger and survived solely on cinnamon raisin bagels!!  Now, I view it as a terrific place to run.  So much to offer!

  • HeidiPortzlineStrawser
    June 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I’m surprised that you did a post about the Boardwalk without mentioning the bakery!  
    I’m not really a sports or beer fan, but I have enjoyed grabbing some wine coolers in the resort gift shop and just sitting on a bench – either facing the water, or people watching! 
    The Boardwalk is really relaxing during the day, but I can imagine it’s much more crazy in the evenings, when the sun goes does.

  • PaulinePT
    June 22, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I went to the Boardwalk for the first time a couple years ago.  LOVED it!  The Flying Fish Cafe was the best!  I totally want to stay at a Boardwalk resort for my next trip.

  • Jenn Lissak
    June 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I LOVE the Boardwalk – I’m so sad that Kouzzina is closing, but I think we’ll still go back for the great hang! I’ve never done the surrey bike and haven’t done carnival games for a while – but maybe we will next time!!  Are there good veg options at Big River Grille?

  • Mlk111
    June 21, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    We have been fortunate to stay a couple of times in a room that overlooked the boardwalk.

  • Twomomsandamouse
    June 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I love visiting the Boardwalk. I usually visit the Beach Club, walk to Epcot, then catch the Boardwalk on the way back!  I have watched bakery goods being made late at night through a huge window, Disney characters being water painted on the boardwalk itself and many other activities during the late night hours of hustle and bustle.  I always wondered how cool it would be to stay in one of the rooms that had a balcony that overlooked the boardwalk.  Have you had the opportunity to stay at the Boardwalk?  If so, did you enjoy your stay?~Maureen ~Two Moms and A Mouse

  • LeeBeatens
    June 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Love the entertainers on the Boardwalk. I’ve seen several different acts and they’re always excellent!

  • FrontierlandSta
    June 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I love that they have TVs even in the restrooms! That is too funny! I guess they want to make sure you don’t miss a second of the big game. Sounds like the ESPN Club would be a fun place to go for March Madness!

  • JodiWhisenhunt
    June 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I haven’t stayed at the Boardwalk, but I’ve spent a lot of time there enjoying all it has to offer!

  • Mlk111
    June 19, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Unless something has changed since last year, entertainers are out on the boardwalk EVERY night of the week.

  • Haydennnn
    June 19, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Disney’s Boardwalk! Looks like fun! Is Big River Grille expensive?

    • Melissa
      June 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      It’s not too expensive. It’s a great spot for apps and drinks. 🙂