Disney’s Boardwalk Resort in Orlando conjures up Coney Island of old

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort is more than just a hotel. It is an entire entertainment complex with a variety of fun things to do for your family.

When you arrive at the resort you are immediately taken back to a different era. The interior of the resort is decorated with all manner of nostalgia from the beginning of the 20th century. This is the era when Coney Island, the resort’s inspiration, was in its prime.

After checking in be prepared to walk some distance to your room. Definitely take the hotel up on the offer of having your luggage delivered to your room because it’s quite the hassle otherwise.

The rooms are as nice as you would expect for a room that averages $500 a night. They keep with the early 20th century theme as the rest of the resort. The beds are luxurious, the bathroom is spacious, and the balcony (or patio) is a nice touch.

Yet why spend time in your room when so much fun awaits just steps away on the resort’s namesake boardwalk? Every nigh the board features at least two different street performers. These tend to be magicians, jugglers and acrobats of various sorts. The resort also offers nightly Disney movies outside on a grassy lawn for the kids so be sure to bring a blanket.

There is also a boardwalk games area where one can play all the classic carnival games of old. You can shoot a water gun at a car to race your opponent to the top. You can throw baseballs at targets to knock them down. The games are every bit of fun as you remember from when you were a kid. There are also video games available at another location along the boardwalk. The boardwalk also features a variety of nightlight for adults from a dueling piano bar to a dance hall.

There are also several dining options available. You can choose to eat on the boardwalk from the various food booths offering classic boardwalk fare like hotdogs or philly cheese steaks. Or you can eat at one of the many fine restaurants situated along the boardwalk.

Perhaps the best thing about Disney’s Boardwalk is that it is free to visit even if you aren’t staying in one of the $500 a night rooms. You can catch a free Disney bus from Disney Springs and head on over for a night of fun.

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