10 Fun Things You Can Do At Disney World’s Epcot Resorts
Disney has three Epcot resorts: Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club and the Yacht Club. One of the things we love most about these three properties is that they are a little world unto themselves! Not only are they within walking distance from Epcot and a slightly longer walk or boat ride to Hollywood Studios but they also have a wide range of fun amenities and experiences that you’ll only get when venturing to Disney’s Boardwalk area. If you’re lucky enough to be staying here in the days or weeks ahead or just visiting here are 10 experiences you may want to consider.
1. Dine With Princes and Princesses at the Bon Voyage Breakfast
One of the newest and most popular character dining experiences takes place right on the Boardwalk at Trattoria al Forno. In the early AM, this restaurant plays host to an amazing breakfast featuring Flynn Rider, Rapunzel, Ariel and Prince Eric. Each of these characters will make their way to your table to say hello and pose for photos while you dine on delicious treats. We love the frying pan of pastries you’re served at the beginning which is a fun Tangled-inspired touch and as a coffee connoisseur, I can say that their iced coffee is amazing as is the breakfast calzone. Dining here will set you back about $35 per adult and $24 per child. Reservations are essential and can be made at 407.WDW.DINE.
2. Take a Complimentary Shuttle To the Outlets
Though each of Walt Disney World’s resorts offers transportation links to Disney Springs, the Swan and Dolphin which is a short walk from the three Epcot resorts is actually on the route for the shuttle bus that takes visitors to and from the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. This is a popular spot for those looking for Disney souvenirs on the cheap as there is an awesome Disney outlet here! The store is usually brimming with items that have been discontinued at the theme parks so there are some real finds here! If you’ve got a resort day or two pencilled in on your Disney itinerary think about going a bit further afield and checking out the outlets.
3. Street Performers and Carnival Games
You’ll fall in love with the turn of the century feel at Disney’s Boardwalk complete with awesome midway offerings. On Thursday- Saturday evenings, street performers including jugglers, musicians and more come out to entertain guests. You’ll also find fun circus-style carnival games and other offerings like hair warps and caricature artists!
4. Conjure Up Some Delicious Drinks at the Abracadabar
This is one of my favorite watering holes in all of Walt Disney World. You can travel back in time to the golden age of magic with decor that features enchanted show posters, mystifying mirrors, vintage props and more. And then there are the cocktails. Similar to ordering up a drink at Trader Sam’s some of these cocktails come with a fair bit of theatrics or should we say magic tricks. I recommend the Conjurita made with El Mayor Tequila, Cointreau, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice. The Abracadabar usually opens at 4:30 pm and stays open until 10 or 11 pm.
5. Peddle Around the Grounds On a Surrey Bike
The circuit around Disney’s Boardwalk around Crescent Lake to the Beach Club and back is actually a wonderful adventure filled with lots of sights and sounds. I can’t think of a better way to spend a resort day with the family than by renting one of these vintage bikes and heading over to Ample Hills or Beaches and Cream for a treat! Bikes can be rented for $25 and can seat 2 or 4 people.
6. Get a Kitchen Sink Sundae at Beaches and Cream
Ordering up a Kitchen Sink Sundae at this traditional Beach Club soda fountain is a Walt Disney World rite of passage. For $34 you are served up a heaping sundae that comes with scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, and Mint Chocolate Chips and is smothered in every topping imaginable. Have those cameras at the ready to capture the fun. Though you and your family are unlikely to finish this treat capturing photos of your attempts are what vacation memories are made of. This table service eatery regularly books up so I recommend making reservations online or by calling 407.WDW.DIne.
7. Have A Grand Time at Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar
Those looking for a fun night on the town will love Jellyrolls located at Disney’s Boardwalk. Each night two piano prodigies square off for an amazing night of entertainment. The players take turns dazzling the audience while you enjoy delicious beers, wine and cocktails. Jellyrolls is a very popular Orlando nightspot so we here at MickeyBlog recommend that you arrive early in the evening. The property is usually open from 7pm until well past midnight.
8. Enjoy a Game of Mini Golf
Fantasia Fairways Minature Gold is just a short walk away from all three Epcot properties. Open from 10 am, I love playing mini golf on arrival or departure days. The course features five whimsical scenes inspired by the film Fantasia. You’ll find everything from tutu-clad hippos to marching broomsticks and more! A round of golf here will set you back $14 per adult and $12 per child. However, Disney frequently offers discounts for onsite resort guests so be sure to ask at the front desk of your resort.
9. Enjoy an Early Morning Yoga Session
Don’t miss the chance to get your “om” on before you visit the parks! Every Monday and Wednesday morning at 8:15 AM, say “Namaste!” to the day with a complimentary, 30-minute gentle yoga class—set in a tranquil atmosphere on the Village Green Lawn at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Each class is filled with feel-good poses that will perk you up and leave you feeling centered, focused and ready for the adventures ahead. And remember: this is for all ages and fitness levels—no toe-touching flexibility required! Class space is limited to 20 Guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Mats and towels are provided on-site.
10. Set Off on a Pirate Adventure
Earlier this year, Disney World debuted a brand new pirate experience at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew Adventure is a kids-only event for children between the ages of 4 to 12. Guests will embark on an adventure with a crew on an adventure to uncover clues that will lead you to a hidden treasure. The cost for this swashbuckling adventure is $55 per adult plus tax per child. The adventure starts at 5pm in the evening. Reservations can be made by calling 407.824.KIDS.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look at some of the awesome activities that await visitors to one of Epcot’s three amazing resorts! Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for the latest vacation planning tips and tricks.
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