… and everything else

Well not even nearly everything else actually but a few extras you’ll want to know about.

Disney’s BoardWalk

This is an area found just outside Epcot’s International Gateway. You’ll pass through it if you take a Friendship Boat between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It has an array of restaurants and some light entertainment in the form of mid way games and street performers. It’s a fun little area that possibly isn’t worth visiting in it’s own right but worth a stroll around if you’re visiting on of the restaurants or bars.

Here are some of your restaurant and club options:

  • Flying Fish Cafe – a signature seafood restaurant, meant to be pretty good.
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora. Apparently she’s a famous TV chef across the pond and the food is Greek/Mediterranean. The food here is very nice but I’d describe it as an American version of Mediterranean food as opposed to the real thing. Expect bread and butter as opposed to bread and olive oil and macaroni as a pasta option.
  • ESPN Club – a sports bar featuring many TVs showing numerous sporting features.
  • Big River Grille and Brewing works – a restaurant with Walt Disney World Resort’s only microbrewery on property.
  • Jelly Rolls – a duelling piano bar. There’s a cover charge to get in and it can be quite quiet although I imagine it’s a bit busier now the clubs at Pleasure Island have closed. I’ve not been but I’ve heard good things. Note you have to be over 21 to enter and will need ID.
  • Atlantic Dance Hall – again strictly for the over 21s.

Golf and Miniature Golf

Golf definitely isn’t my area of expertise as I don’t play and have never visited these so I’ll just tell you that there are 5 courses. 4 of these are for those that know what you’re doing. The 5th is Oak Trail and is a 9 hole, par-36 course and is more ‘family-friendly’ – you don’t need to be an expert or have a handicap to play on it, although it is still not seen as a theme park attraction – it is a golf course and is meant to be respected as such. Proper golfing attire is required on all courses. If you want to find out more, just Google “Walt Disney World Golf Courses” – I’m sure other sites will do the subject much better justice than I could!

For those that want a more casual experience, there are two mini-golf courses at Walt Disney World Resort. The first is Winter Summerland, located at Blizzard Beach. There are two courses here – a summer course and a winter course. Both equal in terms of difficulty and fun but with different in theming – I’m sure designed to encourage you to pay twice and do both courses!

Disney’s Fantasia Gardens is located in front of the Swan and Dolphin hotels on Disney’s Boardwalk. It is themed according to the Fantasia film and is slightly more difficult than the Winter Summerland courses.

Disney's Winter Summerland

Dress-Up

There are two dressing up services within Walt Disney World.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is the original and there are locations at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom and in the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney. You will see little girls all over the parks dressed like princesses with hair scraped back into buns, with tiaras, make up and glitter. These princesses have had the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience. There are a range of packages available from just the hair an make-up to the full princess dress package. It is both common and acceptable to buy a princess dress elsewhere if you don’t want the all-in package. It really is every little girl’s dream and many want it when they see others dressed up but it gets extremely busy so make sure you book it in advance. you have to be over the age of three to get the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience though.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also offers a package for boys too. Previously, the Cool dudes style was available but this has been upgraded to the much cooler Knights package. Boys can have their hair gelled and glittered and are given a mighty sword and shield to help them defend their Kingdom!

A common complaint for a long time was that there wasn’t a proper boys alternative – although Disney tried to address this by creating a package at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Perhaps for that reason Disney created the Pirates League. Located near Pirates of the Caribbean in Magic Kingdom, both boys and girls can pick from two packages to be transformed into pirates, complete with eye patches, bandanas, scars and temporary tattoos. They look pretty cool! Again it has become popular so you’ll want to consider booking in advance and you have to be over the age of 3.

There is so much else to say about Walt Disney World but I’ll save it for my blog so please check it out if you’re interested in finding out more.