This Website is all about the Magic that can be found throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Today's article is about one of my Favorite places in Disney.
To get to this "Unknown Magics" you need to get to the International Gateway at Epcot. It is located just passed the United Kingdom Pavilion. As you pass the Yorkshire County Fish Shop and start up the small hill, Do Not cross the bridge, stay to the right and walk down the opposite side of the hill. You will pass a small shop and then come to an exit for the park. This is called the International Gateway. You can board a boat here or you can continue walking to an "Unknown Magic" filled with "Unknown Magics".
As you walk along, you come to Disney’s Boardwalk. The Boardwalk itself is behind Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort and Villas, but as with many of the wonderful Unknowns in Disney World, it is free to visit. The Boardwalk is reminiscent of a turn of the 20th century seaside resort town, very much like Atlantic City, NJ.
During the day the Boardwalk is usually a quiet relaxed place, with people walking around Crescent Lake and visiting the stores and restaurants. You can also rent surrey bikes for a ride around the quarter mile loop.
There are tables and benches around the Boardwalk, where you can sit and enjoy pastries and other goodies from The Boardwalk Bakery or Seashore Sweets. Your food options range from The Pizza Window to Flying Fish Café. There is an ESPN Club at the very end of the Boardwalk that has a bar, restaurant and an arcade where they sell ESPN merchandise.
My favorite place on the Boardwalk however is Big River Grille and Brewing Works. This Brew Pub is small, but there are tables outside where you can sit and enjoy the view of the Lake. They don’t serve fried food there, so there aren’t any fries served with the burgers, but the food is very good and their crafted beers are wonderful. Our Family considers Big River a must for lunch at least once every trip.
At night the Boardwalk takes on a whole new persona. As the sun goes down, the lights come on and the area becomes electric. There are Performers that come out to entertain and amaze. There are boardwalk or midway games to play and win prizes. There is a nightclub called the Atlantic Dance Hall and a piano bar called Jellyrolls, that are both 21 and over clubs, that are fun, especially with a group of people.
The Friendship Launches that navigate Crescent Lake, come from Epcot, but also go to Disney Hollywood Studios, the Beach and Yacht Club resorts and The Swan and Dolphin Resorts. The boat ride from the Boardwalk to Epcot takes about 10 minutes, while the walk from the Boardwalk to the International Gateway entrance is about a 7 minute walk.
The Boardwalk is a great place to visit and take a well deserved lunch break, or just a mid-afternoon stroll, when visiting Epcot. But at night, as people get caught up in the excitement of the Boardwalk, the magic seems to come from Boardwalk itself, it seems to have a special quality that makes it a perfect "Unknown Magic experience".