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Old 07-15-2014, 02:12 PM   #31
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We like to put a day in between our park days for just touring the hotels and sleeping-in. This sounds great for that day.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:15 PM   #32
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...How do we get from DHS there? Thanks!
You can walk or take a (free) Friendship boat.

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Old 07-15-2014, 02:45 PM   #33
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We love the Boardwalk. We stay there every second or third trip, and even when we don't stay, we visit a few times per trip. It helps that Flying Fish is our favourite restaurant, and we are sports fans so we always visit ESPN a couple of times. Before we had DS, DH and I used to enjoy dinner at either restaurant, a walk around to see the performers, and finish the evening at Jellyrolls. Now with 5 year old DS we still enjoy dinner and a walk around to see the performers, and DS loves to run around on the lawn in front of the Boardwalk Inn. He can usually find other children there to play tag or throw a ball around. We enjoy the atmosphere, and it's a nice low key evening for us.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:09 PM   #34
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We took our kids here for the first time on our most recent trip. DH & I had gone years ago and enjoyed Jellyrolls, but I really didn't know what we'd do with our kids there so we hadn't returned. Anyways, we went to Beaches & Cream at the Beach Club for the Kitchen Sink on our arrival day and decided to walk over to the Boardwalk. We enjoyed the surrey bikes and entertainment before heading back over to Beach Club via boat and to our resort. The kids really enjoyed it and we will probably make it part of future trips.
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:17 AM   #35
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I think this is the most replies I've ever gotten on a thread i started. Woot!

So, what's the best time of day to go, especially if I like street performers?
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:41 AM   #36
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Im not personally a fan of the waterparks, but they are great for kids.
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:43 AM   #37
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Im not personally a fan of the waterparks, but they are great for kids.
Just to keep things clear, the Boardwalk is not a water park.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:25 AM   #38
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I think this is the most replies I've ever gotten on a thread i started. Woot!

So, what's the best time of day to go, especially if I like street performers?
The performers are only there in the evenings, from around 7pm until about 9.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:44 AM   #39
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With its nightclub and restaurants, I always thought that Boardwalk would be a destination entertainment complex. According to the Disney website, it's open until 2 a.m., so I actually planned to spend one evening there during my trip last October. Sounded like some great late night fun!

In reality, there's no convenient Disney transportation back to most resorts (unless you're walking) and the place really went quiet after 9:30pm. So it's not really a great place for nightlife as the brochure might suggest.
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With its nightclub and restaurants, I always thought that Boardwalk would be a destination entertainment complex. According to the Disney website, it's open until 2 a.m., so I actually planned to spend one evening there during my trip last October. Sounded like some great late night fun!

In reality, there's no convenient Disney transportation back to most resorts (unless you're walking) and the place really went quiet after 9:30pm. So it's not really a great place for nightlife as the brochure might suggest.
Did you go into any of the clubs? Atlantic City Dance Hall? Jellyrolls? In fairness, that is where all the action is after about 9pm. Jellyrolls is one of our favourite night spots at WDW. You are right, in that there is no real convenient transport back to other resorts (one of the many reasons we like to stay in the Epcot resort area) but it is easy enough to get a taxi from either Boardwalk Inn or Yacht/Beach Club - we have done that on many occasions too.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:43 AM   #41
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We normally sleep at the boardwalk, swim in the pool and take our showers.
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We love to eat at Big River Grille. It's an interesting mix - outdoor dining is available yet you have real china and cloth napkins. The menu has sandwiches as well as bigger meals.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:58 AM   #43
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I am another one saying go for it if you have some extra time, especially if you are in the area. We stay at the Boardwalk every year. As others have said we love the atmosphere with the big band music playing, the entertainers in the evening, and just the feeling and ambience in general. If you have a chance definately try Flying Fish. We also have fun at ESPN Club and Big River. Yachtsman is a must do every year as well. Can wait.........so close!!!!!
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:19 AM   #44
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The Boardwalk might be my favorite place in Disney.

No, it is not "non stop" entertainment, nor is it going to present a ton of interest for young children who need constant cartoonish entertainment. It is, however, a great themed area which properly evokes the feeling of a slowed down, 1920's era East Coast resort.

Our large group has fun just strolling the Boardwalk in between visits to Epcot. We often dine at Il Mulino, Beaches & Cream or Kouzzina, and like grabbing drinks at ESPN, Big River or the Belle Vue Lounge. The kids just like walking around and looking at the street performers or getting snacks like the roasted nuts from the vendor stalls. When we do adults only trips during Food & Wine, we often stay at the Dolphin, and enjoy making the stroll from the hotel to Epcot.

I'm glad to hear many don't think there is enough to "do" at Boardwalk - more space for us to enjoy
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:34 AM   #45
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I was thinking of walking over to BW after my day at EPCOT via International Gateway when I go down in September. EPCOT closes at 9pm that day with no EMH, so I was planning on strolling over after Illuminations. I'm assuming most of the activity is still going on at that time? I would imagine that they see a wave of people come in after Illuminations is done, correct?

I've visited BW before in the evening and I enjoyed it a lot. It's not the one-stop destination for night life but it was a fun place to grab some ice cream and stroll around for an hour.
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