Disney’s Boardwalk isn’t promoted much by Disney, but is a really good place to visit, with restaurants, themed in a Florida style, surrounding a lake.
If you aren’t staying in one of the Disney Hotels that surround the lake, you can still park for free. The car park has a manned barrier and they will often tell you that parking is full and only $20 valet available – just say “That’s fine” and then drive in and you’ll find most likely find a space.
It’s a really pleasant walk around the lake with plenty of venues to choose from. There are also free boats that take you to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. But you can easily walk to EPCOT. One benefit of being so close to EPCOT is that you watch the evening fireworks from just outside the entrance without having to purchase admission.
There were a few mosquitos around, I guess because of the lake, but not so many that it affected our evening.
We stopped for a snack at ‘Tratorria al Forno’ which has a number of outside tables (no view of fireworks). A Mai Tai cocktail was $10 and a Cured meat plate (suitable for sharing) $16. The food and service were good and I’d be happy to return there for a full meal.
There is also a nightclub, with free admission, that opens at 9pm. We had a look inside around 9:30 and it was pretty empty. I’m not sure if it picks up later.
Be aware of Disney’s strict alcohol ID policy – the nightclub won’t admit anyone who can’t produce sufficient ID.
In case my pictures weren’t enough, I found a video on YouTube that is an accurate representation of the Boardwalk area.