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  • On Dec 8, 2011
    Kathleen from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Moms & Dads! Silly question: Is there a difference between the boardwalk and downtown Disney? If yes, how do I get to the boardwalk area? I'd love to finish one of my days seeing the entertainers. Thanks!

    Hi Kathleen:

    There are no silly questions.  In fact, you ask a great question.  While there are similarities between the Boardwalk area and Downtown Disney, there are differences as well.  Both the Boardwalk area and Downtown Disney are entertainment districts at Disney World offering restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.  Each area offers different restaurants, shopping and entertainment.  I encourage you to follow those links I provided to learn more of each area's specific offerings.  To me, Downtown Disney offers more in terms of shopping and entertainment venus, such as a movie theatre, Cirque du Soleil, and a breathtaking balloon ride, Characters in Flight, providing 360 degree views over Disney property.  The Boardwalk area is more intimate and less intense. 

    In terms of seeing the entertainers, I've found that there are more performers at the Boardwalk. The street performers tend to come out and perform their acts starting in the early evening. My six-year old and four-year old enjoyed watching a magician perform on the Boardwalk during our last trip.

    To get to the Boardwalk, you can hop on a Disney bus to one of the Boardwalk area Resorts (such as the Beach Club, Yacht Club, or Boardwalk Resort), or walk from Epcot's International Gateway entrance or take a long walk or boat ride from Hollywood Studios.

    Enjoy your vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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