Complete Guide To Disney Boardwalk Part 2: The Restaurants
In Complete Guide to Disney Boardwalk Part 1, I introduced you to the resorts found in the Boardwalk area of the Walt Disney World Resorts. In part 2 of this series, let’s talk food!
There are more than 40 restaurants and lounges to choose from in the Boardwalk area making it a fantastic choice for a night out.
Read The Entire Boardwalk Series
Meet Some Characters
The Garden Grove
First up, let’s meet some characters! I mentioned in my last article, that while the Swan and Dolphin isn’t technically a Disney property, they still offer many of the benefits of being on Disney property. This is definitely the case when it comes to the restaurant options at the Swan and Dolphin.
We enjoyed a wonderful character breakfast at the Garden Grove located in the Swan resort. As I mentioned previously, don’t confuse this with the Garden Grill located in Epcot. The breakfast buffet consists of pastries, pancakes, made to order omelets, and much more.
Each night at dinner—as well as during Good Morning Character Breakfast events on Saturdays and Sundays—a duo of Disney Characters will pop in,
Our characters were Pluto and Goofy for breakfast. Don’t forget those autograph books!
Touring plans lists the most recent character meal prices for breakfast at $16 for kids and $25 for adults. The dinner range is $30-37 for adults and $17 for kids.
Trattoria al Forno
During our visit to the Boardwalk area in February 2016, we happened upon Trattoria al Forno for breakfast. It was typical Disney fare with allergy safe Mickey Waffles, so my family was happy!
However, since our visit there, they have since turned breakfast into a character meal. The Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast features characters from The Little Mermaid and Tangled. Disney’s site states you may encounter such characters as:
- Prince Eric
- Flynn Rider
These characters will also sign autographs so be sure to bring your books.
For a great review of this new character breakfast, check out Moment Mom’s recent experience.
Amazing Signature Restaurants
Some of the best signature restaurants on property are also found in the Boardwalk area including my favorite, The Flying Fish. If you are looking for a magnificent seafood dinner, look no further than Flying Fish. We enjoyed dinner here so much the first time, that I included it again on a subsequent visit. I don’t usually do this because my bucket list for Disney dining is rather long. However, we were so WOWed by our first visit, I just had to go again.
Featured on the front page of my website is this fabulous shrimp and scallops dish. The menu, however, is seasonal, so the entree selection changes. However, having said that, never hesitate to ask if you don’t see something. I have always found Disney chefs more than willing to try to accommodate requests if it is at all possible.
My husband has enjoyed the Wagyu beef steak on both occasions. It does melt in your mouth!
The interior of the restaurant feels elegant, yet our kids were very welcomed and comfortable on both of our visits.
If you enjoy adult beverages (and even if you don’t) be sure to step into the Abracadabar next door while there. The theming is charming! You can’t miss it as you go this way to the restrooms. Ha ha!
Looking for A Burger?
Yacht Club Crew's Cup Lounge
Swan & Dolphin The Fountain
If you want a more economical option for burgers and sandwiches, check out The Fountain restaurant located in the Swan & Dolphin resort area. Being a non-Disney option they offered a 15% discount for AAA members who can present a card.
Don't Forget Dessert!
Ample Hills Creamery
In the mood for Ice Cream after dinner? You must stop in Ample Hills Creamery. I have to give them a special mention because my son was unable to eat here due to his allergies. The manager went WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND to try to accommodate us. She GAVE us Caramel corn he could eat, offered to get a special brownie for him, and honestly, I can’t remember the other things she offered. Unfortunately, he wanted ice cream. Thankfully, just on the other side of the boardwalk, he did get a fabulous cone at Beaches & Cream!
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
Of course, since I mentioned, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, home to the famous Kitchen Sink, we can’t forget it. We didn’t choose this option due to our food allergies, but if you are up for the challenge then go for it.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with the burgers here, but the ice cream was good and the entertainment value is high! It’s pretty exciting when someone orders the Kitchen sink!
Make Room For Boardwalk In Your Disney World Plans!
If strolling along a beachside boardwalk hand in hand with your sweetheart, laughing as the kids interact with street performers, and eating ice cream during the fireworks of one of Disney’s theme parks sounds like a great evening, then the Boardwalk is where you want to be! Regardless of where you stay while on vacation at Walt Disney World, I highly recommend you schedule an evening there to take advantage of all the great food and activities.
Final Tips & Tricks
- While reservations are recommended for most Signature Restaurants, don’t be afraid to check same day or even walk up, you might get in anyway.
- Be sure to allow time in your evening to enjoy the street performers on the Boardwalk
- Have Fun & Take Lot’s of Pictures!
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