Disney's BoardWalk

2101 N. Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1-407-393-5900

Stylized with the old-fashioned charm of 1940's boardwalks of Atlantic City, you'll find an assortment of restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Drop by at night when the area really comes to life with live entertainment in the form of magicians, jugglers and carnival games. Relax at table on the boardwalk and enjoy the view of Cresent Lake and all the sights and sounds of the area

Epcot is only a short walk away, or you can also take one of the Friendship Boats to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. There is a walking path over to the Studios which is about a 10 min brisk pace walk, which can be significantly faster at times than taking the boat.

You can also find select beer and wine at the Screen Door General Store. You are paying for convenience here, so don't expect reasonable prices.

Monday
Feb212011

Atlantic Dance Hall

Open Tuesday - Saturday • 9pm - 2am
$5 cover • Ages 21+ only

Designed after an old-fashioned swing dance club of the 40s, inside this massive dance hall you'll find a huge dance floor, three bars (though only one is usually open), ample seating on the first floor and an outdoor patio. The second floor is only open on the rare occasion or for special parties. A giant video screen over the dance floor shows the music video for the song playing. You'll find mostly Pop, Top 40, Rap and some old-school favorites being spun by the live DJ. The DJ takes requests, so go ahead and ask.

Review
The major downside to this dance club is the massive, expansive, and too brightly lit dance floor. Since the club usually only has a handful or two of people in it (and even fewer out on the dance floor), it feels like you are on display, dancing for everyone else to watch. I've seen more people dancing in the darker, more intimate seating areas than on the dance floor on some nights. The best chance for big crowds will be on a Saturday night after about 11pm. Go any earlier and the place will be all yours.

On the upside, admission is free so stop in and see what you think. We haven't visited since the $5 cover change. Is it worth the $5? Probably not, but if you're in the mood to dance, this is your only option in the Board Walk area. 

PTTP has spent many a "I don't want to go home yet" nights here (back when it was free) after a long day at Epcot. Now that this is the only place you can dance on Disney property (well, at least without looking like a weirdo), we are starting to see a slightly larger crowd on the weekends. Plus, by the time most people get here, it's after an afternoon of Drinking Around the World, so they don't care about the atmosphere and just want to dance! The more friends you can bring to have your own little group bustin' a move on the dance floor, the better.

Oh, and one more important thing: we highly recommend you stick with beer here and skip any mixed drinks. Trust us...unless you like paying $12 for a small glass of Coke. Plus, keep in mind that all drinks are significantly more expensive here than at the theme parks.











Just for fun: Not a clue what this photo is from or about, but I love it. Is Iron Man spying on the women's room? You'll find it near the restrooms on the first floor if you want a closer look. Does anyone know what this is about? Let us know in the comments.

Updated 7/2014 

Thursday
Jan272011

Belle Vue Lounge

Located in the BoardWalk Resort, on the lobby level just past the elevators hides one of Disney's best lounges. Breakfast is served here in the mornings, but at 5pm, the drinks begin flowing and keep pouring until midnight at this old-fashioned lounge.

We have been told the lounge will be getting their own specialized drink menu focusing on old-fashioned cocktails that reflect the era of the hotel. As soon as the menu is posted we'll have it here.

Hours
5pm - midnight

Click here for Disney Resort's Cocktail, Beer & Wine Menu

Scotch
Macallan - 12yr. - $12
The Glenlivet - 12yr. - $11
Glenfiddich - 12yr. - $11
Oban - 14yr. - $17
Glenmorangie - 18yr. - $29
Johnnie Walker Black - $10.25
Johnnie Walker Gold - $17
Johnnie Walker Blue - $37

Left: X-Rated Fusion concoction, Right: Bookers BourbonBourbon
Knob Creek - $11
Makers Mark - $10.25
Woodford Reserve - $11
Bookers - $12
Wild Turkey 101 - $10.25

Port
Fonseca Bin 27 - $6.75

Tawny
Warre's Otima - 10yr. - $10
Ferreira - 10yr. - $10
Cockburns - 20yr. - $11

Cognacs
Hennessy XO - $32
Remy Martin VSOP - $17
Courvoisier VSOP - $11


Pour Quality

Average

Food

None

Atmosphere

The 1940's boardwalk charm comes alive in the lounge. You'll feel like you're relaxing in your best friend's living room, as long as that best friend is filthy rich and loved the mid 1900's! You're welcome to enjoy your cocktail in one of the many comfy seats in the solarium or wander outside and enjoy your cocktail in true southern tradition, swapping stories and enjoying the warm Floridian night air on their large veranda, that's patio to you northerners out there. The beautiful warm wood, soft lighting and relaxed atmosphere is why this bar has won more than one Best of the Parks lists. Don't miss this classic Disney favorite on your next trip to the Boardwalk. Oh, and for you sport folks, you may want to head on down to that ol' ESPN club, this is the 1940's and them tele-visions ain't never gonna catch on with us.
 
 
 


Review

One of our favorite drinks anywhere used to be on the menu here way back in the day - "The Shadow" (pictured below). Fortunately, whenever we see our favorite bartenders Tim or Allen working, we know we can count on them for our Shadow fix. The good news is that Belle Vue is getting their own drink menu soon and The Shadow is making a return! They are now focusing on old-fashioned style drinks at the bar to match the atmosphere. Party Through The Parks welcomes the change to fewer frou-frou fresh fruit drinks and more traditional "scotch on the rocks" style imbibery at this classic southern bar. A
lthough this new menu has been employee confirmed on multiple occassions, we've been waiting since early 2011. Spring 2012 update: it's not looking good for their own menu...or they're taking their time to get it just right. 
2013: So that specialty menu never panned out. Pity.

By popular demand we're including The Shadow drink recipe: 1 part Chambord, 1 part Godiva chocolate liqueur, 1 part Stoli Vanil vodka 2 parts heavy cream. Roll to combine and serve over ice.

Wednesday
Jun022010

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

Need to get a head start on drinking around the world? Then stop at this microbrewery for a beer sampler on your way to Epcot. Beer not your thing? They've also got an extensive cocktail list as well.

Hours
Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - midnight


View Big River Grille Tapping Parties & Special Events

Signature Hand-Crafted Lagers & Ales


Southern Flyer Light Lager - Light in color and body. A true American Lager.  (Also worth note - light on alcohol content with only 3.5% vs an average beer with 5%.  Oh, we're just doing the corporate jargon on these guys?  Sorry.)

Steamboat Pale Ale
- Light in color yet possessing a full-bodied flavor.

Gadzooks Pilsner - A crisp, medium-bodied European-style pilsner with a subtle and unique hop aroma.

Rocket Red Ale - A robust red ale with a rich, malty flavor, balanced with citrus like hop aromas. A gold medal winner.

Brewer's Select - Continually changing beer styles formulated by the head brewer to offer additional variety and flavors to the brew menu. Ask for details.

Mojitos - $9.50

Classic Mojito - Bacardi Limon rum, fresh min, fresh squeezed lime juice and a splash of soda.

Dragon Fruit Strawberry Mojito - Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, strawberry puree, fresh mint, fresh squeezed lime juice and a splash of soda.

Pineapple Mojito
- Malibu Pineapple rum, Bacardi rum, fresh mint & pineapple, fresh squeezed lime juice and a splash of soda.

Pomegranate Elderflower Mojito - Bacardi Limon rum, St-Germain Elderflower, fresh mint, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, fresh squeezed lime juice and a splash of soda.

Specialty Cocktails - $9.50

SoCo Cherry Limeade - Southern Comfort, fresh squeezed lime juice and Monin Cherry Syrup topped with Sprite.

Pomegranate Peach Punch - Skyy Vodka, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, sour mix and Monin Peach Fruit Puree.

Housemade Bloody Mary - Our housemade Bloody Mary mix with Absolut Peppar Vodka.

Bar Fly - Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh squeezed lemonade topped with soda water.

Raspberry Ice Pick - Stoli Razberi Vodka, Tanqueray Gin, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Chambord Liqueur Royale and a splash of Sprite.

Mai Tai
- Cruzan Coconut rum, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, pineapple juice, fresh squeezed orange juice, grenadine and a float of Myers's Dark rum.

Raspberry Bay Breeze - Skyy Infusions Raspberry Vodka and Monin Raspberry syrup with a splash of Ocean Spray cranberry juice and pineapple juice.

Barbados Rum Runner - Malibu Pineapple rum, DeKuyper Banana Liqueur, grenadine, fresh squeezed orange juice and a float of Myers's Dark rum.

Ultimate Arnold Palmer - Grey Goose Vodka, fresh squeezed lemonade and fresh brewed tea.

San Francisco Lemonade - Skyy Infusions Citrus Vodka, DeKuyper Triple Sec, fresh squeezed lemonade and a splash of Ocean Spray.

Long Island Iced Tea
- Svedka Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Bacardi rum, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and sour mix topped with Coke.

Martinis - $9.50

Classic Martini - Bombay Sapphire Gin or Grey Goose Vodka, stirred or shaken, served up or on the rocks.

Superfruit Cosmo - VeeV Acai Spirit, Cointreau, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, fresh-squeezed lime juice.

Cosmopolitan - Ketel One Vodka, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, Ocean Spray cranberry juice and fresh squeezed lime juice.

Limoncello Lemon Drop - Absolut Citron Vodka, Caravella Limoncello and our fresh squeezed lemonade.

Pomegranate - Ketel One Citroen Vodka, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice and fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Margaritas - $9.50

Patron - Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau Orange liqueur and fresh squeezed lime juice served up.

Pomegranate - Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier and POM Wonderful pomegranate juice.

Grand Reposado - 1800 Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier and a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice.

Sangria Margarita - Milagro Silver Tequila, housemade sangria, fresh squeezed lime juice.

Strawberry - Patron Silver Tequila, Chambord, housemade strawberry puree and fresh squeezed lime juice.

Wines
A good selection of red, white and sparkling wines here ranging from $6.75 - $12.25 a glass. Also available by bottle.

Sangria - $8 - Fruit infused traditional wine cocktail made with Alize Red Passion Fruit Liqueur


Prices

Rail Liquor Mixed drinks start at $6
Specialty Beer Pint - $6
Brewer's Select Pint - $6.39
Beer Sampler - $7.50

Hours
Sun - Sat 11:30am-midnight 

Pour Quality
Average

Food

Lunch & dinner served. There's a nice patio area out front but we're not much of an "outdoor eater", too many bugs, too much wind, too much sun, too cold etc.  Why go through all the trouble of building walls if we're not going to use them? We prefer to have an appetizer at the bar, or sit at one of the high-tops in the bar area as opposed to the dining room or the patio. Big fan of the Spinach Dip...and the Kobe Burger.

If neither of those sound good to you, eat somewhere else. The regular burgers are some of the worst we've ever had, worse than fast food. If low quality beef that's been shipped in from across the country sounds good to you, well then go ahead. Seriously, the bartender standing with the manager behind him had the nerve to tell us a burger cooked medium wouldn't have any pink in it because, "it's ground beef, not a steak." The manager advised the burgers are cooked to temperature, not color. Apparently the guy doesn't own a grill, eh? The only reason a burger cooked to 160 wouldn't be pink is because it's already browned due to freezer burn, and the flavor backed up that claim.

Atmosphere

The feel of a small-time brew bar makes for a nice atmosphere to wind down. The micro-brew equipment used to brew the beer served in the bar is on display and a couple of large flat-screen tv's make it a great alternative to the super-packed ESPN to catch your favorite game. The dining room area is like a whole different world - it's boring and bland and reminiscent of a hospital cafeteria - and usually chock-full of screaming kids. Whenever we get anything here it's at the bar, or a beer to go.

Review

The best value and fun for your money is the beer sampler. You get to try all 6 of their unique specialty brews. The flavors range from super-light "Bud-Light" style lager to a very dark and hoppy Guinness-style ale. If you like to think of yourself as a beer connoisseur you will love this, if you're just getting started on becoming a beer connoisseur then I can't think of a better way to expand your beer horizons and educate your palate - you might find out you like something you wouldn't have expected! Even if you don't think you can go 'hog-wild' and try a little glass of every different beer they've got, why not grab something safe and then split a sampler with your bud?
 
 
 

You can read more about their beers here.

Updated 3/11

Thursday
Feb232012

BoardWalk Joe's

Located across from the BoardWalk resort/Kouzina Restaurant. Grab a coffee, soda or beer to go.

Beer
Sam Adams Seasonal Draft - $5.50
Import & Domestic Beer - $5.25 - $6.50
Heineken, Corona, Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55, Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite

Frozen Margaritas
Pineapple - $11.25
Patron Silver, frozen pineapple mix, Cointreau and sweet & sour mix.

Mango - $11
Patron Silver, frozen mango mix and lime juice.

Strawberry - $8.50
Sauza tequila, frozen strawberry mix and triple sec.

On The Rocks Margaritas
Patron Anejo - $12.75
Patron Anejo tequila, Cointreau and sweet & sour mix.

Grand Margarita - $9.75
Jose Cuervo Gold, Island Oasis sour mix, Grand Marnier, triple sec and lime juice.

Wildberry - $9.25
Boo-Yah Tequila, triple sec, lime juice, Island Oasis sour mix and wildberry syrup.

Wines
Benziger Chardonnay, Carneros '08 - $10
Educated Guess Cabernet, Napa -09 - $11
Paul Cheneau Cava, Lady blanc de blanc, Spain NV - $10

Pour Quality
Poor (unless it's a beer)

Food
Roasted almonds or pecans and pretzels.

Atmosphere
Whether or not you are actually staying at a BoardWalk Resort, you should make a stop for some casual, laid-back afternoons. The evening is when the place really comes alive with magicians and other performers doing tricks for passersby. You'll find some red metal tables and chairs next to this stand to sit back and relax with a great view of Cresent Lake. 

Thank God the margarita monstrosities from 2012 are no longer on the menu. We'll be (reluctantly) reviewing the new ones soon.

2012 Margaritas Review
We love Disney! That needs to be said before a review like this one comes out. Sorry Mickey, here comes a heaping helping of truth. We've found it. The worst margaritas on Disney property. It's hard to believe that someone taste-tested these and thought "Yup, that's what I'm looking for!"

Caramel Apple Frozen Margarita
Sounds interesting, right? Tangy and tart margarita balanced by rich, smooth carmel. It could pair well; what could go wrong?

Here's what: margarita mix from a slush machine that comes out with the consistency of a snow cone that tastes like sour apple pucker floating on top of a layer of sickeningly sweet caramel syrup that absolutely refuses to mix in...no matter how much you stir. With both of these you've literally got to pick which layer you want to try to drink and adjust the depth of the straw correspondingly with each sip. 










BoardWalk Frozen Margarita
Cherry vodka, Watermelon Pucker, coconut rum, blue curacao and pomegranate syrup. Hmmm, could this be like a bomb pop in a glass?! Nope, it couldn't.

There's nothing here but your typical sour blue raspberry slush, albeit so thick you could make a snow ball out of it, floating on top of some extremely sweet red syrup that again, absolutely refuses to mix with the slush.

Saturday
Jun262010

ESPN Club

If you need your sports fix while visiting the mouse, there's no better place to stop than ESPN Club at the Boardwalk. With over 100 monitors (even ones in the bathrooms!) you should be able to see whatever game you're looking for. 



Bottled Beer
Miller Lite, Coors Lite - 12oz - $4.50
Corona, Corona Light, Heineken, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Bells's Oberon Ale, Sam Adams, Peroni, Abita Turbodog - 12oz. - $5.75
Budweiser or Pabst - 16oz. - $5.75

Bud Light Lime or Michelob Ultra - 16oz. Aluminum Bottle - $6.50
Guinness - $7.75

Draft Beer
Bud Light - Glass: $5.25 Pitcher: $17

Blue Moon - Glass: $6 Pitcher: $19
Yuengling - Glass: $6 Pitcher: $19

Sam Adams Seasonal: Glass: $6 Pitcher: $19



A selection of red & white wines available. Glasses from $8-$12. Also available by bottle.



Mixed Drinks start at $6.50

Specialty Drinks

The ESPY - $9.25
Absolut Mandrin, peach schnapps, orange & pineapple juices, Sprite.

MVP Margarita - $10.25
1800 Silver Tequila, Agave Nectar, and freshly squeezed lime juice.



Captain's Mai Tai - $8.25

Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum, amaretto, and tropical juices topped with a float of Myers's Original dark rum.

Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea - $9.25
Bacardi rum, Teaka Sweet tea vodka, Hendrick's gin, Patron Citronge liqueur, and sweet & sour with a splash of Coke.



Patron Platinum Margarita - $10.25
Patron Silver Tequila, Patron Citronge, lime juice and sweet & sour.



Passion Fruit Mojito
- $8.25
Bacardi rum, X-Fusion Organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, lime and fresh mint topped with soda water.



Classic Mojito
- $8.25
Bacardi rum, fresh mint and lime topped with soda water.



OC Cocktail - $9.25
Parrot Bay Coconut rum, Chambord Black Raspberry liqueur, Creme de banana, and a splash of orange and pineapple juices.



Lemon Drop Martini - $7.25
Skyy Infusions Citrus vodka, triple sec, and sweet & sour, served chilled with a sugared rim.



Pom-Pom Margarita - $10.25
Patron Silver tequila, Pama pomegranate liqueur, Patron Citronge liqueur and sweet & sour.

Magical Star Cocktail - $10.25

Light up your celebration with X-Fusion Organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut rum, pineapple juice and a souvenir multicolored glow cube.



Pour Quality
Average



Food
A full menu of your typical sports bar food. Nachos, wings, burgers...something to make everyone happy here.

Atmosphere
Loud, crazy sports bar. If you want to watch a big game here you better arrive early to get a primo seat. They also have a good sized arcade attached next door.

Monday
Feb212011

Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar

Open every night at 7pm. Dueling pianos begin at 8pm. Open til 2am
$10 cover • Ages 21+ only


This lively, dueling piano bar is a huge favorite of Disney fans. Drop off a request for your favorite song to the musicians, (it helps if there's a $1 or $5 attached, wink wink) and sing along! Seating fills up fast, so if you require a table because you don't want to be standing all night, get there early. You'll find restaurant-style tables on the main floor right in front of the entertainment, and a few chairs and high-tops at the back of the building near the bar. The bar itself has ample seating as well.

Don't come here hungry though, unless you planned on a liquid dinner! They usually have a drink special of the night, like Long Islands or Alabama Slammers that come served college-style in a giant red plastic cup. Regular drinks here are more expensive than you've been paying out in the theme parks, so the special of the day can be a decent deal. While we wouldn't call this "family-friendly" (obviously since it's 21+), it's not nearly as rambunctiously adult as Pat O'Brien's Dueling Piano Bar at CityWalk can get. We think $10 per person is pretty steep for just one bar, so whenever we do go we're making a night of it since you aren't allowed to leave and come back later. They should consider an annual pass option in the future... (Just for reference, CityWalk is $12 for admission to 7 different clubs.)

Lots of great times to be had here and the performers always do an excellent job at putting on a fun and entertaining show! 

Sunday
Jun062010

The Boardwalk Hotel - Leaping Horse Libations

You'll find this pool bar at the Boardwalk's creepy clown pool. Ok, I don't like clowns so I don't spend any time hanging out here.

Hours
11am - 6:30pm (may vary)

Click here for Disney's Pool Bar Drink Menu

Pour Quality

Average

Food

Assorted Sandwiches

Atmosphere

Like I said, creepy clown pool slide. I like that the slide is shaped like a roller coaster but that's about it.

Review

Expensive drinks, but tasty concoctions. Can't go wrong with the Long Island...except that you're looking at that clown. (What clown? Google it. There will be no photo of the creepy clown on my website.)