Disney’s Boardwalk Resort Photo Walk
One of my favorite places at Disney to exercise is in the Boardwalk area – which takes me from MGM to Epcot, and around the Boardwalk, Beach Club, Swan and Dolphin Resorts.
For this walk, I am starting at the sign that links the Disney MGM Studios to the path that leads to the Boardwalk. There are other forms of recreation that I’ll also mention (some are for resort guests only).
This is a wonderful place to walk and run! This past weekend, I started at the sign at 11:02am. I timed a number of sections of the walk, so I’ll mention that as I get to those areas. The times are for non-stop walking – I didn’t take the photos as I timed.
The photos are from 2 different days – both picture perfect! The weather here has been wonderful in the past month.
From the walkway leading to the Boardwalk, the Tower of Terror is to the left.
I actually really love the Swan and Dolphin, and how they look with the color of the pavement and the railings. Here are some photos walking towards them:
Also the tennis courts of the Boardwalk Resort:
And more walkway, with the Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas towards the right:
I arrived to the green posts near this sign below at 11:14am. The length of the walkway only took 12 minutes – and at my pace, that would put it at about a half a mile. My regular walking pace tends to be about 3 miles per hour.
I turned right to go around the Boardwalk – and actually, there is a great place below to duck in for some fruit.
The fruit is actually really reasonably priced (as of this writing).
The Boardwalk also has a surrey bike rental. These can be rented (and driven badly!) by anyone.
One of my favorite places to go is the pizza window at the Boardwalk. It’s not too expensive, and one slice and an ice water will hold me a few hours.
The view below as you are on the bridge near the International Gateway into Epcot. The Swan and Dolphin look so far from there, but you can see by the time how short a walk it actually is.
Disney’s Beach Club:
The Yacht and Beach Club share a fitness center, which is now free for those staying at those resorts.
The Beach Club Marketplace is a couple of years old now – and even though they aren’t making sandwiches fresh (as I’m told they have), there are still some wonderful options for good food here.
Beach’s n Cream is also located there – and they have a great chicken soup!
Disneys Yacht and Beach Club resorts share Stormalong Bay – which is probably the most popular pool area on Disney property. It is also only for Yacht and Beach Club guests! From the last timed point (at the Boardwalk sign), the time was 11:23 when I reached here. The walk looks long, but that was only 9 minutes!
Hurricane Hannahs (which is accessible from the Boardwalk):
Sometimes you’ll get to see a wedding (I actually saw portions of 3 on the day I photographed this):
I arrived at the Boardwalk sign at 11:30, just 7 minutes from Stormalong Bay!
Here is the sign to head towards Fantasia Gardens. This was the last walk portion I timed – and I arrived there at 11:35.
Fantasia Gardens is a fabulous miniature golf course – also available to anyone who pays (and it has it’s own parking lot). Annual passholders do get a discount here!
And if you are walking to and from Fantasia Gardens from the Boardwalk, definitely realize that there are no traffic lights. This hasn’t been a problem for me, but there are not only buses that know there is a crosswalk, but car traffic as well!
Coming back, you’ll see the Dolphin again as you head towards the Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk pool area (for guests only!) below:
I often have spent a couple of hours walking around the Boardwalk and pathway to MGM. The total time for me to go from the sign at MGM, to the Boardwalk, around the Boardwalk and to Fantasia Gardens was only 33 minutes. There aren’t as many people in my photos, but it isn’t unusual to see a lot of walkers and runners (especially in the early morning and evening).